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NCEM Young Composers Award 2017

The Tallis Scholars

2016 winners Kristina Arakelyan and Alex Dakin at the Southbank Centre performance

2016 winners and finalists at the NCEM

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2017 NCEM Young Composers Award, presented by the NCEM in association with BBC Radio 3 and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips.

19 to 25 years

Hugo Bell                     Salve Regina

Marco Galvani             Salve Regina

Rhiannon Randle        Ave Regina

Freddy Viner                Prayer from Afar

18 years and under

Emily de Gruchy          Ave Regina Caelorum

Noah Max                     Ave Regina Caelorum

James Tomlinson       Salve Regina

Dominic Wills              Salve Regina


The award will be judged at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Thursday 11 May, when the shortlist of entries will be presented by the York-based Ebor Singers, directed by Paul Gameson, in a workshop for the young composers led by composer Christopher Fox. 

At 7.30pm that day the Ebor Singers will perform each of the pieces in a public concert in the presence of a panel of judges - Peter Phillips, Director of The Tallis Scholars; Les Pratt, BBC Radio 3 Producer; and Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music. There are two awards: one for composers aged 18 years and under, and one for composers aged 19 to 25. The winners will be announced after the concert. To book tickets for the concert click here . The performance will also be live-streamed and available to watch on this web page.

The performance of the shortlisted entries will also be recorded courtesy of music technology students from the Department of Electronics at the University of York. The recordings will be available to listen to on this page after the Award Day.

The two winning works will be premiered by The Tallis Scholars in a concert at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Saturday 16 September. This concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show.

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The 2017 NCEM Young Composers Award is supported by the 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust and the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust