The 2013 NCEM Composers Award has been presented to 11-year-old Lilly Vadaneaux in the 18 years and under category for her piece entitled Sarabande in F sharp minor. Joseph Howard, a second-year music student from the University of Birmingham, won the 19–25 category for his composition Move!
Young UK composers were challenged to create an instrumental baroque dance piece to be performed by ensemble Florilegium. Seven finalists took part in workshops with Florilegium and composer and professor in music at Brunel University Christopher Fox to develop their compositions, after which there was a concert in front of a judging panel to decide the 2013 winners.
Judge and director of NCEM Delma Tomlin said she was, ‘astonished by the consistently high standard of entries and wealth of ideas around the given theme.’ She said: ‘It is inspiring to witness these young composers collaborate with each other and clearly enjoy their time at the NCEM.’
Fellow judge and Florilegium director Ashley Solomon 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.’
The winning pieces from Vadaneaux and Howard will receive their premieres at the Bath International Music Festival on 1 June. The performances, to be undertaken by Florilegium, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show on 23 June.