Radio 3 in York for young composers

THE final of a National Young Composers Award was broadcast live to national audiences on BBC Radio 3 last week – from here in York.

The winners of the 15th National Center for Early Music Young Composers Awards were announced at NCEM last Thursday, following a day-long workshop with the eight young finalists, led by University Professor Emeritus of Music Christopher Fox. Brunel, and the Consone Quartet.

The awards were judged by NCEM director Delma Tomlin and BBC Radio 3 producer Les Pratt.

The winner in the 19 to 25 category is Adam Possener, with his composition 52 degrees N 20 degrees E. Christopher Churcher, meanwhile, won the prize in the 18 and under category with a piece entitled Aborescent.

“Once again we have enjoyed an array of exceptional music at NCEM and I would like to commend all of our composers for their exceptional work,” said Delma. “It was an absolute joy to welcome them to our home at St Margaret’s Church for an incredible day of exploring the world of composition. The very talented Consone Quartet will perform both compositions at the prestigious Stour Music Festival on June 24th and the pieces will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show later in the year.

Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey added: “Music will only exist as long as young people continue to put their minds and spirits into it and feel compelled to continue to create it. This is why supporting young composers is one of Radio 3’s main missions.”

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