Holiday Music and Arrangements

Holiday Music and Arrangements


  • I Saw Three Ships, For Orchestra


Technical Information

I Saw Three Ships (and The Frost is All Over), English and Irish Traditional, arranged by Ronald Royer, for Orchestra (2019) – 3:30                    1+ (harp is optional, there is an alternate version for 2 percussion)

Program Notes

I Saw Three Ships (and The Frost is All Over), is an arrangement combining a traditional English holiday song with a traditional Irish one. The arrangement starts with a Celtic feel, has a short reflective section in a minor key, and ends in a majestic style using the full orchestra. The Brantford Symphony Orchestra commissioned and premiered Ronald Royer’s I Saw Three Ships in December 2019.

For more Holiday music, go to Fantasia on Canadian Carols/Fantaisie sur des Airs de Noël canadiens (2016) –10:00 (found in the orchestra section)