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Christmas Music Old And New

Updated on November 12, 2014

Fun with Christmas Music Old and New

I love Christmas music, both old and new. Since childhood, Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. I have written and arranged music for many years too and because of that it is only natural that I want to share some of it with you. This page features some new Christmas songs I have composed myself. It also features new arrangements of old favourite carols, lesser known carols and music I genuinely enjoy playing. You can listen to music, follow links to buy Christmas sheet music online or even buy Christmas music gifts. My hope is that you will find something very special here or on one of the many music links.

Intro image, Cathedral from the Castle, by Photahsiamirabel. Please do not copy.

Buy New Christmas Carol Books For Guitar

New Christmas Songs On Sale

These books represent a project I was doing for students of mine over the years. They started out as individual handwritten arrangements, then I set them in print with Sibelius software. Finally they were published in book form!

The carol books are available in print and ebook form on my Lulu spotlight, as are several anthems and a guitar project. I hope to see you there!
The carol books are available in print and ebook form on my Lulu spotlight, as are several anthems and a guitar project. I hope to see you there! | Source

My First Very Easy Christmas Carol Book [Spiral-Bound]

Carols for beginners to play. Single note melodies with chord letters. Very easy large font notes with notename noteheads.

Traditional Christmas Carols For Guitar Solo [Paperback]

Easy and intermediate arrangements of well loved Christmas carols for fingerstyle guitar. Includes TAB as well as music.

Traditional Christmas Carols for Guitar Ensemble [Paperback]

Arrangements of well loved Carols for flexible sized guitar ensembles, these are full scores, not separate parts.

Jingle Maria - My New Christmas Single

This was my first ever MP3 release - nobody seemed to want to run with this and record it from Score Exchange, they may be too posh I guess, so I recorded and mixed it myself! The score is available on the link below for male lead singer and backing. My version is obviously transposed and rearranged as I have a higher voice....


To see this and other Christmas music not mugs, please visit
To see this and other Christmas music not mugs, please visit | Source

Christmas Music for Orchestra

Orchestral, With Or Without Singers

The biggies.... It is always such fun to put together an orchestral number, put it to the Sibelius forum and ask for the comments of your peers. Sometimes the comments can take you down a peg or two, but I am encouraged by the reception my compositions and arrangements generally get.

I want to feature several on this lens including an over the top arrangement of my favourite Holy Night, the very jolly Jingle Maria and an orchestration of a piano piece by John Pridham which is more seasonal than actually Christmas!

In response to requests received for When Santa Got Stuck In The Chimney, this is still in copyright and therefore is only available in stores. You can use my search engine here, or failing that try Music Notes. When music is still under copyright it cannot be legally arranged or given away in digital format. I intend to put up lead sheets for the Huron Carol and Jingle Maria very soon. Free and cheap band arrangements of all standards are available on www.SibeliusMusic.com where you will find plenty of music for brass bands and marching bands too. Try the search engine there - I would be interested to know if it works for you! My arrangement of Holy Night is only available on Scorch as yet, but I may add a vocal line and publish it as a pdf on Lulu this weekend. More when I do!

Incidentally, I have also just published a version of Holy Night for Descant Recorder and Harpsichord on Lulu.

O Holy Night - Descant Recorder and Harpsichord. An arrangement of this beautiful and much loved Christmas Carol by Adam, arranged by request for descant recorder and harpsichord. This arrangement may be played on flute and piano if preferred.

  • Jingle Maria

    Latin song for choir, strings and rhythm section. An original song! I had real fun with this one! Please listen to the MP3 as the Scorch player sounds horrible and doesn't work properly!KRW Vintage Cute Lil Reindeer Holiday Stamp by KRWHolidays

  • O Holy Night - Orchestra

    Holy Night - Cantique de noel - Orchestra + Continuo The MP3 has vocals which I rough recorded.... It could be performed by a good singer and is in a key suitable for mezzo soprano or baritone. I tried to give this very well known carol a Victorian

  • Sleighing on the Lake - John Pridham

    I found this gem of seasonal Victoriana amongst some old piano sheet music I collected. John Pridham was a Devon schoolmaster writing his music around 1858. I was drawn by the cover illustration and a sense of almost kinship. I also thought it sounde

  • O Holy Night - Descant Recorder and Harpsichord by Lisa Marie Gabriel

    O Holy Night - Descant Recorder and Harpsichord by Lisa Marie Gabriel: An arrangement of this beautiful and much loved Christmas Carol originally by Adam, based on my full orchestral version, but arranged by request in reduction for descant recorder

Christmas music for Guitar Ensembles and Mixed Ensembles

Guitar Ensembles and Mixed Ensembles

In group teaching, very often you will have a group of beginners together and come Christmas they will need something for that school concert. My Christmas Ensembles were intended as flexible, any number can play from two up, and sometimes there are guest parts for other instruments such as flute, drums, cor anglais or recorder.

Christmas Music for Guitar Group and Mixed Arrangements - Guitar Group and Mixed Arrangements for Christmas

These are some personal favourite of mine and they work really well with small groups.


  • The Seven Joys of Mary - Guitar Quartet (with optional flute)

    This is a favourite of mine, a traditional folk song known both in England and America and a lesser known Christmas carol. I liked the modal feel and tried to give it an ostinato accompaniment to sound mediaeval feel with an almost hypnotic effect. T

  • Ding Dong Merrily - a rocky version!

    Ding Dong Merrily On High - Guitar Quartet with Bass, Drums and Recorder - is based on the traditional 19th century choral harmonization by Edward L. Stauff, but has a nice, modern rock feel that would suit an enthusiastic high school band teaming up

  • Noel Nouvelet

    Otherwise performed as Easter Carol "Now the Green Blade Riseth" or "Sing We Now of Christmas" Old tunes often have many versions! This was originally a traditional French carol from the late 15th century with 13 verses! I first heard it as a young c

  • In Dolce Jubilo - Guitar Trio with Flute

    Mike Oldfield fans will be familiar with his version of this great tune. This one is a light and dancey version of this lovely old Sussex carol also known as Good Christian Men Rejoice. The flute part could equally well be played by violin or any C m

  • In Dolce Jubilo - Guitar Ensemble with Flute - PDF

    This pdf sheet music is also available on Sibelius music as a Scorch file. You can only download the full score here. When Santa Got Stuck In The Chimney by persimew

  • The Angel Gabriel - Download Sheet Music

    This arrangement of this lovely old Basque Christmas Carol is for two flutes and fingerstyle guitar with TAB. It is a PDF, so no need to download any programmes to print it!

  • The Angel Gabriel - Flute and Guitar - Download Seasonal Songs MP3

    This is an instrumental arrangement for two flutes and guitar of the lovely old Basque Carol. You can hear some of the MP3 here. I really enjoyed doing this one too! Annunciation Postage by tctees

  • The Angel Gabriel - Flute and Guitar + TAB Sibelius Scorch Version

    This version requires that you download Scorch, a safe active X programme, in order to print. You can also purchase the individual parts for flute, guitar and guitar TAB - total price for full score and parts is $4

The Jingle Cats - Here Comes Santa Claws

More from the amazing Jingle Cats to wish you a Meowy Christmas. If you don't adore cats and the sounds they make, this might not be the ideal Christmas collection for you, but if you do....

Very Easy Carols In Large Print For Keyboard or Recorder and Guitar

Easy Traditional Christmas Tunes For Beginner Recorder and Keyboard

These simple traditional carols are in easy to see large print with note name noteheads and chord letters only. Tunes are given only, for visual comfort, and this collection is suitable for young beginners or visually impaired to play - also a useful busking resource! Available as a book or DRM protected pdf download.

Contains: Away In A Manger, Coventry Carol, Deck The Halls, Ding Dong Merrily On High, For Auld Lang Syne, Gaudete, Good King Wenceslas, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Holy Night, Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, In Dulce Jubilo, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, Noel Nouvelet, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, See Amid the Winter's Snow, Silent Night, The Angel Gabriel, The Crown Of Roses, The Huron Carol, The Seven Joys of Mary, Unto Us A Boy Is Born, We Three Kings Of Orient Are, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Best Traditional Christmas Tunes For Recorder - 24 Carols with note name letters

For some time I have been arranging carols for small instrumental groups, and I was asked for some traditional Christmas tunes with note letters for solo instruments. Using Sibelius software, I was happy to produce a large size score for recorder solo and upload it as a pdf. The note names are inside the note heads to encourage a little thought and some music reading, but yes, these 24 carols for recorder DO have notename noteheads and the range is the easiest I could make. I hope this ebook will bring hours of pleasure to recorder players over Christmas and in the future. Watch this space for keyboard and guitar versions....

Animals of Youtube - Sing Deck the Halls

Merry Christmas everyone!

Guitar Solos

I am a guitarist first off! I started playing when I was eleven years old and for many years I have made my living teaching the guitar. I play all sorts of styles, but started with classical, so if you visit Dolciemuse on the sibeliusmusic website you will find a lot of guitar solos, with and without TAB. I try to make them melodic and flowing even at the beginner level. There are quite a few beginner carols and the single note ones (playable on any instrument) are actually free.



Christmas Music for Guitar Solo - Fingerstyle Christmas Music

My first love is my guitar. I learned finger style many many years ago at my parents' insistence - they wanted me to read music and to play properly. I always enjoyed working tunes out on my guitar and just as soon as I could, I learned to write them down and share them too.

  • Coventry Carol - Solo Classical Guitar

    A popular arrangement at about grade 4 level. This haunting tune comes from the Coventry Cycle of Mystery Plays and depicts a mother's lament for her child from the story in Matthew's Gospel, the Massacre of the Innocents. Saint Michael by tctees

  • The Angel Gabriel

    The Angel Gabriel, or Gabriel's Message, is a traditional Basque folk carol best known for its choral version in the Oxford Nine Lessons and Carols service. I have arranged it in Drop D tuning which allows the haunting mediaeval quality to shine with

  • The Huron Carol - PDF for Fingerstyle Guitar Solo

    For those of you who don't like using Scorch and as the score approval machine at SibMus seems to have stalled yet again, here is a PDF version of the sheet music. It has note name noteheads. The Sibelius score has TAB too, but as it is unavailable f

  • The Huron Carol - Sibelius Scorch

    Here you can listen to the entire MP3 too!

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Christmas MP3s

Just responding to some friends' suggestions here, and with the help of another Squidoo member I have found a site where I can host MP3 files. I will upload some of my favourites for you to sample and if you like them they are available for sale.

O Holy Night

I can't guarantee everything you need is here, or that it is free, but I can promise a few smiles and some great music. You can buy new Christmas music or simply enjoy it! I have had a few enquiries about pdf scores. Generally I post my music in Scorch, but if you see one you like and would like to purchase it in pdf format, contact me and I will post it to Tradebit and put a link here.


My song Jingle Maria is now free to listen for Napster subscribers or USA citizens on Free Napster. It is also available also on Amazon, emusic and I-tunes to buy and download should you like it. It is as bouncy and happy as I could possibly make it - as I feel a family Christmas SHOULD be! Anyway, I hope your Christmas is as joyful as it possibly can be too. So, without further ado, let's all gather round the tree!

Sadly the nine link rule restricts how many things I can preview for you, but my hope is that you will follow the links and explore the catalogue for yourself. When you think about it though - nine links, nine lessons, nine carols... all ties in doesn't it? Please leave messages hear and I am grateful to read them always!

Thank you!

And that's it for now folks....

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      ctavias0ffering1 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens and a great choice of music. 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you! :) (Biggest grin) [in reply to 0ctavias0fferings]

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      Beautiful music - the vocals and instruments. Very nice variety. 5*

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Love the music, perfect for Christmas. I feel very festive now!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you! :)

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      I was looking for an MP3 download for a Video I am trying to make on http://animoto.com/ have you heard of this...they also have music, but I get very confused with this.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      No Kathy, that's news to me. I will check it out. :)

      [in reply to KathyMcGraw]

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      OriginalSquidoo 7 years ago

      Well you just made my mom's day! I enjoy some xmas music myself but my mom is an xmas music fanatic, she loves this lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I was reading Kathy's great lens about you and just had to click over here to find out for myself and I am sure glad I did. Very nice, indeed!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Very interesting lens! I'm glad I have visited the Fresh Wonders so that I discovered about you:)

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Blessed and featured on my Squid Angel Diary this week.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      WOW ~ I stopped by to say thank you for blessing my music theory lens and am now a fan of yours! The songs are beautiful! I especially like the ones with flute (smiles the flautist). I'll ask some of my guitarist friends to play them with me this year. Thanks again for your "Angel Blessing" to my page. I've added a section for you on my "Angel Gratitude" page.

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      careerlady8 6 years ago

      beautiful lens format

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @JoyfulPamela2: Thank you Pamela :) I am very grateful to you - and it always makes me smile when people play my stuff :)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @careerlady8: Thanks you. I really appreciate that. I don't always spend a lot of time on the html, but I though this one deserved it :)

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Lisa. i really like O Holy Night. You are a very talented lady.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      i love christmas music

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @LizMac60: Thank you Liz. I enjoy my music as you can see :)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @ZablonMukuba: Thank you, so do I! I wish we could sing it all year round :)

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      Vladimir 6 years ago from Australia

      Nine is certainly a magical number, nine carols, nine lessons. I particularly like Coventry Carol and listened to it nine times

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @VladimirCat: Indeed, as any cat knows, nine is the number of purrrrfection, and adding only one more brings us into close harmony with the only thing more purrrrfect than a cat! =^@@^=

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      wonderful, wonderful lens. nearly getting that christ-massy feeling thankyou

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      Sadheeskumar 6 years ago

      Very well decorated lens.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi lisa, I promised to return to this lens, if ever I got given Angel wings, because I just loved it! I was given them this month Congratulations *You have been sprinkled by Some Angel Dust* Blessed..

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      Your research on this is amazing. I expected to see same old, same old. Instead, I felt like I was learning all new things.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @David Stone1: Thank you Dave. I really appreciate that. There are a lot of new Christmas carols out there (and old but unfamiliar ones) and I thought they deserved a listen! :)

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful Christmas music - I enjoyed listening to some of the clips! :)

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      Came by to see if your CD was out yet on Amazon....waiting for it patiently :)

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Wonderful Christmas music.

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Not only chock-full of info, it's beautiful to look at. Loved this lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great looking lens well done top lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Like you snazzy boxes. I have read that people do not typically like the colored boxes but I am very glad to see that there is someone else who likes to use them just the same as I do. Great job. Thanks for visiting my lens today!

      Scott

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      Titia Geertman 6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      While listening to your music I strolled through your lens. Lots to see, I sure have to come back sometime.

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      Titia Geertman 6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      While listening to your music I strolled through your lens. Lots to see, I sure have to come back sometime.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Very nice lens here, you can tell you spent a lot of time on it!

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      flipflop4161 5 years ago

      i can tell you worked really hard!!!! great lens!!!!

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nice selection of Christmas music. I enjoyed listening to Jingle Maria as well. You sure do have a great voice. Can't believe Christmas is less than 2 months away...blessings! :)

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      nsixx99 5 years ago

      Amazing list of music. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures as well.

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      smicks 5 years ago

      nice list of music :)

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great lens and lots good stuff here, Hugs

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      LDWorld 5 years ago

      I love Christmas music!

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      love4randomness1 5 years ago

      Nice lens :) Squid liked. Please check out mine: Top 25 Christmas songs for 2011. Hugs

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      pianolessongirl 5 years ago

      The Christmas music is definitely one of the best parts of the season. Great lens!

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      Christmas songs, old or new are loved by everyone! Thanks for sharing those links.

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