There were many traditional folk songs and carols collected from around the British Isles at the beginning of the twentieth century, and some, such as the Sussex Carol or the Somerset Carol have become well known through arrangements and inclusion in carol collections such as the Carols for Choirs books. Living and working in Kent, I spent many years trying to find if there was a Kent Carol, and recently found the words and melody of Today our God of his great mercie in The University Carol Book.
This arrangement takes that melody and adds an organ accompaniment, and varies the verses between full choir singing in unison, 4-part harmony, sopranos only, and finally unison with a small descant to finish. It was first performed at the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury, Kent, UK on Sunday 22nd December 2019.
Click to download a printable pdf file of this composition. There is no charge, but it would be nice to know where it is used.