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The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols

The perfect resource for every choir at Christmas

The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols

The perfect resource for every choir at Christmas

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Music Book


Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780193364622
Number of Pages: 288
Published: 27/08/2009

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The perfect resource for choirs of all types and sizes. Each carol is presented with flexible scoring options, clearly explained throughout, enabling performance by various combinations of singers. With a fabulous range of accessible, quality material, this is a must-have collection for all choirs.

  • 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
  • Available in both standard and spiral-bound editions

A babe is born, Antony Baldwin
A little child there is yborn, Christopher Wiggins
Adam lay ybounden, Graham Ross
Adam lay ybounden, Peter Warlock, lower voice parts by Alan Bullard
Angels, from the realms of glory, Nicholas Burt
Away in a manger, W. J. Kirkpatrick, arr. Bob Chilcott
Away With Your Sorrows, William Billings, arr. Alan Bullard
Born this day is the Son of God, Trad. African, trans. and arr. Fred Onovwerosuoke, accomp. Alan Bullard
Cantemos a María, Trad. Dominican Republic, arr. Juan Tony Guzmán
Child of the stable's secret birth, Thomas Hewitt Jones
Christmas-tide, Bob Chilcott
Christmas Lullaby, John Rutter
Come and Worship!, Alan Bullard
Come, let us all with heart and voice, 18th-cent. West Country carol, adap. Alan Bullard
Coventry Carol, Roderick Williams
Ding dong! merrily on high, 16th-cent. French, arr. Alan Smith
Falantidida, Jenny McLeod
Gaudete!, from Piae Cantiones (1582), arr. Alan Bullard
Gloucestershire Wassail, Trad. English, arr. Richard Shephard
Gold for a manger bed, Malcolm Archer
Go tell it on the mountain, Trad. American, arr. Pete Churchill
Good Christians all, rejoice, Old German carol, arr. Alan Bullard
His Praises We'll Sing, Alan Bullard
Il est né, le divin enfant, Trad. French, arr. Neil Matthews
In the Beginning, Alan Smith
In the bleak mid-winter, Gustav Holst, descant and accomp. Alan Bullard
Infant holy, infant lowly, Trad. Polish, arr. Neil Matthews
Jesus Christ is here!, Mina folk song, trans. and arr. by Fred Onovwerosuoke
Mary's Cradle Song, Max Reger, arr. Alan Bullard
Natus est Immanuel, Alan Bullard
Now is the Time for Christemas!, Edmund Jolliffe
O faithful star, Gwyn Arch
O holy night!, Adolphe Adam, arr. Alan Bullard
Past three o'clock, Trad. English, arr. Jonathan Willcocks
Rise up, Shepherd, and Follow, Trad. American, arr. Gordon Thornett
See amid the winter's snow, Sarah Rodgers
Silent night, Franz Xaver Gruber, arr. Alan Bullard
Song of the Wise Men, Trad. Puerto Rican, arr. Alan Bullard
Star Carol, John Rutter
Starry night, David Willcocks
Still, still, still, Austrian carol, arr. Mack Wilberg
Sweet was the song, Alan Bullard
Te Kaiwhakaora, Jenny McLeod
The Cherry Tree Carol, Kerry Andrew
The First Christmas, David Hamilton
The light of the world, Ian Ray
The Night is Still, Cecilia McDowall
The Saviour's Come, Trad. Swahili, arr. David Blackwell
The Truth from Above, Andrew Smith
There is no rose, Anon. 15th cent., arr. Alan Bullard
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, John Gardner
We three kings of Orient are, John Henry Hopkins, arr. Stephen Cleobury
We wish you a merry Christmas, Trad. West Country carol, arr. Benjamin Woodgates
What child is this?, Trad. English, arr. Antony Baldwin
When Christ was born of Mary free, John Gardner
Wisselton, wasselton, Alan Bullard

Alan Bullard (editor)

Alan Bullard was born in London and studied with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music, and at Nottingham University. He enjoyed a successful career in music education; for many years he was Head of Composition at Colchester Institute, and is currently an examiner for ABRSM. He now devotes most of his time to composing, editing, and arranging. His music unfailingly appeals to both performers and audiences; he has written for all kinds of choirs, and instrumental works for a variety of ensembles and orchestras. Alan is a respected writer of music for examination syllabuses and educational albums. His major publications include the four inspirational Oxford Flexible Choral Anthologies, Alan Bullard Anthems, and the five cantatas Wondrous Cross, O Come Emmanuel, A Light in the Stable, Psalmi Penitentiales, and Images of Peace. He and his wife Janet also write the Pianoworks series for the older beginner.

I reviewed The Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems a number of months ago and welcomed it with open arms. The carol book is equally welcome, and a must-buy for choirs who don't know the size of their forces from one week to the next, or the sort of choir that only gets men for Christmas, as it were . . . What you get here is a generous selection of well-known favourites in easy (and of course flexible) arrangements . . . and a fine sprinkling of new pieces, most of which are highly original and interesting. By no means is this book just for small amateur choirs: there is much for all in its 279 pages. * Music Teacher, October 2009 * It clearly embraces a wide range of choral abilities and voice permutations and will doubtless appeal to choirs and choir trainers of many stripes. * Choir & Organ, September 2009 *