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Carols for Choirs 5


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Table of Contents

A Heavenly Song ; A little child there is yborn ; A Patre Unigenitus ; Adam lay ybounden ; Away in a manger (UK tune) ; Away in a manger (US tune) ; Blest Mary wanders through the thorn ; Candlelight Carol ; Carol ; Ding dong! merrily on high ; Glory to the Christ Child ; God rest you merry, gentlemen ; Good King Wenceslas ; Hark! the herald-angels sing ; Hush! my dear ; I saw a stable ; I saw three ships ; I sing of a maiden ; In dulci jubilo ; It came upon the midnight clear (UK tune) ; It came upon the midnight clear (US tune) ; Joy to the world! ; Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming ; Lullay, my liking ; My Lord has Come ; New Year ; O come, all ye faithful ; O come, O come, Emmanuel ; O little town ; Old Christmas Returned (or Hospitality Revived) ; Out of the Orient crystal skies ; Pilgrim Jesus ; Scots Nativity ; See amid the winter's snow ; Silent night ; Sussex Carol ; The Bell Carol ; The Christ-child ; The holly and the ivy ; The Sparrows' Carol ; The Virgin's Song ; There is no rose ; There is no rose ; There's a song in the air! ; This endris night ; Voices in the Mist ; Wassail ; We three kings of Orient are ; What child is this? ; While shepherds watched their flocks

About the Author

David Blackwell studied music at Edinburgh University, then pursued a career in music publishing, first at ABRSM and then at Oxford University Press. He is co-editor of OUP's In the Mood: 17 Jazz Classics for Choirs and Carols for Choirs 5, and has published a number of single choral arrangements. He is co-writer with his wife Kathy of OUP's award-winning string series, Fiddle/Viola/Cello Time, which have twice won the MIA award for Best Educational Publication. Bob Chilcott has become one of the world's most widely performed composers and arrangers of choral music. His compositional output reflects his wide taste in music styles and his commitment to writing music that is both singable and communicative. He has been involved in choral music most of his life he was a chorister and then a choral scholar in the choir of King's College, Cambridge, and was a member of the British vocal group The King's Singers for whom he made a number of popular arrangements of well-known songs from all genres. As well as being a full-time composer he is also a highly acclaimed choral conductor. He has been privileged to conduct many choirs all over the world. He is Principal Guest Conductor of The BBC Singers and in 2019 he was appointed Principal Conductor of Birmingham University Singers. His music has been widely recorded by many choirs and groups including The King's Singers, Tenebrae, and The BBC Singers.


With the publication of Carols for Choirs 5 there has never been a better time to consider upgrading those worn-out green copies to shiny new gold ones . . . The collection successfully captures a balance of choral styles indicative of this decade with nothing out of place. While messrs Rutter and Willcocks are represented, nothing is reproduced from earlier volumes; CC5 represents excellent value for money. * Rupert Gough, Choir & Organ November 2011 *
It is a wonderful collection: order a copy right away! * Philip Brunelle , The American Organist, December 2011 *
The number of choral directors who can remember Christmas before Carols for Choirs is dwindling fast. The series was born in 1961, and fifty years on the fifth volume has appeared. Its pedigree is impeccable, and it fully maintains the high standards of its predecessors . . . This treasure chest of new and old carols should be in every choir library. If you need any further persuasion, turn to the end and play Thomas Hewitt Jones's haunting setting of What child is this? The carol is alive and well. * Rosemary Broadbent, Church Music Quarterly, December 2011 *
There are some snazzy descants, which may not displace the best of Willcocks but are nice alternatives to have, and striking new versions of carols one had imagined done to death, such as Andrew Simpsons engaging take on I saw three ships. If anything, the balance by comparison with Carols 1 to 4 seems to favour new composition, with a whole fresh roster of composers brought on board there are outstanding pieces by Howard Skempton (Adam lay ybounden) and Gabriel Jackson (The Christ Child), among others . . .u Carols for Choirs 5 is a high quality publication that fully maintains the standards of this illustrious series. * Matthew Greenall, Classical Music, November 2011 *

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