June 28, 2019
Oxford University Press first released Carols for Choirs in 1961. The landmark publication was an immediate success and has since been followed by four sequels plus the larger collection 100 Carols for Choirs. Most of the collections are for SATB choirs, but Carols for Choirs 3 is exclusively for treble choirs. There are also two volumes of World Carols for Choirs.
In addition to the carol books, Oxford also has many other titles in the For Choirs series. These include four volumes of Anthems for Choirs (two of which are specifically for treble choirs) that include material suitable for different times of the year.
In 1961, Oxford University Press released the first edition of Carols for Choirs. Compiled and Edited by Reginald Jacques and David Willcocks, this book transformed the Christmas season for church choirs and concert choirs alike. The publication made available both practical arrangements of popular Christmas carols for amateur choirs and challenging new repertoire for more professional groups. The book also helped to popularize the service of Nine Lessons and Carols made famous by King’s College, Cambridge.
June 8, 2019
Dear choral friends,
Does June bring an end to your choral season? Or, like me, are you embarking on an exciting summer tour? Perhaps you are part of a festival like Unisong Choral Festival, which Ottawa welcomes this year and culminates in a mass choir performance on the National Arts Centre stage on Canada Day. However you are spending your summer months, we hope you can find some time to enjoy more choral music!
Top 10 lists – Donald Patriquin
Our Guide to Choral Music Repertoire includes an ever-growing section of Top 10 Recommendations from our community of choral directors and composers. With Canada Day fast approaching, we want to highlight the list curated by popular Canadian composer Donald Patriquin, which includes both original compositions and arrangements of Canadian folksongs. Did you know that The Leading Note is Patriquin’s exclusive Canadian distributor for his A Tempo works?
View Donald Patriquin’s Top Ten