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Christmas Choir Competition 2014

Sponsored by Dawsons Music in association with Chester's Dee 106.3

Primary Schools across Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales are being invited to enter our annual Choir Competition during the run up to our headline fundraising event, The Spirit of Christmas at Chester Cathedral.

The winning choir will have the opportunity to perform at our 19th Spirit of Christmas carol concert, in front of an audience of around 1000 people including our host NMC President Matthew Kelly and a dozen or so of his actor friends from stage and screen.

Dawsons Music are very generously sponsoring the Choir Competition for the 6th year running, and will award the winning choir with a digital piano for their school.

The choir must consist of children between the ages of 7 and 11, and have an absolute maximum of 60 children. The names of all choir members must be submitted with the entry.

Schools may download the entry form from our website or alternatively request a hard copy to be sent to the school by emailing claire.bolton@nmcentre.com or phoning 01606 861733.

Choirs must record 2 songs of choice onto CD or as an MP3 file attached to an email and sent to claire.bolton@nmcentre.com.

The first must be a traditional carol, and the second a Christmas song of your choosing.

Please do not record any of the following, as these are already being performed at the concert: Once in Royal David's City, O' Little Town of Bethlehem, Hark the Herald, O' Come all Ye Faithful, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

If you are in need of technical advice, please feel free to call the Dawsons Music Education Team on 08450 949022,

Your recording must reach the NMC by Thursday 13th November at midday. The competition is being judged that afternoon, and the six finalists will be notified by telephone or email by 5pm that day.

The overall winner will be announced on Chester's Dee 106.3 Breakfast Show on Friday 14th November.

Please note: Any schools entering the competition must arrange their own transport to and from the Cathedral. The NMC cannot take responsibility for the supervision or transportation of the choir members. Suitable provision of care is the responsibility of the school and/or the parents or guardians.

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Download The Entry Form