Eclectic Voices invites

entries for our Folk Carol Competition!



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Compose a Folk Carol for Choir - Competition

London Choir, Eclectic Voices, invite folk musicians to compose a Carol/Winter Song

The winning composer will receive a cash prize of £400 and their music will be performed at the Eclectic Voices concert:


Folk at Christmas

The Actor’s Church, St Paul’s Covent Garden, London

Saturday 21st December


Deadline for submissions: Saturday 2nd November 2019

The winner will be announced the week commencing Monday 11th November 2019


The judging panel includes:

Scott Stroman – Composer and Musical Director, Eclectic Voices

Sally Davies – Composer, Arranger and Leader of Cecil Sharp House Choir


The Rules:

  • The song must be written for unaccompanied SATB choir

  • Words must either be original or the source identified and out of copyright

  • Duration no more than five minutes

  • The song must not have had a previous public performance

  • The winning entry will be awarded £400 prize money and the carol will receive its premier performance at the Eclectic Voices Christmas Concert 2019

  • Eclectic Voices retain no rights beyond live performance

  • The decision of the judging panel is final and binding

  • The panel reserves the right to withhold the prize


Whilst respecting the tradition of folk music, the judging panel encourage originality in composition and arrangement


How to Enter:

  • Entries to be submitted as sound files with accompanying pdf score.

  • Don’t include your name or other identifying words on the score or the file name: use only the title of the carol in the file name and on the score.

  • Sound files can be an mp3 export from score-writing software; a Sibelius file up to version 7.5; or a vocal recording of the piece

  • The quality of the vocal recording is not critical, but it should be clear enough to present the composition in the best light possible. 


Entries to be emailed to folk@eclecticvoices.org.uk


Accompanying email to include

  • Title of carol

  • Composer’s name and contact details

  • Source of words


Please register an interest by emailing folk@eclecticvoices.org.uk


As this is a new competition, it will help with our admin to have an idea of how many entries to expect.

What is a folk carol for choir?


When accepting the BBC Award for Folk Band of the Year, Sean Cooney of The Young ‘Uns said:


“Folk can be translated into one word, and that word is - Welcome”


We don’t want to be prescriptive or get tied up in knots by trying to define a style of music which by its nature is constantly evolving. Eclectic Voices is a choir that welcomes music from all traditions and we'd like to inspire the creation of a new a carol or winter song which will fit into a concert of folk music


We welcome all interpretations of this.

Any Questions?

email: folk@eclecticvoices.org.uk


Eclectic Voices has recently committed itself to the regular commissioning of new choral music and in 2018, the choir launched its New Music Fund.


Our first commission – “Hope, Light” by Helen Beauchamp - was successfully premiered in our Christmas concert featuring Eclectic Voices and Carnyx Brass at St Pancras Church, London on Saturday 15th December 2018. 


Download these instructions as a PDF file.