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Christmas Arrangements

 

By Karen Penketh

 

1NT - Deck The Halls

 

Traditional carol with a slight twist! The first verse has alternative lyrics where you can insert the name of your chorus/choir. The second verse is the usual first verse.


1NT - I Saw Three Ships

 

Consisting of the first three verses only, this is a short but very sweet arrangement starting with the baris and basses giving the beat whilst the tenors and leads unison the first verse. The second verse picks up with the basses and baris adding a little more to the beat and the tenors and leads dueting. The final verse is with all four parts singing the words. This song will be upgraded with more verses at a later date.


2NE - Mistletoe And Wine

 

by Keith Strachan, Leslie Stewart and Jeremy Paul. Made number one for Cliff Richard back in the 80s, this stirring Christmas song allows the singers to really get into the Christmas Spirit.



2NE - Walking In The Air

 

by Howard Blake, 1982. Used in the beautiful story of The Snowman and made famous by Aled Jones. This arrangement has the leads singing the melody whilst the harmony parts create the pulse. 
Available on TCD 005.

 

KEY:

 

The number denotes level of difficulty with 1 being easy. 
The middle letter denotes whether the song is suitable for competition with Y meaning YES. 
The last letter denotes the song tempo: E=Easybeat, B=Ballad, T=Traditional, U=Uptempo

 

By Marilyn Penketh

 

Christmas Chopsticks 

 

"'Twas the night before Xmas and all through the house" - a classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863) arranged with 5 verses.

 

The Coventry Carol

 

A traditional English Christmas carol in a minor key, from the 16th Century. The haunting lyrics referring to a mother's lament at Herod's slaying the young children. 

 

Deck The Hall

 

A traditional Welsh Christmas & New Year Carol.

 

Hark, The Herald Angels Sing

 

With words by Charles Wesley in 1739 but now sung to a melody by Felix Mendelssohn published in 1840 to commemorate Gutenberg's invention of the printing press.

 

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

 

This Christmas song is based upon the 1863 poem "Christmas Bells" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

 

In The Bleak Mid Winter

 

With music by Gustav Holst from a poem by Christina Rossetti written in 1872, this song first became a Christmas carol in 1906.

 

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (English Tune)

 

This Christmas carol was written by Edmund Sears, a church pastor in Massachusetts, in 1849. The English tune "Noel" was adapted from an English melody by Arthur Sullivan in 1874.

 

O Come All Ye Faithful

 

Originally written in Latin and known as Adeste Fideles, the music by John reading was first published in 1751. The English translation was by the Rev. Frederick Oakley in 1841.

 

O Holy Night

 

From an original French poem "Minuit Chretiens" with words by Placide Cappeau & music by Adolphe Adam.

 

O Little Town Of Bethlehem (English Tune)

 

The lyrics were written by Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893) and the English tune "Forest Green" was adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams from an English folk ballad "The Ploughboy's Dream."

 

Silent Night! Holy Night!

 

Originally an Austrian carol, with melody written by Franz Gruber for guitar in place of the more usual church organ, all due to the church bellows not working. Joseph Mohr wrote the words and it was first performed in Oberdorf, on Christmas Eve 1818.

 

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

 

This carol dates back to 1703, with lyrics by Nahum Tate (1652 - 1715) and music by George Frederic Handel (1685 - 1759).