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NCEM Young Composers Award 2020

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips, director
Thank you to all who submitted scores. Best of luck! We'll be in touch by Friday 17th April. 

The National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 are delighted to welcome back as our partners for the 2020 Young Composers Award, 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 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

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. Book here

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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.