National Centre for Early Music

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The award-winning National Centre for Early Music is a centre of excellence for music making of all kinds - and an established conference and recording venue. Situated in St Margaret’s Church York, it is the home of the internationally renowned York Early Music Festival and the Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival. The Centre also attracts some of the world’s finest artists in the fields of jazz, folk and world music. The National Centre for Early Music is a high-tech, modern facility based within an historical setting. It runs a year-round community and education programme and offers first-class conference and recording facilities.
The National Centre for Early Music runs a lively year-round education programme for people of all ages. There are a number of activities for people who want to make music and explore their creative potential. Some of the activities concentrate on music from the past, some explore contemporary music and music technology - some are a combination of all three! The NCEM also produces a selection of resources for schools and other groups.
The NCEM holds an extensive archive on York Mystery Plays productions from 1952 onwards.

Venue Type:

Festivals, Archive

Opening hours

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Admission charges

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Collection details


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme

  • 13 November 2016 2-3:15pm

Shot on the battlefield over a fortnight by two cameramen, this film shows the build up to the battle, the battle itself and its immediate aftermath. It was the first graphic depiction of trench warfare and although it contains some distressing images the overall impression given is that the battle was a success. Some 20 million people flocked to see the film in the first six weeks after it was released in August 1916. The screening of a powerful documentary demonstrated that cinema going was not just mass entertainment but could also be a more serious form of communication. Digitally restored by the Imperial War Museum in 2008, The Battle of the Somme is screened with a contemporary score by Laura Rossi, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra.
The war memorial in St Margaret’s lists 55 men from the area who died in the First World War, 12 of whom perished on the Somme. The film will be contextualised with a small exhibition about Walmgate at the time of the Great War.

Suitable for

  • Any age


War Memorial in St Margaret's Church York

The Battle of the Somme

  • 13 November 2016 2-3:30pm

The screening takes place in a former church where the memorial to local men who died in the Great War includes 12 casualties at the Battle of the Somme. This silent film will be shown with the contemporary orchestral soundtrack composed by Laura Rossi. The film will be contextualised with a small exhibition about the Walmgate at the time of the War; refreshments are available.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15




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Counterpoint, a Tudor Teaching Resource

Counterpoint is a CD-ROM educational resource about life in Tudor England. Through music, drama and a wide range of classroom-based activities, the CD-ROM explores the religious changes that took place in England during Tudor times, and the impact these had on the musicians who lived and worked in York Minster. In particular, the CD-ROM focuses on what it was like to be a chorister during the turbulent years of the Reformation. The resource is aimed at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 and covers aspects of the National Curriculum in Music, History and Religious Education.


  • National Centre for Early Music


  • National Centre for Early Music

How to obtain

Counterpoint costs £30.00 and can be purchased with e-learning credits. The resource ius avaiable from: The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL; telephpone 01904 632220; email or visit

National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret’s Church
North Yorkshire



General Enquiries


General Enquiries

01904 632220

Box Office

01904 658338


01904 612631

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