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I just wondered if anyone had done any new (or previously unrecognised) items at Carol services this year which merited a mention.

 

I'll put forward two - Simon Preston's arrangement of 'I saw three ships' is definitely worth a look but is very tricky. Soprano and tenor solos during it. If pulled off well, sounds fantastic, he does some very unusual things with what is quite a simple melody. Does have a very tricky organ part though, with a very fast last verse.

The other is a setting of 'There is no rose' by Howard Helvey, who is an American. This is unaccompanied, but very beautiful IMO, which some lovely harmonies. If you want to listen to it then its on Alfred Publishing's website at http://www.alfred.com/alfredweb/front/Prod...52&pubnum=0.

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I just wondered if anyone had done any new (or previously unrecognised) items at Carol services this year which merited a mention.

 

I'll put forward two - Simon Preston's arrangement of 'I saw three ships' is definitely worth a look but is very tricky. Soprano and tenor solos during it. If pulled off well, sounds fantastic, he does some very unusual things with what is quite a simple melody. Does have a very tricky organ part though, with a very fast last verse.

The other is a setting of 'There is no rose' by Howard Helvey, who is an American. This is unaccompanied, but very beautiful IMO, which some lovely harmonies. If you want to listen to it then its on Alfred Publishing's website at http://www.alfred.com/alfredweb/front/Prod...52&pubnum=0.

 

 

Preston's Three Ships is a great piece of fun, Philip. I don't know the one by Helvey. One thing I asked before on this site is has anyone tackled Anthony Picollos's Jesus Christ the Apple Tree? Sumptious!

 

Peter

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What about the version of Ding Dong merrily on high used during Carols from Kings? The first four pages are avalible as a free pdf on the net, but arranged for two pianos rather than organ. Later watching on TV, it was clear that Peter Stevens was playing by himself, so it is definitely possible!

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