The Carols

In order to build a repertoire we’ve borrowed a few songs from the Sheffield tradition, but we’ve also researched a number of carols specific to the West Country and, indeed to Wiltshire. We intend to build on these year on year so that we increase the number of unique, local songs in the repertoire. Thus in 2012 we added Carlingcott, which comes from just 11 miles away. We don’t want to supplant the standard church carols, but add to them, so we also sing a few carols that you will have certainly sung before.

Here is a list of the carols that we will sing this year. Clicking on the links will give you the words and score of many of them. Candy Verney, Sian Penlington and Chris Samuels have also recorded many of the parts to help you learn them. (If you want to hear what some of them sound like in the wild, go to the Recordings page to hear to live recordings made in a carol sing).

   Local Carols from Wiltshire and Somerset

   Awake and Join the Cheerful Choir 
      Soprano part (sung)
      Alto part (sung)
      Tenor part (sung)
      Bass part (sung)
      All parts (sung)
      Score (pdf)

   Carlingcott
      Soprano part (sung)
      Alto part (sung)
      Tenor part (sung)
      Bass part (sung)
      All parts (sung)
      Score (pdf)

   The Cricklade Wassailers' Song 
      Words (pdf)

   Green Grows the Holly
   Written by Anne Gregson of Bradford on Avon, words by Henry VIII
      Soprano part (sung)
      Alto part (sung)
      Tenor part (sung)
      Bass part (sung)
      All parts (sung)
      Score (pdf)

   I Hear Along Our Street (The Dunster Carol)
      The carol as sung by the Hotwell Howlers
      Score (pdf)

   Nailsbourne Beasts Song
      Tune (sung)
      Chorus harmony (sung)
      Both parts (sung)
      Words (pdf)

   Carols from the Yorkshire Tradition

   Diadem
      Soprano part (sung)
      Alto part (sung)
      Tenor part (sung)
      Bass part (sung)
      Score (pdf)

   Hail Smiling Morn
      Tenor part (sung)
      Bass part (sung)
      Both parts part (sung)
      Score (pdf)

   While Shepherds Watched (Cranbrook)
      Soprano part (sung)
      Alto part (sung)
      Tenor part (sung)
      Bass part (sung)
      All parts (sung)
      Words (pdf)

   Sweet Chiming Bells
      Soprano part (sung)
      Alto part (sung)
      Tenor part (sung)
      Bass part (sung)
      Score (pdf)

   Other Carols and Wassails

   Angels from the Realms of Glory
      Soprano part (sung)
      Alto part (sung)
      Tenor part (sung)
      Bass part (sung)
      All parts (sung)
      Score (pdf)

   Boar's Head Carol
      Soprano part (sung)
      Alto part (sung)
      Tenor part (sung)
      Bass part (sung)
      All parts (sung)

   Malpas Wassail
      Soprano part (sung)
      Alto part (sung)
      Tenor part (sung)
      All parts (sung)
      Score (pdf)

   Silent Night

   The Holly and the Ivy

   Solos and Duets

   I Wish You a Merry Christmas
      Words (pdf)

   The Christmas Tree
      Words (pdf)

   The Mistletoe Bough
      Words (pdf)

   Carols We No Longer Sing
   but which may come back someday

   Behold Once More the Day is Come
      Soprano part (sung)
      Alto part (sung)
      Tenor part (sung)
      Bass part (sung)
      Score (pdf)

   Jacob's Well
      Soprano part (sung)
      Tenor part (sung)
      Bass part (sung)
      All parts part (sung)
      Score (pdf)