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National Centre for Early Music launches 2013 young composers' competition

29 October 2012

The early music ensemble Florilegium has joined forces with the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) and BBC Radio 3 to present the 2013 NCEM Composers Award,  which will be launched on Radio 3's Early Music Show on 3 November. The award is open to young composers resident in the UK in two age categories: 18 and under, and 19 to 25. The winning works will be premiered by Florilegium at the Bath International Music Festival and recorded for broadcast on the Early Music Show.

Delma Tomlin, director of the NCEM, said the performances at Bath 'will be a great honour for the young composers at an important stage in their careers. As the National Centre for Early Music, based in York, our partnership with Bath broadens the geographical significance of this award for young composers across the UK and follows hot on the heels of Durham in 2012 and London in 2011.'

Chris Wines, senior music producer at BBC Radio 3, said his station is 'committed to supporting new composers' and that he 'looks forward to sharing the results and music of the award with our listeners. The Early Music Show is especially pleased to be working alongside the esteemed period music ensemble Florilegium in what promises to be an exciting and imaginative competition.'

Applicants should register their interest in the competition by 8 February, and completed scores must be delivered by 8 March. The award will being judged in York on 27 April, when a shortlist of entries will be presented by Florilegium in a workshop in the presence of the composers. There will be a public concert that evening, at which Florilegium will perform each of the pieces in front of a panel of judges before the awards are made.

Ashley Solomon, director of Florilegium, said he hopes this year’s competition 'will promote inspiring new works for baroque chamber ensembles'.

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