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NCEM Young Composers Award 2018

The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble

Gawain Glenton, co-director of ECSE
We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2018 NCEM Young Composers Award, presented by the NCEM in association with BBC Radio 3 and the award-winning virtuoso period instrument ensemble The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble. 

19 to 25 years
Andrew Blair            Isole
Harry Castle            Fanfare for a funeral
Sarah Cattley          The Basilica Remembers a Maestro
Caitlin Nolan           Canzona à 5

The judges also commended Max Gibson's entry, The Comfort of Strangers

18 years and under
Christopher Brain     Con Brio
Benjamin Gardner    A Mysterious Fog
Dan Gilchrist            Hymn to a Lost Age
Lilly Vadaneaux        Bridge of Sighs

The award will be judged at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Thursday 10 May, when the shortlist of entries will be presented by the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble in a workshop for the young composers led by composer Christopher Fox.

At 7.30pm that day, The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble will perform each of the pieces in a public concert in the presence of a panel of judges -  Gawain Glenton, co-director of ECSE; Les Pratt, Lead Producer, BBC Radio 3; and Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music. The winners will be announced after the concert, one for each of the two age categories. Book tickets for the concert here . The performance will also be live-streamed and available to watch on this page.

The performance of the shortlisted entries will be recorded courtesy of music technology students Archie Clifford, Dominic Richmond and Matthew Simpson from the Department of Electronic Engineering 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 in a performance by The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble at Turner Sims, Southampton on Tuesday 30 October 2018. This concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show.

Young composers resident in the UK were invited to compose a new piece to be performed by The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, scored for two cornetts and three sackbuts, with optional chamber organ. Composers were encourage to look to Venice for inspiration for their piece, and to treat the cornetts and sackbuts as 'wordless voices', closer in spirit to a vocal ensemble than to a modern brass ensemble. 

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For further information see:


2018 Terms and Conditions.pdf

Composing for the instruments - recordings and history.pdf

Links to Venetian writing painting etc.pdf

The 2018 NCEM Young Composers Award is supported by the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust