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After yesterday’s wedding near Edinburgh, today we were making our way back down the country and travelled to York for Emma and David’s wedding. The venue was the National Centre for Early Music.

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is the national advocate of early music in England and a centre of excellence for music-making in the City of York.

The NCEM hosts three festivals of early music in Yorkshire, a year-round programme of folk, jazz, early music and world music concerts supported by a significant creative learning programme. NCEM boasts an enviable reputation for blending artistic quality, administrative excellence and creative diversity.

NCEM supports emerging early music artists as they step from conservatoire to stage across Europe with residences, the biennial York Young Artists Competition, a national composers award run in association with BBC Radio 3 and a Directory of Early Music Artists designed to support the wider English based early music community. 

As well as this, the NCEM is also a very lovely wedding venue and this is where we found ourselves today.

The Wedding

Emma and David
National Centre for Early Music, York
Sunday 28 August 2022

JAM Duo at the NCEM

Today our brief was to provide music for the wedding ceremony followed by the outdoor drinks reception. Emma and David certainly had some interesting music choices, none of which could be particularly defined as ‘early music’! But nevertheless it was a lot of fun playing for them in such fabulous surroundings.


Pre Ceremony
Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader
Be My Baby – The Ronettes
I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
Together in Electric Dreams – Human League
Africa – Toto

Bridal Entrance
In My Life – The Beatles

Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
In To My Arms – Nick Cave

Make It With Chu – Queens of the Stone

During the course of the day we asked David and Emma why they chose the NCEM. The reply was that David was from Newcastle and Emma was from Sussex and they wanted somewhere mid way… We weren’t entirely sure how Yorkshire fitted that brief, but to be fair we did love their venue and their wedding was fabulous in every way, so we can forgive their interesting take on geography!!!!

Emma and David – Wedding Ceremony

Drinks Reception

After the celebrant lead ceremony everyone made their way outside for a short drinks reception.

Drinks Reception
Wedding Drinks Reception

Music Choices

How Deep is Your Love – Bee Gees
One Day Like This – Elbow
Beneath Your Beautiful – Labyrinth
Rule The World – Take That
Stay Another Day – East 17
Wonderwall – Oasis
Yellow – Coldplay
I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklyn
Perfect Day – Lou Reed

To hear these songs and many more, please visit our listen page.

JAM Duo – Yorkshire Wedding Musicians

Jules and Anne-Marie travel all over the UK to play for weddings and events. We particularly enjoyed playing for Emma and David’s wedding at the National Centre for Early Music in York. If you are getting married in Yorkshire or indeed anywhere else in the UK then do please get in touch via our contact page.

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