The Ultimate Carol Set includes a total of 119 accompaniments for Advent, Christingle, Christmas and Epiphany carols. It is a recording of every item in the new Ancient and Modern book, Carols Ancient and Modern, featuring carols for both congregations and choirs. Note these recordings are accompaniment only - there is no singing.
The full set is now available. We also have the first disc from Adam Lay Ybounden, via O Come, O Come, Emmanuel to This is the Truth Sent from Above, dedicated to Advent available to buy as a standalone CD.
The MP3 set is compact and cost effective: it is the most flexible way to play your accompaniments. Once the files are in place on a computer or iPod/MP3 player you can search for an accompaniment by the name of the hymn, the tune or the number in the A&M book. Particularly useful is the ability to set up a playlist for a particular service or event, putting the tracks you need on the day at your fingertips.
By default our MP3 sets come with a 128 kbps bit rate. This makes the files significantly smaller so that we can fit the tracks on a minimum number of disks, but the quality isn’t quite as good. In our experience, most sound systems in churches are not good enough to make the distinction apparent, so 128 kbps is fine, but should you prefer a higher bit rate we can provide enhanced discs at 256 kbps at an extra charge.
If you are concerned about bit rates, you can download a set of samples at different bit rates by clicking here.
If you prefer traditional CDs we can accommodate you too with the full set of 6 audio CDs.