National Centre for Early Music Announces Its Young Composers Award 2015

02/11/2014

NEW! National Centre for Early Music Announces Its Young Composers Award 2015

The National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 are proud to present the 2015 NCEM Young Composers Award in partnership with Scotland’s leading baroque ensemble, the Dunedin Consort. The Award will be launched on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show on Sunday 30 November 2014.

This major national award is open to young composers resident in the UK up to the age of 25, and is divided into two age categories: 18 years and under and 19 to 25 years. Composers are invited to write a new piece for the Dunedin Consort which is directed by the award-winning conductor, organist, harpsichordist and scholar, John Butt.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the shortlisted young composers the opportunity to take part in a day-long workshop with the outstanding musicians in the Dunedin Consort. The winning pieces will also be performed by the Dunedin Consort and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show. As the National Centre for Early Music we are particularly keen to ensure that the award offers young composers a unique opportunity to have their works rehearsed and performed to an extremely high standard and for the winning pieces to receive national recognition. We look forward to welcoming the Dunedin Consort and young composers in to the supportive and nurturing environment we have created for this Award.”

Les Pratt, Lead Producer for BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show said: “Supporting new music is something BBC Radio 3 has always been committed to and it is part of the BBC Music strategy, as is encouraging young musicians in the early stages of their careers.  We’re delighted to continue our partnership in this award for 2015 and are excited to hear what the young composers will make of this new challenge.  The wealth of inventiveness from the young composers is always impressive, and we’re looking forward to working through this stimulating process and to hearing the Dunedin Ensemble perform the winning pieces next year.”

Applicants must register their interest in the award by 5.00pm on Friday 20 February 2015 by emailing the National Centre for Early Music at education@ncem.co.uk.

Completed scores must be received no later than 5.00pm on Friday 20 March 2015. The Award will be judged at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Thursday 14 May 2015. During the day a shortlist of entries will be presented by the Dunedin Consort in a workshop led by composer Christopher Fox. At 7.30pm the Dunedin Consort will perform each of the pieces in the presence of a panel of judges, after which the two winners will be announced, one for each of the two age categories.

Terms and conditions and details of how to take part in the NCEM Young Composers Award 2015 will be posted at: www.ncem.co.uk/youngcomposersaward2015. For further information email: education@ncem.co.uk

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