NCEM Young Composers Award 2019

The 2019 NCEM Young Composers Award is presented by the National Centre for Early Music in association with BBC Radio 3 and the virtuoso viol player Liam Byrne.

There are two awards: one for composers aged 18 years and under; and one for composers aged 19 to 25 years. The winning works will be premiered in a public performance by Liam Byrne and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show.

Young composers resident in the UK are invited to create a Fantasy, for solo viol or for viol and electronics. The Fantasy is characterised by the elaborate spinning out of a musical idea, it's all about invention. The Fantasy is also a type of piece where anything can happen and for this year's award we want to encourage composers to think about augmenting the sound of the viol through the use of electronics. We will also consider compositions for solo viol that do not involve electronics. Please read the Terms and Conditions on the NCEM website for the full brief and details of how to apply, along with Liam Byrne's Notes on writing for viol and for electronics.

2019 Award schedule
Closing date for registration - Friday 15 February, 11.59pm
Deadline for submission of scores - Friday 15 March, 5.00pm
Successful shortlist informed - Friday 5 April
Workshops and Award Day in York - Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 May

Applicants must register their interest in the award by 11.59pm on Friday 15 February by emailing the National Centre for Early Music at and stating which age group they wish to enter. Completed scores must be received no later than 5.00pm on Friday 15 March. The Award will be judged in York on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May.

15 Feb 2019