Carols for Choirs 4

Carols for Choirs 4 : Fifty Carols for Sopranos and Altos

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50 carols for sopranos and altos (suitable for boys', girls', or women's choirs). It contains mostly simple arrangements of the best-loved carols, some less well-known ones, and four original pieces by Britten (2), Rutter, and Hadley. Most of the Christmas hymns are presented in two versions; for choirs only, unaccompanied, and for choir and audience/congregation, with accompaniment.
Orchestral accompaniments for many of the carols are available on hire.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 208 pages
  • 184.15 x 260.35 x 12.7mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Vocal score
  • music.
  • 0193535734
  • 9780193535732
  • 212,905

Table of contents

Adeste fideles ; Angels, from the realms of glory ; Angelus ad Virginem ; As with gladness men of old (2 versions) ; Away in a manger ; The cherry tree carol ; Coventry carol ; Deck the hall ; Ding dong! merrily on high ; Donkey carol ; The first Nowell ; Gabriel to Mary came ; Gabriel's message ; God rest you merry, gentlemen (2 versions) ; Good King Wenceslas ; Hail! blessed Virgin Mary ; Hark! the herald angels sing (2 versions) ; He smiles within his cradle ; The holly and the ivy ; How far is it to Bethlehem? ; I saw three ships ; I sing of a maiden ; Il est ne le divin enfant ; In dulci jubilo (4-part version) ; In dulci jubilo (3-part version) ; The Infant King ; It came upon the midnight clear ; King Jesus hath a garden ; The Linden tree carol ; Lute-book lullaby ; A Merry Christmas ; Nativity Carol ; A New Year carol ; O come, all ye faithful ; O come, O come, Emmanuel ; O little town of Bethlehem ; Once in royal David's city (2 versions) ; Past three a clock ; Personent hodie ; Quelle est cette odeur agreable ; Quem pastores laudavere ; Rocking ; See amid the winter's snow ; Shepherd's Pipe Carol ; Star Carol ; Stille Nacht ; Sussex Carol ; There is no rose ; Tomorrow shall be my dancing day ; Unto us is born a son ; Up! good Christen folk, and listen ; A Virgin most pure ; While shepherds watched
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About David Willcocks

Born in 1919, David Willcocks began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, later winning scholarships to Clifton College and King's College, Cambridge. Following war service, he was elected Fellow of King's College, and later became Organist of Salisbury and Worcester Cathedrals, conducting the Three Choirs Festival whilst at Worcester.
Willcocks returned to King's College, Cambridge as Director of Music from 1957-1974, with the first collection of his arrangements in the Carols for Choirs series publishing in 1961. He was Director of Music at the Royal College of Music from 1974-1984, and was knighted in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Honours List in 1977. Willcocks also conducted The Bach Choir for 38 years, retiring in 1998.
Sir David died in September 2015.

John Rutter studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and first came to notice as a composer and arranger of Christmas carols and other choral pieces during those early years; today his compositions, including such concert-length works as Requiem, Magnificat, Mass of the Children, The Gift of Life, and Visions are performed around the world.
John edits the Oxford Choral Classics series, and, with Sir David Willcocks, co-edited four volumes of Carols for Choirs. In 1983 he formed his own choir The Cambridge Singers, with whom he has made numerous recordings on the Collegium Records label, and he appears regularly in several countries as a guest conductor and choral ambassador.
John holds a Lambeth Doctorate in Music, and was awarded a CBE for services to music in 2007.
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