A Star is Born (JSB #17)
A Star is Born features 10 two-part Christmas songs for equal voices, some of which are new compositions, alongside arrangements of old favourites. All these songs have been road-tested and represent a variety of styles to encourage singers to develop different aspects of vocal technique; the full set of songs would work well as a basis for a Christmas concert or carol service, in the order presented. All music is designed to work a cappella, but chord symbols are provided to aid accompaniment if desired.
Edited by Don Gillthorpe, with contributed works from Baz Chapman, Sarah Budd, Suzzie Vango, Catherine Beddison, Manvinder Rattan, Katy Lavinia Cooper, Catriona Downie, Mark Jordan, Ula Weber, and Oli Tarney.
1. Adam lay ybounden
2. There is a star
3. A star is born
4. Sussex carol
5. Angels from the realms of glory
6. In a stable bare
7. Ding dong merrily on high
8. Three kings
9. Jingle bells
10. We wish you a Merry Christmas
Don Gillthorpe is Director of Music at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy in Lancaster, where he has established a thriving department with a culture of music making as an integral part of school life. As part of the school’s wider remit, Don is a Lead Practitioner and a Specialist Leader in Education, supporting other music departments and leading a school-centred Secondary Music PGCE programme. Don is Head of Publications for Sing for Pleasure as well as tutoring on SfP conducting courses. Alongside this, Don is Director of Music at Lancaster Priory and Director of Church Music for the Morland Choristers’ Camp.