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Carol Composition Competition 2016


Following last year’s successful inaugural Composition festival, Worcester College is pleased to announce the 2016 carol composition competition

The Chapel Choir of Worcester College, Oxford, invites entries for its annual carol composition competition. Compositions are invited from composers aged 26 or under to set the anonymous text, There is no Rose, for four part mixed choir (with optional divisi). Settings may be unaccompanied or with organ accompaniment and should last no longer than 4 minutes. Compositions must be currently unpublished works. The winning composition will be premiered at the College Carol service in December 2016. Entries will be adjudicated by Professor Robert Saxton, Dr Thomas Hyde and Thomas Allery. The winning composition will win a prize of £350. The deadline for entries is October 1st 2016. 

Text to be set: 

There is no rose of such virtue As is the rose that bare Jesu; Alleluia. 

For in this rose contained was Heaven and earth in little space; Res miranda. 

By that rose we may well see That He is God in persons three, Pari forma. 

Now leave we all this worldly mirth And follow we this joyful birth; Transeamus. 

To Apply: 

Entries should be accompanied by a short biography of the composer and sent by PDF to:

[email protected]

Or by post to:

Christmas Carol Competition, Worcester College, Oxford, OX1 2HB

to arrive no later than October 1st 2016.

All entries received will be acknowledged. 

Carol Competition