Thursday, August 4, 2011


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The festive season is fast approaching and now is the perfect time to plan your Christmas program! With a range of works from classic carols, orchestral pieces, works for massed choirs and more we have something for everyone - beginner to professional! We've listed a small selection below:


St Nicolas by Benjamin Britten
Cantata for tenor solo, chorus (SATB), semi-chorus (SA), four boy singers, and orchestra (1948)

Duration: 50 minutes
Description: Originally written for the centenary of Peter Pears’ old school Lancing College in 1948, Britten’s cantata tells the life of the fourth-century Bishop of Myra in a work of great poetry and sensitivity. It was conceived and composed with semi-amateur performance in mind and the technical demands of the choral and orchestral writing are appropriately straightforward. The audience also gets to join in two well-known hymns, All people that on earth do dwell and God moves in a mysterious way.


In Terra Pax, op.39 (Christmas Scene) by Gerald Finzi
Christmas Scene for soprano and baritone soloists, chorus and orchestra (also available for chamber orchestra)

Duration: 14 minutes
Description: Written just two years before Finzi’s death in 1956, In terra pax skilfully juxtaposes words of Robert Bridges (which are set for the baritone soloist) with the familiar Christmas passage from St Luke (set for the soprano soloist and chorus). With a childlike serenity of style, the work unites all its feelings, images and familiar events into one simple, shapely musical narrative. Given the varied possibilities of accompaniment, In terra pax is a work that is suited to choirs of all sizes. With its seasonal theme, it makes the most attractive centre-piece for any Christmas choral program.


Star Carol by John Rutter
SATB & brass ensemble (SATB & orchestral version also available)

Duration: 6 minutes
Description: John Rutter is well known for his choral music. His compositions embrace choral, orchestral, and instrumental music, and he has edited or co-edited various choral anthologies including four Carols for Choirs volumes with Sir David Willcocks and the Oxford Choral Classics series. Star Carol is a simple melodic Christmas tune including the lyrics "Sing this night, for a boy is born in Bethlehem."


Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Solo baritone, SATB or TTBB, organ and strings with optional wind and percussion

Duration: 10 minutes
Description: A single movement workwhich consists of the English folk carols "The truth sent from above", "Come all you worthy gentlemen" and "On Christmas night all Christians sing", all folk songs collected in southern England by Vaughan Williams. These are interposed with brief orchestral quotations from other carols, such as "The First Nowell."


Christmas Fantasy by Gilbert Vinter
For orchestra and choir (orchestral only version also available)

Duration: 34 minutes
Description: Born in Lincoln, Vinter was one of the finest conductors in the radio field during his day, and one of the foremost composers of contemporary brass music. Christmas Fantasy is inspired by some of the worlds most famous Christmas carols, artfully intertwined by Vinter.


Our classic carol selection includes: Once in Royal David's City, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, O Come all ye Faithful, Joy to the World, Mary's Lullaby, Good King Wenceslas, In Dulci Jubilo and many more.

From the libraries of:

Boosey & Hawkes Josef Weinberger
Stainer & Bell


Visit our Classical Catalogue page to search these and other great works, or apply now!

We look forward to working with you on your next performance!


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