A new carol will have its world premiere at a candlelight concert in a Devon church

PUBLISHED: 14:32 02 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:32 02 December 2014

Voces8 will sing The Salutation at St Peter's Church, Budleigh Salterton

Voces8 will sing The Salutation at St Peter's Church, Budleigh Salterton

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The winner of an international carol competition will be performed in public for the first time at Budleigh Salterton

A new carol will get its first public performance in a Devon church on December 9.

The Salutation, an advent carol composed by Dr Peter Foster of Oxford, was the winner of an international carol competition sponsored by the Budleigh Music Festival.

The work, which sets text from the Shearmen and Tailors’ Coventry Mystery Play, will be sung by VOCES8 during their concert Carols by Candlelight on 9 December at St Peter’s Church, The Lawn, Budleigh Salterton.

There were 79 newly-composed carols entered into the competition, with entries coming from 18 different countries, including 44 from the UK. The judges’ decision on the winners was unanimous.

John Pearce, chairman of the Budleigh Music Festival, said: “I am absolutely delighted both by the number and high standard of the entries. Congratulations to Dr Peter Foster and to the runners up: Janet Wheeler from Essex and Alan Smith from East Sussex.

“I am grateful to my fellow judges: Nicholas Marshall (Budleigh Music Festival’s Artistic Director) and David Davies (Assistant Director of Music, Exeter Cathedral) for their expertise. My special thanks are due to Dorothy Ferrier who administered the competition for us.”

VOCES8 is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups in the world. The multi-award winning ensemble fulfils an international annual touring schedule across Europe, the USA, Asia and Africa.

Tickets for “Carols by Candlelight” can be bought from the Budleigh Festival website or in person or by phone from the Box Office at The Tourist Information Centre, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 6NG. Telephone: 01395 445275 between 10am – 1pm.

There has been an annual music festival in Budleigh Salterton since 2005. It has achieved huge success and attracts performers with great reputations as well as full capacity audiences.

The line up for the July 2015 festival includes The Schubert Ensemble, the Exeter Festival Chorus, pianist Alexandra Dariescu, classical guitarist Xuefei Yang and baritone Roderick Williams, the Carducci String Quartet and Devon Opera.

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