Cornish Carols or Curls.

The Cornish preserved many of the customs of Christmas that we neglected or abandoned by the rest of the world and famously developed carol singing traditions. In particular the tunes of Thomas Meritt which can be still heard throughout Cornwall. 

Community Carols. Many communities in Cornwall developed their own carol traditions the best recorded of these are from St Ives and Padstow.

Ralph Dunstan, in his book The Cornish Song Book (Lyver Canow Kernewek) 1929 lists the following Carols as commonly sung in Cornwall. Each carol listed below is linked to Hymns and Carols of Christmas database which provides sheet music and in some cases midi files to download.

Angels From The Realms of Glory

Angels Proclaim

Arise And Hail The Glorious Star

As I Sat On A Sunny Bank

As Joseph Was A-Walking

A Virgin Most Pure

Auld Lang Syne

Awake With Joy, Salute The Morn!

Awake! Ye Nati

(Heavenly Sound)

Behold What Grace Appears

Carol, Carol, Christians

The Cherry-tree Carol

Choirs of Angels

Christians Rejoice

The Christmas Chanters

Come, Let Us Lift (The Prince of Life)

The Dilly Carol

The First Nowell

Flaming Seraphs

(Hark, Hark! What News)

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (I & II)

God’s Dear Son

Hark, Hark! What News

Hark What Mean Those Holy Voices

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Hark, What Music Fills Creation

Heavenly Sound

The Holly And The Ivy

(Hark What Mean Those Holy Voices)

(Angels From The Realms of Glory)

Oh Christmas Is Merry

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O Well! O Well! (The First Nowell)


The Prince of Life

(When Righteous Joseph Wedded Was)

Rouse, Rouse From Your Slumbers

Saint Day Carol)

The Seven Good Joys (The Seven Joys of Mary)

Shepherds Rejoice

The Splendour

Star Of Bethlehem (First Line: Lo! the eastern sages rise)

The Sunny Bank (As I Sat On A Sunny Bank)

To Us A Child Of Hope Is Born

The Prince of Life

The Wassail Song

When God At First Created Man

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Whilst Shepherds Watch’d Their Flocks By Night

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