Saffron Walden's Choral Society since 1883
Patron: John Rutter | Music Director: Janet Wheeler

2020 Carol Competition

Monday 2nd November 2020 at 12:00am
For Information Only

Every year SWCS runs a Carol Competition where we invite young composers from all our local schools, both primary and secondary, to write their own music for a carol in whatever style they choose, which can then be put forward into the competition. 

IN 2020 the Spirit of Christmas is going to be a virtual event but the carol competition is still going ahead, and this year we have three categories:

Junior : One or two composers Uo to year 6 Write your own words.
Compose your own tune
Optional: include ideas for chords or accompaniment
Senior : One or two composers Years 7 to 13 Write your own words OR use existing words
(NB – If the writer of these is alive or died after 1950 you will need
written permission from the copyright holder)
Compose your own tune
Add an instrumental accompaniment
Score the whole piece for 4-pt Mixed voice choir – SATB
(soprano, alto, tenor and bass)
Mixed Age : Two composers One junior and one senior As Senior

Further guidance on how to enter and what is expected can be found in the following links:

To submit an entry please complete the following form which includes instructions on where and who to send it to:

With the current uncertainties over professional live performances in the pandemic, all the prizes this year will take the form of vouchers, along with a recorded performance for the main prizewinners.

Individual entries from young composers who live in the Saffron Walden district are very welcome.

Why not be inspired and compose a carol for next year?

We look forward to receiving your entries. The deadline is Monday November 2nd 2020.