BBC Radio 3 today announced the winning carol in its nationwide Breakfast Carol Competition. Radio 3 listeners were invited to vote for their winning carol from a shortlist of six, electing Bernard Trafford’s setting of Sir Christemas, a text thought to have been written in the late 15th century, as the overall winner.

The BBC Singers, directed by David Hill, performed the winning carol live on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast this morning, and the composition will also be played throughout Christmas Day on the station. The six shortlisted carols are available to listen to on the BBC Radio 3 website:

The six shortlisted contestants were Martin Carling from Yorkshire, Dominic Carter from Devon, Martin Evans from London, David Hughes from Wolverhampton, Alec McGregor from Leicester and Bernard Trafford from Oxford.

The carols were judged and shortlisted blind by an expert panel which included 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).

David Hill, Former Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers and Chair of the Judging Panel said: ‘Bernard’s carol is a worthy winner of the competition. It’s catchy and well written with lots of energetic rhythm. He has caught the spirit of the text superbly.’


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