Join our Virtual Carol Concert

The One Show is uniting the UK for a Christmas sing song. We're inviting you to join our 'Virtual Choir' singing 'O Come, All Ye Faithful'.

Start off by reading the full instructions at the bottom of the page then choose one of the backing track videos on the right hand side. Pick the one that's best for you, depending on how high or low your voice is. The soprano video is the main tune you will already be familiar with but we also need alto, tenor and bass singers for the harmonies. The lyrics have been provided.

You'll need to film yourself using the camera on your computer or alternatively by using a second filming device like a smartphone or a tablet. Please use headphones so we only hear your voice rather than the music backing track. Then, complete the form and send us your video by November 30th.

Choose your backing track

Select the video that is best for your voice then follow the instructions


Step One: Rehearse
Listen to your chosen backing track through headphones. Practise singing along a few times before you go for a recording.

Step Two: Record
Film yourself singing along to the backing track wearing headphones so we can hear just your voice rather than the backing track. You can record your video with a digital video camera or the inbuilt camera on your desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. You may find it easier to use two devices - one to play the backing track and one to record your video - but if you're using a desktop computer with a built-in camera it should be possible to do both at the same time on the same device. You may need to use an application such as Windows Movie Maker on a PC or Photo Booth or iMovie on a Mac to record your video file.

If you're able to plug in an external microphone it may produce better results, but don't worry if you've only got the built-in microphone on your filming device. To avoid picture wobble, it would be best if the camera is fixed in a stable position rather than being hand held. Please make sure you record in landscape mode rather than portrait mode, with the longest side of the picture horizontal rather than vertical, just like a television screen.

Some tips..
(1) Please make sure your face is sufficiently lit so that we can see you.
(2) Try to look towards the camera as you sing.
(3) Sing loud and proud - don't be shy.
(4) If you've got a Christmas jumper, reindeer ears, tinsel or a Santa hat then we'd love to see them but it's not essential.

Step Three: Upload
Once you've finished your recording, save the video file somewhere where you can access it, such as on your computer's desktop. Then fill in the form above, using the BROWSE button to identify which video file you want to send us. Please note this may not work on older versions of some smartphones and tablets.

Once everything has been filled in press the SUBMIT button to send us your contribution. It may take several minutes for your file to be uploaded so please be patient - the system will tell you when it's finished sending.

A selection of the videos will be edited together to form The One Show virtual carol. The finished item will be broadcast on The One Show during the week before Christmas and it will also be published on the BBC iPlayer. We do not guarantee that every contribution will be used but we will do our best to include as many singers as possible.

We are happy for children to be included in your video but they must have consent from a parent or guardian, using the tick box on the form. The closing date for submissions is Sunday November 30th. Any videos received after this date will not be considered for inclusion.

Watch last year's Virtual Carol here.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting your contribution to the BBC you allow the BBC to use the material in your contribution in any way it may reasonably choose on a free-of-charge basis in any media throughout the world. The BBC very much hopes to be able to use your contribution but cannot guarantee to do so. In the event that we receive more submissions than we are able to include, entries will be selected on the basis of quality of performance, festive spirit and quality of video production.

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We are happy for videos to include children but anyone under the age of 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian. A tick box is included on the submission form to indicate this consent has been given. If you have any questions about contributing content to the BBC, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.