Watch the recording featuring the eight pieces shortlisted for the 2016 Award. The performance took place at the NCEM on Thursday 12 May.
The new pieces were performed by Theatre of the Ayre, directed by one of Europe's leading lutenists Elizabeth Kenny , with tenor Nicholas Mulroy and mezzo soprano Anna Starushkevych . The winners were announced after the concert by Les Pratt, BBC Radio 3 Producer, one of the three judges. The other judges were Elizabeth Kenny, Director of Theatre of the Ayre and Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music. There were two awards: one for composers aged 18 years and under, won by Alex Dakin and one for composers aged 19 to 25 won by Kristina Arakelyan.
The winning pieces will be premiered by Theatre of the Ayre and broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show in the autumn.
The shortlisted pieces were:
19 to 25 years:
Kristina Arakelyan Penelope (Winner)
Alan Barclay Persephone in Repose
Christian Drew Sonnet 147
Robin Haigh Three Littul Ayres
18 years and under:
Alex Dakin Sonnet 147 (Winner)
Oscar Ridout Demeter
Felix Saward If love make me forsworn
Katrina Toner Demeter
Find out more about the composers and their pieces here
Their Recordings can be heard below
Now in its 9th year, the annual NCEM Young Composers Award attracts composers from across the UK. The 2016 Award, presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and Theatre of the Ayre, invited composers to create a contemporary response to one of the most intimate musical forms of the Renaissance, the lute song, and the music had to set one of four selected poems by William Shakespeare or Carol Ann Duffy
The composers were invited to take part in a workshop of the shortlisted pieces, presented by Theatre of the Ayre and led by composer Christopher Fox, Professor in Music at Brunel University. This was followed by the evening performance, which was recorded courtesy of music technology students Davide Cuoghi and Jed Fulwell from the Department of Electronics at the University of York. The recordings will be available to listen to on this page shortly.
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For further information see:
BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/earlymusicshow
Elizabeth Kenny and Theatre of the Ayre www.elizabethkenny.co.uk