Once in Royal – What better way to begin the celebrations of Jesus’ birth!
Once in Royal was written as a poem by Cecil Frances Alexander, published in 1848. It was then set to music a year later by Henry John Gauntlett, becoming the famous carol we know today.
It is most famously performed by the choir of King’s College Chapel Cambridge in their Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, with the first verse sung by an unaccompanied solo treble.
Noel Tredinnick’s fabulous orchestration and reharmonisation brings fresh energy and enthusiasm to a classic carol, and is sure to give joy and life to any carol service!
This arrangement also features on the All Souls Orchestra’s brand new album A Festival of Christmas.
Orchestration and parts
If you are interested in our arrangement but don’t have access to an orchestra, download our £9.25 Worship Set designed for smaller bands.
The set includes:
- Chord chart
- Lead sheet (melody line, lyrics and chords)
- Lead instrument (encapsulating the melodic interest of the orchestration) in C and Bb
- Keyboard conductor (with cues for vocal and lead instrument lines)
- Keyboard reduction
- Choir parts
If you are interested in our arrangements of other carols see our Christmas catalogue.
… and if you want to hear this carol played live by the All Souls Orchestra – we’re including it in this year’s Christmas Praise – still some tickets left!