THE National Centre for Early Music, York, is to receive more than £150,000 to sustain its far-reaching Music 4U programme, supporting young people in challenging circumstances across York, Hull and the East Riding over the next three years.

NCEM director Delma Tomlin says: "We're absolutely delighted with the new financial endorsement from all those involved with this programme, which will allow us to continue the work we have already begun. Our education work is an essential part of the NCEM package and presents a fantastic occasion to regularly engage with a new, wider audience.

"We have a strong belief in the positive benefits of musical work with young people and we're honoured to be working with music hubs and other partners to create the greatest impact. Over the years, we have been able to support some remarkable young people, who have gone on to do really positive things and we're sure that the same can be achieved over the next three years."

Through Music4U, the NCEM has supported more than 35,000 young people on projects that have run since 2001. The next phase of activities from this month will include music skills sessions for those who do not access mainstream school; inclusive orchestras for special school students and experienced young musicians; after-school clubs and holiday projects in areas of rural isolation and network and training events for music leaders.

The total funding sum is pooled from the National Foundation for Youth Music, partnership backing from York Music Hub, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council, plus support from JWP Creers Accountants, York, and private donors.

Full details of the projects can be found at