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When: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Where: United States

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With the start of the year I am delighted to inform you that the Musicians’ Company is now receiving applications for theNew Elizabethan Award.

As announced last Autumn, this major biennial award for classical guitarists and lutenists is for the performance and innovative programming of solo and/or ensemble music by composers from the two Elizabethan ages. In the words of the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies:
'This award has a very special significance, in that its focus is on the two great Elizabethan ages, complementing the two main periods of development in Britain of the lute and the classical guitar. This constitutes a most important part of British musical tradition which still needs to be brought more vividly into the public domain. Britain's position in this repertoire of lute and guitar music is comparable to that of Spain - from John Dowland's works for lute to Benjamin Britten's for guitar. In addition to the more obvious solo opportunities, this project offers something of great interest to composers today in the use of lute and guitar in chamber music. Particularly, it will offer great encouragement to a younger generation of artists, and I appreciate its forward vision, with an international dimension’.

The inauguralNew Elizabethan Awardis open to performers born on or after1stJanuary1987, and offers a cash prize and career-enhancing opportunities, beginning with a Wigmore Hall recital on9thFebruary 2019, worth£15,000in total.

Application forms and full details of the award can be found on the Musicians’ Company’s website

Completed applications must be submitted no later than30thApril 2018to

The Selection Round will take place live on6thJuly 2018in London at the Royal Academy of Music.

The NEA Steering Group will keep you updated on further developments via Email,FacebookandTwitter.

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