Who Would Have Dreamed

It’s probably a criminal offence to be thinking about Christmas carols in March, but such is life. Or, more accurately, if I don’t start thinking about it now, I’m going to be in serious trouble come October.

We’ve been running a carols event for our local community for a number of years, and I’ve written a few arrangements for concert band. You may find them useful.

Who Would Have Dreamed

And who would have dreamed or ever foreseen
That we could hold God in our hands?
The Giver of Life is born in the night
Revealing God’s glorious plan
To save the world

I first ran into this song on a family road trip between Darwin and Cairns. As you do. It’s from the Sovereign Grace Music album Prepare Him Room, and we’ve used it for the past three years.

It’s one of my favourite Christmas songs, and I’ll let the author introduce it.

This arrangement mostly follows the form of the original, and it’s a half step lower in E Major. Most concert bands do not take kindly to E Major.

Note that Sovereign Grace have an orchestral arrangement available for sale. This arrangement is unrelated. I do not own any rights to this song.


This was generated using Sibelius, so you’ll have to forgive the lack of realism.


  • Flutes (Piccolo, 1, 2)
  • Oboe (or Flute 3), Bassoon (doubles Bass Clarinet)
  • Clarinets (1, 2, 3, Bass)
  • Saxophones (Alto 1, Alto 2, Tenor, Bari)
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet (1, 2, 3)
  • Trombone (1, 2, 3)
  • Euphonium (or Trombone 4)
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Percussion (Drum Kit, Suspended Cymbal, Shaker)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Piano
  • Bass Guitar
  • Lead Sheet
  • Alto Vocal Solo
  • Choir (Soprano, Alto)


Who Would Have Dreamed – Full Score

Who Would Have Dreamed – Parts

Who Would Have Dreamed – Audio

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