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NCEM’s Young Composer Award entries open

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The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) has opened applications for it’s 2017 Young Composer Award.

Composers will be separated into two age groups; 18 years and under and 19-25 years. They will be invited to write a new piece for vocal ensemble group The Tallis Scholars. Shortlisted works will be selected for a day-long workshop presented by the Ebor Singers at the NCEM in York on Thursday 11 May 2017.

The two winning works, one from each category, will be premiered at a public concert given by The Tallis Scholars at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Saturday 16 September 2017. The performance will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show.

Delma Tomlin, NCEM director, said: ‘We are extremely excited about this opportunity for young talented musicians, and have been developing the composers award for many years. 2017 is a significant year for early music in the UK, with the fortieth anniversary of the York Early Music Festival and the thirtieth anniversary of Beverley, and we are extremely grateful and exhilarated that we have The Tallis Scholars on board again in the tenth year of the award.

‘It’s important that young people should be given the environment and structure in which to develop their music and their composing, and the award allows them the opportunity to have their works rehearsed and performed by musicians of the highest quality, in addition to achieving national recognition. With BBC Radio 3 and high profile ensembles supporting this, we are more confident of the future of early music.’

Completed scores must be submitted by 5pm on 24 March 2017.

Applicants should email for more information and to make their submission.

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