Budleigh Carol Competition Result
The Budleigh Carol Competition received 79 entries, from all over the world.
18 different countries were represented; 44 entries coming from the UK, including 9 from Devon.
Competitors were asked to set a piece of text in a format suitable for up to eight unaccompanied voices, and also be suitable for a good amateur choir to perform. Each entry was judged anonymously until the final order had been agreed. All were played through during adjudication, and the final short list of four was sent to a cappella group Voces8 (who performed the winning entry at the Budleigh Carol Concert) for their opinion. The standard of the compositions was high, and most pieces were highly performable.
The judges’ decision was unanimous and was supported by Voces8. No adjudication comments were made.
The final order was:
1st – The Salutation, by Dr Peter Foster from Oxford – an advent carol setting text from the Shearmen and Tailors’ Coventry Mystery Play.
2nd – Because a Little Child is Born, by Janet Wheeler from Essex – with words by Bliss Carman.
3rd – Give Heed my Heart, by Alan Smith from East Sussex – with words by Martin Luther.
Budleigh Music Festival – who sponsored the competition – would like to thank and commend all who entered.
The judges were Nicholas Marshall (BMF’s Artistic Director), David Davies (Assistant Director of Music, Exeter Cathedral) and John Pearce (BMF Chairman). BMF would also like to thank Dorothy Ferrier who administered the competition, communicated with the entrants and ensured the integrity of the adjudication.