Album cover for Young Composers 5 featuring orange soundbar graphics with a large 5

Released on Friday 26 January

The latest release in our annual partnership with NMC Recordings compiles a collection of imaginative new choral works by four talented, rising-star composers; Millicent B James, Will Harmer, Emily Hazrati, and Alex Tay.

Now in its fifth year, the partnership goes from strength to strength with past releases achieving consistent critical acclaim. Works from the previous two Young Composers albums have won the Ivor Novello Classical Award for Best Choral Composition including Ben Nobuto's Sol (2023) and Derri Joseph Lewis' Something Exciting (2022).

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Each year the Young Composers scheme offers a four-phase programme (Discovery, Exploration, Realisation and Promotion) including residential courses, workshops, peer and professional mentoring, digital releases and performance showcases. The result is a selection of engaging and thoughtful new choral music, performed and recorded by National Youth Choir (18-25 Years) conducted by Emily Dickens, and our Fellowship Ensemble with Ben Parry (conductor).

The set theme for this year's cohort was 'Celebration', tying in with our 40th anniversary in 2023. The responses from these four unique compositional voices are hugely diverse in style and sound; from Will Harmer's spirited collection of madrigals, to Millicent B James' euphoric celebration of friendship; Emily Hazrati's exploration of Iranian dance music, to Alex Tay's positive reflection on 'Gen Z' culture.

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Massive congratulations to

  • 2023 Young Composers Millicent James, Will Harmer, Emily Hazrati & Alex Tay
  • Fellowship Ensemble Emily Varney, Chris O'Leary, Sarina Rattan Antonio Oliveira & Ailsa Campbell, Olivia Shotton, Timothy Peters, Jason Ching
  • Production Team Executive Producer Ruth Evans, Producer/Editor Josh Quinlan, Engineers David Jones and Stefano Civetta & Head of Comms Tim Croall

Plus a huge thank you to

  • Our 2023 Young Composer Scheme mentors Oliver Tarney, Kerry Andrew, Joanna Marsh & Toby Young
  • Our Emerging Professional Artist programme partners and supporters Dorico, Stainer & Bell Ltd, ABRSM, PRS Foundation, Britten Pears Arts, Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS), Making Music, NMC Recordings, The Garrick Charitable Trust, The Ofenheim Trust, The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust, The Finzi Trust & the Vaughan Williams Foundation
  • Recorded at Royal Academy of Music & at School Farm Studios with thanks to the generous support of Andrew Sunnucks and the Audio Network team