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A Perfect Day Tomorrow
A Perfect Day Tomorrow by Ruth Kenward - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (2m 32s)
Theme - Christmas, Santa Claus, anticipation, excitement
Content - This catchy song captures the excited anticipation that a child feels on Christmas Eve and the hope that Christmas Day will bring everything that is hoped for: Will Santa Claus have seen the note? Will he leave a present in the Christmas stocking?
I hope the morning will bring something new.
Will Santa Claus have seen the note I left him?
And will he leave a present in my stocking?
He’s wide awake like me.
He knows that it must be
A perfect day tomorrow.
Let it be happy all day long.
Let nothing end up going wrong.
Let’s have a perfect day tomorrow.
Baby Jesus Sleeps
Baby Jesus Sleeps by Gavin Reid - 7 to 12 yrs - KS2 (3m 12s)
Theme - Christmas, Nativity, birth of Jesus
Content - This song paints the picture of the manger scene in the most beautiful way, beginning with a lyrical duet, then swelling into a choral section with stunning harmony and counterpoint. The second and third parts are very easy to learn yet wonderfully effective, making this a lovely piece for inclusion in Christmas concerts and ideal for choir repertoire.
This song features in the 10-song cantata 'Bells Ring Out'
Bells Ring Out
Bells Ring Out by Gavin Reid - 7 to 12 yrs - KS2 (3m 12s)
Theme - Christmas, celebration, Nativity, praise
Content - The title number of a 10-song cantata, 'Bells Ring Out' is a lively, joyful number to include in a Christmas concert. The simple harmony and couterpoint parts make this song a valuable addition to school choir repertoire.
'Bells Ring Out' from the cantata 'Bells Ring Out'
Beneath The Stars
Beneath The Stars by Gavin Reid - 7 to 13 yrs - KS2, KS3 (3m 20s)
Theme - Christmas, Carol concerts, Nativity, Jesus, praise, faith
Content - A beautifully lyrical Christmas song, ideal for carol concerts. The simple harmony and counterpoint parts make this song a valuable addition to school choir repertoire.
'Beneath The Stars' is featured in the cantata 'Bells Ring Out'
Bethlehem Is Calling
Bethlehem Is Calling by Ruth Kenward - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (1m 38s)
Theme - Christmas, Nativity, spiritual journey
Content - The ‘tug’ towards Bethlehem, calling shepherds to the stable as Jesus is born. A useful song for KS2 to include in nativity presentations or carol concerts, and the simple harmony and counterpoint parts make this song a valuable addition to school choir repertoire.
'Bethlehem Is Calling' is from the songbook 'Come On Christmas'
Bundle of Joy 1 - 3 Favourite Carols
Three favourite carols - Age 7 to 13yrs - KS2
Theme - Christmas, celebration of the birth of Jesus
Content - Three classics ideal for schools and choirs - traditional favourites for a Christmas carol concert.
- Ding Dong Merrily On High
- Good King Wenceslas
- While Shepherds Watched
These carols are from our popular 'Sing Carols' CD
Bundle of Joy 3 - 3 Christmas Songs KS2
Three Christmas songs - Age: 7 to 11 yrs - KS2
Themes - the Christmas Story, three wise men, Nativity, excitement, anticipation
Content - Three great songs for juniors to sing at Christmas concerts. The first considers the different stories that are told at Christmas time, stories of Santa and Rudolph, the 'narrative' of the commercial Christmas season, and the story of Jesus' birth in a place where there is 'no tinsel there at all'. The second song is a quirky one, sung from the point of view of one the camels carrying the three wise men; the third is a song to express excited anticipation of Christmas festivities.
The simple harmony and counterpoint parts in these songs make them a useful addition to school choir repertoire.
- Tell Me A Story
- Melchior's Camel
- Come On Christmas
These songs come from the songbook 'Come On Christmas'
Bundle of Joy 4 - 3 Christmas Songs KS2
Three Christmas Songs - age 7 to 12 - KS2
Theme - Christmas, joy, Nativity, praise, love, giving
Content - 'Bells Ring Out' is a joyful celebration of the birth of Jesus. 'Gabriel's Message' is a beautiful song about the annunciation, expressing joy at the blessing that Mary is given, to bear the Son of God. 'Christmas Gold' is about waking up on Christmas morning, and the true 'gold' of Christmas being to do with giving and love.
Three excellent songs, each with simple harmony and counterpoint parts that make them a valuable addition to school choir repertoire.
- Bells Ring Out
- Gabriel's Message
- Christmas Gold
Can You See The Bright Star Shining?
Can You See The Bright Star Shining by Nick Perrin - 5 to 10 yrs
Theme – Nativity, the Christmas star, celebration
Content – ‘This is what we’ve been waiting for: Christmas come tonight!’ A lovely upbeat song for the ‘angels and shepherds’ scene in a Nativity – very catchy!
Can You See The Bright Star Shining is taken from the Nativity musical ‘Little Angel Gets Her Wings’
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Can't You Hear Me Knocking by Nick Perrin - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (2m 26s)
Theme - Christmas, homelessness, poverty, compassion
Content - This poignant song from Nick Perrin appeals for us all to take care of the poor, unhappy and lonely at Christmas time. A great song to pull the heartstrings, and works as a good contrast to upbeat celebration songs, particularly helpful if you are doing a fundraising concert.
'Can't You Hear Me Knocking' from the songbook 'Come On Christmas'
Christmas Gold by Ruth Kenward - 7 to 11yrs. - (1m 49s)____________________________________Theme - The true ‘gold’ of Christmas is explored in this warm, lyrical song.____________________________________Content - 'Christmas Gold' is about waking up on Christmas morning, and the true 'gold' of Christmas being to do with giving and love.‘It’s very precious, that Christmas gold. Don’t ever lose it, that Christmas gold.’The simple harmonies in this song make it a valuable addition to school choir repertoire.____________________________________'Christmas Gold' is from a quirky musical for juniors, about a land filled with all the characters from the song 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas' - 'Five Gold Rings'
Christmas Is Here
Christmas Is Here by John Gleadall - 7 to 11 yrs
Theme – Christmas, celebration in every generation.
Content – An exceptionally Christmassy song! Very effective divided chorus singing, easy to teach and learn, ‘Christmas Is Here’ is a light hearted and fun favourite with many in this age group.
Christmas Is Here is taken from the songbook ‘Here Comes Christmas’
Christmas Joy By Helen Mitchell - 7 to 13yrs - KS2, KS3 (2m 41s)
Theme - The excitement and joy that Christmas brings, celebration of Jesus' birth, winter
Content - This song has an exceptionally Christmassy ‘feel’ in both lyrics and music, so makes a great addition to an end of term concert. A wintery scene is set as the backdrop for Christmas shopping, and the song ends with Christmas stockings hanging by a warm fireside glow and a sparkling Christmas tree – all with the aim of celebrating a special birth. The harmony parts make this song very suitable for choir use.
'Christmas Joy' features in the songbook 'Here Comes Christmas'
Come On Christmas
Come On Christmas by Ruth Kenward - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (1m 48s)
Theme - Christmas, excitement, anticipation
Content - This perennial favourite is full of energy and excitement, expressing children’s impatience for Christmas Eve to arrive and for the Christmas lights to shine. It's so exciting to think about that they can hardly breathe! But why's it taking so long to come?
With simple harmony/counterpoint (optional) this is a great song for junior choirs.
Come on Christmas,
Why don’t you hurry along?
(Come on Christmas, come on Christmas)
Come on Christmas,
Why’s it taking you so long?
(Come on Christmas, come on Christmas)
I’m so excited I can hardly breathe,
'Cos now it’s December,
Now it’s Christmas Eve...
Oh - come on Christmas,
I’ve been waiting so long.
So exciting you can feel it in the air,
It’s coming closer all the time.
Look around, you can see it everywhere -
Christmas lights are gonna
Shine, shine, shine!
Come On! by Sarah Baker - 5 to 9 yrs
Theme – Celebration at Christmas – move your body
Content – An irresistible song to celebrate Christmas, full of energy and life. Easy to learn – and movement is a must! There's an easy key change into the last verse, with a clear cue to help everyone to pitch correctly in the new key. A lively item for a Christmas concert, that will have all the singers bopping about and enjoying themselves!
Come On! is taken from the musical ‘Magical Christmas Journey’
Ding Dong Merrily On High
Ding Dong Merrily On High - trad. (arr. Gerry Page) - 9 to 13 yrs - KS2, KS3 (2m 38s)
Theme - Traditional Christmas, Carol concerts, Nativity
Content - The arrangement, with its very hooky counterpoint part, brings a whole new appeal to a traditional favourite. Ideal for young choirs to sing at Christmas.
Ding Dong Merrily On High is from 'Sing Carols' (CD & Lyrics sheet)
Donkey On A Journey
Donkey On A Journey by Ruth Kenward & Caroline Kimber - 7 to 10 yrs
Theme – Nativity, Mary rides a donkey from Galilee to Bethlehem, Christmas
Content – a very hooky donkey song that is always popular with this age group, because the lyrics tell the story so vividly, the melody is so catchy and the backing arrangement is so appealing. This song also refers to the old legend of animals kneeling down in the stable to honour Jesus’ birth. There's an easy and attractive key change half way through the song, with a simple one-note link to help singers move confidently into the new key.
‘Donkey On A Journey’ is taken from the Nativity musical ‘A Way In A Manger’
Gabriel's Message by Robert Legg & Stella Vassiliou - 7 to 13 yrs - KS2, KS3 (3m 30s)
Theme - Christmas, Annunciation, Nativity, joy
Content - Gabriel tells Mary that she is to have God’s child. Beautifully written, with a lovely melody and simple harmonies, this is a great piece to perform at Christmas. Ideal for young choirs and carol concerts, with verse one being an excellent solo opportunity (Angel Gabriel).
Gabriel's Message from the cantata 'One Bright Star'
Glory To God (older children)
'Glory To God' by Gerry Page & Ruth Kenward - 7 to 13 years - KS2, KS3 (2m 12s)
Theme - Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus, joy, praise, gospel
Content - This song is ideal for the shepherds’ scene in a nativity, as the angels bring the news. Hallelujah! The song is very simple to learn, and with its rousing gospel feel, children find it very uplifting to sing. One of our singers described it as making her feel ‘bubbly inside’!
While even the youngest of children can sing the main melody, the optional second and third parts are very easy to learn and exciting for older children to sing.
This song features in the songbook 'Here Comes Christmas'
Good King Wenceslas
Good King Wenceslas - traditional (arr. Gerry Page) - 9 to 13 yrs - KS2, KS3 (2m 20s)
Theme - Traditional Christmas carol, giving to the poor
Content - The popular Christmas carol that tells the story of King Wenceslas, who goes out to give alms to the poor, despite the dreadful weather. A classic for inclusion in carol concerts, which benefits from the perky instrumental arrangement that gives it fresh life.
Good King Wenceslas from 'Sing Carols' (CD & Lyrics booklet)
I Saw Three Ships
I Saw Three Ships - trad. (arr. Gerry Page) 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (2m 03s)
Theme - Christmas, sailing ships, Mary, Jesus, Bethlehem
Content - The popular Christmas carol that talks about ships sailing into Bethlehem (although that’s poetic licence, as the nearest body of water to Bethlehem is the Dead Sea, 20 miles away!) 'All the bells in heaven shall ring, on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.' Set to a nicely toe-tapping folk music arrangement.
This song also features in the CD 'Sing Carols'
If You Don't Know The Way
If You Don't Know The Way by John Gleadall - age 7 to 13 yrs - KS2, KS3 (3m 16s)
Theme - Christmas, Jesus, Nativity, spiritual journey
Content - The story of the nativity told in a fresh, original way that points people towards Jesus now. ‘If you feel lost at Christmas time … follow the shining star!’ Ideal for young choirs and carol concerts, with very simple harmony and counterpoint.
'If You Don't Know The Way' features in songbook 'Come On Christmas'
It'll Soon Be Christmas
It'll Soon Be Christmas by Ruth Kenward - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (1m 41s)
Theme - Christmas celebration, excitement, anticipation
Content - ‘Christmas light makes day of night…’ All around the town it's bright. Something's in the air tonight! An exuberant, energy-filled song to express the joy of anticipating Christmas, parties, fun and laughter... A song full of Christmas joy and sparkle!
Let's Go by Nick Perrin - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (1m 43s)
Theme - Christmas, nativity, anticipation, spiritual journey
Content - An energetic song about heading in the direction of Bethlehem, both literally and figuratively. ‘Celebrate the holy birth, hope once more for peace on Earth.’ A great song to end a Christmas carol concert, as it also wishes its audience 'Happy New Year'.
'Let's Go' also features in the songbook 'Come On Christmas'
Magical Christmas Journey
Magical Christmas Journey by Sarah Baker - 5 to 9 yrs
Theme – Nativity, following the star, Christmas
Content – Who’s coming with us to find out where the star will lead us? A very catchy song, full of energy, about setting off on a journey of discovery.
Magical Christmas Journey is taken from the musical ‘Magical Christmas Journey’
Melchior's Camel by John Gleadall - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (3m 31s)
Theme - Christmas, nativity, spiritual journey
Content - The journey to Bethlehem, from the point of view of the camel belonging to Melchior, one of the three wise men. ‘It’s all right for him!’ says the camel, grumpy about the long journey. But even he picks up the joyful atmosphere when they reach their destination…
Melchior's Camel features in the songbook 'Come On Christmas'
Miracle Child by John & Ruth Kenward - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (2m 29s)
Theme - Christmas, birth of Jesus, nativity, time passing
Content - Time moves on but around the world a 2000 year old story remains strong. 'Across the world we remember that time so long ago, when there were angels singing, shepherds praying, kings all kneeling down to honour a child, a miracle child.' A reflective song with an unusual approach. A good song for junior choir and carol concerts, as there are simple but effective harmonies (optional).
Time goes so fast, time goes so slow.
Is it really two thousand years ago
A baby lay in a stable
Who still can move us so?
A story begins, a story grows,
For hundreds of lifetimes it flows:
Across the world we remember
That time so long ago when there were:
Angels singing, shepherds praying,
Kings all kneeling down to honour Him,
Angels singing, shepherds praying,
Kings all kneeling down to honour a child,
A miracle child.
'Miracle Child' comes from the musical by the same name: 'Miracle Child'
My Feet Want To Dance
My Feet Want To Dance by Ruth Kenward - 5 to 11 yrs
Theme – Spreading joy, sharing, feeling full of life, celebration
Content – this is a delightfully exuberant song, guaranteed to lift spirits! It is written in order to help children celebrate life and generate joy – and to encourage them to spread it. The song modulates half way through, but with a linking phrase to make the key change easy to follow, even for very young singers. Ideal for PSHE and assembly purposes, or for celebrating a special occasion.
My Feet Want To Dance is taken from the Nativity musical ‘Babushka’
My King by Ruth kenward - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (2m 46s)
Theme - Christmas, nativity, shepherds, spiritual journey, worship
Content - A beautifully lyrical song for a nativity performance, sung as if by a shepherd boy at the time of Jesus’ birth. The boy describes his long journey to Bethlehem and declares his devotion to his King.
'My King' features in the songbook 'Come On Christmas'
Now It's Time For Christmas
Now It's Time For Christmas by Helen Mitchell - 7 to 11yrs - KS2 (2m 15s)
Theme - Christmas, joy, excitement, birth of Jesus
Content - This deliciously Christmassy ballad that combines the ‘feel’ of a contemporary winter celebration with the recollection of the birth of Jesus thousands of years ago. The first verse focuses upon Christmas decorations, streets full of people doing their Christmas shopping and the sound of carols in the air, but also reminds us to think of that first Christmas in a stable far away. The second verse reverses the thinking, beginning with the events at Bethlehem, then coming back to the present day, with Christmas trees, Christmas cake, and the conclusion that it's a time to give thanks for all God's blessings.
The lovely harmony parts and Christmassy feel make this song particularly suitable for choir use.
This song is also featured in the songbook 'Here Comes Christmas'
On The Road To Bethlehem
On The Road To Bethlehem by Nick Perrin - 5 to 10 yrs
Theme – Nativity, Christmas angels, church bells, birth of Jesus
Content – With its upbeat, Christmassy feel, this song invites the audience in to the Christmas story. An ideal opening number for any Nativity performance.
On The Road To Bethlehem is taken from the Nativity musical ‘Little Angel Gets Her Wings’
One Night by Simon Donlon & Colm Flanagan - 7 to 12 yrs (3m 50s)
Theme – Angels appear to shepherds with news of Jesus' birth
Content - A lovely set piece for young choirs, guaranteed to get toes tapping! Sets the hillside scene, shepherds watching over their sheep and angels appearing with great news. Simple and very effective harmony and counterpoint, with modulation adding great uplift for the last verse.
This song is from the cantata 'One Night In Bethlehem'
Rat Tat Rat-a-Ta-Tat
Rat, Tat, Rat-A-Ta-Tat by Nick Perrin - 6 to 9 yrs - KS1, KS2 (2m 38s)
Theme - Christmas, nativity, innkeepers’ song
Content - Joseph and Mary knock on three innkeepers’ doors. They’re turned away by the first two, but offered a stable by the third. Very easy to learn and always popular with this age group! A great choice for inclusion in a DIY nativity.
This song features in the songbook 'Come On Christmas'
Shine Away by Roger Parsley - 6 to 11yrs - KS1, KS2 (3m 27s)
Theme - Christmas, hope, love, light
Content - A perennial favourite in many schools this lovely song is about the light and hope that Christmas brings to the world. 'Shine Away' is ideal for carol concerts, and makes a great set piece for junior choir. It's also very suitable as the final song for a DIY nativity.
Silent Night, At Thy Birth
Silent Night At Thy Birth by Anita Gooda - 9 -13 yrs - KS2, KS3 (3m 21s)
Theme - Christmas, Nativity, Jesus, worship
Content - A beautiful new approach to the ‘Silent Night’, with a lilting new melody that gives a totally fresh feel to the traditional lyrics. With wonderfully well-written harmony and counterpoint parts that are simple to learn, this song makes an excellent addition to school choir repertoire for Christmas.
From the Songbook 'Here Comes Christmas'
Sing The Love
Sing The Love by Simon Donlon, Colm Flanagan & Ruth Kenward - 7 to adult (2m 33s)
Theme – celebrating love on Christmas Day, nativity
Content - A beautiful two-part song, celebrating Love coming into the world. On a dark and drowsy night, a shining light appears to shepherds as angels tell of peace on Earth. Although it's not a long song, it really gives young choirs something to get their teeth into, including a rousing Hallelujah section at the end.
This song is from the cantata 'One Night In Bethlehem'
Sing Ye Hosanna
Sing Ye Hosanna by Gavin Reid - 7 to 12 yrs - KS2 (3m 24s)
Theme - Christmas, celebration, nativity
Content - Joyful, exuberant and with an uplifting Gospel feel, this is a fantastic song for larger choirs in particular, inviting the nations of the earth to share the good news of Jesus, born in poverty for all of us. Hallelujah sister! Alleluia brother! All together we are family.
Sleep Little Child
Sleep, Little Child by Simon Donlon & Colm Flanagan - 7 to 11 (1m 53s)
Theme – Christmas, wonder at newborn baby Jesus
Content - A gentle, reflective song, pondering how this 'child of wonder' born in a stable will grow to be the saviour of the world. Simple, lilting and peaceful, with a lyric that captures the moment just after Jesus' birth in a very effective way.
This song is from the cantata 'One Night In Bethlehem'.
Snow Day by Ruth Kenward & Richard Neil - 7 to 11yrs (1m 52s)
Theme – It's snowing - will the school be closed? Weather, winter, seasons
Content - As snowflakes drift down, children are always eager for a 'snow day' - everyone wishes for their school to be closed so they can get out and build a snowman, or have a snowball fight! Full of fun, and very popular with junior age children.
This song is from the Songbook 'Songs For All Seasons' which also contains 19 other songs.
Tell Me A Story
Tell Me A Story by Ruth Kenward - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (2m 33s)
Theme - Christmas, stories, Santa Claus, nativity
Content - What stories do we tell at Christmas? The song begins with stories of Santa Claus and then moves on to tv shows full of tinsel and celebrities, but ends with a complete contrast: a quiet stable on a starlit night. ‘No tinsel there at all. Tell me the story that I need to know.’ An unusual approach for a Christmas song - and very effective. With optional harmonies, this makes a good addition to repertoire for school choir.
The Echo Carol
The Echo Carol by Adrian Pearson - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (2m 21s)
Theme - Christmas, nativity, joy
Content - Tells about the birth of Jesus and asks 'Will you sing for this boy?' A very effective Christmas song for junior choir, which has an echoing two-part chorus that is simple to grasp. There is modulation into the final chorus, giving the song a beautiful lift. Ideal for Christmas concerts and young choirs.
From the Songbook 'Here Comes Christmas'
Three Kings From The East
Three Kings From The East by Roger Parsley - 6 to 9 yrs - KS1, KS2 (2m 35s)
Theme - Christmas, three wise men, nativity.
Content - The journey of the magi towards Bethlehem, with probably the most distinctly Eastern flavour backing we’ve come across! An excellent song to include in a DIY nativity.
This song features in the musical 'Jesus' Christmas Party'
We Three Kings Of Orient Are
We Three Kings trad. (arr. Gerry Page) - 7 to 12 yrs - KS2 (3m 53s)
Theme - Christmas, the magi, nativity
Content - An oriental-flavoured version of the traditional Christmas carol about the three wise men as they journey to Bethlehem, following a star. The 2-3 part harmonies in the chorus make this a good choice for young choirs, with solo opportunities offered by the verses. Ideal for carol concerts.
This song is also featured in 'Sing Carols' CD
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
We Wish You A Merry Christmas - (trad.) Includes two versions, a) the full version and b) a one-verse version. Age 5 to 12 - KS1, KS2
Theme - Christmas, New Year.
Content - the traditional song with which to extend good wishes at Christmas! This download contains two versions. The full version (taken from 'Sing Carols') is funkier and more suitable for older children, or infants with particular panache! The shorter version (from 'I - SPY Christmas') is gentler and more suitable for younger voices.
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks Trad. (arr. Gerry Page) - 7 to 13 yrs - KS2, KS3 (2m 17s)
Theme - Christmas, nativity, shepherds
Content - This refreshingly different arrangement brings a Celtic feel to one of the most popular of traditional Christmas carols. The optional harmonies offer great possibilities for choirs.
This song also features in 'Sing Carols' CD