Harriet Clifford

NCEM Young Composers Award 2020 to be live streamed

12:48, 4th November 2020

On 11 November, the finals of the Young Composers Award 2020 hosted by the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) will be live streamed for free. 

The 7pm live stream follows a season of online performances from the York-based NCEM, having been one of the first arts organisations to begin live streaming events in March as a response to COVID-19. 

In this year’s final, Ex Corde Vocal Ensemble, the consort of the Ebor Singers, will perform each of the shortlisted pieces for a panel of judges: Peter Phillips, director of The Tallis Scholars; Les Pratt, producer at BBC Radio 3; and Delma Tomlin MBE, directional of the NCEM. The one winner from each age category will be announced after the concert. 

The eight shortlisted finalists from both age categories (18-25 and 18 and under) will spend the day of the concert in a virtual workshop with composer Christopher Fox, professor of Music at Brunel, and Ex Corde Vocal Ensemble. 

The winning pieces will be premiered by The Tallis Scholars in a public performance at London’s Cadogan Hall on 24 March 2021, which will also be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show. 

Delma Tomlin said, ‘For everyone working in the arts and entertainment, the last few months have not been easy. We’ve been working hard to give our aspiring finalists the best possible experience, even though we won’t be able to welcome them, their friends and family to York in person. We hope to be able to celebrate in style next year with the public performance at the Cadogan Hall in March.’ 

The finalists are:

  • Noah Bray Our Father
  • Sam Gooderham late-past
  • Caitlin Harrison The Flower
  • James Mitchell The Lord’s Prayer
  • Fintan O’Hare Come Passing Rain
  • Ethan Lieber The Flower
  • Eilidh Owen As If There Were No Such Cold Thing
  • Emily Pedersen Pater Noster

The finals will be streamed via the NCEM website, here

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