Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition 2017
And the winner is… Bernard Trafford
This year, we challenged amateur composers to create a 21st-century carol for a 15th-century text: Sir Christemas.
A team of judges including Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, and David Hill, former Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, whittled hundreds of entries down to a shortlist of six.
All week long listeners have been voting for their favourite carols, and the results are in! Huge congratulations to Bernard, whose winning carol will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 throughout Christmas Day 2017.
Thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations to all who entered this year's competition - especially to the other five shortlisted composers, whose entries you can listen to below.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell.
Who is there that singeth so,
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell?
I am here, Sir Christemas.
Welcome, my lord Sir Christemas!
Welcome to us all, both more and less!
Come near, Nowell.
Dieu vous garde, beaux sieurs, tidings I you bring:
A maid hath borne a child full young,
The which causeth you for to sing:
Christ is now born of a pure maid;
In an ox-stall he is laid,
Wherefore sing we all at a brayde:
Buvez bien par toute la compagnie,
Make good cheer and be right merry,
And sing with us now joyfully: