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Top ten Christmas carols of 2012

By Iain Mackinlay


Christmas is the busiest time of year for the Oxford University Press Music Hire Library. With everyone wanting to include festive music in their December concerts the three Library worker elves are kept scurrying around the mile-long stretch of music shelves from September to December, busily packing up orders in time for Christmas concert rehearsals.

Music Hire Library Team: They’ve gone crazy from all the Christmas preparation!

With the fight to be Christmas No 1 in the charts still on, we thought we’d compile our own greatest hits of Christmas 2012. So, now that the orders are all in, and parcels of carols are winging their way to choirs and orchestras around the globe, we’ve totted up the orders for our festive music. Here’s the top ten for 2012:

10.     Good King Wenceslas; Reginald Jacques
           From Carols for Choirs 1

9.     Shepherd’s Pipe Carol; John Rutter

8.     We wish you a Merry Christmas; Arthur Warrell
           From Carols for Choirs 1

7.     On Christmas Night; Bob Chilcott

6.     The Twelve Days of Christmas; John Rutter
           From Carols for Choirs 2 and 100 Carols for Choirs

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5.     Sans Day Carol; John Rutter
           From Carols for Choirs 2 and 100 Carols for Choirs

4.     Angels’ Carol; John Rutter

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3.     Jingle Bells; Sir David Willcocks

2.     Hark! The Herald Angels sing; Mendelssohn

And….

1.     O come, all ye Faithful; Sir David Willcocks

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Iain Mackinlay is the Music Hire Manager at Oxford University Press. To find out more about these and other Christmas music published by OUP visit our website. Oxford Sheet Music is distributed in the US by Peters Edition.

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