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Boar's Head Carol

Traditional English Carol

The "Boar's Head Carol" is a macaronic 15th century English Christmas carol that describes the ancient tradition of sacrificing a boar and presenting its head at a Yuletide feast. Of the several extant versions of the carol, the one most usually performed today is based on a version published in 1521 in Wynkyn de Worde's Christmasse Carolles.


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Ben Parry : The Essential Carol Singer : SATB : 01 Songbook : 9780571525126 : 12-0571525121

Ben Parry : The Essential Carol Singer

The Essential Carol Singer provides the solution to the endless problem of too many books and not enough hands. It includes thirty of the most popular carols in one book, all SATB, unaccompanied, with no divisi. This pocket-sized, lightweight volume is easy to read and the short score layout allows for optional accompaniment if required. All the carols are arranged in alphabetical order for ease of use, with one carol per page. Offering simple arrangements in practical keys, The Essential Carol Singer is every singer's companion for Christmas. Selected and edited by former long-time Swingle Singer Ben Parry.

Songlist: Angels From The Realms Of Glory, Away In A Manger, Boar's Head Carol, Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly, Ding! Dong! Merrily On High, The First Nowell, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Good King Wenceslas, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Here We Come A-Wassiling, The Holly And The Ivy, I Saw Three Ships, In The Bleak Midwinter, Infant Holy, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Jingle Bells, Joy The World, Now The Holly Bears A Berry, O Christmas Tree, O Come, All Ye Faithful, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, On Christmas Night All Christians Sing, Once In Royal David's City, Sans Day Carol, See, Amid The Winter's Snow, Silent Night, Sussex Carol, Unto Us Is Born A Child, We Three Kings Of Orient Point Are, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 9127b | Songbook | $5.95 | A Cappella


David Willcocks (editor) : Carols for Choirs Vol 3 : SATB : 01 Songbook : David Willcocks : 9780193535701

David Willcocks (editor) : Carols for Choirs Vol 3

The volumes of Carols for Choirs have established themselves as the quintessential carol books for carol-singers around the world. Each volume presents a wide range of carols to suit every occasion, from well-known tunes superbly arranged to the best original compositions. Carols for Choirs 3 includes Fifty varied carols including a selection of Baroque and Medieval carols. Also favorites from Gustav Holst and Tchaikovsky.

Songlist: A Babe Is Born, A Babe Is Born In Bethlehem, A Child This Day Is Born, A Little Child On The Earth Has Been Born, A Little Child There Is Y-born, Ah! Dearest Jesu, Holy Child, All In The Morning, Angel Tidings, Angelus ad Virginem, As I Sat On A Sunny Bank, Bethlehem, Of Noblest Cities, Birthday Carol, Boar's Head Carol, Child In A Manger, Christ Was Born On Christmas ay, Christe, Redemptor Omnium, Christmas Oratorio, Three Extracts from, Come All You Worthy Gentlemen, Come, Rock The Cradle For Him, The Cradle Song, Cradle Song, The Crown Of Roses, Deck The Hall, Donkey Carol, Donkey Riding Over The Bumpy Road, Eatrh Has Many A Noble City, Earth This Glad Day Rejoices, Flemish Carol, Gabriel To Mary Came, Gabriel's Message, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 9091b | Songbook | $22.95 | Primarily a cappella


King's Singers : Christmas Collection : Mixed 5-8 Parts : 01 Songbook : 073999403060 : 1423444647 : 08740306

King's Singers : Christmas Collection

What a wonderful way to enjoy singing by the fire during the holidays! This book of arrangements is done just the way you'd expect the King's Singers to do it: with grace, class, and just a touch of humor.

Songlist: The Gift, Boar's Head Carol, Joy to The World, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Gaudete, Noel! Sus Troupe Chanteresse

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by King's Singers | 6117b | Songbook | $6.95 | A Cappella


Reginald Jacques (editor) : Carols for Choirs Vol 1 : SATB : 01 Songbook : 9780193532229

Reginald Jacques (editor) : Carols for Choirs Vol 1

The volumes of Carols For Choirs have established themselves as the quintessential carol books for carol singimng around the world. Each volume presents a wide range of carols to suit every occasion, from well-known tunes superbly arranged to the best original compositions. 50 carols for mixed choir, including full text of the traditional Nine Lessons printed as an Appendix.

Songlist: A Boy Was Born, A Christmas Carol , A Great And Mighty Wonder, A Merry Christmas, A Virgin Most Pure, Adeste Fideles, All Men Draw Near, And There Were Shepards, Angels From The Realms Of Glory, As With Gladness Men Of Old, Away In A Manager, Blessed Be That Maid Mary, Blessed Son Of God, Boar's Head Carol, Crol, With Lullaby, Coventry Carol, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, The First Noel, Gallery Carol, Girls And Boys, Leave Your Toys, Gloucestershire Wassail, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, A Great And Mighty Wonder, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Holly And The Ivy, I Saw Three Ships, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, In Dulci Jubilo, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 9088b | Songbook | $22.98 | Primarily a cappella


The Swingle Singers : Story of Christmas Vol. 4 : SSAATTBB : Sheet Music

The Swingle Singers : Story of Christmas Vol. 4

Charts from the Swingle Singers' stellar christmas album, 'The Story of Christmas. These four, eight part arrangements are fun for the singers and the listeners. Especially exciting is Ben Parry's arrangement of Jingle Bells!

Songlist: And is it True?, Boar's Head Carol, Jingle Bells, Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Performed by The Swingle Singers | 9371b | Sheet Music | $19.95 | A Cappella


Denver A Cappella Project : Please Have Snow : 00  1 CD

Denver A Cappella Project : Please Have Snow

Founded in 1999, this excellent Colorado mixed vocal jazz octet jumps right into a bright, bouncing "Let It Snow," and doesn't let up until the final note of cut 13, the best "Little Drummer Boy" we've heard since M-Pact's on "Carol Commission." A very cool "Jingle Bells" cover, a crisp, ringing "Pat-A-Pan," a wonderfully sexy, upbeat "Baby, It's Cold Outside," some amazingly complex chords on "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Silent Night," a brash, scatty "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," a nice caroler's medley of "Deck the Halls/I Saw Three Ships/We Wish You a Merry Christmas/Holly and the Ivy," a moving new song, "Christmas in the Trenches" and others. "Please Have Snow" is one of the best Christmas vocal jazz collections we've heard in a long time!

Songlist: Let It Snow, Jingle Bells, O Magnum Mysterium, Pat-A-Pan, Baby, It's Cold Outside, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Boar's Head Carol, Silent Night, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Carol Medley, Jesu Parvule, Belleau Wood, The Little Drummer Boy

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7432c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


New Tradition Chorus : For All Your Miracles : 00  1 CD : Jay Giallombardo

New Tradition Chorus : For All Your Miracles

After winning 13 consecutive medals in as many years, the New Tradition Chorus was crowned International Chorus Champion of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 2001. In this their third holiday recording, the New Tradition combines their warm, rich sound with exquisite arrangements by director Jay Giallombardo. Their recordings just keep getting better and better but this one clearly reaches a new high standard. The album includes favorites like "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and more contemporary titles like "Come and See What's Happenin' in the Barn". Jay's arrangement of "Away in the Manger / Amazing Grace" is as soft and gentle as a newborn baby and "Christmas Rag" is just plain fun. When you hear this inspiring collection, you'll want to make this recording a permanent part of your holiday celebration.

Songlist: Come and See What's Happenin, Festive Carol Medley , Over the River and Through the Woods, Here We Come A Wassailing, Boar's Head Carol, Deck The Halls, I'll Be Home for Christmas / Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Christmas Rag, Away In a Manger / Amazing Grace, For All Your Miracles, The Christ Child Medley , Lo How A Rose E're Blooming, The Holly and the Ivy, Coventry Carol, The First Noel, Feast of Lights, Have You Seen the Child, Bell Carol Medley , Ding Dong Merrily on High, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bells, More Than Enough

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5621c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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Boar's Head Carol : SATB : Stephen Hatfield :  1 CD : 48019411 : 884088133702

Stephen Hatfield : Boar's Head Carol

From Queen's College, Oxford, comes the ancient ritual and the rousing holiday song The Boar's Head Carol, where the highly decorated dishes of the Christmas feast were presented to the company amid song, pomp and circumstance, with the great platter on which rested the boar's head given pride of place. This arrangement can be adapted and customized to suit various levels of choirs, and lends itself to staging a spirited processional.

Arranger: Stephen Hatfield

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019411


Boar's Head Carol : SSAATTBB : Ben Parry : The Swingle Singers : Sheet Music : EP 77001

Ben Parry : Boar's Head Carol

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members ofthe Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Ben Parry Performed By: The Swingle Singers

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | $5.75 | A Cappella |
EP 77001

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