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The Oxford Choral Advent Competition

Thank you for your interest in our Choral Advent Competition. On this page, you will find all the information you need about the competition, including details of the entry requirements, a range of supporting downloadable documents, full terms and conditions, and information about the prizes on offer.

We strongly advise you to read through the information provided carefully, paying particular attention to the Terms and Conditions before entering.

Competition overview

The Oxford Choral Advent Competition invites amateur choirs in the UK and the US to select a single carol from the list provided and film your choir performing this. Your performance video will then need to be uploaded to You Tube before you enter. Entries should be submitted using the competition entry form where you will need to provide a link to your You Tube video.

Entries will be judged on the creativity and originality of the performance (although choirs must not make any changes to the words or music in their performance). The judging panel will include John Rutter. One first prize, and two runner up prizes will be awarded. For details of the prizes on offer, please see below.

The competition opens on Monday 6 November 2017, and closes at midnight on Friday 8 December. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

The runners up will be announced on 23 December and the winners on 24 December. These announcements will be made via the OUP Choral Facebook page (winners will be contacted directly in advance of this announcement – please see Frequently Asked Questions and Terms and Conditions for details).


First prize:

The winning choir will receive a set of up to 50 limited edition vocal scores of John Rutter's Shepherd's Pipe Carol. These will be personally hand-signed by the composer and sent in a presentation box.

Each member of the winning choir (up to a maximum of 50) will also receive a copy of The King's Singers new 50th anniversary 3 CD box set 'GOLD'.

Runner up prizes:

Two choirs will be selected to win runner up prizes. Each choir will be allowed to select one piece of music from the list below. They will then be sent up to 50 copies of the vocal score for this piece of music, hand-signed by the composer.

  1. Malcolm Archer: A virgin most pure
  2. Michael Berkeley: This Endernight
  3. Alan Bullard: A star as bright as day
  4. Bob Chilcott: The Bird of Dawning
  5. James Kevin Gray: Little babe, born of Mary
  6. Gabriel Jackson: Christmas Eve
  7. John Rutter: I wonder as I wander
  8. Sarah Quartel: Huron Carol
  9. Will Todd: I am changed
  10. Mack Wilberg: Wexford Carol

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