Christmas is coming and at Sing It Out we are getting all excited about what songs to sing at Christmas. There are some great community choir songs to sing at Christmas. Here are my favourite songs for Christmas for community choirs.
Yoik – the Reindeer Calling Song
This is one of my favourite songs as it is relatively easy to sing and sooo much fun! It is a Sami song traditionally sung by Sapmi people (Laplander’s to you and me) and is a reindeer calling song. As you build this song up in layers it sounds amazing and so full of strength.
This is a fantastic version…
Silent Night/Follow the star
Thankfully most people know Silent Night so if you are working with a community choir with very little singing experience this is a great quodlibet. Who would have thought that these two songs can be sung together. Follow the star is so beautiful sing them on their own and together at the same time. Just haunting!
Here is a practise recording from Sing It Out!
Christmas is coming (round)
Christmas is coming is a simple round consisting of three lines (like Hark the Christmas Bells). I love this as it sounds very Barbershop when you end it at the same time (so everyone is finishing a line). Don’t forget your hat at the end – someone might just put a penny in it! Find it in 150 Rounds
Hark the Christmas Bells
Hark the Christmas bells is essentially the tune for Oh how lovely a very famous traditional song and a round. A very simple but effective song I love to use as a warm up. It does actually sound like bells ringing. In Sing for Pleasure Bells are Ringing
Hey Father Christmas
Remember Glen Miller? Well David Machell wrote and arranged Hey Mr Miller to one of his famous pieces, In the Mood and guess what? This is a special Christmas version! This is such a fun song to sing and definitely gets everyone “In the Mood”! You can invite the audience to join in as the song is so familiar and sing in a round (3 parts). Great fun!
Away in manager
Sing for pleasure books are fabulous for community choirs and children’s choirs. This two part version from Bells are Ringing has a lovely harmony and is easy to manage for inexperienced singers.
There is a lovely two part version of Hallelujah by David Cohen (as heard in Shrek) in Little Voices Film Songs book aimed at children’s choirs. However, I have found this to be very nice to do with beginner community choirs.