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Dec 04, 2018


Sunday 18 November 2018

On Sunday 18 November, the NCEM Young Composers Award 2019 was launched on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show.

Each year the award is presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and this year we are delighted to announce that our partner is the virtuoso viol player Liam Byrne. Now in its twelfth year, this major national award gives young composers the chance to have their piece performed by one of the world’s leading early music specialists and the winning compositions will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Young composers living in the UK are invited to compose a new piece A Fantasy, for Solo Viol or Viol with Electronics. Candidates are encouraged to think about augmenting the sound of the viol through the use of electronics, although compositions for solo viol that do not involve electronics will also be considered. The awards are divided into two categories, 18 years and younger and 19 – 25 years.

Delma Tomlin MBE, Director, NCEM said:” The Young Composers Award continues to be one of the highlights on the organisation’s calendar and is an extremely important part of our work. The NCEM is always keen to embrace new ideas, and this year, we have added an extra dimension and are encouraging the use of electronics. Presented with our partners BBC Radio 3, the award is both challenging and rewarding and provides a unique opportunity for young composers to see their work performed by professional musicians and recorded for BBC Radio 3.

Edwina Wolstencroft, Editor, BBC Radio 3 added: ‘BBC Radio 3 is committed to supporting and developing emerging new talent and we continue to do this with our partnership with NCEM Young Composers Award. Over the years, the award has helped young composers to find a platform for their work, provided expertise and advice from world-class performers and practitioners and given the winners their first broadcast experience. This year, we are looking forward to working with Liam Byrne whose work and approach will add an exciting new dimension to the 2019 awards.’

Expressions of interest from young composers must be received by 11.59 pm on 15 February 2019 and completed scores must be received by 5.00 pm on 15 March. The judging will take place on 8 and 9 May and during these two days successful applicants are invited to attended workshops and meet other candidates. The winning entries will be premiered by Liam Byrne at a public concert later in the year and will be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

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