The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) based at St Margaret’s Church, York, has been selected as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for 2018–2022.

The NCEM – which is currently an NPO – has been awarded a grant for the next 4 years to continue to support artistic excellence in early music; support the development of young talented professionals and to encourage people from all walks of life to experience and be inspired by early music in particular, alongside many other musical genres including world, jazz and folk.

It will continue to run its three flagship early music Festivals in Yorkshire – the York Early Music Festival, the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival and the York Early Music Christmas Festival – and two major competitions, the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition and the NCEM Young Composers Award supported by BBC Radio 3.

NCEM’s Director, Delma Tomlin said: “We have some very exciting and ambitious plans over the next few years and will continue to build on the fantastic work we do for people of all ages, from different backgrounds and ability in music.

“We would like to thank Arts Council England for its continuing support and also everyone else who plays a part of making this such a successful organisation, including funders, sponsors, partners, musicians, volunteers and of course our amazing audiences!”