Eleanor Philpot

Applications open for the NCEM Young Composers Award 2020

5:38, 5th December 2019

Applications are now open for the 2020 National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) Young Composers award.

Open to composers aged 16 to 25, budding young music makers have been asked create an original polyphonic piece for unaccompanied choir that uses either the prayer Our Father (Pater Noster) or poem The Flower by George Herbert.

The competition will be divided into two categories: 18 years and under and 19 to 25, with the winning compositions being performed by The Tallis Scholars at Cadogan Hall, London on 24 September. The performance will then be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music show.

Delma Tomlin MBE, director, NCEM said: “We are delighted to welcome back The Tallis Scholars who have over four decades of performance experience and a huge catalogue of award-winning recordings under their belts. Since they began in 1973, they have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music. They will share their wealth of valuable experience with the short-listed candidates and perform the winning piece at what is surely one of the country’s most prestigious concert halls, Cadogan Hall. The winning composition will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show, an important milestone in any young composer’s career.”

Closing date for registration is Friday 21 February at 5pm, with deadlines for submissions closing on Friday 20 March at 5pm.

To find out more and register, visit: http://www.ncem.co.uk/composersaward2020

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