Carols

My carols range from pieces for carol services and church settings through to light-hearted arrangements perfect for choir concerts and encores.

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming

SATB unaccompanied, words 14th-cent. German. Oxford University Press

A gentle arrangement of the well-known German melody, with the tune swapped between voices, rich harmonies, and a surprise shift at the start of the last verse. Included in Carols for Choirs 5.

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I saw a maiden

I saw a maiden

SATB and organ, words 15th cent. (adapted). Encore Publications

A lullaby set to a tender melody and refrain with supportive organ accompaniment, to make a simple carol of great poignancy.

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O night, peaceful and blest!

O night, peaceful and blest!

SATB and organ, words traditional. Encore Publications

A traditional Basse-Normandie carol (O bienheureuse nuit) arranged in a gentle setting for voices and organ.

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The Virgin Mary had a baby boy

The Virgin Mary had a baby boy

Spiritual, SATB unaccompanied. Oxford University Press X338

A lively, highly rhythmic arrangement of the well-loved spiritual. Jazz harmonies, driving syncopations and plenty of interest for all the voices project a confident message of belief. Listen to a performance on the More Information page.

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Mary had a baby

Mary had a baby

Spiritual, SATB unaccompanied. Oxford University Press X339

A virtuosic arrangement, filled with energetic rhythms, counterpoint, Gospel harmony, wit and a dash of Handel. A rousing showpiece to delight audiences and choirs. Listen to a performance on the More Information page.

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Angelus ad Virginem

Angelus ad Virginem

SATB and organ, words 14th-cent. Irish. Oxford University Press X366

Dancing medieval rhythms blend with more contemporary harmonies and figures to create an original and striking carol, swept along with great verve by a lively organ accompaniment.

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Jingle, bells

Jingle, bells

SATB unaccompanied. Oxford University Press X367

A witty, tongue-in-cheek arrangement sweeping together different styles and mixed-up words in a boisterous sleigh-ride. A perfect encore for all choirs.

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Ding dong, merrily on high

Ding dong, merrily on high

SATB unaccompanied. Oxford University Press X400

A riotous setting that lurches from pious, a cappella textures to musical mayhem and back again with some hilarious musical puns and well-planned pitfalls along the way.

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The Saviour's Come

The Saviour's Come

Trad. Swahili, voices in 2-4 parts with optional percussion. Oxford University Press

A lively, rhythmic arrangement of a traditional Swahili carol. Included in The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols, or buy this piece online

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