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A Carol for Christmas 2015

A Carol for Christmas give composers across the nation 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 was 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).

On the afternoon of 4th December in King's College Chapel, Stephen Cleobury, John Rutter, Richard Causton and The King's Singers will work with the winning composers of the Community Choir and SATB Choir composition categories in a workshop environment with choirs from across the UK.


Singing Aloud For ‘A Carol for Christmas’

The King’s Singers Choir

Congratulations to the winners of ‘A Carol for Christmas’ Composition Competition 2015 - Jo Nicholls, Toby Hession, Benedict Heneghan and Clive Smith.

Youth choirs gathered alongside The King’s Singers in December to perform the spectacular winning compositions at Kings College Chapel, Cambridge.

Stephen Cleobury commended the composers who entered the competition: “For our second competition here at King’s, we found no diminution in the quality or quantity of entries submitted, and there were a number of excellent compositions.”

The Category 1 (Community Choir) winner was Jo Nicholls, a Bristol University music graduate, composer and music teacher. Category 2 (Under 18s) was won by Toby Hession, a Clare College music student originally from Peterborough. Benedict Heneghan, an Aberystwyth graduate and long-standing television and film composer, won Category 3 (Over 18s). Category 4, a composition for the King’s Singers, was won by Musical Director, Clive Smith, from Essex. He said: “To hear my work performed by the King’s Singers at King’s is the best Christmas present I could possibly hope for.”

Winner of ‘A Carol for Christmas’ - Jo Nicholls Winner of ‘A Carol for Christmas’ - Toby Hession Winner of ‘A Carol for Christmas’ - Benedict Heneghan Winner of ‘A Carol for Christmas’ - Clive Smith

Choirs who performed at the workshop included King’s Junior Voices, Inner Voices, Quay Voices and the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain.

Following the afternoon’s workshop, Woodfines hosted guests for The King’s Singers’ Christmas concert in the Chapel. Partner, Chris Wingfield, said: “It was a wonderful event from start to finish and we thank everyone, from composers, judges, The King’s Singers, the youth choirs who took part, and of course, those behind the scenes, who worked so hard to make the day a great success.”

Watch the winning carols below







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