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NCEM Young Composers Award 2020

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips, director
We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2020 NCEM Young Composers Award, presented by The National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 in partnership with the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips. 

19 - 25 years
Noah Bray              Our Father
Sam Gooderham    late-past
Caitlin Harrison      The Flower
James Mitchell       The Lord's Prayer
Fintan O'Hare        Come Passing Rain

18 and under
Ethan Lieber           The Flower
Eilidh Owen            As If There Were No Such Cold Thing
Emily Pederson      Pater Noster

The award will be judged at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Tuesday 8 September. During the day the shortlist of entries will be presented by the Ebor Singers in a workshop with the young composers, led by composer Christopher Fox. At 7.00pm that evening, the Ebor Singers will perform each of the pieces in front of a panel of judges and the winners will be announced after the concert. There are two awards, one for each age group. Come and join us! Book here

The winning works will be premiered by The Tallis Scholars in a public performance at Cadogan Hall, London on 24 September 2020. This concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show.

This major national annual award is open to young composers up to the age of 25 and resident in the UK, in two age categories: 18 years and under; and 19 to 25 years. Composers were invited to create a new polyphonic work for unaccompanied choir, setting either the Our Father (Pater Noster) prayer from St Matthew's Gospel, or the first and last verses of George Herbert's poem The Flower

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Terms and Conditions downloadable below
 Terms and Conditions 2020 NCEM Young Composers.pdf

For details of previous NCEM Young Composers Award and to listen to the shortlisted pieces click here

For further information see:
BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show
The Tallis Scholars

The 2020 NCEM Young Composers Award is supported by the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust

The annual NCEM Young Composers Award was launched in 2008 and is the only such scheme in the UK. It offers a unique opportunity for young composers to engage with the instruments and performance styles of early music, and to work with leading professional exponents of early music. In bridging the worlds of 'early' and 'new' music, the Award demonstrates to all participants that the music of previous centuries is relevant to today's creative endeavours.