NCEM Young Composers Award 2014 with The Tallis Scholars
The winners of the 2014 NCEM Young Composers Award, presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars are: Freya Ireland (18 years and under) and joint winners Hugo Bell and Kerensa Briggs (19 to 25 years).
The three winning works will be premiered by The Tallis Scholars as part of the Music at Oxford International Concert Season 2014/15 in a concert to take place at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Oxford on Friday 24 October 2014 at 7.30pm. To book tickets click here . This concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show on Sunday 2 November at 2pm.
For information about Freya, Hugo, Kerensa and their winning pieces click here . Congratulations to all the finalists who are listed below:
Joint Winners in the 19 to 25 category:
Kerensa Briggs Lamentations of Jeremiah
Winner in the 18 years and under category:
The other finalists were, in the 19 to 25 age category:
Aditya Chander Lamentations
Lillie Harris Qinah
and in the 18-and-under category:
Freddie Meyers Lamentations of Jeremiah
The award was judged at the National Centre for Early Music on Thursday 8 May. During the day the young composers had the opportunity to receive feedback on their shortlisted entries in a workshop with composer Christopher Fox and the Ebor Singers, directed by Paul Gameson. The pieces were performed that evening in a public concert in front of a panel of judges - Peter Phillips, Director of The Tallis Scholars; Les Pratt, BBC Radio 3 Lead Producer: The Early Music Show ; and Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music.
The performance was streamed live and is available to watch at https://new.livestream.com/YorkEarlyMusic/YoungComposers . A recording of the pieces will be available to listen to on this page shortly - thanks to Damian Murphy from the Department of Electronics at the University of York and students Sam Butterworth and Alex Habeck.
The 2014 NCEM Young Composers Award invited composers to write a new work for unaccompanied choir, specifically with The Tallis Scholars in mind and scored for SSATB with the possibility of dividing these voices into ten parts. They had to set verses (Lamentations) from the Book of Jeremiah, a Biblical text that mourns the destruction of the city of Jerusalem in about 600 BCE. These are verses that have inspired many composers, from Tallis to Palestrina and Gesualdo to Stravinsky.
For further information see:
BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/earlymusicshow
The Tallis Scholars www.thetallisscholars.co.uk
Music at Oxford International Concert Season 2014/15 www.musicatoxford.com