The National Centre for Early Music’s 2013 composers award has been won by Lilly Vadaneaux (aged 11) in the 18 years and under category ‒ the youngest entry and youngest winner of the competition to date ‒ and Joseph Howard (20) in the 19-25 years category.
The two winning pieces, Vadaneaux’s Sarabande in F♯ major and Howard’s Move!, will be premiered by Florilegium at the Bath International Music Festival (St Mary’s Church, Bathwick, 1 June) and broadcast on Radio 3’s Early Music Show on 23 June.
The two winners were selected by a panel of judges from seven finalists after a day of workshops with Florilegium and Christopher Fox, composer and professor in music at Brunel University. The day ended with a concert performance to an invited audience, live streamed and available until 20 May 2013 here.
Delma Tomlin, director of the NCEM, said: ‘Yet again we have been astonished by the consistently high standard of entries and wealth of ideas around the given theme. It is inspiring to witness these young composers collaborate with each other and clearly enjoy their time at the NCEM with members of Florilegium and Christopher Fox.
‘We look forward to the winning pieces’ premieres at Bath International Music Festival, which is a great honour for these young composers at the outset of their careers. As the National Centre for Early Music, our partnership with Bath broadens the geographical significance of this Award for young composers across the UK and follows NCEM Composers Award premieres in Durham in 2012 and London in 2011.’
Ashley Solomon, director of Florilegium, said: ‘All of the compositions presented in this evening’s performance deserve to win accolades for their inventiveness, creativity and unique take on the original remit. As an ensemble we have enjoyed the process of learning these short new works, collaborating with the composers in the workshop today and delivering this final performance.
‘Whilst all the finalists clearly understood the challenge set in writing a contemporary work for period instruments, the two winning works stand out as exceptional compositions and we look forward to their official premiere as part of the Bath International Festival in June.’
Chris Wines, senior music producer at Radio 3, said: ‘BBC Radio 3 is delighted to be a partner ‒ for the fifth year running ‒ of this increasingly successful and creative award for young composers.’