National Centre for Early Music

[Skip navigation]
Navigation Menu

Student Fund

The National Centre for Early Music works closely with young musicians from across the UK and is dedicated to supporting their professional development - and love - of early music. The new Student Fund will support a variety of different initiatives, which include the NCEM Young Composers Award, run in association with BBC Radio 3, and the biennial International Young Artists Competition, supported by York Early Music Festival, the European Union Baroque Orchestra and Linn Records, as well as young people's performance opportunities across the region. We see our role as helping to bridge the gap between inspiration and practicality!

We believe that we can really make a difference to the lives of young musicians and support them in their musical journey. With your help, we can ensure that they get the best opportunities to develop their skills and to shape the future of early music in this country.

Please take a moment to read some of the stories from young musicians who have benefited from our activities.

Thalia Ensemble
José Rodrigues Gomes

International Young Artists Competition
Winners 2013
Profeti della Quinta
Elam Rotem and Dan Dunkelblum

International Young Artists Competition
Winners 2011
I Fagiolini
Robert Hollingworth

International Young Artists Competition
Winners 1988
NCEM Young Composers Award 2013

Joseph Howard
(19 to 25 category)
NCEM Young Composers Award 2012

Alex Woolf
(18 and under)
NCEM Young Composers Award 2011

Bertie Baigent
(18 and under)
NCEM Young Composers Award 2010

Alexander Campkin
(19 to 25 category)
Minster Minstrels

Jo Wherry

Minster Minstrels

Laura Soper


You can donate to the Student Fund online here, using the secure link below.

If you are a UK tax payer, we can also claim Gift Aid on your donation. This will give us an additional 25p per £1 donated, at no additional cost to the donor. To do this, all you need to do is to download the Gift Aid Declaration from the link below. Please print, complete, and return by post.

Please download the Gift Aid Form Gift Aid Declaration.doc

If you are unable to download or print this form and would still like to Gift Aid your donation, please contact us at and we will post one to you. If you are a higher rate UK tax payer, you can offset your gift at the year end.

We appreciate your support.