My wife, who leads children's choir at our church, asked me to arrange a short accompaniment for "I heard the Bells on Christmas Day" that her kids could sing with. The age group is from pre-school to fifth-grade. This is what I came up with.
The GPO instrumentation is:
Flute solo V, Oboe 1 modern solo, BB Clairnet pla1, Bassoon 1 pla1, French Horn 1 pla1, Tpt 1 pla1, Tenor Tbone pla1, Bass Trombone 1 solo, Tuba 1 solo, Timpani KS, Glockenspiel, Chromatic Harp 1, Violin 1 Gagli KS solo, Vlns1 KS, Vlns 2 KS, Violas KS, Cellos KS, Basses KS
I heard the bells on Christmas Day,
Their old familiar carols play;
And wild and sweet their words repeat,
Of Peace On Earth, Good Will To Men,
I thought, as now this day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rung so long the unbroken song
Of Peace On Earth, Good Will To Men.
And in despair I bowed my head,
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of Peace On Earth, Good Will To Men."
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep,
"God is not dead nor doth He sleep.
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
with, Peace On Earth, Good Will To Men."