With the publication of Carols for Choirs 5
there has never been a better time to consider upgrading those worn-out green copies to shiny new gold ones . . . The collection successfully captures a balance of choral styles indicative of this decade with nothing out of place. While messrs Rutter and Willcocks are represented, nothing is reproduced from earlier volumes; CC5
represents excellent value for money. (Rupert Gough, Choir & Organ November 2011
It is a wonderful collection: order a copy right away! (Philip Brunelle , The American Organist, December 2011
The number of choral directors who can remember Christmas before Carols for Choirs is dwindling fast. The series was born in 1961, and fifty years on the fifth volume has appeared. Its pedigree is impeccable, and it fully maintains the high standards of its predecessors . . . This treasure chest of new and old carols should be in every choir library. If you need any further persuasion, turn to the end and play Thomas Hewitt Jones's haunting setting of What child is this?
The carol is alive and well. (Rosemary Broadbent, Church Music Quarterly, December 2011
There are some snazzy descants, which may not displace the best of Willcocks but are nice alternatives to have, and striking new versions of carols one had imagined done to death, such as Andrew Simpsons engaging take on I saw three ships. If anything, the balance by comparison with Carols 1 to 4 seems to favour new composition, with a whole fresh roster of composers brought on board there are outstanding pieces by Howard Skempton (Adam lay ybounden) and Gabriel Jackson (The Christ Child), among others . . . Carols for Choirs 5
is a high quality publication that fully maintains the standards of this illustrious series. (Matthew Greenall, Classical Music, November 2011
About the Author
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 Blackwell studied music at Edinburgh University, since when he has pursued a career in music publishing, first at ABRSM, where he became Editorial Director, and then at Oxford University Press, where he is now Head of Music Publishing. He is co-editor of OUP's In the Mood: 17 Jazz Classics for Choirs
and Carols for Choirs 5
, and has published a number of single choral arrangements. He is co-writer with his wife Kathy of OUP's award-winning string series, Fiddle/Viola/Cello Time, which have twice won the MIA award for Best Educational Publication.