After the success of last year’s inaugural competition we are pleased to be running our Schools Christmas Carol Competition once again this year.

The response to last year’s competition was fantastic and we were so pleased to receive entries from schools across the country. In the end four finalists heard their carols performed by vocal ensemble The Leading Ladies – who we look forward to welcoming back once again this year – with the competition judged by former Headmaster and BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition winner Dr Bernard Trafford.

The winning carol was by Elizabeth Vincent, a Sixth Form student at The Henrietta Barnett School and Gloria Tibi, Domine received a performance by St Catherine Singers, the chamber choir, at the Carol Service held at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Please see below for information on how to enter this year’s competition and good luck!


  • The carol should be written for upper voices in no more than three parts
  • The carol may be unaccompanied or accompanied by piano or organ
  • The competition is open to any school-age student aged 18 or under
  • Entries should use a sacred text appropriate for use at a Carol Service; the lyrics should be either out of copyright or permission should have been obtained from copyright holder


  • Shortlisted entrants will be invited to a Finalists’ Concert at Habs Girls School on Monday 4 November, at which the entries will be performed and a winner selected
  • The winner will receive a performance of their carol at the School’s Carol Service, held at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London
  • Additionally the winner will receive an Amazon Voucher of £50, the runner-up £40 and the remaining finalists £20


  • Entrants should send their entry, along with the contact details of both themselves and their school’s Head of Music and (if applicable) proof of permission to use any text in copyright to: Tim Scott Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Aldenham Road, Elstree HERTS WD6 3BT or
  • Entries should be submitted no later than 9am on Monday 7 October