Launched on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show the 2019 NCEM Young Composers Award is presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and virtuoso viol player Liam Byrne.
This major national annual award is open to young composers up to the age of 25 and resident in the UK, in two age categories: 18 years and under; and 19 to 25 years. The winning works will be premiered by Liam Byrne in a public performance which will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show.
Composers are invited to create a Fantasy, for solo viol or for viol and electronics. The Fantasy is a form that has flourished since the Renaissance and is characterised by the elaborate spinning out of a musical idea; it is music that’s all about invention. The Fantasy is also a type of piece where anything can happen and for this year’s award we want to encourage composers to think about augmenting the sound of the viol through the use of electronics. We will also consider compositions for solo viol that do not involve electronics. Please read the Terms and Conditions for the full brief and details of how to apply, along with Liam Byrne’s Notes on writing for viol and for electronics, downloadable from the NCEM website.
2019 Award schedule
Closing date for registration Friday 15 February, 11.59pm
Deadline for submission of scores Friday 15 March, 5.00pm
Successful shortlist informed Friday 5 April
Workshops and Award Day in York Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 May
Applicants must register their interest in the award by 11.59pm on Friday 15 February by emailing the National Centre for Early Music at firstname.lastname@example.org and stating which age group they wish to enter. Completed scores must be received no later than 5.00pm on Friday 15 March. The Award will be judged in York on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May.
Composers whose works are shortlisted will be invited to the National Centre for Early Music in York on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May, when their compositions will be presented by Liam Byrne in a workshop led by composer Christopher Fox. At 6.30pm on Thursday 9 May, Liam Byrne will perform each of the pieces in the presence of a panel of judges, after which two winners will be announced, one for each of the two age groups.
The Terms and Conditions and Application Forms, along with Liam Byrne’s Notes on writing for the viol and for electronics and some recommended recordings, can be downloaded from the NCEM website.
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For details of the 2018 NCEM Young Composers Award and to listen to the shortlisted pieces click here
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