King’s College, Cambridge, and the King’s Singers Foundation are hosting a festive composition competition open to composers of all ages across the UK.

Winners will receive £250 and have their carol performed at King’s College in December, published by the Music Sales Group and recorded for Classic FM.

The competition is split into four categories: un-auditioned community choir; SATB choir composers (under 18); SATB choir composers (over 18), and a carol for the King’s Singers, which must be a six-part a capella composition.

Composers are invited to submit their carol in one of the categories before a deadline of 31 August.

A prestigious panel comprising Stephen Cleobury, John Rutter and David Hurley will be considering all participants’ work, so if you can cope with writing and listening to seasonal music during the height of summer then this is an opportunity not to be missed. (Hey – it’s pouring with rain anyway!)

Winning entrants will be notified by 1 October 2012, and the winners of the community choir and SATB choir categories will be invited to workshop their pieces with Cleobury, Rutter, The King’s Singers and choirs from around the UK on 18 December at King’s College Chapel, before a concert in which the winning piece in the King’s Singers category will also be performed.

Compositions must be between two minutes 30 seconds and five minutes in length, and must use a text that is out of copyright or one of the set texts.

For further information, including the set texts and specific requirements of each category, visit the A Carol for Christmas website.

www.acarolforchristmas.co.uk

Photo © B Ealovega

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