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Nov 27, 2018

National Centre for Early Music scoops two York Culture Awards

On Monday 19 November, the NCEM was the proud recipient of two awards at the York Culture Awards ceremony, staged at York Theatre Royal.

The first award for Outstanding Cultural Festival (small) was presented to the organisation for the York Early Music Festival 2018. The festival illustrated this year’s theme of power and politics through a series of carefully programmed concerts lectures and workshops showcasing how, throughout history, musicians have survived and thrived in times of conflict.

At the end of the evening NCEM Director Delma Tomin MBE, was crowned Cultural Champion for her outstanding contribution to the city’s cultural offer, raising its profile, not only regionally, but nationally and internationally. Dr Tomlin’s work transformed what was a neglected church into a nationally recognised centre for excellence in the arts. As director of the National Centre for Early Music she promotes a year-round series of jazz, world, folk and early music concerts, as well as an imaginative education programme. The award was presented by Councillor Nigel Ayre.

On receiving the awards Delma Tomlin said “What amazing evening it was for the NCEM. The team and I are extremely proud to have won the Outstanding Cultural Festival Award, which acknowledges all the brilliant work on this year’s York Early Music Festival. I was personally honoured and overwhelmed to receive the Cultural Champion Award which is now on display at the venue. I would like to thank Make It York and the judges, and also say a huge thank you to all my friends and colleagues whose continued support makes my role so worthwhile and rewarding.”

Attending the event was Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, who praised the vibrancy of the city’s cultural scene. The ceremony was introduced by Jane Lady Gibson, Chair of Make it York, and presented by BBC Radio York’s Georgey Spanswick.