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NCEM Composers Award 2012 with The Tallis Scholars

Benjamin Rowarth with Peter Phillips, Director of the Tallis Scholars on stage at Durham Cathedral

Alex Woolf with Peter Phillips, Director of the Tallis Scholars on stage at Durham Cathedral

Finalists, Ebor Singers and Judges at the 2012 NCEM Composers Award

Ebor Singers with winners Benjamin Rowarth, Alex Woolf and Peter Phillips, Director of Tallis Scholars

Alex Woolf (left) and Benjamin Rowarth (right)

Peter Phillips, Director of Tallis Scholars with Benjamin Rowarth (left) and Alex Woolf (right)
Durham Cathedral provided the magnificent setting for the premiere by The Tallis Scholars on Saturday 2 June 2012 of the two winning pieces of the 2012 NCEM Composers Award - Where is thy God? by  Benjamin Rowarth and Lux Aeterna by  Alex Woolf         
Internationally renowned vocal group The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, performed the pieces in a concert which formed part of Durham Cathedral's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
Both composers were delighted by both the warm audience reaction to their pieces and the supremely polished performances their works received from The Tallis Scholars. Ben and Alex were also keen acknowledge that BBC Radio 3's involvement in the NCEM Composers Award and the subsequent broadcast of the concert was a huge privilege and superb opportunity to have their work professionally showcased on national platform.
The Tallis Scholars were joined Durham Cathedral Choir, under the directorship of James Lancelot Master of the Choristers and Organist and sub-organist Francesca Massey in Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina's 'Magnificat for Double Choir' and a rousing encore of Sir Hubert Parry's glorious Anthem  'I was glad', which was performed at Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation, to round off the evening.
The concert was recorded by BBC Radio 3 and featured in the Early Music Show on Sunday 1 July 2012.

Listen to the winning pieces here: 
Benjamin Rowarth        Where is thy God? (19 - 25 category)

Alex Woolf                     Lux Aeterna (18 and under category)

The other finalists were, in the 19 to 25 age category:
Mark McCombs          Rex Iudaeorum

Samuel Parsons        Out of the Heights

Lydia Jane Pugh        À la Perchoine

In the 18-and-under category:
Samuel Pembery        Ascension

Aidan Tulloch             Bear the Bone Boat:
St. Cuthbert's Final Journey

The judges also commended Aditya Chander's entry, On a Journey, ill.

The shortlisted entries were recorded courtesy of music technology students from the University of York.
The NCEM Composers Award 2012 was presented in association with The Tallis Scholars and BBC Radio 3.  Young composers were invited to write a new piece specifically with The Tallis Scholars in mind, taking as their starting point the In Nomine theme from John Taverner's Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas. Those shortlisted were invited to the National Centre for Early Music in York on Thursday 17 May, when their entries were workshopped by the Ebor Singers and composer Christopher Fox.
Each of the pieces was then performed that evening by the Ebor Singers at a public concert at the NCEM which was given in front of a panel of judges comprising Chris Wines, Senior Music Producer, BBC Radio 3; Peter Phillips, Director of The Tallis Scholars and Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music. The winners were announced after the concert.
Click here to view the press release
See below the films made of the 2011 award - in partnership with viol consort Fretwork - and the 2010 award - in partnership with The Tallis Scholars.