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Book One

Away in a manger,
Ding Dong! merrily on high,
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Jingle bells,
Joy to the world,
O come, all ye faithful,
O holy night,
O little town of Bethlehem,
Silent night,
We three kings of Orient are


Book Two

Coventry carol
Deck the hall with boughs of holly
God rest you merry, gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
In the bleak midwinter
Once in royal David’s city
Past three a clock
We three kings
We wish you a merry Christmas!
While shepherds watched their flocks

Many male voice choirs are asked to provide or support Christmas concerts. It is assumed that they can produce beautifully-harmonised versions of the old favourites and this is often true. However, the normal 4-part arrangement will always need a little revising and relearning and this consumes time, often more time than the choir has to spare.They don't want to turn down the opportunity of contributing to the concert. The answer can be to sing the carols in two parts rather than four. This saves a great deal of rehearsal time. In practice, only one part has to be learned (usually the bass). Everybody knows the tune anyway and the tenors usually have the melody. Two parts (plus keyboard accompaniment) make a perfectly satisfying combination.

The intention in using these arrangements is best served if the booklets are used during the concert/service rather than the carols being sung by heart. When the book is fully open the cover design is intended to enhance the magic of Christmas.

Grateful thanks to Balsam Hill (Christmas trees and decorations), California, for their permission to use the cover image.

2-part sheet music. Tenor and Bass

Hark! the herald angels sing

2-part sheet music. Tenor and Bass

Jingle Bells

2-part sheet music. Tenor and Bass

Joy to the world

2-part sheet music. Tenor and Bass

O come, all ye faithful

2-part sheet music. Tenor and Bass

Silent night

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