No Small Wonder

This Christmas we count down the days with an advent calendar of the 25 best Christmas carols ever written, as voted for by 50 top choral experts from the across the UK and US.

7 December: No Small Wonder

Words: Paul Wigmore

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Music: Paul Edwards

With just three three-line verses, this contemporary carol packs a lot into a small space. After a soft organ introduction and an opening line sung in unison, the choral texture blossoms into four parts as the carol’s narrator marvels at the miracle of Christmas. Hymn-writer Paul Wigmore penned the words, which were then set to music by organist and composer Paul Edwards in 2000.  The result, says Matthew Steynor, director of music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Miami, is ‘chorally and aurally extremely satisfying’.

December 1: Silent Night

December 2: The Lamb

December 3: Three Kings

December 4: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen!

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December 5: The Sans Day Carol