• on December 12th, 2019

St Wilfrid’s Director of Music announced as finalist in National BBC Carol Competition

Anthony Gray, Director of Music at St Wilfrid Harrogate has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious BBC Radio 3 Carol competition.

His setting of Go to the Child a poem commissioned for the competition, written by Imtiaz Dharker, can be heard on BBC Radio 3.

You can vote for him online at the BBC Radio 3 website – a poll that surely we can all get behind!

Link to vote:

Anthony said: “I’m thrilled to have been shortlisted for the BBC Radio 3 carol competition. It was a great privilege to work with Bob Chilcott and the BBC singers to record my piece, to meet the other five finalists and to hear their fantastic pieces as well. Imtiaz Dharker’s text is a wonderfully evocative one, with lots of musical potential, and it’s interesting to see how each composer has interpreted the text differently. Voting closes on Thursday 19th December, and the recording of my piece is available on the Radio 3 website, as well as on the station itself.”

Fr Gary Waddington, Team Rector at St Wilfrid’s added “We’re absolutely delighted for Anthony. Since he took up the post of Director of Music here in September, we’ve rejoiced in both his gifted musicianship and his incredibly warm personality. To make the final of such a highly regarded national competition is a real achievement. We’re not biased – but we hope he wins, we’d love it if as many people as possible vote for him!”

Anthony has been Director of Music at St Wilfrid’s since September 2019. He had previously been organ scholar of Southwell Minster after graduating from Cambridge University where he was organ scholar at Pembroke and Robinson Colleges. Anthony grew up and went to school in Ilkley and as a sixth former, held the organ scholarship at Bradford Cathedral.

For any further information, interview or comment, please contact Anthony Gray at Dom@stwilfrid.org