The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols

The perfect resource for every choir at Christmas

Alan Bullard
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The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols is the perfect resource for choirs of all types and sizes. Each piece is presented with flexible scoring options, clearly explained throughout, enabling performance by various combinations of singers. With carols for Advent, Christmas, New Year, and Epiphany, and a fabulous range of accessible, quality material, this is a must-have collection for all choirs at Christmas.

  • 56 flexibly scored carols
  • Suitable for mixed choirs, upper-voice choirs, choirs with few men, unison choirs, small choirs, and all other groups
  • New flexible arrangements of traditional carols and modern favourites
  • Brand new carols written specially for the collection
  • Variety of composers, including Kerry Andrew, Malcolm Archer, Alan Bullard, Bob Chilcott, Stephen Cleobury, Cecilia McDowall, John Rutter, Mack Wilberg, and David Willcocks
  • Wide range of material, from Medieval to the present day and including wassails, gallery carols, world carols, and spirituals
  • Accessible keyboard accompaniments suitable for organ (with or without pedals) or piano
  • Available in both standard and spiral-bound editions


  • Antony Baldwin: A babe is born
  • Christopher Wiggins: A little child there is yborn
  • Graham Ross: Adam lay ybounden
  • Peter Warlock, lower voice parts by Alan Bullard: Adam lay ybounden
  • Nicholas Burt: Angels, from the realms of glory
  • W. J. Kirkpatrick, arr. Bob Chilcott: Away in a manger
  • William Billings, arr. Alan Bullard: Away With Your Sorrows
  • Trad. African, trans. and arr. Fred Onovwerosuoke, accomp. Alan Bullard: Born this day is the Son of God
  • Trad. DominicanRepublic, arr. Juan Tony Guzmán: Cantemos a María
  • Thomas Hewitt Jones: Child of the stable's secret birth
  • Bob Chilcott: Christmas-tide
  • John Rutter: Christmas Lullaby
  • Alan Bullard: Come and Worship!
  • 18th-cent. WestCountry carol, adap. Alan Bullard: Come, let us all with heart and voice
  • Roderick Williams: Coventry Carol
  • 16th-cent.French, arr. Alan Smith: Ding dong! merrily on high
  • Jenny McLeod: Falantidida
  • from Piae Cantiones (1582), arr.Alan Bullard: Gaudete!
  • Trad. Engl ish, arr. Richard Shephard: Gloucestershire Wassail
  • Malcolm Archer: Gold for a mangerbed
  • Trad. American, arr. Pete Churchill: Go tell it on the mountain
  • Old German carol, arr. Alan Bullard: Good Christiansall, rejoice
  • Alan Bullard: His Praises We'll Sing
  • Trad. French, arr. Neil Matthews: Il est né, le divin enfant
  • Alan Smith: In the Beginning
  • Gustav Holst, descant and accomp. Alan Bullard: In the bleak mid-winter
  • Trad.Polish, arr. Neil Matthews: Infant holy, infant lowly
  • Mina folk song, trans. and arr. by Fred Onovwerosuoke: Jesus Christ is here!
  • Max Reger, arr. Alan Bullard: Mary's Cradle Song
  • Alan Bullard: Natus est Immanuel
  • Edmund Jolliffe: Now is theTime for Christemas!
  • Gwyn Arch: O faithful star
  • Adolphe Adam, arr. Alan Bullard: O holy night!
  • Trad. English,arr. Jonathan Willcocks: Past three o'clock
  • Trad. American, arr. Gordon Thornett: Rise up, Shepherd, and Follow
  • SarahRodgers: See amid the winter's snow
  • Franz Xaver Gruber, arr. Al an Bullard: Silent night
  • Trad. Puerto Rican, arr. AlanBullard: Song of the Wise Men
  • John Rutter: Star Carol
  • David Willcocks: Starry night
  • Austrian carol, arr. MackWilberg: Still, still, still
  • Alan Bullard: Sweet was the song
  • Jenny McLeod: Te Kaiwhakaora
  • Kerry Andrew: TheCherry Tree Carol
  • David Hamilton: The First Christmas
  • Ian Ray: The light of the world
  • Cecilia McDowall: TheNight is Still
  • Trad. Swahili, arr. David Blackwell: The Saviour's Come
  • Andrew Smith: The Truth from Above
  • Anon. 15th cent., arr. Alan Bullard: There is no rose
  • John Gardner: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
  • John Henry Hopkins,arr. Stephen Cleobury: We three kings of Orient are
  • Trad. West Country carol, arr. Benjamin Woodgates: We wish you a merryChristmas
  • Trad. English, arr. Antony Baldwin: What child is this?
  • John Gardner: When Christ was born of Mary free
  • Alan Bullard: Wisselton, wasselton

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193364622
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 27/08/2009
ISBN: 9780193364622
Format: 249x174
Voices: Upper Voices - 3 parts or more; SATB; Men's Voices; SAB; Flexible
Force: Flexible forces
Instrumentation: Thornett: Rise up, Shepherd, and Follow - fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, glock, hp, str
Wilberg: Still, Still, Still - strings
Hewitt Jones: Child of the Stable's Secret Birth - fl, 2 hn (opt), hp (opt), pno, (single strings) 2 vln, vla, 2 vc, db
Rutter: Christmas Lullaby - fl, ob, cl, 2 hn, str
Rutter: Star Carol - 4 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, 2 perc, timp, pn or org OR 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 perc (glock, sus cym, tri, timp), hp, str
Gardner: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day - strings and percussion (SD, tamb)
Warlock: Adam lay ybounden - strings
Bullard: His Praises We'll Sing - 2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba
Chilcott: Away in a manger - harp and strings
Level of difficulty: B


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