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NCEM Young Composers Award 2014 – Deadline 21st February


Tallis ScholarsAll young composers interested in entering the 2014 NCEM Young Composers Award must register their interest by 5.00pm on Friday 21 February. This is your chance to hear your work performed by The Tallis Scholars as part of the Music at Oxford International Concert Season 2014/15 and broadcast by BBC Radio 3!

This major national award, presented by the National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3, continues the successful partnership with leading vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips. The Tallis Scholars are currently celebrating their 40th anniversary.

We are inviting young composers resident in the UK to write a new piece with The Tallis Scholars specifically in mind. Compositions must set verses (Lamentations) from the Book of Jeremiah, a Biblical text which mourns the destruction of the city of Jerusalem in about 600 BCE, and which has inspired many composers, from Tallis to Palestrina and Gesualdo to Stravinsky. There are two awards, one for composers aged 18 years and under, and one for composers aged 19 to 25.

A shortlist of entries will be selected for the Award Day, a day-long workshop led by composer Christopher Fox and presented by The Ebor Singers at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Thursday 8 May 2014. The winning compositions, one for each age category, will be performed by The Tallis Scholars on Friday 24 October

2014 at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Oxford in a public concert as part of the Music at Oxford International Concert Season 2014/15, and recorded for broadcast on BBC

Radio 3’s Early Music Show.

To register their interest in the competition, applicants must email education@ncem.co.uk by 5.00pm on Friday 21 February 2014, stating which age category they wish to enter and where they heard about the Award.

Completed scores must be received no later than 5.00pm on Friday 21 March 2014.

The Award will be judged in York on Thursday 8 May 2014.

For full details see www.ncem.co.uk/youngcomposersaward2014

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