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The National Centre for Early Music is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s York Early Music International Young Artists Competition.

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York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 1st Prize WINNER

Ayres Extemporae

The ensemble receives a professional recording contract from Linn Records, £1,000 cash prize, and a future paid engagement with the York Early Music Festival and recording opportunities with BBC Radio 3. 

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Prize for the most promising Young Artist or Group

Ensemble Bastion

 

A cash prize of £1,000 for the MOST PROMISING YOUNG ARTIST/S was awarded to Ensemble Bastion, for the most promising young artist/s specialising in the Baroque repertoire, endowed by the EUBO Development Trust.

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The Cambridge Early Music prize

[hanse] Pfeyfferey 

[hanse] Pfeyfferey scooped the CAMBRIDGE EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL PRIZE, a paid performance at their venue.

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The Friends of York Early Music Festival prize

Apollo’s Cabinet 

 

UK based Apollo’s Cabinet won the Friends of York Early Music Festival cash prize of £1000

“This competition is definitely one of the musical highlights of the year and Linn Records is very proud to continue this important relationship with the York Early Music Festival and the National Centre for Early Music. Today’s concert illustrated an array of extraordinarily inventive musical talent and I would like to congratulate all eight ensembles who performed today.”
Philip Hobbs, Linn Records
“It was wonderful to welcome these eight ensembles from the UK and Europe to what is always an enriching experience and an amazing opportunity to share music and enhance their skills. I would like to thank everyone who appeared today, once again the standard of performance was of the highest calibre. I would also like to say a huge thank you to our panel of judges for their hard work and support and also to Steven Devine for his expertise and invaluable help.”
Dr Delma Tomlin MBE, Director of the National Centre for Early Music

Relive the competition final from Saturday 13 July

About
Welcome to the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. This prestigious longstanding biennial competition for young ensembles takes place at the National Centre for Early Music as part of York Early Music Festival. 
Recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent in the world of early music, the competition attracts musicians from all over the globe, offering a major boost to young professional careers with opportunities for performance, recording and broadcasting, and international exposure. 
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“We’re absolutely delighted and honoured to receive this amazing prize and would like to thank everyone who has supported us – it’s been a wonderful experience.  We’d like to thank all the other ensembles for their encouragement, friendship and brilliant musicianship. We’re looking forward to York and recording with Linn Records in the future.”
Ayres Extemporae, 2024 winners
“We felt so welcomed and taken care of, and your flawless organisation meant we were able to focus entirely on our music making and enjoy the wonderful experience of the festival.”
Liturina, competitors 2022
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