We’re all used to hearing the same few carols each year – but actually there are many more around the country. Most of the ones we sing come from a book of lost local carols Arise and Hail the Happy Day researched and edited by George Frampton, and published by the Faversham Society. However, we have identified some other sources too…
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Locally sung carols (that we have revived – look out for more over time)
- Hark! What Sounds, abc Hark! What Sounds, mp3 sample Hark! What Sounds, with harmonies noted out by Kathy Wallwork Hark! What Sounds harmony, abc Hark! What Sounds harmony, Youtube: Hark What Sounds
- Otford Christmas Version, abc Otford Christmas Version, mp3 sample Otford Christmas Version
- The Ditchling Carol, abc The Ditchling Carol, mp3 sample The Ditchling Carol (PS – I’ve learned that the tune for this was composed by Ditchling shoemaker and choirmaster Peter Parsons) YouTube: The Ditchling Carol
- While Shepherds Watched (Cranbrook), abc While Shepherds Watched (Cranbrook) mp3 sample While Shepherds Watched (Cranbrook), Youtube: While Shepherds Watched (Cranbrook)
- While Shepherds Watched (Lyngham), abc While Shepherds Watched (Lyngham), mp3 sample While Shepherds Watched (Lyngham) with harmonies as noted out by KW While Shepherds Watched (Lyngham), abc While Shepherds Watched (Lyngham), YouTube: While Shepherds Watched (Lyngham)
- Christians Awake, abc Christians Awake mp3 sample Christians Awake abc with harmony: Christians Awake YouTube: Christians Awake!
- Behold The Grace Appears, abc Behold the Grace Appears, mp3 sample Behold the Grace Appears, fitted by KW Behold the Grace appears, abc Behold the Grace appears Score with harmonies by KW: Behold-the-Grace-Appears, abc Behold the Grace-Appears YouTube: Behold the Grace Appears
- The Moon Shines Bright, abc The Moon Shines Bright, mp3 sampleThe Moon Shines Bright Youtube: The Moon Shines Bright
- Sweet Chiming Bells, abc Sweet Chiming Bells for the tune hear the United Coop Band (Crewe) playing it on Youtube, and also the Udimore Bellringers’ interpretation, and here’s a harmony noted out by KW Sweet Chiming Bells harmony, abc Sweet Chiming Bells harmony YouTube: Sweet Chiming Bells
- Lazerus (sic in the original) abc with harmonies: Lazerus YouTube: Lazerus
- Seven Joys of Mary (from Gravesend) abc: Seven Joys of Mary (harmony) YouTube: The Ditchling Carol
Popular old carols still sung today
- God Rest ye Merry, Gentlemen, abc God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen YouTube: God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen
- The Boar’s Head Carol
- Good King Wenceslas , with descant harmonies as noted out by KW GKW descant last verse , abc GKW ABC with descant YouTube: Good King Wenceslas
Download printable lyric sheets without music here: Carol songsheets 2017.
I’d like to thank George Frampton, Helen Mitcham, Adrian Waters, John Moore and Kathy Wallword for their help in sourcing this material.