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The School Recorder Book of Carols

Arranged by Leslie Winters


Approved Exam Music

Recommended for the following exam grade(s):

ABRSM exam syllabus

From the Publisher

Leslie Winters. Words and music to 13 carols for Christmas and the rest of the year. For unison recorders, two, three or four part ensemble. Optional part for treble, tenor, bass recorders, with or without piano.

Difficulty guide: 1-3
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  • Hark the Glad Sound
  • Once In Royal David's City
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Quem Pastores Laudavere
  • A Child This Day Is Born
  • Away in a Manger
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • The Greatness of God
  • Cheer Up, Friends & Neighbours
  • Now Glad of Hearts be Everyone
  • Lift Your Hidden Faces
  • My Dancing Day
  • Fields of Corn, Give up Your Ears

'The following different arrangements are possible:

Solo or unison descants, with accompaniment

Descant 1 and Piano

Duet or two-part arrangement

Descant 1/ Tenor 2 (two groups of descants may play this version)
Descant 1/ Treble 2 (two groups of descants may also play this version, giving a counter-melody above the tune)

Trio or three-part arrangement

Descant 1/ Treble 2 or Tenor 1/ Tenor 2

Descant 1/ Descant 2 or Treble 1/ Treble 2 (a satisfactory arrangement when there are no tenors, but Treble 2 should play the small alternative notes)

Quartet or full SATB arrangement

Descant 1/ Descant 2 or Treble 1/ Treble 2 or Tenor 1/ Tenor 2 (if there is a bass recorder it may read from the lowest line of the piano part - stems going down)

The pianoforte has the same basic harmony as all the above arrangements and may be played with any of them if desired....'
Leslie Winters

Item Details

Category: Recorder Ensemble Music
Publisher: EJA Publications
Publisher's reference: EJ10018
Our Stock Code: 1107685
Media Type: Paperback