presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and the Consone Quartet

ARE YOU AN ASPIRING COMPOSER?
INTERESTED IN WRITING FOR STRING QUARTET

... AND HEARING YOUR WORK ON BBC RADIO 3?

Register by 12 noon 18 February

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NCEM YOUNG COMPOSERS AWARD 2022

The National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 invite you to write a new piece (3 - 4 minutes long) for string quartet, working alongside the BBC New Generation Artists – the Consone Quartet. 

The Award is open to young composers resident in the UK up to the age of 25 and is judged in two age categories: 18 and under, and 19–25. 
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Consone Quartet

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Christopher Fox

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The Consone Quartet play ‘period instruments’ using gut strings. They invite you to enter into the musical sound world of one of their favourite composers, Fanny Mendelssohn. A talented pianist born at the beginning of the 19th century, Fanny wrote some 400 works but was never offered the acclaim that her brother Felix received. This is your opportunity to create a new piece which explores this fascinating time in musical history.

 

Click for full details of the brief in the Terms and Conditions and for information on writing for string quartet. Remember to register by 18 February, 12 noon.


Shortlisted composers are invited to a collaborative day workshop in York led by composer Christopher Fox and Consone Quartet. It’s a fun day with a chance to learn a lot and to make great contacts with other composers.  In the evening the shortlisted pieces will be performed with the judges present and the two winning pieces – one for each age category – will be announced.  These winning pieces will be premiered and recorded for future broadcast at Stour Music festival on 26 June 2022.

 

Closing date for registration is 12 noon, Friday 18 February 2022, with the deadline for submission of scores on Friday 18 March 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Friday 8 April and will be invited to attend the Award Day in York on Thursday 19 May.  NCEM will meet all travel & accommodation costs.
 
The annual NCEM Young Composers Award was launched in 2008 and is the only such scheme in the UK. It offers a unique opportunity for young composers to engage with the instruments and performance styles of early music, and to work with leading professional early musicians. In bridging the worlds of ‘early’ and ‘new’ music, the Award complements the NCEM’s education policy, to support and nurture young composers and demonstrate to all participants that the music of previous centuries is relevant to today’s creative endeavours.

❝ I have gained confidence in myself. Hearing my piece come to life was an incredible experience ❞

❝ Christopher Fox’s insightful comments, always thinking outside the box ❞

❝ Great contacts and lots of fun! ❞

 

HOW TO APPLY

This major national annual award is open to young composers resident in the UK and aged up to 25.

It is judged in two age categories:

18 years and under

19–25 years 

TWO STAGE PROCESS

Register
Complete the 'Register My Interest' form and submit it by 12 noon on Friday 18 February.
Once registered, you’ll receive a password to the Application form.

Apply
Read the Terms and Conditions for full details of what to write.

 

Then once your score’s finished, complete the Application form, upload your score, and submit it by 12 noon on Friday 18 March.

REGISTER MY INTEREST

Register by 12 noon on 18 February. You’ll receive a reply with the link to the application form. If you don’t see it, check your Spam folder.

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2022 DATES TO REMEMBER

Closing date for registration:
Friday 18 February, 12 noon


Closing date for applications:
Friday 18 March, 12 noon


Successful shortlist informed:
Friday 8 April


Award Day in York:
Thursday 19 May


Performance of winning pieces:
Sunday 26 June