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 BFC Carol Competition
Summary:Carol Competition
Deadline: 22 October 2018
Date Posted: 11 July 2018
Details: A chance to have an original carol performed by one of the UK’s finest choirs and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Brighton Festival Chorus is delighted to announce a carol competition for choral composers. The winning carol will be performed by BFC and, if orchestrated, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at our Christmas Concert at Brighton Dome on Sunday 9 December 2018.

Prize: In addition to the performance, the winning composer will receive £100 and the offer of having the carol orchestrated by renowned composers Morgan Pochin.

Closing date: 22 October 2018.

What we're looking for:
• Your carol must be a new and original work which has not previously been performed.
• It should be no more than three minutes long.
• The text must be:
o Christmas-related
o Out of copyright or used with the written permission of the author
o Suitable for a family audience
o Non-political.
• It is the responsibility of the composer to ensure there are no copyright infringements.
• You may submit any of the following:
o melody only
o a cappella
o with a basic accompaniment (for judging and rehearsal only)
o orchestrated for concert orchestra (in which case, separate choir and orchestra parts must be provided).
• Your carol should be written in musical notation and delivered as a PDF file, Sibelius file or hard copy.
• The stave size for your orchestral parts (if any) should be at least 7.5mm.
• A recording (MP3: keyboard / midi) would also be helpful but is not essential.
• The winning carol will either be performed a cappella or with orchestra. If the winning composer opts to have their carol orchestrated by Morgan Pochin, or to orchestrate their carol themselves, the full orchestration must be received by BFC by 20 November 2018.

• Open to all. No entry fee.
• Only one carol per composer. Multiple entries are not permitted.
• If you're a BFC member, please use a pseudonym to prevent any suspicion of bias in the judging.
• The decision of the judging panel is final.
• All entrants who provide an email address will be notified of the result by email on 14th November 2018.
• If you submit your carol by post and would like it to be returned, please include a stamped addressed envelope.
• All submitted carols remain the copyright of the composers.

How to enter:
• Download the entry form.
• Send your carol and completed form by email to:

or by post to:

Compose A Carol
Brighton Festival Chorus
c/o 11 Charleston Rd
Eastbourne BN21 1SE

• Closing date: 22 October 2018.