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Dec 10, 2019


The NCEM is delighted to welcome back the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, as the partners for NCEM Young Composers Award 2020 in association with BBC Radio 3.

Composers are invited to create a new polyphonic work for unaccompanied choir, setting either the Our Father (Pater Noster) prayer from St Matthew's Gospel, or the first and last verses of George Herbert's poem The Flower.

The winning works will be premiered by The Tallis Scholars in a public performance at Cadogan Hall, London on 24 September 2020 and the concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show.

This major national annual award is open to young composers up to the age of 25 and resident in the UK and is divided into two categories: 18 years and under and 19 to 25 years.

Delma Tomlin MBE, Director, NCEM said: “We are delighted to welcome back The Tallis Scholars who have over four decades of performance experience and a huge catalogue of award-winning recordings under their belts. Since they began in 1973, they have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music. They will share their wealth of valuable experience with the short-listed candidates and perform the winning piece at what is surely one of the country’s most prestigious concert halls, Cadogan Hall. The winning composition will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show, an important milestone in any young composer’s career.”

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