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Sans Day Carol (Now The Holly Bears The Berry) – Concert Band

An arrangement for full Concert Band of this lovely Traditional Cornish Carol – which could be used as an accompaniment to the singing of the traditional words.

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The “Sans Day Carol” or “St. Day Carol” is one of the many Cornish Christmas carols written in the 19th century. This carol and its melody were first transcribed from the singing of Thomas Beard, a villager in St Day in the parish of Gwennap, Cornwall. The fourth verse is a translation from the Cornish version, “Ma gron war’n gelln”. The lyrics of “Now the holly bears a berry”, the text most associated with the Sans Day Carol.

The arrangement here is for full Concert Band – which could be used as an accompaniment to the singing of the traditional words.

Grade = 3 Duration = 3:25 mins

The lyrics

Now the holly bears a berry as white as the milk, And Mary bore Jesus, all wrapped up in silk, And Mary bore Jesus Christ our Saviour for to be, And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly. Holly! Holly!

And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly! Now the holly bears a berry as green as the grass, And Mary bore Jesus, who died on the cross, And Mary bore Jesus Christ our Saviour for to be, And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly. Holly! Holly!

And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly! Now the holly bears a berry as black as the coal, And Mary bore Jesus, who died for us all, And Mary bore Jesus Christ our Saviour for to be, And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly. Holly! Holly!

And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly! Now the holly bears a berry as blood is it red, And Mary bore Jesus who rose from the dead, And Mary bore Jesus Christ our Saviour for to be, And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly. Holly! Holly! And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly!

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Flexible Instrumentation

Level of Difficulty

1 review for Sans Day Carol (Now The Holly Bears The Berry) – Concert Band

  1. ConSpiritoMusic

    A beautiful setting of a lovely traditional folk carol, characterized by clear, singing lines and countermelodies, attractive harmonies, and effective contrasts in orchestration. Very nice!

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