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Applications open for NCEM Young Composers Award 2019

11:43, 29th November 2018

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) Young Composers Award is open for applications.

Now in its 12th year, the award gives young composers the chance to have their pieces performed by a leading early music specialist. This year, the awards’ partner is virtuoso viol player Liam Byrne.

The winning compositions will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

This year, young composers living in the UK are invited to compose a Fantasy for solo viol or viol with electronics. Candidates are encouraged the think about augmenting the sound of the viol through the use of electronics.

The awards are divided into two categories: 18 years and younger; and 19-25 years.

Director of NCEM Delma Tomlin MBE said that this year’s focus on electronics represented a desire to embrace new ideas and ‘an extra dimension’. She continued: ‘The award is both challenging and rewarding and provides a unique opportunity for young composers to see their work performed by professional musicians and recorded for BBC Radio 3.’

Expressions of interest must be received by 11.59pm on 15 February 2019, and completed scores must be received by 5pm on 15 March.

Details of how to apply can be found at:


For more information email: info.composers@ncem.co.uk

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