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NCEM Young Composers Award 2014

The Tallis Scholars (credit: Eric Richmond)

2013 winners, Lilly Vadaneaux and Joseph Howard

2012 winners Benjamin Rowarth and Alex Woolf with Peter Phillips, Director of The Tallis Scholars

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2014 NCEM Young Composers Award, presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars.

They are, in the 19 to 25 age category:
Hugo Bell                           The Lamentation of Jeremiah
Kerensa Briggs                  Lamentations of Jeremiah:
                                            Jerusalem, return to the Lord thy God
Aditya Chander                  Lamentations
Lillie Harris                         Qinah

They are, in the 18 and under category:
Jared Bennett                     Lux in tristia
Anna Disley-Simpson        Lamentations
Freya Ireland                       Lamentations
Freddie Meyers                   Lamentations of Jeremiah

The award will be judged at the National Centre for Early Music on Thursday 8 May. During the day the shortlist of entries will be rehearsed by the York-based Ebor Singers in a workshop led by the composer Christopher Fox, along with the young composers.

At 7.30pm, the Ebor Singers will perform each of the pieces in public concert at the NCEM in front of a panel of judges - Peter Phillips, Director of The Tallis Scholars; Les Pratt, BBC Radio 3 Lead Producer: The Early Music Show ; and Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music. The two winners will be announced after the concert, one for each of the two age categories: 18 and under and 19 to 25. To book tickets for the concert, click here .

The two winning works will be premiered by The Tallis Scholars in a concert to take place on Friday 24 October 2014 at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Oxford as part of the Music at Oxford International Concert Season 2014/15. Tickets will be available from Monday 9 June (booking opens to MAO's Priority Bookers on Tuesday 27 May) at . This concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show at 2.00pm on Sunday 2 November 2014.

Composers were invited to write a new three to four minute work for a capella (unaccompanied) choir, specifically with The Tallis Scholars in mind, scored for SSATB with the possibility of dividing these voices into ten parts. They had to set verses (Lamentations) from the Book of Jeremiah, a Biblical text which mourns the destruction of the city of Jerusalem in about 600 BCE and which has inspired many composers, from Tallis to Palestrina and Gesualdo to Stravinsky (his Threni).

The Terms and Conditions of the Award, and a Background to the Lamentations written by the NCEM's Education Consultant Cathy Dew, can be downloaded below.

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

Listen to the winners of the 2012 Award - which was also presented in association with The Tallis Scholars - at and see the film of the 2011 Award in association with viol consort Fretwork at .

Terms and Conditions.pdf

Background to Lamentations.pdf

The 2014 NCEM Young Composers Award is supported by the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.