Carol Our Christmas

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Carol Our Christmas
– Music Book

52 carols for a summer Christmas

Words, music and guitar chords

126 pp A5 laminated cover, wiro binding

Published 1996

  • 6 Christmas poems by Peter Cape, Joy Cowley,
  • Eileen Duggan and Shirley Murray.
  • Foreword by Joy Cowley

In sequence: Title, hymnwriter – single name for person who has written both words and music, two names with first name for words and second name for music, and where applicable, a third name for the arranger. A few carols have been set to two tunes. Abbreviations: ‘Gibson’ for Colin Gibson, ‘Murray’ for Shirley Erena Murray.

1. A child was born in Bethlehem, Cecily Sheehy
2. Above the peaks the angels sing, Gibson
3. All over creation, Murray/Jillian Bray
4. All who would see God’s greatness, Marnie Barrell/(i) Ian Render (ii) Jillian Bray
5. And did you see him, little star? Helen Clyde/Gibson
6. Awake before sunrise, Bill Bennett
7. Carol our Christmas, Murray/Gibson
8. Child of Christmas story, Murray/Richard Madden
9. Child of joy and peace (Hunger Carol), Murray/(i) Ian Render (ii) Douglas Mews
10. Christ of darkness, Christ of light, Gibson
11. Christmas in the picture book, Dorothy Neal White/ Gibson
12. Clippety-clop, clippety-clop, Jackie Wise
13. Come in, come in New Year, Murray/(i) Gibson (ii) Ian Render
14. Come now, Lord Jesus, Murray/(i) Douglas Mews (ii) Zulu melody arr. Roy 
15. Come now where we least expect you, Marnie Barrell/Gibson
16. Come to this Christmas singing! Murray/Gibson
17. Don’t tell anyone (SHHHH! Not anyone), Gibson
18. From pastures green, P H C Lucas/Alex Duncan
19. Get up, get up, no time to yawn, Gibson
20. Gloria, Jillian Bray, musical setting 1
21. Gloria, Colin Daley, musical setting 2
22. Gloria, Colin Gibson, musical setting 3
23. Gloria in excelsis, Colin Gibson, musical setting
24. Glory! Glory! Jillian Bray/Jillian Bray
25. Greetings, little child of Bethlehem! Cecily Sheehy
26. Heav’n is ringing (Merry Christmas Rag), Gibson
27.  Holy day, holiday, Jocelyn Marshall/Christopher Marshall
28. I didn’t hear the angels sing, Iris McCoy/Gibson
29. Light of lights beholden, Jenny McLeod
30. Look toward Christmas! Murray/(i) Jillian Bray (ii) Gibson
31. Te Harinui (Not on a snowy night), Willow Macky
32. O he is born, Felicia Edgecombe
33. O little love who comes again, Murray/(i) Jillian Bray (ii) Nigel Eastgate
34. Open, open, open the stable door, Gibson
35. Peace Child, Murray/Gibson
36. Praise to God, whose Holy Spirit, Marnie Barrell/Gibson
37. Set the sun dancing! Murray/Shona Murray
38. Sing a carol for summer Murray/Jillian Bray
39. Sing with the angels, Gloria! Murray/Shona Murray
40. Star-Child, earth-Child, Murray (i) Gibson (ii) Carlton R Young
41. Summer’s a time to discover, Jackie Wise
42. The jersey cow came mooing, Joy Cowley/Gibson
43. The stars danced, the angels sang, Barbara Gillard arr. David Dell
44. The wind blew keen, Gibson
45. There’s straw in the manger, Gibson
46. Two tired people asked for rest, Joye Taylor (v 5 Cecily Sheehy) arr. Jillian Bray
47. When Joseph and Mary, Gibson
48. Where is the room? Murray/David Dell
49. Who are these who ride by starlight, Marnie Barrell/Jillian Bray
50. Who is the child that is to be born? Murray/Gibson
51. Wise men came journeying Murray/Gibson
52. You are born in us again, Mark Wilson arr. Shona Murray, descant Gibson

Carol Our Christmas
Digital mp3s & CD


24 carols

Sung by Wellington adult & youth choirs

Participating choirs and singers: Wellington Youth Choir, Kiwikids, Wellington Cathedral Choir, Sings Harry, Wellington Secondary Students’ Choir, Rachel Gillon and Mike Wespel-Rose.

Listing of all tracks including names of, first, the writer of the words, second, the composer of the music. Full list of choirs featured on the CD at the end.

  1. Carol our Christmas, an upside down Christmas, Shirley Murray/ Colin Gibson
  2. Gloria in excelsis Deo, Colin Daley
  3. Child of Christmas story, Shirley Murray/Richard Madden
  4. Look towards Christmas! Shirley Murray/Jillian Bray
  5. Clippety clop, clippety clop, Jackie Wise/Jackie Wise
  6. Come now, Lord Jesus, Shirley Murray/Zulu melody
  7. Sing a carol for summer, Shirley Murray/Jillian Bray
  8. All who would see God’s greatness, Marnie Barrell/Ian Render
  9. And did you see Him, little star? Helen Clyde/Colin Gibson
  10. Where is the room? Shirley Murray/David Dell
  11. Open, open, open  the stable door, Colin Gibson/Colin Gibson
  12. All over creation, Shirley Murray/David Dell
  13. Don’t tell anyone, Colin Gibson/Colin Gibson
  14. Gloria, Gloria, glory in the highest, Colin Gibson
  15. Awake before sunrise, Bill Bennett/Bill Bennett
  16. Peace Child, Shirley Murray/Colin Gibson
  17. Te Harinui/Not on a snowy night, Willow Macky/Willow Macky
  18. Greetings, little child of Bethlehem, Cecily Sheehy/Cecily Sheehy
  19. Star-Child, earth-Child, Shirley Murray/Carlton Young
  20. The stars danced, Barbara Gillard/Barbara Gillard
  21. Set the sun dancing, Shirley Murray/Shona Murray
  22. You are born in us again, Mark Wilson/Mark Wilson
  23. Come in, come in New Year, Shirley Murray/Ian Render
  24. Heav’n is ringing (Merry Christmas Rag) Colin Gibson/Colin Gibson


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