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Cash prizes and a spot at The Albert Hall up for grabs as Carlton Male Voice Choir’s 25th Annual Music Maker Competition is launched

The competition is open to talented performers aged 16-20 based in and around Nottinghamshire. 


Nottingham’s largest male voice choir, Carlton MVC, has launched its 25th Annual Music Maker Competition.

The competition is open to talented performers aged 16-20 based in and around Nottinghamshire.  The competition is for solo performers: singers or instrumentalists; any instrument and for any genre of music.

There are two cash prizes this year: £700 and £500.

The previous winners include three members of the fantastic Nottingham based Kanneh-Mason family: Konya, Braimah and Isata, as well as 22 talented other young musicians.

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The overall winner will be awarded £700 and in what promises to be an amazing event the winner will be invited to perform at the choir’s summer festival concert to be held on June 22, 2024 at Nottingham’s prestigious 700 seat capacity Albert Hall. The evening will be extra special as the guest band at The Albert Hall will be top tribute band The Kinx.

Pictured clockwise from top left are previous winners Benjamin Staniforth (2022), Magnus Hawker-French (2020), Konya Kanneh-Mason & Nathan Holroyd (2018) and Lydia Messan (2019). (Courtesy of CMVC)

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the competition, this year sees the launch of a second prize: The Constance Shacklock Memorial Prize. This is named in honour of the Sherwood, Nottingham born singer who performed in venues around the world and ended her career as Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music. This £500 cash prize will be awarded to the performer who shows the most potential.

Ian Watts, Carlton MVC’s Musical Director said “We are delighted to be able once again to support young talented musicians via our 25th Music Maker competition.  With two cash prizes on offer this year, and the ability for the winner to perform at our flagship Festival Concert in mid-summer, we hope this will encourage those eligible to enter the competition and show off their talent.”

Deadline:   Entries must be submitted by the end of March.

PICTURED: Comedian John Bishop meets the choir at Southwell Minster

Further information about the competition and contact details for the Carlton Male Voice Choir can be found on their facebook page HERE or on their website

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