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Young Musicians from around the world arrive in York for the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition

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Wednesday 10 July at 6.00pm
Mansion House
St Helens Square
York YO1 9QL

The 2013 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition welcomes the arrival of 38 young musicians from 16 different countries around the world to York on Wednesday 10 July to a special reception at the Mansion House, where they will be greeted by the Lord Mayor of York on behalf of the City, ahead of three exciting days of competition at the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), York from 11 - 13 July as part of the 2013 York Early Music Festival.

The biennial Competition, which is recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent in the early music world, offers a major boost to professional careers with opportunities for performance, recording and broadcasting. The ten finalists are: Der Musikalisches Garten (Germany); Duo 1702 (Denmark); Duo Domenico (UK); Ensemble Daimonion (Switzerland); Ensemble Versailles (Germany); Les Mélomanes (UK); On Air (Germany); Repicco (UK); Seldom Sene (Austria) and the Thalia Ensemble (Netherlands).

The winners will receive a cheque for £1,000; opportunities to work with BBC Radio 3 and feature on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show; a concert as part of the 2014 York Early Music Festival and a CD recording professionally produced by Linn Records. Special prizes include the EUBO Development Trust Prize for the most promising young artist(s) and York Early Music Festival Friends Prize.

The Competition is supported by the National Centre for Early Music, BBC Radio 3 and Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

Tickets: £7.50 (£5.00 students) for Thursday 11 July and Friday 12 July.  £25.00 for Saturday 13 July (all seating is reserved) are available from the NCEM at St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL. Telephone: 01904 658338. Email:

Press Contact:  Shona Galletly, on behalf of National Centre for Early Music 
m: 07813 796 733

Editors Notes:
York Early Music Festival is supported by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire, Media partner BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music, Tourism partners Welcome to Yorkshire, the City of York Council and members of the York Hoteliers Association.