Popular Christmas Descants – For Practice

Here are a collection of recordings to help descants practice for the Christmas season.  Please contact us, if you need one that is not currently available. Each recording consists of an introductory verse, followed by the descant verse with the descant played by a trumpet.

Hark the herald angels sing

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It came upon a midnight clear

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O come all ye faithful

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O Little town of Bethlehem

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Once in royal David’s city

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While shepherds watch their flocks


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O come, all ye faithful (Adeste Fideles) – Organ/Trumpet Descant

Lyrics – English

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O Come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

God of God,
Light of Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God,
Begotten not created. Refrain

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation;
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God,
In the highest; Refrain

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning;*
Jesu, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing. Refrain

*Before Christmas day sing
“Born on Christmas morning”

Lyrics – Latin

Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Veníte, veníte in Bethlehem.
Natum vidéte, Regem Angelorum:
Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus,

Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine,
gestant puellae viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum:
Veníte adoremus, etc.

Cantet nunc io chorus Angelórum
cantet nunc aula caelestium:
Gloria in excelsis Deo:
Veníte adoremus, etc.

Ergo qui natus, die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit glória
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum:
Veníte adoremus, etc.


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A recording of this hymn is available on Richard Irwin's album - From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1 which can be found on AmazonGoogle Play, iTunesSpotify. Please Contact Us if you do not have access to these services. Click Here to Download




  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Adeste fideles
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: John Francis Wade (1711 – 1786)
  • Lyricist: Unknown
  • Translator: Frederick Oakeley (1802 – 1880)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.