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Advent and Christmas Albums

Carol accompaniments for congregations and choirs

Sample: While Shepherds Watched
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We have a range of options for Advent and Christmas. The albums on this page provide a cost effective way to get the core essentials, while our Ultimate Carol Set is the most comprehensive with 119 accompaniments of carols for congregations and choirs, providing accompaniments for the entire contents of Carols Ancient and Modern.

The accompaniments in the albums here mostly use arrangements from Carols for Choirs where possible, fine for congregations to sing, but including descants, and featuring six carols best suited for a choir to sing alone. The Advent disc contains all the advent carols from Carols Ancient and Modern - 21 in all.

Albums are available as CDs - or simply download whichever tracks or albums you want, while the Ultimate Carol Set is also available as a set of MP3s on a memory stick or to download. There are no voices on these recordings, just a playover (in congregational carols) and the accompaniment.

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Carols included

(number after hymn name indicates number of verses)
Christmas Carols
  1. A Great and Mighty Wonder (5)
  2. As with Gladness Men of Old (5)
  3. Away in a Manger (3)
  4. God rest you merry, Gentlemen (5)
  5. Hark the Herald Angels Sing (3) - descant verse 3
  6. In the Bleak Midwinter (5) *
  7. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (4) - descant verse 4
  8. O Come All Ye Faithful (4) - descant verse 3, unison verse 4
  9. O Little Town of Bethlehem (4) - descant verse 4
  10. Once in Royal David's City (6) - descant verse 6
  11. See Amid the Winter's Snow (6)
  12. Silent Night (3) *
  13. Unto Us is Born a Son (5)
  14. We Three Kings (5) *
  15. While Shepherds Watched (6) - descant verse 6

Choir:
  1. Good King Wenceslas (5)
  2. Sans Day Carol
  3. Sussex Carol
  4. The First Nowell
  5. The Shepherds' Farewell
  6. Torches

* Starred items not in Carols for Choirs

Christmas Carols 2
1. All my Heart: Ebling (4)
2. Coventry Carol: version 1 (3 part - 3 + refrain)
3. Coventry Carol: version 2 (4 part Shaw arrangement - 3 + refrain)
4. Deck the hall: Nos galan (3)
5. Ding dong! merrily on high: Bransle de l'Official (3 + chorus)
6. Go tell it on the Mountain: Traditional (3)
7. Good Christian Men rejoice: 14th century German (3)
8. Hail Blessed Virgin Mary (for so when he did meet thee): 17th century Italian (3)
9. Infant holy, infant lowly: Traditional Polish (2)
10. In the bleak mid-Winter: Darke (4)
11. I saw three Ships: Traditional English (6)
12. Joy to the world: Handel (3)
13. Little Donkey: E. Boswell (2)
14. Mary’s Boy Child: Jester Hairston (3)
15. O Christmas Tree: O Tannenbaum (4)
16. O little one sweet, o little one mild: S. Scheidt (4)
17. O little Town of Bethlehem: Walford Davies: Christmas Carol (4)
18. On Christmas Night: Traditional English (4)
19. Past Three O Clock: Traditional English (7 + chorus)
20. Rejoice and be merry: Traditional English (4)
21. Rocking: Traditional Czech (2)
22. Sing Lullaby: Old Basque Noel (4)
23. The Angel Gabriel: Old Basque Noel (4)
24. The Holly and the Ivy: Traditional English (6)
25. The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy: Traditional West Indian (3)
26. Wassail Song: Traditional English (8)
27. We wish you a merry Christmas: Traditional English (4)

Advent Carols
NOTE: Advent Carols is the first CD of the Ultimate Carol Set with one additional track

4001. Adam lay ybounden - Boris Ord (1)
4002. Adam lay ybounden - Peter Warlock (1)
4003. Advent Candles tell their Story – Angel Voices (1)
4004. As Joseph was a-walking - Richard Terry (3 + ref.)
4005. Come, Thou long-expected Jesus - Cross of Jesus (4)
4006. Creator of the Stars of Night - Conditor alme (5)
4007. Gabriel to Mary came - 14th-Century Advent Carol (4)
4008. Go tell it on the Mountain - African-American Spiritual Melody (3 + ref.)
4009. Hail, blessed Virgin Mary - Matteo Coferati: Corona di sacre Canzoni (3)
4010. Hark, a thrilling Voice is sounding - Merton (5)
4011. Joseph was an old Man - English traditional Carol (7)
4012. Lo, He comes with Clouds descending - Helmsley (4)
4013. Longing for Light, we wait in Darkness - Christ be our Light (5)
4014. O come, O come, Emmanuel - Veni Emmanuel (5 + ref.)
4015. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry - Winchester New (5)
4016. People, look east to see at last - Besançon Carol (4)
4017. The Angel Gabriel from Heaven came - Gabriel’s Message (4)
4018. The Lord at first did Adam make - West of England Traditional Carol (4 + ref.)
4019. There is no Rose of such Virtue – John Joubert (4)
4020. This is the Truth sent from above – English traditional Carol,
arr. R. Vaughan Williams (5)
4021. When righteous Joseph wedded was – West of England Carol (3 + ref.)


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