Carols with piano accompaniment

Explore these fifteen carols with piano accompaniment. Discover new arrangements of popular traditional carols and many exciting new seasonal pieces.

A Carol for our Times

David Blackwell

This thought-provoking carol takes up the topical theme of the plight of refugees, drawing parallels with the stories and reception of Christ's birth. The text, by the composer, alludes to familiar lines from the Coventry Carol, rooting the piece in tradition while encouraging us to consider our present. The verses feature contrasting textures and changing metres, while a soft, reflective refrain stands steadfastly in triple metre. Also available in a version for SATB unaccompanied with soprano solo.

SA (with soprano solo) and piano

4 minutes

Easy

Published May 2020

His Praises We'll Sing

David Blackwell

This is a high energy, foot-tap inducing setting of a well-known text. The bluesy melodies, jazzy harmonies, and swung rhythms give the piece a gospel feel, and fill you with the infectious urge to boogie along to the music! Powerful voices and enthusiasm required. An optional bass and drum kit part is available as a free PDF download. Also available in a version for SSA and piano

SATB (with divisions) and piano

3 ½ minutes

Easy - Moderately Difficult

Published May 2020

I saw three ships

Andy Brooke

This is a delightful setting of the popular traditional carol. Key changes, well-crafted counter-melodies, and rhythmic variation build excitement throughout the piece, while the mimicking of bells in the vocal lines contribute a festive feeling. A definite crowd-pleaser for carol services and concerts.

SATB and piano

3 minutes

Easy

Published May 2020

Ring the bells

Alan Bullard

Ring the bells is a joyful setting of a text by Frances Crosby that celebrates the coming of Christmas. Written in a lively compound time, the carol explores one melodic refrain through numerous keys and textures, giving each verse a different energy. The voices are supported by resonant harmonies in the piano that cheerfully mimic the 'bells' and 'harps' in the text.

SATB and piano

2 minutes

Easy

Published May 2020

Noël (original version)  

Charles Gounod

Gounod's classic Christmas anthem is published here in its original scoring (soprano and alto soloists, three-part chorus of upper voices, piano and optional organ or harmonium). A new translation has been provided which mirrors the French text more closely than the first English version published in 1866. Also available in a version for SA soloists, SATB, piano and (opt) organ.

SA soloists, upper voices, piano and (opt) organ

6 minutes

Moderately Difficult

Published November 2020

Away in a manger

Michael Higgins

Higgins's arrangement of Away in a manger is beautiful and delicate. The first verse is taken by unison voices; the second is a cappella, with an optional soloist or small group and sustained 'ooh's; and the last verse features fresh, homophonic harmonies. Also available in a version for SATB and piano or harp.

SSA and piano or harp

3 minutes

Very Easy - Easy

Published May 2020

Star of the East

Michael Higgins

In this accessible, lively setting of a text by Eugene Field, Higgins' charming melodies gently rock in compound time and start off in unison before growing into a simple two-part texture. The voices are supported by a busy piano part that mimics the glimmer of the star.

SS or unison upper voices and piano

1 ½ minutes

Very Easy - Easy

Published May 2020

Still, still, still

Michael Higgins

Higgins's arrangement of the popular German carol is given a modern twist with fresh harmonies, but still captures the gentleness and tranquility found in more traditional settings. Supported by sustained 'oo's and 'ah's throughout, the well-known melody is underpinned by a delicate piano accompaniment, with an optional unaccompanied middle section.

SABar and piano

3 minutes

Very Easy - Easy

Published January 2021

Children, go where I send thee

Ryan Murphy

Optional parts for bass and drum set enliven this joyous arrangement of a traditional spiritual. Propelled by a light swing tempo, the mood grows more and more euphoric with each succeeding stanza of text, and the uplifting music surges towards an opulent conclusion.

SATB and piano

3 ½ minutes

Easy

Published April 2021

Go, tell it on the mountain

Ryan Murphy

Pulsating rhythms in the piano part underpin this energetic arrangement of a traditional spiritual. The voice parts progress from a forthright rendition of the famous tune at the beginning to bold and exciting harmonies by the end. The arrangement would provide a high-spirited and rousing climax for any Christmas concert.

SATB and piano

3 minutes

Easy

Published April 2021

There are angels hov'ring round

Ryan Murphy

This arrangement for choir and piano of a traditional American spiritual conjures a deep fervency, belying its simple appearance. The opening instruction is 'With hushed awe', and that encapsulates perfectly the gentle radiance of the tender lyrics and the music's highly singable lines.

SATB and piano

5 minutes

Easy

Published April 2021

Wexford Carol

Sarah Quartel

Quartel's arrangement of this well-known Irish carol is distinctly refreshing, characterized in part by its charming and sparkling piano part. The middle section offers an opportunity for both the choir and pianist to shine individually and explores further the beautiful modal harmonies of the original melody.

SATB and piano

4 minutes

Easy

Published April 2021

Child of Light

Mack Wilberg

This effervescent setting of two texts by David Warner - one for Christmas, one for general worship - was included on the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square's release, 'Tree of Life'. Over a shimmering, festive accompaniment for piano four-hands or chamber orchestra, the melody is passed between voice parts, and the dynamic contrasts and detailed articulation enable singers to present an engaging characterisation. The full score and set of parts are available to hire. 

SATB and piano four-hands or chamber orchestra

2 ½ minutes

Easy - Moderately Difficult

Published February 2021

Oh, watch the stars

Mack Wilberg

This is a beautiful, sensitive arrangement of the African-American spiritual and folk hymn Oh, watch the stars. The text reflects on the beauty of creation, and alternative verses by David Warner celebrating Christ's birth have been included for performance during the Christmas season. Wilberg artfully retains the understated feel and simplicity of the original spiritual while demonstrating hallmarks of his unique style, such as rich harmonies, contrasting keys and textures, and effective obbligato instrumental fills.

SATB (with divisions) and piano or orchestra

4 ½ minutes

Easy

Published April 2021

Wassail!

Toby Young

This upbeat Christmas song sets the traditional and well-known wassailing text to thrilling effect. To be performed 'with inebriated joy', Young's original setting is fast, spritely, and increasingly raucous, with a pleasing array of textures and an exhilarating key change to herald the start of the final climax.

SATB and piano

2 ½ minutes

Moderately Difficult

Published June 2021

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