The King's Singers and youth choirs from across the UK and will perform the winning entries from the inaugural 'Carol for Christmas' competition in the Chapel on 18 December.
The competition was the brainchild of Woodfines Solicitors and taken up by Stephen Cleobury, the Director of Music at King's, and The King’s Singers. It was judged by Stephen Cleobury, the John Rutter (composer) and David Hurley (a member of The King’s Singers).
Commenting on the 322 entries, Stephen said, "The response to the competition was tremendous and it was very difficult to choose the winners. Overall the quality of entries has been exceptional.”
Three of the four winning pieces will be performed on the afternoon of 18 December by King’s Junior Voices, CBSO Young Voices, Inner Voices and Quay Voices .
The workshop will start at 2pm and Stephen Cleobury, The King's Singers and John Rutter will direct the choirs. Tickets cost £7 (£3 students), and are available from The Shop at King's (see details below).
In the evening at 6.45pm The King's Singers will perform a special Christmas concert in the Chapel, and sing the last of the four winning carols. Tickets: Antechapel £25, £22, £15; Choir (unreserved) £12 (students £5 on door), available from the Shop at King’s, King's Parade, Cambridge (tel: 01223 769 340). Please note that payments by credit and debit card are subject to a £2 booking fee.
All of the days music is being recorded for broadcast by Classic FM. For more details about the day, see Concerts at King's.
Charity Gala Dinner
A charity gala dinner is being hosted at King’s College following the concert to raise money for the Rosie Hospital Campaign, Concerts at King’s and The King’s Singers Foundation. The King's Singers will provide entertainment at the dinner. Tickets cost £150 (concert and dinner) and £195 (champagne reception, concert and dinner) and are limited to 40 places. Please download the dinner invitation and RSVP form.
The competition entries were divided into four categories, and the winners were:
Category 1 (for a community choir, open to composers of all ages):
Ruth Sellar, a music graduate from King’s College, London. Ruth currently teaches music at Bilton Grange Preparatory School, Rugby.
Category 2 (for a full choir, composers aged 18 or under):
Owain Park, the Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral. Owain will be going to Trinity College, Cambridge, next year to study music and be an organ scholar.
Category 3 (for a full choir, composers aged 19 or over):
Dominic Irving, a graduate of Trinity College of Music, London. Dominic began writing music at age 10 with his first solo piano piece, 'Strolling', which was played on local radio. Since then, his music has been performed all over the UK.
Category 4 (for The King's Singers, open to composers of all ages):
Steven Griffin from Edinburgh. Steven was a member of the choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied music. He now works as Assistant Musical Director at George Watson's College in Edinburgh. His choral pieces have been performed in the USA, Italy and New Zealand.
See the competition website for more details.