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Christmas Carols with strings accompaniment

Sorry to be talking about Christmas music in January but can anyone recommend SATB carols with strings please? I've found a few in Carols for Choirs but it's a very limited selection and they are mainly congregational ones.
on January 27, 2016 12:22pm
By using Musica choral database (, you will have a very wide choice!
Use the "more criteria" search form, and there type "Christmas" in the field "Words of title or Keywords or ...", "strings" in the field "Instrumentation" and select "mixed" in "Type of choir"    => 159 answers
You can refine by adding additional criteria (century, language...)
Jean Sturm
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on January 28, 2016 3:04am
Hello Gillian,
if you are intersted I could send you a pdf or a sibelius file of my PARVULUS NOBIS NASCITUR, a Christmas fantasy for SATB choir and strings, in which several of PIAE CANTIONES (late medieval and renessanse Chrismtas songs form an early Scandinavian manuscript) are included. I would need your e-mail address as it is not possible to attach files here.
best regards, Marilena Zlatanou (Greek singer /conductor / composer living in Norway:
on January 28, 2016 5:09am
If you need string accompaniments for SATB carols, all you need to do (usually) is write out the tenor part in alto clef for the viola - violins and cellos/basses can play soprano, alto and bass from the same music as the choir. Unless the alto part goes below G or the tenor part below C, that should cover it. I'm happy to do this for a small fee if you want (£2 per minute of music, say?)
on January 28, 2016 8:09am
David Hurd's "A Stable Lamp is Lighted" is lovely.  Make sure your violist(s) is/are top notch! 
on January 29, 2016 3:03am
Hi Gillian,
Advent rather than Christmas, but this setting of mine worked well with strings, I thought:
And I don't see why you couldn't do the same (have strings doubling choral parts) with 'I walked in darkness':
In the West Gallery tradition instruments, often strings, doubled the choral lines. There is a lot of West Gallery music suitable for Christmas at Dr Francis Roads's website: and it is colour-coded according to suitability for congregation, "intermediate" congregation, or choir alone. 
on February 16, 2016 2:45pm
Hal Hopkins has a wonderful "A Festival of Lessons and Carols" for SATB, organ, optional strings, handbells/percussion(very simple)  Lovely arrangements.  Can be used as a whole service or extract certain carols only.  I love this rendition.
on February 17, 2016 7:34am
Hello Gillian,
I would like to recommend A Child's Carol. The SATB version is published by Lorenz (available from JWPepper). This is a carol that I wrote many years ago, initially for SATB and subsequenty for SSA, which is available in PDF from A Tempo <donaldpatriquin(at)> Accompaniment is normally for piano with optional one or two flutes, but a version for string orchestra is available from the composer.
The SATB setting performed here is with piano accompaniment, and begins at 2'57".
Merry Christmas!
Donald Patriquin
on February 18, 2016 2:03pm
I highly recommend "Jesus Tiny Child" by James and Marilyn Biery, for SATB. The accompaniment can be played by string quartet, OR by piano, and there is an optional flute/oboe part that can be used with either accompaniment option. It is published by GIA Publications.
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