Listeners and budding composers across the country are invited to write a brand new Christmas Carol, as the BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition launches this morning (Friday 1 September).

The 2017 competition challenges amateur composers to create a brand new Carol for SATB choir (a cappella or with piano accompaniment) set to the words of Sir Christemas, a text thought to be written in the late 15th century. The text will be revealed during Radio 3 Breakfast on Friday 1st September.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel chaired by David Hill (former Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers) Judith Weir (Master of the Queen’s Music and Associate Composer with the BBC Singers), Jonathan Manners (BBC Singers Producer), Margaret Cameron, (an alto with BBC Singers) and Griselda Sherlaw-Johnson (Choral Promotion Manager with Oxford University Press).

The six shortlisted carols will be performed live on Radio 3’s Breakfast programme in the lead up to Christmas by the BBC Singers, directed by David Hill. The winner will be decided by public vote, as listeners will be able to hear each of the shortlisted carols and vote for their favourite on the Radio 3 website.

The winning carol will be announced live on Breakfast on 22 December, and played throughout Christmas day on Radio 3. The deadline for submissions is 1 November.


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