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The Times has now announced the two winners of its Carol Competition. Open to amateur composers over 18, this year’s competition attracted more than 300 entries in a wide range of different styles. David Hill, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, and one of the three competition judges, said “We asked for carols that were singable, memorable, and had musical integrity, and both winning entries stood out because of their melodic qualities and their ability to hold the interest of the listener. I was particularly pleased to find two winners who produced totally contrasting pieces: The Noisy Stable by Ben Lister (pictured) is fast-paced and witty, and Alan Turley’s Nativity is wonderfully slow and reflective.”
Judging the competition alongside David Hill were Richard Morrison, Chief Music Critic of The Times, and Andrew Riley, Assistant Editor of the paper’s Register section. The Bach Choir sings both winning entries at the Cadogan Hall on Thursday 5 December, as part of its headline Christmas concert, Carols at Cadogan.