At the time Joel’s album came out, choral composer Bob Chilcott was the tenor voice in The King’s Singers, and he wrote a six-part harmony arrangement of this song for the group. His arrangement opened the door for other vocal ensembles and choirs to perform the song, and it has been particularly popular in America. Here is the Ken Davis Chorale of Dallas, Texas, performing Chilcott’s arrangement. American choral teacher and composer Kirby Shaw rearranged the song somewhat for female voices, sung here by the Sacred Heart Academy Honors Choir from Connecticut.
Singers with a good vocal range and IT skills can now assemble multi-voice YouTube performances all by themselves; here is a particularly good one by Julie Gaulke. This copy-and-paste approach has also worked well for the geographically-challenged euphonium quintet FivE.
Lastly, a live performance from Australian guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel. He may overdo the showmanship a little for some tastes, but his instrumental rendition tells the song’s story beautifully.
Sunday 26 November
North Bristol Arts Trail, St Michael & All Angels Church, Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NT. 4.15-5.45
Saturday 9 December
Charity Carol Singing, Clifton Down Shopping Centre, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday 11 December
Radio Bristol / Bristol Post Carol Concert (Lord Mayor's appeal), Colston Hall, 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 16 December
A Gurt Noel (our official do), St Albans Church, afternoon rehearsals, concert at 7.30 p.m.
Friday 22 December
Carol Singing, Bristol Heart Institute, BRI, 12.30-1.30 pm
25 February 2018
Innovation 216, St Georges (Morning)
28 February and 1 March 2018
The Hall on the Hill, St Georges
3 March 2018
CoMA, The Festival of Contemporary Music for All
2 - 6 May 2018
Calella Festival, Costa de Barcelona
7 July 2018
Summer Spectaular featuring WWI Suite, St Georges