Enter the Classic FM Christmas carol competition!

We’re excited be teaming up again with Classic FM to offer our member groups the chance to submit their Christmas carols for broadcast.

Over the last year and more, music groups have grappled with a raft of challenges and changing restrictions, and yet still managed to make music together online, in person and combinations of both, all in brilliantly creative ways. Now we want to celebrate our member groups with the chance to star on the radio!

Classic FM has around 5.7m listeners, making it the biggest classical music radio station in the world, a fantastic opportunity for the world to hear what you do.

How it works

Five audio recordings of Christmas carols will be selected for broadcast by Classic FM in the lead up to Christmas. It’s not just for vocal groups - instrumental groups can also submit their recordings. You can send us an audio recording of a Christmas carol made recently or from a previous year, and it can be made in person or entirely digitally.

Your audio recording

You should aim for your recording to be no more than five minutes, but if you have a great recording that’s just a bit longer, Classic FM may still consider it - so please send it in!

Along with your recording, please also send us:

  1. 100-200 words including:
         - the title of the carol
         - the composer's name
         - your group name
         - your conductor's name
         - any soloists' names
         - any other musicians or ensembles in the recording
  2. your website address
  3. any social media handles you use.

How to submit

Please send your files to harriet@makingmusic.org.uk via an online file-sharing site (such as WeTransfer, which is simple and free to use). If you’re ripping the audio from a CD, please make sure it's in WAV format rather than MP3. 

*Entries are now closed*

TIP: The sound quality of your recording will be a strong deciding factor in whether your carol is selected, so please choose the best possible recording!

Once you’ve submitted your recording, we'll let you know whether your recording has been selected. One carol will be broadcast each weekday on Classic FM Drive (5pm-8pm) in the week beginning Monday 20 December.

If submitting your recording by a file-sharing site isn’t possible, then a CD or USB stick is acceptable. Email Harriet Laidler or post it to her at Making Music, 8 Holyrood Street London SE1 2EL.

If you have any questions, contact Harriet Laidler