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Carols Ancient and Modern - Ancient and Modern has always been the poor cousin of church music, beaten musically by English Hymnal and Carols for Choirs. However, the latest versions have finally thrown off a lot of the past and come up with an excellent and musical collection. A total of 116 carols for congregations and choirs with full music, words only and electronic versions, the book is available direct from A&M with discounts/grants if you want a full set.

Combines all the congregation standards with a good range of choir carols. One or two missing favourites - I'd have liked to have seen the Darke In the Bleak Midwinter, Bethlehem Down and a couple of Rutters, but still the most comprehensive single volume carol book. One slight criticism - the music edition is relatively small: this makes it easy to hold, but does mean the music is quite small print.

The HymnCDs site has recorded a set of accompaniments for the book available on CD or to download.

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Carols for Choirs 1 - The volumes of Carols For Choirs have established themselves as the quintessential carol books for carol-singers around the world. Carols For Choirs 1 includes 50 varied carols for every occasion, including newly-arranged classics as well as original compositions written specially for this compilation.

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Carols for Choirs 2 - Carols For Choirs 2 includes 50 varied carols for every occasion, including newly-arranged classics as well as original compositions written specially for this compilation.

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100 Carols for Choirs - The volumes of Carols For Choirs have established themselves as the quintessential carol books for carol-singers around the world. Each volume presents a wide range of carols to suit every occasion, from well-known tunes superbly arranged to the best original compositions. 100 Choirs for Carols includes:

  • 74 of the most popular items from Carols for Choirs 1, 2, and 3 in one volume
  • 26 pieces new to the series, including familiar 'classics', recent carols, and traditional favourites in new arrangements
  • Carols and hymns for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and Easter
  • A wide range of styles to suit sacred and secular uses
  • A balanced selection of accompanied and unaccompanied tunes
  • The order of service for a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
100 Carols For Choirs is a superb collection of Carols, as edited by David Willcocks and John Rutter.

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Carols for Choirs 3 - The volumes of Carols For Choirs have established themselves as the quintessential carol books for carol-singers around the world.
Carols For Choirs 3 includes 50 varied carols for every occasion, including newly-arranged classics as well as original compositions written specially for this compilation.

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Carols for Choirs 4 - Fifty Carols edited and arranged by David Willcocks and John Rutter, for sopranos and altos. Piano or Organ accompaniment included for some pieces.

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Carols for Choirs 5 - includes 50 superb carols to celebrate 50 years of the famous Carols for Choirs series.

Fresh arrangements from Bob Chilcott and David Blackwell, as well as original compositions, including many specially written for this collection.

A wide range of composers are featured, including Alan Bullard, Bob Chilcott, Gabriel Jackson, Philip Ledger, Jaakko Mantyjarvi, Mathew Martin, Cecilia McDowall, Francis Pott, John Rutter, Carl Rutti, and David Willcocks.

A balanced mix of accompanied and unaccompanied items, including the order of service for a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

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New Oxford Book of Carols: the definitive carol book if you want to dig into the detail of each carol. Music and texts of 201 carols for the Christmas season (many in more than one setting), each with copious notes on historical background and performance. An extensive general introduction gives an overview of the history of the carol, and there are a number of appendices dealing with specific areas of the repertory. The book's approach is an attempt to rediscover the native vitality of material that has sometimes been debased and sentimentalized, by means of `authentic' period settings and a concern for historically informed performance. Not really a book to perform from, it's too big, but great to choose carols and get information for programme notes.

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Shorter New Oxford Book of Carols: if your wrists can't take the massive main book (see above), here’s a cut down version with many of the best in it.

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The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols is the perfect resource for choirs of all types and sizes. Each piece is presented with flexible scoring options, clearly explained throughout, enabling performance by various combinations of singers. With carols for Advent, Christmas, New Year, and Epiphany, and a fabulous range of accessible, quality material, this is a must-have collection for all choirs at Christmas.

  • 56 flexibly scored carols
  • Suitable for mixed choirs, upper-voice choirs, choirs with few men, unison choirs, small choirs, and all other groups
  • New flexible arrangements of traditional carols and modern favourites
  • Brand new carols written specially for the collection
  • Variety of composers, including Kerry Andrew, Malcolm Archer, Alan Bullard, Bob Chilcott, Stephen Cleobury, Cecilia McDowall, John Rutter, Mack Wilberg, and David Willcocks
  • Wide range of material, from Medieval to the present day and including wassails, gallery carols, world carols, and spirituals
  • Accessible keyboard accompaniments suitable for Organ (with or without pedals) or Piano

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John Rutter: Carols - For countless singers and listeners, the carols of John Rutter form the quintessential repertoire of any Christmas concert or service. In this special anthology, 10 of Rutter's best and most popular carols have been compiled in one convenient volume that is an essential addition to the collection of any choir, all written for SATB mixed voices with Piano accompaniment. Pieces include Angels' Carol, Mary's Lullaby and the much-loved Candlelight Carol.

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Noël! is an exciting Christmas collection for Mixed Voice Choirs, selected and edited by David Hill. Featuring a beautiful selection of carols and festive pieces, these traditional and modern pieces have been wonderfully arranged. 

The contents range from the Renaissance to the present, featuring some absolute Christmas sheet music favourites, and some lesser-known pieces that will no doubt be a pleasant surprise for audiences. Numerous composers are represented in this here, from the polyphony of Victoria and Byrd, via Bach, familiar settings of traditional and lesser known carols through the ages, and works by today's composers including Richard Rodney Bennett, Judith Bingham, John Tavener and Judith Weir make Noel! one of the best choices for choirs for Christmas sheet music.

Mixed voice choirs of all levels will find new arrangements of favourite carols here, as well as stimulating works for the Christmas and Advent periods, from the easy to learn to the more challenging and unconventional. Whichever your choir chooses to perform, all are guaranteed to impress audiences with their distillation of the Christmas spirit into some incredible music. 

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Noël 2 is an exciting collection of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany music for mixed voice choirs, which follows on from the highly acclaimed Noël! Volume 1 (see above). The contents range from the Renaissance to the present: from Byrd and Sweelinck, via Bach, familiar settings of traditional and lesser known carols through the ages to Howells and Leighton, and work by today's composers including Richard Rodney Bennett, Eric Whitacre, John Tavener Tarik O'Regan and Richard Allain.

Mixed voice choirs of all levels will find here new arrangements of favourite carols as well as stimulating works for the Christmas season, from the easy to learn to the more challenging and unconventional.

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Noël! 3 is an exciting collection of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany music for mixed-voice choirs, from the easy to learn to the more challenging and unconventional.

The contents range from the Baroque to the present: familiar settings of traditional and lesser-known carols through the ages to Howells, Berkeley and Warlock, and works by today's composers including Richard Rodney Bennett, Paul Mealor, John Tavener, Francis Pott and Richard Allain.

Mixed-voice choirs of all levels will enjoy these new arrangements of favourite carols as well as stimulating original works for the Christmas season.

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Christmas at King’s College: A collection of the choral works most often performed as part of the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College Cambridge every Christmas Eve.

Selected by musical director Stephen Cleobury to include familiar carols, some of the finest anthems as well as a selection from the annual special commissions.

"An interesting collection, and don't be put off by the standard of King's; there's plenty here that more modest choirs could use." - Jonathan Wikeley, Music Teacher November 2009

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The Faber Carol Book - SA(B) Version is an exciting volume of Christmas carols and songs with an original, contemporary twist designed to breathe fresh air into Christmas concerts. It contains 40 pieces, expertly edited and arranged by Gwyn Arch and Ben Parry (director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain), capturing a variety of moods and styles through time - from contemporary arrangements of medieval and traditional carols, to spirituals, and music from around the world. There is also an impressive line-up of original pieces by some of today's most highly respected choral composers, including Howard Goodall, Lin Marsh, Peter Gritton and Errollyn Wallen.

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The Faber Carol Book - SATB Version is an exciting volume of Christmas carols and songs with an original, contemporary twist designed to breathe fresh air into Christmas concerts. It contains 40 pieces, expertly edited and arranged by Gwyn Arch and Ben Parry (director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain), capturing a variety of moods and styles through time - from contemporary arrangements of medieval and traditional carols, to spirituals, and music from around the world. There is also an impressive line-up of original pieces by some of today's most highly respected choral composers, including Howard Goodall, Lin Marsh, Peter Gritton and Errollyn Wallen.

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