Young Composers Award

The 2013 NCEM Composers Award was launched on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show at 1pm last Saturday, 3 November and is available to listen to on iPlayer for a week.

This prestigious national award is presented by the National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 and for 2013 they are joining forces with the acclaimed baroque period ensemble Florilegium.

In the spirit of the baroque dance suite, young composers are invited to write a new three to four minute instrumental ‘dance’ for the four core players of Florilegium to play, scored for: flute or recorder; violin or viola d’amore; cello or piccolo-cello; harpsichord or organ.  They are encouraged to base it on any dance style that they wish – old or new, from the reel to the rumba.

The award is open to young composers resident in the UK and there are two age categories: 19-25 and 18 years and under. 

The two winning compositions will be performed in a concert given by Florilegium as part of the Bath International Music Festival in June 2013 and recorded for broadcast on the Early Music Show.

For full details, Terms and Conditions and Application Forms, visit the NCEM website at