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The winning pieces of the 2021 NCEM Young Composers Award are Kagura Suite for Recorders by Delyth Naya (19 to 25 years) and murmuration by Jacob Fitzgerald (18 years and under).

Delyth and Jacob got the chance to go to St. John's Smith Square, London to hear their pieces premiered by Palisander as part of the London Festival of Baroque Music, and recorded by BBC Radio 3.

The performance will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show on Sunday 21 November. Details of the 2022 NCEM Young Composers Award will be announced in the same programme.

The shortlisted pieces were:

19 - 25 years
Mollie Carlyle               

Tango Apasionado

Delyth Naya

Kagura Suite for Recorders

Lux Knightley

3-7 Davies Street, Mayfair (The FitzGerald Jig)

18 and under
Jacob Fitzgerald


Matty Oxtoby

Southbank Swerve

Adam Spry

Sweet Hop

Shuchen Xie

Glide & Caper

Shoshana Yugin-Power 

Dancing Through Time

The Award was judged at the National Centre for Early Music on Thursday 13 May when the shortlist of entries was performed by Palisander. The judges were Palisander; Les Pratt, Producer BBC Radio 3; Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music. Earlier in the day the shortlisted pieces were rehearsed by Palisander in a workshop with the young composers, led by composer Christopher Fox.

This year the composers were invited to base their works on dance, choosing whatever dance-form they liked across all eras and cultures, from the bransle and the galliard to the Charleston and the tango.

Tango ApasionadoMollie Carlyle
00:00 / 03:06
Kagura Suite for RecordersDelyth Naya
00:00 / 05:59
3-7 Davies Street, Mayfair (The Fitzgerald Jig)Lux Knightley
00:00 / 03:48
murmurationJacob Fitzgerald
00:00 / 03:45
Southbank SwerveMatty Oxtoby
00:00 / 04:11
Sweet HopAdam Spry
00:00 / 03:31
Glide and CaperShuchen Xie
00:00 / 04:22
Dancing Through TimeShoshana Yugin-Power
00:00 / 03:52

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 

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