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‘A Carol for Christmas’ competition in UK

The composition competition ‘A Carol for Christmas’ is back to give composers across the UK a chance to have their carol performed in the stunning setting of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge this December, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, broadcast on Classic FM and published by Edition Peters.

Composers of all ages are invited to submit their carol in one of four categories, one of which gives the opportunity to write for the internationally acclaimed GRAMMY® award-winning a cappella ensemble, The King’s Singers.

The competition will be judged by Stephen Cleobury CBE (Director of Music, King’s College, Cambridge), John Rutter CBE (composer, conductor and record producer), Christopher Gabbitas (The King’s Singers) and Richard Causton (composer). The closing date for entries is 31 August 2015 and the winning entrants will be notified by 1 October 2015.

The categories are as follows:

A composition for un-auditioned community choir. Written in unison or as a two-part (Soprano – Alto) setting. Open to submissions from composers of all ages. Compositions can be submitted with or without keyboard accompaniment.

A composition for SATB choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass): composers under-18. Open to submissions from composers aged 18 or under on 31 August 2015. Compositions can be submitted with or without keyboard accompaniment.

A composition for SATB choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass): composers over-18 . Open to submissions from composers aged 19 or over on 31 August 2015. Compositions can be submitted with or without keyboard accompaniment.

A composition for The King’s Singers. Compositions must be a cappella and written in six parts (AATBarBarB). Open to submissions from composers of all ages.

This competition is open to UK residents only.

For full details of how to enter, terms and conditions and more information about the competition, please see the website: acarolforchristmas.co.uk