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NCEM Young Composers Award 2014 with The Tallis Scholars

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The winners of the 2014 NCEM Young Composers Award, presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars are: Freya Ireland (18 years and under) and joint winners Hugo Bell and Kerensa Briggs (19 to 25 years).

The three winning works will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show on Sunday 2 November at 2pm. They were recorded at their premiere by The Tallis Scholars in a concert which took place at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Oxford on Friday 24 October 2014 as part of the Music at Oxford International Concert Season 2014/15.

For information about Freya, Hugo, Kerensa and their winning pieces click here . Congratulations to all the finalists who are listed below:

Joint Winners in the 19 to 25 category:

Hugo Bell The Lamentation of Jeremiah



Kerensa Briggs Lamentations of Jeremiah




Winner in the 18 years and under category:
Freya Ireland Lamentations




The other finalists were, in the 19 to 25 age category:

Aditya Chander Lamentations



Lillie Harris Qinah



and in the 18-and-under category:
Jared Bennett Lux in tristia



Anna Disley-Simpson Lamentations



Freddie Meyers Lamentations of Jeremiah




The award was judged at the National Centre for Early Music on Thursday 8 May. During the day the young composers had the opportunity to receive feedback on their shortlisted entries in a workshop with composer Christopher Fox and the Ebor Singers, directed by Paul Gameson. The pieces were performed that evening in a public concert 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 performance was streamed live and is available to watch at https://new.livestream.com/YorkEarlyMusic/YoungComposers . A recording of the pieces will be available to listen to on this page shortly - thanks to Damian Murphy from the Department of Electronics at the University of York and students Sam Butterworth and Alex Habeck.

The 2014 NCEM Young Composers Award invited composers to write a new work for unaccompanied choir, specifically with The Tallis Scholars in mind and 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 that mourns the destruction of the city of Jerusalem in about 600 BCE. These are verses that have inspired many composers, from Tallis to Palestrina and Gesualdo to Stravinsky.

Young Composers Award 2014 Terms and Conditions.pdf

For further information see:
BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/earlymusicshow
The Tallis Scholars www.thetallisscholars.co.uk
Music at Oxford International Concert Season 2014/15 www.musicatoxford.com

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