Apply for NCEM Young Composers Award 2019

Young person composer piano

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) has opened applications for its 2019 Young Composers Award.

Now in its twelfth year, the award is presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and virtuoso viol player Liam Byrne.

It’s 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.

Composers are invited to compose 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.’

The winning works will be premiered by Liam Byrne in a public performance and broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show.

Director of NCEM, Delma Tomlin MBE, said that the focus on electronics this year is all about embracing new ideas and adding ‘an extra dimension’. She added: ‘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.’

Applicants must register their interest in the award before midnight on 15 February 2019 by emailing, stating which age group they wish to enter.

Completed scores must be submitted by 5pm on 15 March 2019.

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