Saturday, July 17, 2010

Christmas Carols for Flute Trio

Jen's Christmas Trios: Available 2024 to 2034 & beyond. For students & teachers for that holly jolly time of year. Very flutey writing... and they flow, almost by themselves! Christmas Music for Flute Trio. Books 1, 2 & 3 for $25 (Canadian dollars) in pdf.

Flute Trios for Christmas by Jen:

And just lovely,  have a listen  to excerpts.
(This is a live recording taken from a student-teacher trio last Christmas).

These three volumes each create a 10 minute "set", totalling almost 30 minutes, for public performance or for holiday background music.

The three c-flute parts are equal in difficulty (novice to intermediate) and they are in concert order already. The movements are slow-fast-slow-fast, to keep the audience dancing and singing along, and there are several unusually beautiful minor carols that bewitch and cause everyone to be slightly awe-struck. Just what you want in a flute concert!

These magical trios are also sight-readable for professional concerts and quick to put together. Printed in score form, everyone can watch the other flute parts as the counter-melodies weave. Dynamics and phrasing are clearly marked. All parts are equal in quality. Solos appear in each part in turn. Practice track midi mp3s are available. (see below).

The three books contain the following Christmas Carols in concert sets.

Book I
1. The Holly & the Ivy
2. The Huron Carol
3. Sussex Carol
4. The Little Drummer Boy
5. Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Book II
6. Good King Wencesles
7. O Little Town of Bethlehem
8. Coventry Carol
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Book III
10. Pat a Pan
11. Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming
12a. Angels we have heard on High
12b. Adeste Fideles

The above Christmas Trio books are $25 for all three together sent as pdf sheetmusic.

Just send me an email to let me know what you're ordering, then send $25 using the  big yellow donate button on any of my webpages, or go to or go to my donate page. All methods work: You can pay using a credit card at

Make the Paypal payable to jen(at)jennifercluff (dot) com

And do you need midi practice tracks?
If you and your trio need practice mp3s let me know. It's possible for flute teachers to email to your students mp3s of these carols for preparation, just add $3 (total: $28 for sheetmusic and mp3s) and I'll send you all the midi sound file of the trios in mp3. They are played by midi using Sibelius at A-440. They're great for prep beforehand for students; they can practice their parts in advance of rehearsal.

Have a listen (turn your sound up and listen at 4shared fileshare) to excerpts from Books II & III practice tracks; they are only midis, but they pre-tune your trio members and give everyone the correct rhythms before you even meet for rehearsal. Totally useful if you're short on rehearsal time! :>)

The Sheetmusic:

Here are some page samples of the pdf sheetmusic. You can click on each one to enlarge it, then use back button to return here.

Send me an email at jen(at)jennifercluff (dot) com with your order, pay with paypal, and then I'll send the pdf sheetmusic for your flute trio as soon as possible. Canadian dollar currency converter is here if you're curious.


Best, Jen

Oh yes!

My favourite published flute trio is Christensen's arrangement of "Carol of the Bells.

A great duet and solo version of Carol of the Bells is in Howard Vance's Christmas Duet book which is super useful in lessons too, because it has so many duets that are "novice-intermediate". Vance also has other ethnic holiday books for flute duet with enchanting Jewsih melodies. Just great for lessons in deep Folk flute!

My favourite free online Christmas music trios are the Boismortier Flute Trios No. 1 and 5. Of the five trios, these two are the brightest and most festive for use as background music or concert material for teachers and students.

Kummer Trios and standard Nutcracker arrangements can also good for background or showpiece music for a holiday gig for a professional trio; we usually interspersed classical trios with the above well-loved Christmas Carols. (we had to play in a castle once for three hours worth of 40 minute sets. Imagine!) But all these are good for long sets at Christmas time! Enjoy!

Do comment, those with titles of other good quality flute trios and quartets that they highly recommend. I'm interested in the "good stuff" as well. :>)

             Please do give the Celtic Trios a listen too when you're planning holiday trio concerts.
Trios for C-flutes, the Celtic "Flutzalad" Suites arranged by Jen are also available (which also work well for Christmas concerts; lively and fun): Here they are to listen to and to see the parts.Scarborough Fair, Mari's Wedding, Dream of Arren, Mirielle by Gounod, The Morris Dance, Road to Listovaria. All these jigs and folk tunes are great for festive performances.

Lesson over-lapping Trios:
Another use is forming trio groups from students who are overlapping their lessons by ten minutes. A teacher plus two students can play easy-to-read music or pre-prepare using mp3s of the trios. All these trios come with mp3s for pre-practicing. The individual flute parts then weave together beautifully on the first read for teachers/pro-players, but there is endless possibility to play them with even greater musicianship.
So, thanks everyone who's ordering these, and let's make MUSIC !
Best, Jen
Comments (7)
Blogger Jerry Pritchard said...

Ah, Christmas in July These new trio arrangements are a real treat and so playable and appealing performers and audience alike.

Your recordings of these are very well done are your set Celtic Trios, which have a very special ethereal quality with great tone, intonation and style.

Keep up the great work.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 9:13:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Thanks so much Jerry! There is never enough music for flute trio, and great audience pleasers for student/teacher concerts, so I'm really happy to be able to share these works. Thanks so much for your kind words. Jen

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 10:55:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jen....thanks for the Christmas music. I will talk to my instructor tomorrow. We are planning an outting with 3 to 4 flutes to play for retirement homes for Christmas. I think these would be perfect. I will email later this week to order this. Wish there were more samples. I was really enjoying just listening but can't wait to play them. Merry Christmas and thanks for all the advise you give on your web pages.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:05:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Dear anon,
The trios ARE great for older audiences, because they stay low in the flute's range.
When you say: "I wish there were more samples" do you mean to listen to? Or to see the sheetmusic?
All the carols are above on mp3; you can hear snippets of them all.

Best, Jen

Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:37:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Xmas Trios review from J.L.:

A Trio Member writes:
Thank you for sending the Christmas Carol trios. We played through a few of them yesterday and they were perfect for our ensemble. What a great variety of familiar and also less common carols and they're a perfect level for amateur flutists!
Thank you for this lovely feedback. Jen

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:28:00 AM

Blogger Susie said...

Hi Jen -
I would like to purchase the Christmas trio books - it says on the site to send an email to you telling you what I would like to purchase, and then donate through paypal. I can't find an email address - all I'm seeing are the donate buttons. If I have clicked on the Christmas trios book (all three) page, and click on the donate button on that page, will it automatically order the books I want? These are beautiful arrangements, and I'm excited to start working on them!!! Thank you for your help.....


Tuesday, August 08, 2017 3:52:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Hi Susie,

Above in the text it says:
Send me an email at jen(at)jennifercluff (dot) com

Sorry it's so confusing.
It's easier to talk to you though email.

But for general reference, when you go to paypal, you want to "SEND FUNDS" to someone. That someone is indicated by an email address. So you just go to and send money to:

jen(at)jennifercluff (dot) com

You're right; the donate buttons automatically fill out $22 for the Mather book, and you want to specify Xmas trios at $25. So email me.
Best, Jen

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 4:22:00 PM


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