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Young Composers Award 2018 – Winners Announced

22 May 2018

Young Composers 2018 - including judges
For Immediate Release: 22 May, 2018

Young Composers Award 2018 - Winners Announced

The culmination of the 11th National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award, presented in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble (ECSE), has taken place in a music-filled day in York, and has been won by Lilly Vadaneaux in the 18 years and under category and by Andrew Blair in the 19 - 25 years category.

Lilly's Bridge of Sighs and Andrew's Isole will be premiered in a performance by the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble at Turner Sims, Southampton, on Tuesday 30 October 2018. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show, an additional prized accolade.

Young composers resident in the UK were invited to create a new piece of work for two cornetts and three sackbuts, with optional chamber organ. They were encouraged to treat the instruments like voices, rather than a modern brass ensemble, and to evoke the spirit of Venice in their piece.

The shortlisted works from the eight finalists were each performed in a day-long workshop on Thursday 10 May, led by composer Christopher Fox and presented by The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble. This was swiftly followed in the evening by a public concert in the NCEM, judged by Gawain Glenton, co-director of ECSE; Les Pratt, BBC Radio 3 Producer; and Delma Tomlin MBE, Director of the National Centre for Early Music.

Delma Tomlin said: "Everybody involved with the NCEM loves this time of year, as a great wave of youth and potential takes over the NCEM and fills us with inspiration and new ideas. This year has been particularly challenging for those taking part, as the sackbut and cornett will be quite unfamiliar for some young people. But, what an achievement for these finalists.

"A number of those taking part in this award have gone on to further success in their careers, and it's very pleasing and heartening to see that the NCEM has played a role in this. This is the eleventh year of the award, and the talent on display continues to grow. We're delighted to work together with the BBC, in nurturing and giving a platform to the composers of the future."

Edwina Wolstencroft, Editor, The Early Music Show on BBC Radio 3 said: 'It's a pleasure to once again be involved in the Young Composers Award, each year discovering and developing a new strand of musical talent and providing a professional platform and environment for young composers to present their work.'

The concert performance was streamed live on Facebook and is available at: @yorkearlymusic


Press Contact:
Lindsey Porter, on behalf of National Centre for Early Music
m: 07568 309154

Notes to Editors:
Winners Biographies' and Programme Notes
18 years and under category
Lilly Vadaneaux (b.2002) studies composition at Guildhall School of Music junior department. A piece she composed for the BBC Proms Inspired Young Composers' Competition was highly commended in 2016 and she also won the NCEM Young Composers Award in 2013.

19 - 25 years category (b.1995)
Andrew Blair was born in Scotland and began his musical studies at an early age, going on to study for a BMus at the University of Edinburgh. He has recently completed his Masters degree in Music Composition.
The National Centre for Early Music is administered by the York Early Music Foundation and funded by Arts Council England, Yorkshire. The NCEM has a thriving creative learning programme for emerging ensembles and a year-round music programme focusing on young people living in challenging circumstances across York and the Humber region.

The 2018 NCEM Young Composers Award is supported by Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.

BBC Radio 3
Since it launched in 1946, the Third Programme and BBC Radio 3 as its successor have been bold pioneers in the cultural world. The station is one of the world's foremost presenters, creators, commissioners and curators across classical, folk, world, jazz and contemporary music as well as drama, philosophy and ideas. The station is also the most significant commissioner of new and contemporary music in the UK, with 35 new works commissioned annually and broadcasts over 600 concerts a year, including live broadcasts from the greatest classical music festival in the world (BBC Proms). Radio 3's In Concert programme alone reaches the equivalent of 250 packed concert halls a week, and the BBC Orchestras and Choirs give around 400 concerts a year in over 60 UK locations. The station has always nurtured extraordinary artistic talents, provided a platform for important scientific and political debates/announcements, and broadcast ground-breaking experimental drama - always while delivering its core aim of connecting audiences with pioneering music and culture.

NCEM opening times:
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