The Ivy and the Holly

14 Contemporary Carols

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The Ivy and the Holly is a superb collection of carols and motets for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany by contemporary composers. Scored for mixed voices - a cappella and with organ - the anthology embraces a range of styles and sonorities. Here are plainchant lines, lilting melodies, and overlapping phrases; lively, energetic settings and soft, reflective ones; dancing rhythms and rich, sumptuous harmonies. Encompassing a variety of texts, with settings of medieval English verse and biblical passages alongside poems by celebrated writers, this collection will be welcomed by concert and church choirs alike.

  • Includes composers' notes, liturgical table, and translations
  • Carols in a variety of styles and sonorities


  • Kerry Andrew: The Contest of the Ivy and the Holly
  • Basil Athanasiadis: Antiphon to Mary
  • Alan Bullard: And allthe stars looked down
  • Richard Causton: Cradle Song
  • Bob Chilcott: The Shepherd's Carol
  • Michael Finnissy:Telling
  • Gabriel Jackson: The Magi
  • Cecilia McDowall: Now may we singen
  • Terry Mann: Gabriel fram Hevene-King
  • Joseph Phibbs: St Margaret's Carol
  • Francis Pott: Mary's Carol
  • John Rutter: Dormi, Jesu
  • HowardSkempton: Rejoice, rejoice
  • Andrew Smith: Veni, redemptor gentium

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193361805
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 104
Publication Date: 21/08/2008
ISBN: 9780193361805
Format: 249x174
Voices: SATB
Force: SATB unaccompanied & with organ
Level of difficulty: B-C


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