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NCEM Young Composers Award 2017

The Tallis Scholars

2016 winners Kristina Arakelyan and Alex Dakin at the Southbank Centre performance

2016 winners and finalists at the NCEM

Registration is now closed for the 2017 award. The shortlist will be announced in mid-April.

The 2017 award, presented by the National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 in partnership with The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, was launched on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show in November. 

Applications are open to composers resident in the UK in two age groups: 18 years and under; and 19 to 25 years. Composers are invited to write a new work for unaccompanied choir, creating a contemporary setting for the words of a great Latin hymn, either Ave Regina Coelorum or Salve Regina. See the Terms and Conditions page for full details, texts and application forms.

The two winning works will be premiered by The Tallis Scholars in a public performance at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Saturday 16 September 2017. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show

Registrations of interest must be received by 5.00pm on Friday 24 February 2017. Completed scores must be delivered to the NCEM no later than 5.00pm on Friday 24 March 2017. 

A shortlist of entries will be presented by The Ebor Singers at the National Centre for Early Music on Thursday 11 May 2017 in a workshop led by composer Christopher Fox. At 7.30pm that day, The Ebor Singers will perform each of the pieces in the presence of a panel of judges, after which two winners will be announced, one for each of the two age groups.

Email if you would like to be added to the NCEM Young Composers Award mailing list for future awards. 

For details and winners of the 2016 NCEM Young Composers Award, and to listen to the eight shortlisted pieces, please click here

The 2017 NCEM Young Composers Award is supported by the 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust and the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust