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Carols for Choirs 5: Fifty Christmas Carols (. . . for Choirs Collections) Sheet music – 7 Jul 2011

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  • Sheet music: 240 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0193373564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0193373563
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 1.8 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Lillian Joseph on 4 Jan. 2012
The condition of the book was perfect, nice easy layout for singers, some really worthwhile additions to a carol singer's repertoire, including a beautiful alternative tune to 'o little town'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Grimsdale on 25 Nov. 2012
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Our Choir bases its Christmas on the handy compendium "100 Carols for Choirs". To maintain the choir's vitality and to sustain the congregation's interest, new numbers need to be injected into our programme. This set which is presented in exemplary fashion will supply our needs, perhaps for five years. Its settings offer a variety of challenges but will not defeat the competent parish or benefice choir. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rose on 17 Oct. 2011
This is the best one yet! A great selection with some interesting new harmonies to old favourites as well as some brand new material. Suitable for all types of choirs and all ranges of abilities.Carols for Choirs 5: Fifty Christmas Carols (. . . for Choirs Collections)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Walker on 1 Dec. 2012
A lovely sequel to prev previous editions. Nit just a rehash of the same old tunes but some beautiful new carols by contemporary composers which are approachable and make the edition worthwhile
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P F on 8 Dec. 2013
Interesting and most stimulating rewrite on several well known carols, a great number of which were rewritten by Bob Chilcott. They have come in useful for a carol concert this year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kittykat on 6 Dec. 2012
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THIS CONTAINS SOME INTERESTING VERSIONS MY CHOIR IS USING MANY OF THE SONGS IN OUR CHRISTMAS CONCERTS. THE SONGS WILL SUIT A WIDE AUDIENCE.
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An excellent collection, from the stonkingly wholesome & traditional (Paul Wright's 'loping camel' piano accompaniment to 'We 3 Kings') to the quaintsy ('Bell Carol' by the late lamented P Ledger) to the downright adorable ('What Child id This?'). If you thought 4 previous volumes & the compendium had just about covered the ground, think again! There's plenty here for all tastes & forces.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By singingroger on 13 Aug. 2011
As with Volumes 1,2,3, and 4, there is a good selection of well-known and popular Carols, and Christmas Songs, to keep Christmas alive, musically.
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