NCEM Young Composers Award 2014
The Tallis Scholars (credit: Eric Richmond) 2013 winners, Lilly Vadaneaux and Joseph Howard 2012 winners Benjamin Rowarth and Alex Woolf with Peter Phillips, Director of The Tallis Scholars
Launched on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show on Sunday 17 November, this major national award is presented by The National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 in partnership with the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars, who are currently celebrating their 40th anniversary. The award is open to young composers resident in the UK in two age categories: 18 years and under; and 19 to 25 years.
The two winning works will be premiered by The Tallis Scholars in a concert given as part of the Music at Oxford International Concert Season 2014/15 and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show. This concert will take place on Friday 24 October 2014 at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Oxford.
Composers are invited to write a new three to four minute work for a capella (unaccompanied) choir, specifically with The Tallis Scholars in mind. It should be scored for SSATB (two to a part), with the possibility of dividing these voices into ten parts. Compositions must set verses (Lamentations) from the Book of Jeremiah, a Biblical text which mourns the destruction of the city of Jerusalem in about 600 BCE. It is a text which has inspired many composers, from Tallis to Palestrina and Gesualdo and, more recently, Stravinsky (his Threni). Please see the Terms and Conditions for which verses to set, and full details of the award.
Applicants must have registered their interest in the award by emailing the National Centre for Early Music at firstname.lastname@example.org
by 5.00pm on Friday 21 February. Completed scores and application forms must be delivered to the NCEM by 5.00pm on Friday 21 March. The award will be judged in York on Thursday 8 May, when a shortlist of entries will be rehearsed by the York based Ebor Singers in a workshop led by the composer Christopher Fox at the National Centre for Early Music. At 7.30pm on the same day The Ebor Singers will perform each of the pieces in front of a panel of judges in a public concert, after which the two winners will be announced, one for each of the two age categories.
The 2014 NCEM Young Composers Award is supported by the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.