NCEM Young Composers 2014
21 May 2014
The National Centre for Early Music has announced the winners of its 2014 Young Composers award. 16-year-old Freya Ireland won the under 18s category, with Kerensa Briggs (23) and Hugo Bell (22) awarded joint first prize in the 19-25 category.
The award, presented in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and The Tallis Scholars, was judged in York over a day of workshops, culminating in an evening concert. The concert performance was streamed live and can be viewed here until the beginning of August 2014.
Entrants to the competition were invited to compose a three to four minute work, setting Lamentations from the book of Jeremiah for an a cappella SSATB choir. Freya Ireland’s Lamentations, Kerensa Briggs’ Lamentations of Jeremiah: Jerusalem, return to the Lord thy God and Hugo Bell’s The Lamentations of Jeremiah will be premièred by The Tallis Scholars on Friday 24 October at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Oxford in a public concert promoted by Music at Oxford , and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show at 2.00pm on Sunday 2 November 2014.
Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM said: ‘We were absolutely overwhelmed this year in terms of both the very high standard and quantity of responses to the Award. Live-streaming the finalists’ concert enabled us to share this wealth of new talent with an even wider audience throughout the UK and gave the young composers an immediately broader platform for the premier of their compositions. As the National Centre for Early Music, we are delighted that our partnership with BBC Radio 3, The Tallis Scholars and Music at Oxford extends the geographical reach of this Award across the UK. We look forward to all three performances in Oxford this October.'
Peter Phillips, Director of The Tallis Scholars added: ‘We were thrilled that nearly 80 young composers wanted to take up the challenge of setting the Lamentations text. I was looking for music which I could interpret with The Tallis Scholars on a big occasion and so high was the standard that in the older age category we decided to give a joint prize. I can’t wait for the concert and broadcast we shall give in October.’
Essex pianist wins BBC Young Musician
19 May 2014, Melanie Spanswick
17-year-old Martin James Bartlett, from Essex, has been named BBC Young Musician 2014. The final took place on Sunday 18 May at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
Sellout for first ever London Music Awards
19 May 2014
Mayor of London Boris Johnson will be hosting the inaugural London Music Awards at the Roundhouse on Wed 11 June.
The event, which is close to being a sell-out, is being staged in celebration of London’s aspiring young musicians and their achievements. Soul II Soul are set to perform on the night, alongside emerging artists such as Brit school musician Natalie Shay, singer-songwriter Kimberley Anne and Croydon based hip-hop trio Hawk House, who will be presenting their new video. Classic FM DJ Margherita Taylor will be overseeing events.
The London Music Awards will also be an opportunity to fundraise for the Mayor’s Music Fund, a charity that supports the musical development of talented children across London’s 32 boroughs. In two years the fund has already provided grants worth £1.3m which have reached over 14,000 young musicians.
Tables at the event are being hosted by major players in the music industry, including Sony, Universal, Warner, Live Nation, UK Music and AEG. An auction on the night, led by Channel 4’s Jon Snow, will raise further funds.
Mayor’s Music Fund Chief Executive Ginny Greenwood says: ‘The fund is already helping thousands of talented youngsters develop their musical abilities and this is our way of celebrating a major asset for London – its musical heritage and its musical future. Six months ago the London Music Awards was just a dream. Now it’s a reality. This couldn’t have happened without our sponsor Raymond Weil, our other supporters and the music industry embracing the idea and running with it. A big thank you to everyone involved in the evening.’A total of nine awards are being handed out at what will become an annual event. There will be six music awards:
Guildhall Gold for Michael Petrov
16 May 2014
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama has awarded this year’s Gold Medal to Bulgarian cellist Michael Petrov. The award is the school’s most prestigious prize for outstanding soloists.
Michael commented: ‘I am ecstatic to have won the Gold Medal. It certainly wasn’t easy; the others gave me a run for my money! I’d like to thank the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Dominic Wheeler and especially my teacher Louise Hopkins.’
Three Gold Medal finalists competed for the prize. Violinist Rosie Hsien, from Taiwan, and clarinettist Max Mausen, from Luzembourg, joined Michael Petrov in the Barbican for a night of concerto performances. The panel of judges included renowned violinists and previous Gold Medal winner Tasmin Little; Ivan Hewitt, chief music critic at the Daily Telegraph; Dominic Wheeler, conductor of the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Vaughan, director of music at Guildhall School.
‘Our three soloists all played with the certainty of seasoned
veterans but the exuberance of youth, producing three exquisite performances,’
commented chair of the jury Jonathan Vaughan. ‘Many congratulations to Michael,
Max and Rose!’
'Friday Afternoons' returns!
15 May 2014
Yesterday saw the launch of this year’s ‘Friday Afternoons’ project, following the enormous success of last year’s initiative to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten.
Aldeburgh Music has announced that Friday 28 November 2014 will see the culmination of this year’s scheme. Last year over 67,000 young people joined together in song across 12 time zones and four different continents. This year nine composers have been commissioned to produce a new Friday Afternoons songbook, and resources are now available on the Friday Afternoons website.
To find out more about the project and to sign up, click here.
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