It’s possible to apply up to January 25th, 2013; finalists will perform in public on July 11th-13rd
- Ensembles (instrumental and/or vocal, in any combination) must have a minimum of two persons. Soloists are not eligible.
- All members of the ensemble must be aged over 17 and under 35 on 13 July 2013
- Competitors must perform repertory from the period ranging from the middle ages to the nineteenth century using appropriate historically informed playing techniques, instruments and stylistic conventions.
A non-refundable fee of £100 per ensemble is charged to enter the competition. The prizes are:
- First Prize: £1,000 in cash; a concert as part of the 2014 York Early Music Festival; a CD recording professionally produced by Linn Records; the winning ensemble will be recorded and featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Early Music Show.
- EUBO Development Trust Prize for the most promising young artist/s: £1,000 to be awarded by the jury either to the most promising individual instrumentalist or to the most promising ensemble. To be eligible for the prize, an individual must be both an EU national and an orchestral instrumentalist; an ensemble must consist of at least 50% EU nationals and 50% instrumentalists.
- YEMF Friends Prize: a cash prize awarded by the Friends of the York Early Music Festival to their chosen ensemble.
After a first selection based on CDs sent by competitors, chosen groups will be invited to take part – with some expenses covered by the organizers – to the final phase taking place in York from July 10th to 13th. Finalists will perform an informal 20 minute recital before a public audience; on the last day they will present to the jury a different 20 minute program. Keyboard instruments (organ, variously tuned harpsichords, fortepiano) will be supplied by the National Centre for Early Music.