Here Come the Holidays


Arrangements to get you ready for the Christmas season

It’s not too soon to start preparing for a harpist’s busiest time of the year, and there are some new publications that may be of interest.

Lois Colin has assembled the collection Ancient Carols for Harp. Published by, Volume 1 is subtitled “Holiday Magic” and is for pedal or lever harp. Lever harps must be tuned to at least F major to play all the music presented in the keys of F, C, G, and D. It contains 12 solos, and nine of the pieces also have an optional harp accompaniment part that can be played with a melody instrument such as flute or violin. The harp parts are in a comb-bound book, and there is a pull-out part for the melody instrument. The collection features mostly one or two-page arrangements of traditional 15th–18th century carols.

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Jan Jennings is the music review editor for Harp Column and is the author of The Harpist’s Complete Wedding Guidebook and Effortless Glissing. You can email her at

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