in association with BBC Radio 3

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.

This major national annual award is open to young composers resident in the UK, up to the age of 25. The award is judged in two age categories: 18 and under, and 19–25. 
Winners hear their pieces premiered by internationally renowned musicians in a public performance and broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show. All shortlisted composers are invited to the NCEM to work with a professional composer and professional musicians, and receive a recording of their piece.
Many past winners of the award have gone on to become successful composers and to make their mark in varied areas of musical life.


For news of the winning pieces by Eilidh Owen and Fintan O’Hare and their premiere by The Tallis Scholars


For news of the winning pieces by Delyth Naya and Jacob Fitzgerald, their premiere by recorder ensemble Palisander and broadcast on BBC Radio 3