Young composers are being invited to submit their scores for this year’s National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award, details of which have just been announced. The successful entries will be able to witness their work being performed professionally for a national broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

This major national annual award is being run in partnership with the virtuoso viol player, Liam Byrne, who will play the winning entries in a public performance that will be recorded for Radio 3’s Early Music Show next year. To enter, composers are asked to create a 'Fantasy' for solo viol, or viol and electronics. The Fantasy is an exciting form of music that has flourished since the Renaissance and involves elaborately and inventively spinning out a single musical idea.

Applicants must be young composers resident in the UK in one of two age categories: 18 years and under, or 19 to 25 years. To take part, you need to register by Friday, 15 February 2019. Composers whose works are shortlisted will be invited to the National Centre for Early Music in York on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May, when their compositions will be presented in a workshop led by composer Christopher Fox. The entries will then be played for a panel of judges, and final winners from both age groups will be announced. For full details, visit the NCEM website here: www.ncem.co.uk