The stage is set for young people to make music and friends while taking part in this summer's music school at the National Centre for Early Music.

A cast of ten to 15-year-olds will be able to enjoy acting and bringing the past to life at the NCEM's Musical Play in a Week, from Monday August 11 to Friday.

This year’s play, called The Secret Orchestra, tells the story of young composer whose father the King has banned him from listening to or creating music.

So the composer and his musicians defy the ban and rehearse behind closed doors in constant danger of discovery.

The play was written by Cathryn Dew, Education Consultant at the NCEM, and directed by Paul Birch. It is suitable for 10-15 year olds, who do not require previous experience - just enthusiasm and commitment.

The sessions take place from 10am – 4pm, ready for a performance for friends and family on Friday August 15 at 7pm.

The cost for the week is £100 per person but there are a limited number of half-price bursary places available for young people from low income families, supported by The Rotary Club of York Vikings.

NCEM Director Delma Tomlin said:"We started this summer activity in 2001 and it is now well established in our programme.

"The young people who take part have an amazing time. They learn so much from our professional team and have great fun working towards a performance and making new friends."

For more information go to or call 01904 632220.