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music for Christmas morning service

I need a JOYFUL, choral anthem for our adult and children's choirs for the Sunday morning before Christmas.  We have a very large adult choir, brass and about 40 children singing that morning.  Everything I find is SLOW when it uses children's choirs.  I think I've looked everywhere.  The theme that morning is about the star, I think, and the wise men being overjoyed!  When I find anthems with We Three Kings, it's either jazzy, TTB or not usable with kids.
Thank you!
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on November 5, 2013 5:36am
John Rutter's Star Carol (OUP) sounds like exactly what you're seeking.
Hope this helps,
Robert A. M. Ross
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on November 5, 2013 7:09am
I have a brand new titled "And Still The Stars Shine."  You can review the score here:
If you contact me at campbellsongs(a) I'd be happy to send an mp3 (computer realization).
Rich Campbell
A new, exciting mid-tempo telling of the Christmas Eve story. Accessible for both audiences and singers (highest soprano notes: a few "e's" at the end). A joyful. uplifting carol that is ideal for Christmas concerts and services; great for high school, college, church and community choirs.
on November 5, 2013 2:46pm
Lloyd Larson has a great arrangement of the Michael W. Smith song, Christmastime - published by Hope Publishing.  There is an accompanying orchestration, so I'm betting you could probably extract just the brass parts.  It doesn't mention the star or wise men, but it is VERY upbeat and very accessible, and just a lot of fun.
on November 6, 2013 2:55am
Chilcott's 'Star of Bethlehem' might fill the bill.
on November 6, 2013 3:02am
Hi Lee - you could try our 'This Joyful Christmas Morn'  for SATB, Unison Childrens' Choir & Piano.
You can have a look at the score and listen to an mp3 at:
Many thanks.
Regards - Dorian kelly 
on November 6, 2013 7:30am
What about one of the (many) choral settings of "My Dancing Day" out there? I have one with World Library Publications (  --and the sample recording is WAY too slow, so ignore that! :-) ), and Gerald Near's (Aureole Editions MN.AE004) is wonderful.
No specific star or wise men references, and it hinges on being able to get "silly poor ass" past your children's choir without giggles (though I'd give that verse to the SATB adults anyway), but it's a fun and joyful carol that has that sense of anticipation you may be looking for...
We've also often used the plain old Charles Wood "Ding dong merrily" as a children/adult piece--the kids love the long extended "Glorias" and it's
Good luck!
Jennifer Breedlove
on November 6, 2013 10:27am
Sorry if I'm confused: why would the theme before Christmas be about the star? That happened after the birth-not before, and the wise men are celebrated at Epiphany. The last Sunday of Advent usually deals with the visit of Mary to Elizabeth, so  it's a time when Marian music is especially appropriate, even for non-liturgical protestants (assuming you use the RCL)
on November 7, 2013 9:47am
I think the main theme is joy and that the wise men were full of it (joy).  Yes, they are after Christmas!  I just work here, I don't get to plan the sermons!  :)  Thank you for your help.  I did find a song from Discover Worship called He is Here.  It will fit the bill very nicely!  THANK YOU, EVERYONE for your help.  This was the first time I posted and I will do so again!  Blessings to all of you and as you are getting ready for this very exciting time of year, may you feel God's peace and love!
Lee Ann Souvie
on November 8, 2013 3:11am
Lee Ann. Have you looked at We Three Kings by Philip Stopford? Published by Hal Leonard.
I am sure the children would love singing with an organ part that seems to represent the wise men riding on their camels!
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