The winners of a national carol competition, sponsored by Woodfines Solicitors, saw their compositions performed on Friday 4th December by The King’s Singers and youth choirs from across the UK, in the spectacular setting of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.
The competition entries were divided into four categories – Community Choir, Under 18, Over 18 and a composition specifically for The King’s Singers. Each winning carol will be published by Edition Peters and broadcast on Classic FM.
Conceived and sponsored by Woodfines Solicitors, the competition’s judging panel comprised Stephen Cleobury CBE (Director of Music at King’s College), John Rutter CBE (composer, conductor and record producer), Christopher Gabbitas (member of The King’s Singers) and Richard Causton (composer).
Almost 200 entries were received. 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 the Over 18’s category, whilst 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.”
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.”
Pictured: The judges and winners of 'A Carol for Christmas', with The King's Singers and Woodfines' Chris Wingfield.
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