UCLan lecturer is shortlisted in carol competition

ON SONG: UCLan lecturer Mark Coggins has seen  his composition short-listed for a national carol competition
ON SONG: UCLan lecturer Mark Coggins has seen his composition short-listed for a national carol competition
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University lecturer Mark Goggins is reaching for the high note after his festive composition was shortlisted for a national carol competition.

Mark, music theatre course leader at the University of Central Lancashire, and director of the award-winning UCLan Chamber Choir, has made the final six out of thousands of entrants in the BBC Radio Three Breakfast Christmas Carol competition.

Composers had to craft a choral piece using text specially written for the competition by writer and poet Susan Hill called Can it be True?

Mark’s was performed, alongside the other five shortlisted pieces, on the BBC Radio Three Breakfast show by the BBC Singers yesterday and today and then at various times until Monday to allow listeners to vote online for their favourite piece (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2L65XMhShF47jpcZMhxSQGh/breakfast-carol-competition-2014)

He said: “ “I came across the competition online and saw that the shortlisted pieces would be performed by the BBC Singers, literally one of the best choirs in the world. That was enough motivation for me.

“The BBC Singers were involved in the 2010 Choir of the Year competition when the UCLan Chamber Choir won the Adult Category. David Hill, their director, ran a series of workshops with them, and they also sang on the evening that UCLan Chamber Choir sang in the Grand Final at the Royal Festival Hall. To now have the opportunity of the BBC Singers performing my music is really extremely thrilling.”

The six carols have been shortlisted by a prestigious panel including the Master of the Queen’s Music and Associate Composer with the BBC Singers, Judith Weir and the Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, David Hill.

The winner will be announced on December 23.