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Advent Carol


Price: 1.50

Words Hilary Porritt. music David Porritt. Arr. Douglas Coombes
A recent carol which goes with a gentle swing. Tuneful, with easy-to-understand Words, makes it ideal for young singers. It is sure to become a real favourite. An optional descant is included, but it can work effectively when sung throughout in unison. A straightforward piano part lends great colour and interest.
Suitable Lower Juniors and upwards

All in the Morning


Price: 1.50

Words traditional, music by Douglas Coombes
A joyful, bouncy Christmas carol with piano accompaniment. The refrain is a canon and eventually gets into 3 parts. Great fun to sing and ideal for quick teaching so audiences can join in too!
Suitable Lower Juniors through to adults.

Away in a Manger



Away in A Manger

Edition

Price: Choral leaflet £1.50. Orchestral accompaniment Set £6.95

Kirkpatrick, arr.Douglas Coombes
A beautiful arrangement of this old favourite. Unison with descant and piano accompaniment. Orchestral accompaniment also available - 2 Fl; 2 Cl; 2Hn; Glock. & Strings.
Minimum playing standard around Grade 5.

The Bells of Christmas Eve (Dingalingalong)


Price: 1.95

Unison with optional 2pt & piano/keyboard
words & music: Laura Shur
This will make a very pleasant addition to Christmas repertoire with a very easily learned melody and straightforward language. The 2nd part is largely in the form of call and response, which makes it ideal for the early stages of singing in two parts.

Candles in the Window

Candles in the Window


Price: 5.95

Lyrics by Arthur Scholey with music by:-
Leon Berger Margaret Lion
William Blezard Iain McDonald
Karen Bradley Colin Peters
Douglas Coombes Donald Swann
John Jones Cecily Taylor

This book of 27 songs (26 of which have words by Arthur Scholey) brings together the best known and loved lyrics of this thoughtful writer. The ‘odd song out’, (words by Cecily Taylor) has music by Lynn Howe, now sadly deceased, a long-term supporter of Arthur Scholey’s work. The editor has grouped the songs into Christmas, Post Christmas, Parables and simply Songs. As is pointed out in the foreword, some titles resist categorisation. All the songs are thought provoking and ideal material for assemblies at school, or as part of church worship. The majority of the titles have been previously published elsewhere, now brought together in one convenient volume. The songs may be sung in unison, with piano accompaniment.

Titles contained in Candles in the Window (composer)
Candle in the window (John Jones)
The Carol of the slow donkey (Karen Bradley)
The Stork and the crow (arr. Karen Bradley)
The lovely lion (Karen Bradley)
The Candletree (Donald Swann)
Baboushka (Donald Swann)
Christmas present (Donald Swann)
Simeon’s song (Donald Swann)
I planted a seed (John Jones)
Who am I? (Donald Swann)
I was lying in the roadway (Douglas Coombes)
A Living song (Donald Swann)
The sharing bread (Douglas Coombes)
Oh praise Him (Donald Swann)
Song of the Kingdom (Colin Peters)
We’ve only one world (Donald Swann)
Song of the Journey (Donald Swann)
Lord, who has shown to us (Doanld Swann)
We welcome you, night (Donald Swann)
One and all (Iain McDonald)
I’m glad to be human (Donald Swann)
Bird song (Donald Swann)
The psalm of the deep (Donald Swann)
As I walk in my garden (Lyn Howe)
Christingle Carol (Margaret Lion)
Words only for:-
A song of the building
A song in the city

Carols of the Elements


Price: 2.50

Words John Emlyn Edwards, music Douglas Coombes
4 Carols based on the elements - Earth, Air, Fire & Water. Optional 2nd voice part, melodic instrument, pitched & unpitched perc., piano accompaniment. Effective with piano only.
Suitable for treble and ladies choirs.
A Chance to Sing

A Chance to Sing


Price: 14.95

Written & compiled by Douglas Coombes
10 Unison songs with optional 2nd part and descants, with keyboard accompaniment

A book of songs about the problems and difficulties encountered by young people and their families. Not expressed in overt language, these songs are thought provoking, joyful, haunting and uplifting. They can make ideal material for assemblies or concerts and have already featured in a number of special concerts at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

The whole collection has been compiled by Douglas Coombes. (Eight are his own original songs and two are from Victorian times.) The two Victorian songs were included because the book is produced to celebrate the centenary of Barnardo's, the children's charity, and the sale of each book & CD set generates a donation of £5 to Barnardo's. The need which existed 100 years ago, is the same need which persists today.

The publication comes with a piano book, a separate Words & melody booklet (which is fully photocopiable) and a CD offering complete performances of all 10 songs.

Suitable for KS2 & upwards (Scottish Levels C & upwards; USA Grade 4/5 and up).

The Christ Child's Lullaby


Price: 1.50

Hebridean folk song from the Isle of Eriskay.
Unison voices with piano / keyboard accompaniment arranged by Douglas Coombes
This Christmas lullaby has great strength and simplicity, totally devoid of sentimentality and "sugariness". Some of the intervals and implied shifts of key are not for the novice choir. This arrangement was prepared for Douglas Coombes' own women's choir, and both they and their audiences found this music haunting and magical.
Good unison singing can be a challenge. Suitable for top juniors, secondaries and women.

Christmas Children (The)


Price: 1.50

Words John Emlyn Edwards, music Douglas Coombes
Since first appearing in BBC¹s Singing Together this carol has been in great demand. Suitable for junior, middle, secondary & adults, this is typical of Douglas Coombes' rhythmic, tuneful style. A must for any Christmas concert. Chorus has optional 2nd part. Piano accompaniment. Suitable for lower juniors through to adult.
Orchestral accompaniment -score & parts on hire only.

A Dog and a bee


Price: 1.50

words: Anon - music: Douglas Coombes
This charming unison song was written for the Wharfedale Festival of
Performing Arts, Yorkshire, England, and tells the simple tale of
what happens when a bee stings a dog. Plenty of scope for really
'selling' the song, observing all the dynamics and expression marks.
Supportive piano part of moderate difficulty.

Do We Listen?


Price: 1.95

by Douglas Coombes
This song has a simplicity and a haunting quality which will quickly make it a favourite with singers of all ages. Like the other songs in the 'eco' series, it describes things as they are in our world and expresses hopes for the future. Written in Douglas Coombes' melodic style, the verses (3 in all) are sung in unison with an optional 2nd part in the chorus. Piano accompaniment. Suitable upper juniors through to Ladies choirs.

Dreams of Africa - a song for Elephants


Price: 1.95

by Douglas Coombes
This is one of the series of world and environment awareness songs by Douglas Coombes. It deals with the endangered state of the African elephant in simple but evocative language with a beautiful melody. The piano part is quite straightforward and there is also an optional 2nd voice part in the chorus. Excellent material for incorporating into many other subject areas.
Because of the song¹s simple yet all embracing subject matter it is suitable right through from lower juniors to adults.

Geminee Geminii


Price: 1.50

Words Johnny Morris, music Douglas Coombes
Commissioned by BBCTV for Animal Magic about its favourite sea-lion 'Gemini'. A charming unison song with chorus, piano accompaniment & chord symbols.
Junior choirs.
How Can I Know?

How Can I Know?


Price: 1.95

words & music by Robert Latham
Unison song with piano/keyboard accompaniment
This is a brand new bouncy, catchy Christmas song. The words pose the question not so much about the truth of the Christmas story, but more about the way in which we celebrate Christmas itself. Ideal for younger singers, as the song has a relatively narrow range, neither going too high, nor too low for developing voices. The piano / keyboard part is also straightforward and chord symbols are also included, should you wish to include guitars etc.
Suitable KS1-2

In one embrace

In one embrace


Price: 3.95

Words & music by Daniel Bath
Unison song, keyboard/piano accompaniment and optional instrumental parts in C or Bb with CD
Great new inspirational song for the OLYMPICS - and beyond - suitable for children, youth and adults.
Written in a rock style, this song will quickly become a favourite with singers of all ages. The lyrics take the Olympic themes of faster, higher, stronger and transform these ideals to the whole of human endeavour and the desire for the world to come together 'in one embrace'. Though originally commissioned with the Olympics in mind, the song makes no mention of sport, yet lends itself to a multiplicity of occasions, as well as being hugely satisfying to sing.

The words of the chorus are:-
Faster than light, higher than space,
Stronger than the hardest steel
Is the love we feel for the human race
When we meet each other face to face
And take the world in one embrace.
The instrumental parts are approximately Grade 5 standard and are entirely optional.
The CD contains the melody line with accompaniment as well as the accompaniment on its own.

Jesus is Born


Price: 1.95

Words & music Adrian Stark
This is a recent carol, written in a 'rock' style. Children of all ages will enjoy the rhythmic drive of this piece and its real contemporary feel. The piano part is not too difficult. There is a descant in the coda as extra 'spice' if forces permit, but effective nevertheless if you cannot run to two parts.
Suitable for junior & senior choirs.
Lord of all Creation

Lord of all Creation


Price: 1.95

Unison song with keyboard accompaniment
This praise song is contemporary in style and was featured in the Junior Finals of the BBCTV Songs of Praise Choirs of the Year Competition in 2011. The composer conducted her own work, show-casing this song, which has immediate appeal. The words are highly descriptive and allow singers the opportunity to colour the song in a meaningful way. Would fit well in any conservation project, as the song exhorts us to take care of God’s world.
(Suitable for inter-faith gatherings as the words do not mention Jesus.)
Suitable for 7 years old and upwards through to adults.

Music of our Life (The)

Music of our Life (The)


Price: 1.95

Words by Carole Lindsay-Douglas. Music by Douglas Coombes
Unison/optional descant with piano/keyboard accompaniment
This new song was written to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Schools Music Association of Great Britain. Its world premiere was in Southwark Cathedral 10 June 2008, closely followed by the European premiere in Gibraltar later in the same month. This highly melodic song has an emotional depth, which more than repays the effort involved in learning it. Can be performed in a wide range of concerts as the words (straightforward but not babyish) extol the joy, comfort and excitement of music itself.
Suitable KS2 and upwards. Piano / Keyboard part is of moderate difficulty.

New Beginning, A


Price: 1.95

Words & music: Douglas Coombes
This is a bright, energetic song incorporating some clapping. It is ideal for upper Juniors and older, especially those moving on to a new school, or for any other situation where something new is about to begin - a new year, a new millenium? Piano accompaniment.

Now Let Me Fly

Now Let Me Fly


Price: 7.95

Compiled, arranged & written by Douglas Coombes

Echo songs are found in many cultures and have always been popular. These 21 songs follow that tradition with the leader singing a phrase and the rest of the group singing that phrase back. The advantage of such songs is immediate and significant in the development of a child's musicality as it means that by echoing what they have just heard the children can start singing immediately. It has been found that even shy children soon join in.Echo songs help children to listen and so develop ear training; they help pitch awareness and help to develop confidence and independence. It is a great way of teaching English as a second language.

Singing unaccompanied is recommended as this will enable the teacher to concentrate and focus on the children's voices and let the children develop their inner and harmonic hearing and true intonation by hearing only the sounds they need to copy without the sounds of a piano or other instrument, which can be intrusive. It also means that the teacher can give full scope by singing phrases at different dynamics p, mf, f, cresc, dim. etc., which the singers have to copy when echoing. All this helps with their listening development. When the songs are really known, then a song may be accompanied lightly on an instrument; to help with such accompaniments chord symbols have been provided.

The songs are graded for difficulty from 'very easy' to 'difficult'. The last four echo songs: Ding Bells, Dong bells, Forest of Magic Sounds, Land of the Silver Birch and Mighty, Mighty Chief introduce simple repeated patterns (ostinati) which are in themselves an introduction to 2 part singing. Suitable across a wide age-range and adult too.

Our Faith in Life

Our Faith in Life


Price: 1.95

words & music by Franklyn Gellnick

Written in a gentle rock style, this is a song that will appeal to singers of all ages – children, youth and adults. Its words are truly hopeful that we can all lead better lives and would fit into many occasions either in church (any denomination) or in concert. Added interest lies in the optional 2nd voice part which starts in the second chorus. Unison / optional 2nd part with piano / keyboard accompaniment
The piano / keyboard part is of moderate difficulty.
Chord symbols also provided. Suitable all ages.

Panda


Price: 1.95

Words & music: Douglas Coombes
The latest in the evocative series of songs concerning the endangered environment and wildlife, by Douglas Coombes, this unison song (with optional second part) has a directness, simplicity and emotional quality which also characterises the other songs in the series Rain-forest, Whales Swimming Free, Dreams of Africa and Do We Listen. The piano part is of moderate difficulty.
Suitable Lower Juniors through to adults.

Rain-Forest


Price: 1.95

by Douglas Coombes
The first in the series about our world and one with immediate appeal. Easy to teach, with Words which tell of the rainforests' plight and how we can help. Like all the songs in this series it has an optional 2nd part in the chorus with piano accompaniment and is ideal for project based studies.
With simple yet 'grown up' Words it is suitable for any age.

Sing to the Lord of Heaven


Price: 1.75

Another 'all occasion' piece in celebratory mood. In unison, but with a descant in the final verse, this song has plenty of rhythmic interest. Piano/keyboard/organ accompaniment.
Sing with us, Share our joy

Sing with us, Share our joy


Price: 1.95

Words David Hilliam, music Douglas Coombes
This carol was written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Bournemouth Schools' Music Association Annual Carol Festival. It has all the hallmarks of Douglas Coombes' music - plenty of rhythmic interest, coupled with singable and memorable melody. The carol has a multi-purpose look, as it is scored for unison with optional S.A. and optional S.A.T.B. However it is great if sung in unison only. The message of the Words is to tell everyone, wherever they are, be it at work, play or even doing the shopping, that Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus. The piano part is of moderate difficulty.
Suitable for all ages including adults. [Orchestral accompaniment . available on hire.]

The Song makers

The Song makers


Price: 1.95

by Douglas Coombes
If you are looking for a song to lift your mood and to fit around
almost any occasion, this is just the thing. It has a melody which
simply flows naturally and lingers in the mind long after the singing
has finished. It was written to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the
William Appleby Music Centre in Doncaster, England, and was first
performed in March 2007 by singers aged 7 -13. Written for unison
voices, with a descant in the third verse, the song has piano
accompaniment of moderate difficulty. The sentiment of the words is
ideal for either concert or religious use, calling, as it does for
people to unite in peace through song.
Suitable for KS2 and right up to adults (Scottish level C and upwards.

Take Control


Price: 1.95

(Unis. Opt 2-part & piano/keyboard)
words & music by Laura Shur
With unison verses and two parts in the chorus, this is an ideal song for the early stages of singing in parts. Written in a contemporary style with a positive message about responsibility for your own actions, this is sure to be a winner with young singers. Piano part of moderate difficulty.

The Three Kings


Price: 1.95

Douglas Coombes Words: 15th century Anon.
A carol for choir & piano Although this Christmas song eventually diverges into 3 parts, the first verse is largely in unison and the second is a form of canon, with a descant in the third. It therefore lends itself to being sung in unison only, if you cannot manage the extra parts. The Words are old English and tell of the visitation of the Kings to the manger. The piano part (not too difficult), makes great use of a marching bass line which gives a majesty and power to the music.
Suitable for upper K.S.2 & upwards/Scottish Level D & upwards

TWO WINTER SONGS


Price: 2.95

TWO WINTER SONGS
1. Star Blaze
2. The Wizard of Winter
Words & music by Douglas Coombes

The first song, Star Blaze is an echo song, which could be used in the context of the Nativity, but can also be used in a secular situation. The Wizard of Winter is a song about "Jack Frost". The Words are easy but not babyish and both songs have a limited vocal range, ideal for younger singers. The piano part is not too diffcult. Ideal material for songs about the seasons.
Suitable KS1&2 (Scottish levels B-C).

Up! Good Christen Folk


Price: 1.50

Words G.R.Woodward, melody from Piae Cantiones arr. Douglas Coombes
This arrangement brings fresh interest to this long time favourite. Unison vocal line divides into 2 for echo effect in introductions. Straightforward piano accompaniment.
Suitable from juniors through to adults.

We are the future


Price: 2.50

Words and music by Douglas Coombes
This is a really beautiful new song (from a choral cycle) written for the children on the Island of Jersey and premiered there in the summer of 2001. The Words are simple - not babyish, so young people of all ages will love singing this piece. Douglas Coombes has combined his Words with an outstanding melody - not difficult, yet incrediby haunting. This song can be performed at many occasions, both in concerts and in worship. The refrain of Dona nobis pacem (Give us peace) adds a great depth to the song and is sure to make a tremendous impact on the performers as well as audiences.

Whales - Swimming Free


Price: 1.95

by Douglas Coombes
Suitable for upper infants through to adults, this haunting song tells of man¹s treatment of whales and how we must protect them for the good of the planet. A unison song with a well-written yet straightforward piano accompaniment, it also has an optional 2nd voice part in the chorus. Ideal as part of any marine life or environmental project. A simply beautiful song which audiences enjoy immediately.
Set for Associated Board Choral Initial Grade.

Whole World¹s Singing of Bethlehem (The)


Price: 1.95

Words: Sean Street, music: Douglas Coombes
Unison with optional second part and descant with piano accompaniment, this is written in Douglas Coombes' highly tuneful and rhythmic style. It is sure to be a hit with singers and audience alike. If you enjoyed The Christmas Children then you will also immediately take to this new Christmas carol. The directness of the Words makes this carol suitable for a very wide age-range - simple enough for KS1 yet not too young for even 13/14 year olds.
Suitable KS1+ through to adults: Scotland Levels A-E and adults.

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