Faber Carol Book, The (SAB Version)

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Singing is an essential part of the Christmas tradition the world over, when even the more reluctant can be persuaded to join in well-known melodies. There is also a dazzlingly array of Christmas carol books on the market, from traditional to folk, contemporary and beyond. But as yet, there are few single volumes devoted to providing a taste of everything, particularly designed for children or amateurs to sing. Faber Music’s remedy to this is an exciting new book of Christmas carols and songs with an original and contemporary twist, a book designed to breathe fresh air into Christmas concerts everywhere.

The Faber Carol Book contains 40 pieces, expertly edited and arranged by Gwyn Arch and Ben Parry. The ultimate Christmas resource, it captures a variety of moods and styles through time – from contemporary arrangements of medieval and traditional carols, to spirituals, music from around the world and a wealth of original pieces. Set off on a round-the-world tour, from China and Puerto Rica to the sleigh bells of Sweden and the swish of flamenco dancers’ skirts in Spain. Or step back to medieval times and travel forwards to the present, ending your journey with a spot of contemporary rap.

There is also an impressive line-up of original pieces by some of today’s most highly respected choral composers, including Howard Goodall, Lin Marsh, Peter Gritton, Errollyn Wallen and Mike Brewer. What also make this volume special are its arrangements for upper voices, with an optional third line for baritone or low alto (following the format of the Faber Young Voices series). It makes the collection perfect for youth choirs or amateur adult choirs who have a dearth of male voices. School music teachers will also find this book invaluable. The undemanding keyboard arrangements (many of which are optional) and the smattering of unison carols means that even the less accomplished choirs will find something to enjoy. Many of the arrangements also have suggested instrumental line-ups, such as optional flute/recorder/violin lines, encouraging non-singers to be involved in the Christmas celebrations.

So with such a wealth of flexible, simple and original Christmas material, no choir can afford to be without The Faber Carol Book this festive season.


  • Angelus Ad Virginem (The Angel To The Virgin)
  • Away In A Manger
  • Baloo, Lammy
  • Child Of God
  • Christmas Is Here Again
  • Christmas Prayer, A
  • Coventry Carol, The
  • Cysga Di, Fy Mhlentyn Tlws (Sleep Away, My Gentle Child)
  • Designer Christmas
  • Diamond Bright
  • Fum, Fum, Fum
  • Gaudete! (Rejoice!)
  • Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant (He Is Born, The Holy Child)
  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  • Just A Tale
  • La Jornada (The Journey)
  • Let Me Shine
  • Linden Tree Carol, The
  • Merry Christmas, A
  • Moon Dance
  • Now And Then Christmas
  • O Mary, Where Is Your Baby?
  • O, Can You Not Hear?
  • Polish Lullaby, A
  • Rapping Paper
  • Ring, Lovely Bells
  • Rise Up Shepherd And Foller
  • Shiao Bao Bao (Little Precious)
  • Silent Night
  • Sister Mary Had But One Child
  • So Many Stars
  • Starwise
  • Sun Carol
  • Taladh Chriosta (Christ's Lullaby)
  • Tsaba, Tsaba! (Watch Out, Watch Out!)
  • Warmth Of Christmas, The
  • Wexford Carol, The
  • What Month Was Jesus Born In?
  • When Christ Was Born
  • While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks


Product IDCOBS012591264
Editor/Arranger Arch & Ben Parry, Gwyn
Instrumentation Vocal Score
Publisher Faber Music
Publisher Ref No 0571520073
Language Eng
Media Book

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