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Any experience with " Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems" for small choir

I am considering ordering the "Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems" for my small Episcopal choir.  I have 12 to 15 singers on any given Sunday.  Would this be a good choice in anyone's experience?  I only have three men ( two tenors, one bass), three altos, and the rest sopranos.  Is the instrumentation included in the book as far as solo instruments?  Or is that ordered separately?  I have some good musicians in the church ( flute, clarinet, violin, cello) and would like to occasionally feature them on choral works.  I think the collection is relatively new but if anyone can give me feedback on it, I would appreciate it.
Catherine Nesbit
St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, Chappaqua, NY
on July 28, 2014 11:03pm
Ms Nesbit,
 I also work in an Episcopal Church and have a choir of about the same size. I use the Oxford "flex" bk, (as we refer to it) regularly, along with the New and Old Oxford easy anthem books, and the Augsburg Easy Choir books, Volume 1 and 2.
I think it is a good investment, not something I use every Sunday, but probably every 5 Sundays or so, so that's a pretty good return on your investment. It's kind of easier "high church" repertoire, with voicing options. I don't think there are any obbligato instrument parts in those arrangements,but I am not sure.
Check out the Augsburg Easy choir Book series as well if you don't already own it, that does have some Parts for flute and trumpet. Also, as I remember, the Augsburg arrangements are either SAb, 2 part mixed, or with very limited male divisi.
Good luck!
Patricia Corbin
Organist/Choir Director
Church of St. Michael and All Angels
Anniston, Al
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