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ORIGINAL CAROLS
2,000 Years - Alun Cook
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Originally intended for young voices, but it does adapt well to having adult voices, especially joining in the verse (bar 19). The choir 2 part (3rd time bar) is optional but desirable. Whether you are religious or not, there is a point being made.

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The New Religion (a shopper's carol) - Alun Cook
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There's nothing like a religious festival to bring out the profane. A Carol for the frustrated shopper? The words may be changed to suit local shops or individual aunts? New Religion? It seems to be!

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Blake's Cradle Song - Sweet Dreams - Music - Alun Cook, Words - William Blake
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A Christmas Carol for unaccompanied SATB choir, requiring great flexibility and sensitivity. A simple poem but full of mystery and expectation, and crying out to be sung. Its simplicity and rhyming pattern might lead to a very regular rhythm but I have chosen a different route where the words direct the music in free fashion.

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Christmas Bells - Music - Alun Cook, Words - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote this poem in 1863 at the age of 56, and the seemingly cheerful festive title belies a much darker poem. The American civil war was in full spate (1861-65) and his eldest son joined the unionist side without his father’s blessing. This, and his wife’s recent tragic death, probably account for the unusual nature of this carol which is far from celebratory although, if we believe the final verse, his faith appears to remain intact.

Christmas Bells is also available for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano (see below) but the versions are not quite compatible so do not try to mix the versions. The scores for this SATB version are free to download. Please don't forget to add the composer's name to any venues' PRS returns.

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Bethlehem Ride - Alun Cook
Various choir combinations with varying accompaniments
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This is an original Christmas Carol available in three version. I say "original" but, as you will hear, it has a familiar counter melody, played or sung according to the version.

The versions are:
  • Version 1. for SATB choir with piano accompaniment.

  • Version 2. for 2 part Soprano/Treble/Alto voices with piano accompaniment and featuring an obligato part which is intended for Trombone but would equally suit a Euphonium, Bassoon or Cello. The parts include the piano score, choir score, separate piano part and Trombone part (Treble and Bass Clef).

  • Version 3. A choir of any type with a Brass Quintet accompaniment, written for SATB choir but can also be sung by much smaller forces - SA or even just the melody line. The familiar counter-melody is sung by the male voices or covered by the brass.

The versions for SATB and SA with Trombone/cello may be "mix-and-matched", the only significant difference between vocal and instrumental parts being the length of some of the instrumental counter-melody notes at the ends of phrases. The Brass Quintet has a few more variations in the harmony so it's fine to rehearse without the brass by using a piano score from the other sets, but please do not combine the Piano and Brass for a performance.

Bethlehem Ride - Version for SATB Choir
with Piano accompaniment. The counter-melody is sung by the male voices.

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Bethlehem Ride - Version for 2 Part SA choir
with Solo Trombone (Euphonium/'Cello/Bassoon).
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Bethlehem Ride - Version for Choir with Brass Quintet accompaniment
From full SATB to just a solo line. The parts include the Brass score and parts, piano score and choir score.
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Come and Hear the Christmas Story - Alun Cook
SATB Choir with Piano or Brass Quintet accompaniment
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An original Christmas Carol for SATB choir with piano accompaniment. The SATB and Piano scores are free to download. There is also brass quintet accompaniment available below. This carol is included in a brass quintet medley of carols called "Belles at Christmas".

The two versions are not completely compatible as there are some extra bars and variations in the harmonies, therefore a separate piano part for rehearsing is included with the brass set. The sections at letter B and may be sung unaccompanied but this is by no means compulsory as the accompaniments are still interesting.

Version for SATB Choir
with Piano accompaniment. Free to download

Version for Choir with Brass Quintet
From full SATB choir to just a solo line.
The set include the choir score, brass score
and parts and a piano score for rehearsing.

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A Christmas Message - Alun Cook
For various choir combinations.
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An original Christmas Carol written for a Carol Festival in 1995 where it was performed by combined choirs from five local primary schools with accompaniment from the West Kent Youth Wind Band.

The original version is for SSA choir, splitting into 3 parts in the verses and these are not difficult to get together. The chorus is in harmony (mostly 2 part) but may be sung in unison if the harmonies prove too challenging. There is now an SATB version for adult choirs. Both are availbe below free on charge with piano accompaniments.

There are four possible instrumental accompaniments listed for Brass Quintwt, and mixed Wind Quintet with flexible scoring, and accompaninet provided for Wind Band or Orchestra.

Version for SSA Choir (Young Voices)
with Piano accompaniment. Free to download

Version for SATB Choir
with Piano accompaniment. Free to download

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A Christmas Message - Brass Quintet accompaniment
Scored for 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba
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A Christmas Message - Mixed Wind Quintet
Scored for Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone (or Clarinet), Trumpet (or Alto Sax), and Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet)
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A Christmas Message - Wind Band accompaniment
Scored for a moderately small band
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A Christmas Message - Orchestral accompaniment
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O, The Holly and the Ivy - Music by Alun Cook - Words Traditional
2 Part Choir (SS, SA or just S) with optional Solo Flute and piano accompaniment
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A new melody to the traditional words of The Holly and the Ivy. Written for 2 part Soprano/Treble/Alto voices with piano accompaniment and featuring an optional flamboyant solo flute part. Ideally it should be performed with the Solo Flute but the music has been carefully written so that it can be performed without, and it can well be performed by just the single soprano line, rather than in harmony.

The parts include the piano score, choir score, separate piano part and Flute part. There is also a chamber version for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano available.

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CAROLS - for Soprano, Clarinet & Piano TOP
Christmas Bells - Music by Alun Cook - Words by Longfellow
Trio for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano
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The American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote this poem in 1863 at the age of 56, and the seemingly cheerful festive title masks a much darker poem. With the American civil war in full spate and his eldest son fighting in the conflict, the nature of this carol is hardly celebratory although, if we believe the final verse, Longfellow's faith seems to remain intact.

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O, The Holly and the Ivy - Music by Alun Cook - Words Traditional
Trio for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano
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Written for the combination famously used by Schubert in "Shepherd on the Rock", this new setting of the Holly and the Ivy is mostly light in character, gives opportunities for showing off and is full of the Christmas spirit.

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Blake's Cradle Song - Sweet Dreams - Music by Alun Cook - Words by William Blake
Trio for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano
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A Christmas Lullaby for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano. William Blake's poem is full of mystery and expectation. Its simplicity and rhyming pattern might lead to a very regular rhythm but I have chosen a different route where the words direct the music in free fashion. Do not be afraid to be flexible with the tempo. Blakes ""Cradle Song" is also available for SATB unaccompanied choir, and for Brass Quintet.

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CAROLS - Instrumental Accompaniments TOP
The Shepherds' Farewell - Brass Quintet accompaniment - Berlioz arr. Alun Cook
2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba
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The Shepherds' Farewell (L'adieu des bergers) from L'Enfance du Christ has become a standard for choirs at Christmas. This version has been written for performing as accompaniment to a choir. The key is a semitone lower than the original to save the trumpets from playing in F# major. If you would like a better version for performing as an instrumental without a choir, see the version above.

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O Come! All Ye Faithful, with Fanfare and Descant - Trad. arr. Alun Cook
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This version includes a Fanfare which may be played either as an introduction or as an interlude before the final verse, and 4 different harmonised verses including an original descant. Optional Timpani and Cymbals parts are included.

It available for three combinations of Brass and for Wind Band

O Come! All Ye Faithful - with Brass Quintet accompaniment
Scored for 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba
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O Come! All Ye Faithful - with 10 Piece Brass accompaniment
Scored for 4 Trumpets, Horn, 4 Trombone, Tuba
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O Come! All Ye Faithful - Orchestral Brass accompaniment
Scored for 3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium (opt), Tuba
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O Come! All Ye Faithful - with Wind Band accompaniment
Scored for Full Band
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Hark the Herald Angels Sing, with Fanfare and Descant - Mendelssohn arr. Alun Cook
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This version includes a Fanfare which may be played either as an introduction or as an interlude before the final verse. The first two verses may be sung with the traditional Mendelssohn harmonies, and the final verse sung in unison with the new descant. Timpani and suspended cymbal parts are included (optional for the smaller ensembles) and a descant part and piano part are included for choir rehearsals.

You will find many published versions of Mendelssohn's music both in G major and F major. The versions available here are in F major as in is easier for those singing the descant.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - with Brass Quintet accompaniment
scored for 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba (with optional percussion)
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - with 10 Piece Brass accompaniment
4 Trumpets, 1 French Horn, 4 Trombones, Tuba, (with optional percussion)
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Orchestral Brass accompaniment
3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, Tuba, (with optional percussion)
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Wind Band accompaniment
Full Band
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Clarinet Choir accompaniment
Minimum of 6 Bbs and 2 Bass Clarinets.
Full scoring: 1 Eb, 4 Bbs, 1 Alto Cl, 2 Basses, 1 Contra Alto, 1 Contra Bass, Timpani, Sus.Cymbals
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