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Radio 3 Carol Competition 2018

 Radio 3 Carol Competition 2018
Summary:Christmas Carol Commission
Deadline: 02 November 2018
Date Posted: 12 September 2018
Details: It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, it's time for Radio 3 Breakfast’s annual carol competition. This year we’re challenging amateur composers to create new music for The Bee Carol, a poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

We’re looking for new carols of up to four minutes, set for SATB choir, with or without piano accompaniment. Please note that in order to enter, you must not be a professional composer and should not have had a piece of music commercially commissioned or published within the last five years. You must also be at least 16 by the competition closing date (Friday 2 November 2018).

The competition opens on Wednesday 5 September 2018. When you’ve written your carol, you can send your score to us by post or submit it online. Full details of both submission methods are in the Terms and Conditions (below).

After the closing date, a panel of judges headed by the composer Bob Chilcott, Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers, will whittle the entries down to a shortlist of six. These will be performed live on air on Radio 3 by the BBC Singers, and listeners will be asked to vote for the overall winner in December.

The winning carol will be played on Radio 3 as part of our festive celebrations. The closing date is 2 November 2018 – so get composing, and good luck!