Carols for Choirs 6

Carols for Choirs 6 is a volume of 50 contemporary carols that encompass both newly commissioned original compositions and fresh arrangements of well-loved seasonal melodies. Edited by Bob Chilcott and David Hill, the collection showcases some of today's most exciting names in choral composition, bringing the iconic Carols for Choirs series right up to date and providing choirs with a rich resource of diverse and compelling music to sing from Advent to Epiphany.

The full anthology will be published on 13 July 2023 in both paperback and spiralbound editions.


All but 3 of the carols will be available to purchase individually as digital downloads and 15 of the carols are also available to purchase as separate printed leaflets.

Selecting the carols

Watch this short film featuring co-editors Bob Chilcott and David Hill reflecting on how they selected the contents of Carols for Choirs 6. 

What’s inside?

50 carols for all occasions from Advent to Epiphany

majority newly commissioned original compositions

Compiled and edited by Bob Chilcott and David Hill, Carols for Choirs 6 is an invaluable resource for choirs of all types and sizes, providing new contemporary repertoire to re-invigorate seasonal concerts and services.   

fresh arrangements of well-loved melodies

a broad and diverse range of composers and styles 

a balanced mix of accompanied and unaccompanied music

Complete contents list 

The complete Carols for Choirs 6 anthology is available in both a paperback edition and a spiralbound edition. 

All but 3 of the carols in the anthology can be purchased individually as digital downloads (from our digital retail partners). 

Where a carol is also available as a printed leaflet, the title below appears in bold, and a link to the web record for the printed leaflet is provided.

A babe is born, Owain Park

A child of hope, Ryan Murphy

Jesus Christ the apple tree, Bob Chilcott

Love came down at Christmas, arr. Stephen Jackson

Lute Book Lullaby, Richard Allain

Masters in this hall, arr. Jerrick Cavagnaro

Now the Rejoicing, Zanaida Stewart Robles

O be joyful, Toby Young

A Ukrainian Alleluia, arr. Mykola Leontovych

Adam lay ybounden, David Hill

All the stars looked down, John Rutter

On this Silent Night, Sarah Quartel

Our Gold, James Whitbourn

Ring out, ye bells!, Kathleen Allen

Road to Refuge, Errollyn Wallen

The Children's Eye, Caroline Shaw

*Alma Redemptoris Mater, Nico Muhly

Ave maris stella, Kristina Arakelyan

Before the Song was Done, Sarah Quartel

The Christ-child, Laura Hawley

The first Nowell, Bob Chilcott

The Owl, Toby Young

The Oxen, Jessica French

The Rose, Joel Thompson

Earth grown old, Ghislaine Reece-Trapp

Gaudete, arr. Suzzie Vango

Gloucestershire Wassail, arr. Vicente Chavarría

*Hush, my babe, arr. Adolphus Hailstork

I saw a stable, Tawnie Olson

I saw three ships, arr. Stuart Nicholson

The Unexpected Early Hour, Reena Esmail

There is no rose, Ben Parry

There is no rose, Lucy Walker

There shall be Christmas Day, Reginal Wright

Villancico Xicarrero, Fernando Taberner

What cheer?, Margaret Burk

What child is this?, Becky McGlade

What child is this?, Phillip Moore

In the bleak mid-winter, David Hill

It came upon the midnight clear, arr. Valerie Capers 

*These three titles are only available in the main anthology and not as digital off-prints or printed leaflets.

Bob Chilcott

Bob Chilcott has been involved with choral music all his life, first as a Chorister and then a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Later, he sang and composed music for 12 years with the King's Singers. His experiences with that group, his passionate commitment to young and amateur choirs, and his profound belief that music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time and, through proactive workshopping, to promote choral music worldwide.

David Hill

Renowned for his fine musicianship, David Hill MBE is widely respected as both a choral and orchestral conductor. His talent has been recognised by his appointments as Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Music Director of Leeds Philharmonic Society, Associate Guest Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum, and International Chair in Choral Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. He was Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers from September 2007 to September 2017. Previously he has been Director of Music at Westminster and Winchester Cathedrals and at St John's College, Cambridge.

Purchase Carols for Choirs 6

Carols for Choirs 6 paperback and spiralbound editions, and all digital-only offprints, will be published on 13 July 2023, and can be pre-ordered now. Leaflet offprints for selected pieces from the anthology will be published in June 2023. 

You can also purchase the anthology and individual printed leaflets from your preferred music retailer. Digital sheet music for all but three of the carols will be available from our digital partners after 13 July.


For choirs wishing to order large quantities of the main anthology please email music.enquiry.uk@oup.com to discuss possible bulk purchase discounts. 

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