CREATE YOUR OWN DOORSTEP CAROLS EVENT
We hope you will join in with the BIG DOORSTEP CAROLS SING on Wednesday, 15th December - but the Doorstep Carols Words and Music can be used at other times too - just download what you need (it's free!) and create your own event. Here are a few ideas:
JOIN IN WITH YOUR LOCAL RADIO
The 'original' Doorstep Carols idea! Over 30 BBC local radio stations are 'signed up' to take part on Wednesday, 15th December at 6pm (GMT). Download the carol sheets and sing 15 traditional carols with your local radio. All of the music on our Music page will work in any combination - play sax or violin with the singers, or sing harmony using the SATB parts!
SUPPORT A LOCAL LIVE EVENT
Some areas are running their own 'live' event on December 15th - including Trafalgar Square, Birmingham, Bristol, Winchester, Canterbury and the 'epicentre' event at Shrewsbury Town Council's "Carols in the Square" (pictured - left). Use any of our materials - and if you have your own brass band, band parts are available if you apply with a letter of recommendation from your local BBC radio station. Please let us know of your event so we can help promote it!
have a school carol concert
The words and the music are all there to download (or stream from Soundcloud) - all you need is an internet connection and a device connected to your sound system. Have Mums and Dads singing their favourite carols with brass band backing tracks - and join in with singers or almost any musical instrument. Need to practise in advance? There are piano backing tracks too - why not start your own Doorstep Carols Band with our very easy parts?
No time for all 15 carols? Download whatever you want, in whatever order and make it your own!
HAVE A Doorstep CAROLS SINGALONG
Care homes, church groups, hospitals, youth organisations, office parties or any other group can create their own programme of Christmas carols to sing and play. The free carol sheets and backing tracks allow you to have some festive fun even if there is no-one to play the piano for you! If you want to stream the music on December 15th, we strongly advise you to download the carols first, or use SoundCloud to avoid slowing or even overloading this website!
pic: thanks to birgittazoutmanphoto.com
And if restrictions return...
No-one wants to think about it, but if COVID-19 restrictions strike again and your normal carol concert or service is threatened, Doorstep Carols just goes right back to its roots at Christmas 2020, when the people of Shrewsbury sang in the streets and from their doorsteps, and children played instruments from their front gardens. The only difference - our new musical arrangements make it much easier for everyone to join in!
PLEASE tell us what you are doing!!
Please post pictures, videos and news of what you are up to on our Facebook Page #doorstepcarols @doorstepcarols2021 or contact us HERE. Have you had a brilliant idea you'd like to share? Did you persuade someone famous to play mouth organ on your doorstep? Have you raised oodles of money for charity? How did your event go?