NCEM and Radio 3 open young talent search

2016 Young Composers Award

2016 Young Composers AwardThe National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) and BBC Radio 3 have launched their annual hunt for the UK’s top young composers.

The organisations have opened their call for entries into the NCEM Young Composers Award 2016, with applications welcomed in the 18 years and under, and 19 to 25 years old categories.

Interested composers are invited to write a new work for lute and either a male (tenor) or female (mezzo soprano) singer.

The music must set one of four poems by William Shakespeare and Carol Ann Duffy.

Applicants must register their interest in the award by 5pm on Friday 19 February 2016 by emailing the National Centre for Early Music at

Completed scores must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 18 March 2016.

The award will be judged at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Thursday 12 May 2016.

During the day a shortlist of entries will be presented by Theatre of the Ayre in a workshop led by composer Christopher Fox.

At 7.30pm the Theatre of the Ayre 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 2016 can be found at: