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Closing Date for NCEM 2010 Composers Award

15 February 2010

Registration of interest for the 2010 NCEM Composers Award in association with BBC Radio 3 and The Tallis Scholars must be made by Monday 1 March.

This major national award is open to composers up to the age of 25, divided into two age categories: 18 and under, and 19 to 25. The Award invites entrants to write a new a cappella (unaccompanied) piece for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. This is a fantastic opportunity for young composers to find out more about The Tallis Scholars and how best to write for the group.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM, commented: "It has been wonderful to see entries arriving from up and down the country over the last few months. There is still time to encourage young composers to step forward and register their interest with us by Monday 1 March to take part in this rapidly expanding competition.

The Award will be judged by Peter Phillips, Director of The Tallis Scholars; Chris Wines, Senior Music Producer BBC Radio 3 and Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM and there will be a special finalist's concert on Thursday 20 May in York.  The winners' pieces will be premiered by The Tallis Scholars in Chester Cathedral as part of the 2010 Chester Summer Music Festival on Wednesday 30 June and will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 with highlights broadcast at a later date.

Application forms can be accessed via the National Centre for Early Music website at Alternatively you can contact the NCEM on 01904 632220 or email

The National Centre for Early Music is administered by the York Early Music Foundation and funded by Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

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Shona Galletly, on behalf of the National Centre for Early Music
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