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Is this a community for requesting and promoting Christmas music?

If so, please allow me to introduce myself. I'm a 'small time opposed/arranger, based in Birmingham, UK, specialising up to now in music for Advent/Christmas/ Epiphany.  This has happened, I suppose, because I am a keen amateur choral singer, and my initial stimulus for composing has been to provide pieces suitable for performance at our choir's annual Christmas concerts. As these take place in a large symphony hall in Birmingham, with a very fine symphony chorus and orchestra (CBSO), the incentive to come up with something suitable each year has been great!
in time this has spread to a number of other choirs and orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Norther Sinfonia and the Boys' Choir at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.
A few of my choral pieces have been published, by OUP and Norsk Musikforlag, but the majority are languishing at home on my computer or home printouts.  I've also had a Christmas Overture published by Faber. To be honest, I'm much keener to be of some use to choirs and get some of my stuff performed far and wide than needing to draw much of an income from it, so I'd be happy to email PDFs of any unpublished pieces that may catch your interest.  
Rather than listing anything here, I suggest if you're looking for Christmas repertoire that you go to my website,, and click on the 'compositions' tab.  Most of the stuff is for SATB, with some divisi, but there are also one or two pieces for children's choirs.
I'd be glad to receive any feedback!
best regards,
Gordon Thornett
Replies (6): Threaded | Chronological
on July 24, 2013 3:36am
Correction!  Don't know how to edit the above, but top line should say 'composer/arranger' - not 'opposed/arranger'!!!!
(just noticed that this community hasn't got any members yet - but I am honoured to be the first one posting here!)
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on July 24, 2013 6:14am
There is now, as I'm in something of a very similar situation!
I have a few originals in my catalog but many, many more arrangements, including concertati for congregational/audience singing plus 12 or so choral arrangements of carols disseminated as Christmas cards by the late Lesley Hopwood Meyer; a few of which, thus far may be seen/heard online.
Let's see what happens...
Robert A.M. Ross <Robert Ross 11>
on July 28, 2013 12:28pm
Hi Gordon and Robert,
Now we are Three!
I, too, would love to find choirs to perform a couple of my Christmas/holiday works.
"The Cherry Tree Carol" was originally commissioned by Jorge Mester, former conductor of the Pasadena Symphony and Kimball Wheeler, mezzo-soprano for voice and piano.  I have done a version for SATB and piano that is looking for a premiere   A Midi version can be heard here:
And a charming original Holiday song with lyrics by Joan Ross Sorkin titled "Upside Down Wish List" is also available for SATB and flute.
Let's see who else chimes in.
Adrienne Albert
on July 28, 2013 1:06pm
Welcome on board, Adrienne! Just had a quick glance at your website: what an impressive list of commissions!
I see 5 of us listed as members, so we are beginning to grow!  I wonder if Jack Senzig is aware of this new community, and could perhaps give it a gentle 'plug' somewhere?    Of course, if it's to be successful it'll need to attract people who are LOOKING for new Christmas repertoire, as well as those of us who are trying to promote our own work..  Still, nothing ventured.....
on October 15, 2014 1:37pm
I am a junior high choir director always in search of good music. Any suggestions are more than welcome.
I have a friend who arranged "He Is Born" a few years ago for SATB, SAB, and SSA, piano and celtic fiddle. It is quite good, very different from your typical version of the carol. His name is Christopher Pillsbury. You should be able to find the arrangement on line somewhere, but I get in contact with him to find out more information.
on November 24, 2014 1:33pm
Hello Kip,
Depending on the choir's capability (sorry, not familiar with the American school system)  I make bold to suggest that you might look at a couple of Christmas pieces of mine:
O Magnum Mysterium SATB with divisi
Star of My Heart SATB with descant (also arranged for male and female voices, and for SATB choir and Handbells)
'Mysterium' is accompanied by MP3s.  Sorry.  Only virtual voices (oohs and aahs). but I have made the best of these using the sound programme Audacity, so they are not too bad, though far from the perfection of a real choir.  
David Monks
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