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NCEM Young Composers Award 2020



The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips, director
The 2020 NCEM Young Composers Award was recently launched on BBC Radio 3's The Early Music Show in a programme which also broadcast the winning pieces of the 2019 award . If you missed it, listen again here

NCEM and BBC Radio 3 are delighted to welcome back our partners for 2020, the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars , directed by Peter Phillips. 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 Radio3'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 are 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. Read the Terms and Conditions for the full brief, texts, and details of how to apply - download them below.

Applicants must register their interest in the award by 5pm on Friday 21 February by emailing the National Centre for Early Music at register.composers@ncem.co.uk and stating which age group they wish to enter. Completed scores must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 20 March.

Composers whose works are shortlisted will be invited to the National Centre for Early Music in York on Thursday 14 May, when their compositions will be presented by the York-based Ebor Singers in a workshop led by composer Christopher Fox. That evening, the Ebor Singers will perform each of the pieces in the presence of a panel of judges, after which two winners will be announced, one for each of the two age groups.

2020 Award schedule
Closing date for registration: Friday 21 February, 5pm
Deadline for submission of scores: Friday 20 March, 5pm
Successful shortlist informed: Friday 17 April
Award Day in York: Thursday 14 May
Performance of winning pieces, London: Thursday 24 September

Email info.composers@ncem.co.uk if you would like to be added to the NCEM Young Composers Award mailing list.

Application forms and Terms and Conditions downloadable below


19 to 25 Application Form 2020 NCEM Young Composers.pdf

 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 bbc.co.uk/radio3
The Tallis Scholars thetallisscholars.co.uk

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.