Children and adults sing carols side by side

Released on 2 December 2013

This month, children and adults will be singing side by side at carol concerts across the UK. The concerts will include works from new collection Carols for Everyone, which features seven carols arranged for SATB choir and children’s choir.

Carol concerts have always been a central feature of the Christmas event calendar, but it isn’t often that children have the chance to sing the carols alongside the adults. These concerts aim to change that, giving youngsters the chance to experience the thrill of performing in a choral concert while enabling choirs to broaden their outreach activities.

Carols for Everyone was commissioned to mark the centenary of the Carnegie UK Trust, and the participating choirs have been able to purchase copies of the collection thanks to a grant from the trust. Among the choirs taking part is Hallam Choral Society, which will appear alongside children from five schools in Sheffield, and Oxfordshire’s Thame Chamber Choir, which has set up a junior choir especially for its concert.

Carols for Everyone is published by Novello,and was produced following discussion between the Carnegie UK Trust and Making Music, the UK’s leading organisation for voluntary music. Alongside seasonal favourites such as Silent Night and Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, the collection features I Pray, a new commission from Paul Mealor, famous as the composer of Military Wives Choir number one single, Wherever you are, as well as music from the 2011 royal wedding.


For more information contact George Acock, Press and Publications Manager.

Making Music, 8 Holyrood Street, London, SE1 2EL.

020 7939 6030

Making Music, The National Federation of Music Societies

A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales no. 308632

Registered Charity in England and Wales no. 249219 and in Scotland no. SC038849

Notes to editors:

Making Music has been the UK’s leading organisation for voluntary music since 1935. We thrive on encouraging all kinds of music groups and individuals to be part of a vibrant multi-cultural music scene. Our 3,000 members include choirs, orchestras, music promoters, jazz and wind bands, community festivals, samba groups, sitar ensembles, barbershop choruses and brass bands. They come to us for the expert help they need to set up, run and develop music groups in their communities. We’re here to help everyone flourish in their music making.

The Carnegie UK Trust works to improve the lives of people throughout the UK and Ireland, by changing minds through influencing policy, and by changing lives through innovative practice and partnership work. The Carnegie UK Trust was established by Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1913 and we are delighted to be celebrating our centenary in 2013. Please see our website for further information on our centenary.


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