Christmas is less than two months away and preparation time for holiday music is quickly diminishing. Whether you are planning music for a concert, a social gathering or worship, you’ll find the resources below helpful as you choose repertoire.
The collections feature well-known Christmas carols with the text and melody line written along with simple chords to be accompanied by handchimes or handbells. Not only do they avail themselves to almost any ringing ensemble, they are a perfect way to engage your audience this Christmas by having them participate in your program.
Whether you are working with beginning or experiences ringers, these Level 1 arrangements lend themselves to all types of performance possibilities:
- Solo voice with rung accompaniment
- Unison Voices with rung accompaniment
- Bb or C Solo instrument with rung accompaniment
- Keyboard with rung harmonic accompaniment
- Combined instrumentation with rung accompaniment
Click the titles below to see sample pages:
12 Christmas carols and 7 secular Christmas songs are presented here as texts paired with simple, chordal, handbell/handchimes accompaniments. Each title is presented in both 2-octave and 3-octave settings. All are in the key most commonly found in hymnals and carol books. The vocal parts can be sung by soloists, choirs, carolers or congregation. The settings may be used alone to accompany group singing or may be added to keyboard-accompanied congregational singing or “sing-alongs.” All the music may be reproduced for use by your choir.
These collections will be an invaluable resource for the Christmas season! They are also a wonderful budget stretcher. With the purchase of these collections, the original purchaser (church, school, or community ensemble) is granted permission to make copies as needed for their choir. The easy accompaniment chords may be played on either handbells or handchimes. The carol melodies may be sung and/or played by an instrument. Sing-along sheets are included, as well as instrumental parts for B-flat and C-treble instruments and C-bass instruments. The accompaniments may be rung with or without keyboard, and a list of harmonically compatible hymnal settings is provided. Suggestions are also included for combing carols into a medley. This flexible collection is ideal for your carol accompaniment needs–whether the melody is sung or played–throughout the holiday season.
The above resources are available on the ChimeWorks website for immediate purchase and digital download