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The Tallis Scholars

presented in association
with BBC Radio 3 and The Tallis Scholars

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Are you a composer aged up to 25? 

Interested in hearing your work broadcast on BBC Radio 3?

Then read on - and register your interest by 12 noon, Friday 16 February

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AWARD 2024

The National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 invite you to write a new piece for world-renowned vocal group The Tallis Scholars. 

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


We invite you to compose a new work for a capella (unaccompanied) vocal group. This should be a polyphonic motet for SSATB voices, setting the text Mirabile mysterium in the original Latin or the English translation. Please see the Terms & Conditions for full details and text.


Don’t forget to register by 12 noon on Friday 16 February!

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Registration closes at 12 noon, Friday 16 February, with the deadline for submission of scores on Friday 15 March. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Friday 12 April and will be invited to attend the Award Day in York on Thursday 16 May.  NCEM will meet all travel & accommodation costs.

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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.

How to Apply

How to apply

Application is a two-stage process



Complete the form and submit it by 12 noon on Friday 16 February.

When you register you’ll receive a link to the Application form.



Read the Terms and Conditions for full details of what to write and how to apply. Then complete the Application form, upload your score, and submit it by 12 noon on Friday 15 March.

Register your interest

Register by 12 noon on 16 February

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