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NCEM Young Composers Award 2014 with The Tallis Scholars

The winners of the 2014 NCEM Young Composers Award, presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars are: Freya Ireland (18 years and under) and joint winners Hugo Bell and Kerensa Briggs (19 to 25 years).

The three winning works were premiered by The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, at a concert given in Oxford in October 2014 as part of the Music at Oxford International Concert Season 2014/15. The concert was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show on Sunday 2 November. 

For information about Freya, Hugo, Kerensa and their winning pieces click here . Congratulations to all the finalists who are listed below:

Joint Winners in the 19 to 25 category:

Hugo Bell The Lamentation of Jeremiah

Kerensa Briggs Lamentations of Jeremiah

Winner in the 18 years and under category:
Freya Ireland Lamentations

The other finalists were, in the 19 to 25 age category:

Aditya Chander Lamentations

Lillie Harris Qinah

and in the 18-and-under category:
Jared Bennett Lux in tristia

Anna Disley-Simpson Lamentations

Freddie Meyers Lamentations of Jeremiah

With thanks to Damian Murphy from the Department of Electronics at the University of York, and music technology students Sam Butterworth and Alex Habeck for the recordings.

The award was judged at the National Centre for Early Music in May. During the day the young composers had the opportunity to receive feedback on their shortlisted entries in a workshop with composer Christopher Fox and the Ebor Singers, directed by Paul Gameson. The pieces were performed that evening in a public concert in front of a panel of judges - Peter Phillips, Director of The Tallis Scholars; Les Pratt, BBC Radio 3 Lead Producer: The Early Music Show ; and Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music. The performance was streamed live and is available to watch at

The 2014 NCEM Young Composers Award invited composers to write a new work for unaccompanied choir, specifically with The Tallis Scholars in mind and scored for SSATB with the possibility of dividing these voices into ten parts. They had to set verses (Lamentations) from the Book of Jeremiah, a Biblical text that mourns the destruction of the city of Jerusalem in about 600 BCE. These are verses that have inspired many composers, from Tallis to Palestrina and Gesualdo to Stravinsky.

Young Composers Award 2014 Terms and Conditions.pdf

For further information see:
BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show
The Tallis Scholars
Music at Oxford International Concert Season 2014/15

The 2014 NCEM Young Composers Award is supported by the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.