The National Centre for Early Music's I Can Play! programme provides music-making opportunities for D/deaf children across the city of York. This project builds on a long-term programme of research and development activity, investigating the levels of provision and barriers to making music for deaf children and young people in York, the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull, which was initially resourced through the NCEM’s Music4U programme.


We can’t wait to continue our ‘I Can Play’ sessions at York Music Centre on Saturday mornings in 2024. These sessions are all about having fun - we enjoy playing musical games, exploring instruments, singing and signing songs, composing our own music, and making new friends!


2023 was a brilliant year for I Can Play!  We love running our sessions as part of York Music Centre (YMC) and feel very much welcomed into the YMC family!  

Highlights of this year include:

  • Collaborating with YMC Choir
  • Performing with YMC Ukulele Group in the Summer Showcase Concert
  • Delivering Deaf Awareness and BSL training for YMC tutors
  • Launching I Can Play with Brass Roots!

We're very grateful to our funders - Mayfield Valley Arts Trust, Ovingdean Hall Foundation and Harrogate Deaf Society for supporting our exciting plans for 2024!


Sing songs, make instruments, and play musical games from your own home by watching our videos.


Explore brass instruments, listen to professional brass musicians, and even try playing in a brass band!

Amazing experience, educational and highly recommended!

I Can Play! is run by the National Centre for Early Music, in partnership with Music and the Deaf, Lollipop, the University of York, York Arts Education and City of York Council's Deaf and Hearing Support Service, and generously supported by Harrogate Deaf Society, Mayfield Valley Arts Trust and Ovingdean Hall Foundation.  Sessions take place at York Music Centre at Millthorpe School, thanks to support from York Arts Education.

It is always a lovely experience for our daughter!! She loves the group and it has helped her build her confidence, spending time with friends. She has also learned a lot about music and she enjoys trying new musical instruments.

The organisers are great musicians, very caring and the kids have lots of fun.

Activity leaders are using both voice and BSL – perfect role models especially for CODA’s and non-BSL deaf children

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The NCEM is available to hire for anniversaries, birthday parties, wedding receptions, conferences, dinners and musical events.