Scored for: SATB and piano (optional bass and drums)
Duration: 5 minutes
Other Info: Written for Andrew Earis and the choir of St Martin in the Fields. This carol can be purchased separately or as part of Three Jazz Carols along with Away in a Manger and Silent Night. It is an innovative jazz arrangement of a well known carol. Rich harmonies serve to bring new expression to familiar Christmas material which is written for SATB voices and piano, with scope for optional congregational singing. They can be performed using the supplied piano part or embellished using the chord symbols above. Double bass may also be used in addition to piano, again following the supplied chord symbols.
Other sets of carols arranged by Will Todd are also available.
Three More Jazz Carols contains arrangements of We Three Kings, In the Bleak Midwinter and Personent Hodie.
Two Extra Jazz Carols includes O Come All Ye Faithful and God Rest You Merry Gentlemen.
The Jazz Carols Hark the Herald and I Saw Three Ships are also available as a separates.
Recordings of Will Todd's Jazz carols are available on the Christmas in Blue album but St Martin-in-the-Fields
Once in Royal David's City in a G Major version is published by Boosey & Hawkes in the publication Three Jazz Carols and is available in printed and digital downloadable format.
[The 2011 jazz instrumental version of Once in Royal David's City by Will Todd is published by Tyalgum Press. The jazz trio lead sheet is available to purchase here.]