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Launch Your International Career in Early Music in York Next Summer

27 August 2008

Applications are now being invited for the 2009 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition (previously known as the Early Music Network IYAC) which will take place at the National Centre for Early Music in York from 16th - 18th July.

To take part, artists need to be aged between 17 and 30 (35 for singers); to be part of an ensemble of at least 3 players and to be presenting music in an historically appropriate style. Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM said "all short listed groups will be expected to present a short recital under the guidance of one of the world's most respected singing teachers - Evelyn Tubb - as well as entering the competition itself. Winners can expect a major boost to their professional careers with broadcasting, recording and touring opportunities".

Previous winners of this internationally recognised competition include the Palladian Ensemble, I Fagiolini, Le Jardin Secret and Stile Antico - who won the YEM Festival Friends Prize in 2005 - all have gone on to enjoy immensely successful careers. Early Music groups who are interested in taking part should log on to the NCEM's web site for details - the deadline date for applications is Friday 5th December 2008.

For immediate release: 27th August 2008

Editors note: The competition has been hosted by the York Early Music Festival on behalf of the Early Music Network for over a decade. With recent changes to ACE funding, York has taken over direct responsibility for the event.

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