The First Nowell (Traditional), arranged by Zoë Booth for four or more flutes/flute choir


The First Nowell is a traditional English Christmas Carol, dating from the sixteenth century, or possibly even earlier, and the spelling of Nowell is believed to be Anglo-Saxon. The carols’ exact time of origin is unknown; it must have been passed on from generation to generation for several centuries before it was first published, in 1833. Since then it has been sung and enjoyed by many festive carollers and seasonal well-wishers, and is as popular today!

This arrangement retains a traditional feel, using conventional harmony for a truly homogenous choir sound, suitable for Christmas concerts, carolling, and traditional services. As the piece progresses the verses and choruses become more elaborately varied, with the main lines being shared amongst all the flute parts.

2-3 mins approx

Elementary to intermediate



One score and the following separate parts:

Flute 1

Flute 2

Flute 3

Flute 4

Alto Flute (optional)

Bb Clarinet (optional)


Review from Richard, adult player (and owner of more than ten titles) 

"As an amateur flute player with a monthly flute choir, I was lucky enough to come across Pipeblower Publishing and Zoë Booth’s extensive repertoire of music for four, five or more flutes- a gift from heaven.  Our flute choir have enjoyed Cafe Tango, Autumn from The Four Seasons, Moon River by Mancini and White Christmas (among others!). I love carols so The First Nowell for four flutes is a must for me."