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Carols are listed in alphabetical order, and colour coded to show level of difficulty. Green are suitable for congregations; orange are suitable for enterprising congregations and choirs of intermediate attainment; and red are suitable only for choirs. Some carols might need transposing for congregational use; please see below how to do this.

Click on S to view and hear the music from a Sibelius Scorch file. You can if you wish transpose the file up or down into a new key; click on the B flat key signature on the tool bar and follow the on-screen instructions. Click on KS for a Scorch file with added keyboard accompaniment. All Roding Music Scorch files may be downloaded and/or printed out and freely copied for amateur use. Click on the floppy disc icon or the printer icon on the toolbar.

If you are new to Sibelius Scorch or have any trouble with these files please look at the relevant page of Questions and Answers for more information.

MIDI files of all pieces are available on the Numerical List.

Click on pdf for a printable pdf file of the vocal music, or Kpdf for the keyboard version.

T shows where the tenor has the air or leading part. Soprano-led versions may be found on the Numerical List.

Further abbreviations are listed below.

 
Cat. # Title  Composer  Text   Voices  Vocal  Keyboard   
RM56A glorious starFrancis Roads Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM98All hail the star in Judah's skyAnon. WJISATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM57Angels from the realms of gloryAnon. JMSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM348Angels from the realms of glory Thomas Merritt JMSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM165Angels we have heard on highAnon. JCSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM93Arise and hail the glorious starAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM253Arise and hail the happy day Anon.LLSAB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM96Arise and hail the sacred dayJohn Broderip LLSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM254Arise and hail the sacred day Joseph StephensonLLSAB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM106 As certain sheppards in the fieldsAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM300 At the nativity of Christ our LordJoseph Stephenson Anon.SAB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM333A Virgin most pure, the prophet foretold Attr. William KnappAnon.SAB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM163A Virgin most pure, as the prophets did tellAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM164A Virgin pure, both meek and mildAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM52A Virgin unspottedWilliam Knapp Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM347Awake and join the cheerful choir Anon.Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM161Awake and join the cheerful choirThomas Jarman Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM162Awake each heart, rejoice and singAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM166Awake, ye drowsy mortals allF. Foster Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM168Behold the day is comeAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM58Behold the grace appearsAnon. IWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM170Behold the morning starAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM107 Behold the morning starAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM171Behold the Saviour comesAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM172Behold what news we bringAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM167Blest are the sons of peaceArcangelo Corelli Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM169Beyond the glittering starry skiesAnon. JF/DTSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM110 Christians awake, salute the happy mornJohn Wainwright JBSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM173Come all with us, harmonious tonguesThomas Collins IWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM175Come, tune your cheerful voiceAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM176From heaven the son of God descendsJames Currier Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM53Hark! Hark! The herald angels singJohn Alcock jun. CWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM308Hark, hark what news the angels bring! John SreeveAnon.SAB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM338Hark, hear what news the angels bring William KnappAnon.SAB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM59Hark, hear you not a cheerful noise?Anon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM317Hark! hear you not a cheerful noise? William KnappAnon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM178Hark how the voice is echoed roundAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM179Hark, shepherds, how the angels singAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM60Hark, the herald angels singAnon. CWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM180Have you not heard our Saviour's love?Anon. APSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM181Have you not heard our Saviour's love?Anon. APSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM334Hosanna to the highest William KnappAnon.SAB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM177How beauteous are their feetH. E. IWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM337Immortal babe, who on this day William KnappAnon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM182Jesus, my bright and morning starJohn Beaumont Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM183Joy to the world, the Lord is comeAnon. IWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM191Let Sion and her sons rejoiceAnon. IWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM99Lift up your heads in joyful hopeCharles Burney BBSB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM222Lift up your heads in joyful hopeFrancis Roads Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM4Lo! Unto us a child is bornAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM185Marked ye the star, whose influence mildAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM100 Mortals awake, lift up your voiceThomas Jarman SMSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM184Mortals awake! with angels joinAnon. SMSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM349Mortals awake, with angels join Joseph GlassonSMSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM186Now redemption long expectedThomas Clark WWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM187Now to the worlds a Saviour's born Anon.CCSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM111 O come, all ye faithfulJohn Wade Anon.SAB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM188Once more the sweet melodious soundSamuel Wakely Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM189Once more we all together meetAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM190Rejoice, the glorious day is comeAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM101Rejoice, this glorious day is comeAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM335Rejoice, ye mortals all, rejoice William KnappAnon.SAB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM61Rejoice, ye tenants of the earthWilliam Gifford Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM194See seraphic throngs descendingSamuel Wakely Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM108 Shepherds arise, be not afraidAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM192Shepherds arise! be not afraidAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM193Shepherds keeping watch by nightAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM109 Shepherds rejoice, lift up your eyesWilliam Smith IWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM195Sing to the Lord a new melodious songAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM244The first good joy that Mary had Anon.Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM10The holly and the ivyAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM219The life of man is but a spanFrancis Roads Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM196The Lord, he comes, he comes to blessAnon. IWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM102 The shepherds amazed the angel beholdAnon. Anon.ATBB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM103 This is the truth sent from aboveAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM54To us a child of royal birthW J White CWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM198What joyful news to us are toldAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM104 What star is this, with beams so brightJohn Moreton CCSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM316What words! what voices can we bring? William KnappAnon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM201While shepherds in the fields did dwellT. Philips JTSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM55While shepherds watched their flocks by nightThomas Clark NVSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM62While shepherds watched their flocks by nightWilliam KnappNV SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM105 While shepherds watched their flocks by nightAnon. NVSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM202 While shepherds were feeding their flocks in the fieldJohn Moreton NVSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM203While shepherds were feeding their flocks in the fieldAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM199With raptures abounding and music resoundingAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM200With raptures abounding and music resoundingAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM197Wrapt in the silence of the nightAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM204Ye angels whose harmonious voiceSamuel Wakely Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM205Ye mortals all, rejoice and singAnon. Anon.SATB S pdf KS Kpdf
RM174Ye sons of Adam, now ariseAnon. IWSATB S pdf KS Kpdf
 
 

Abbreviations

Anon. Anonymous
AP Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
BBA Birmingham Broadsheet
CCCharles Coffin (1676-1749)
CW Charles Wesley (1707-88)
IWIsaac Watts (1674-1748)
JB John Byrom (1692-1763)
JC James Chadwick (1813-82)
JF/DT James Fanch (1710-98)/(Daniel Turner)
JMJames Montgomery (1771-1854)
JTJames Tucker (fl. 1827)
JWJohn Wesley (1703-91)
LLLiverpool Liturgy 1763
NVNew Version of the Metrical Psalms by Tate and Brady (1696)
SATBSoprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass (B shows instrumental baS)
SMSamuel Medley (1738-99)
Tshows where the tenor has the air or leading part.
Trad.Traditional
WJIW J Irons
WW William Williams (1717-91)
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