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John Goldie-Scot wins NCEM Young Composers Award 2015

John Goldie-Scott with John Butt

John Goldie-Scott (BA, 2011) has won the under 25 category of the NCEM Young Composers Award 2015 for his piece, “Why are you in such a hurry?”

John was one of seven finalists invited to the National Centre for Early Music in York on Thursday 14 May, where their entries were presented by the Dunedin Consort, directed by John Butt keyboards with Mhairi Lawson soprano; Nicholas Mulroy tenor; Jon Stainsby bass; Pamela Thorby, Frances Norbury recorders; Huw Daniel, Colin Scobie violins and Alison McGillivray viola da gamba in a workshop led by Christopher Fox, composer and Professor in Music, Brunel University, London.

John Butt, Director of the Dunedin Consort concluded by saying: “It has been a pleasure to spend the day with these fine young composers, all of whom show great promise for the future. The welcoming environment which the NCEM creates for this event and their enlightened approach to encouraging young composers to write for early instruments through this award is to be applauded. We look forward to polishing the winning pieces in preparation for their premiere later this year.”

The performance of the shortlisted entries was recorded courtesy of music technology students David Bird, Jack Elliott and Dalia Senvaityte from the Department of Electronics at the University of York.

The concert performance was streamed live and is available for one month from 14 May 2015 at: www.ncem.co.uk/composersaward2015

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