Christmas Around Europe

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Budapest, Ljubljana, Stockholm, Cologne, Arnstadt And Munich20201220Andrew McGregor continues the day-long festival of Christmas and singing from across Europe and Canada in the European Broadcasting Union's annual Christmas music day. In a year where singing in choirs has largely been curtailed due to the global pandemic, choirs and orchestras come together in socially distant performances of music that celebrates the joy of singing and the wonder of Christmas.

4pm
An Advent concert given by Honvéd Férfikar (Honvéd Men's Chorus) from Budapest.

JS Bach: Jesu, joy of man's desiring, from 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147'
Jacobus Gallus: Natus est nobis
Handel: Thanks be to Thee, O Lord
Rachmaninov: We Praise Thee, O Mother of God
Rejoice, o Virgin (Ave Maria) from 'Vespers (All-Night Vigil), op. 37
Schubert: Psalm 23, D. 796
Franck: Panis Angelicus
Mihály Mosony: Ave Maria
Ambrož Čopi: Totus tuus
Kodaly: Evening Song
Jan Nieland: Magnificat
Saint-Saëns: Tollite hostias, from 'Oratorio de Noël, op. 12'
Randol Alan Bass: Gloria

Tamás Egresi, baritone
András Decsi, tenor
András Stampay-Komesz, baritone
László Adrián Nagy, piano
Honvéd Men's Chorus
Richárd Riederauer, conductor

5pm
An archive Christmas concert from 21 December 2014 from Ljubljana, featuring the Slovenian Philharmonic Chorus directed by Martina Batič
Music will include:

Valentin Vasilyovych Silvestrov: Liturgical Chants
César Cui: Magnificat
Georgy Vasilevich Sviridov: Having beheld a mysterious Nativity
Traditional (Russia): Shepherds of Bethlehem
Pavel Chesnokov: All of Creation Rejoices in Thee, op. 15/11
Franz Xaver Gruber: Silent Night, Holy Night

Monika Fele, soprano
Mojca Bitenc, soprano
Edita Garčević Koželj, alto
Gašper Banovec, tenor
Martin Logar, tenor
Tomaž Koder, baritone
Slovenian Philharmonic Chorus
Martina Batič, conductor

6pm
A Jazz Christmas Concert with international jazz trombonist, Nils Landgren and Friends, from Stockholm.

Mel Tormé: The Christmas Song
Ron Sexsmith: Maybe This Christmas
Mervyn Edwin Warren: Who Would Imagine a King
Gary Hines: Love is Born
Ron Miller: Someday at Christmas
Frank Loesser: Baby, It's Cold Outside
Trad: Ding Dong! Merrily on High
Roxanne Seeman: Everyday is Christmas
Traditional (Sweded): Prepare the way for the Lord
John Frederick Coots: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist: Yule, yule, radiant yule
Handel: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, aria from Messiah, HWV 56

7pm
Christmas Concert with Rheinische Kantorei and Das Kleine Konzert, from Cologne

Telemann: Siehe! Ich verkündige euch grosse Freude, TVWV 1:1333
Tönet die Freude, belebte Trompeten, TVWV 1:1410
Darzu ist erschienen die Liebe Gottes, TVWV 1:166

Veronika Winter, soprano
Anne Bierwirth, contralto
Georg Poplutz, tenor
Matthias Vieweg, baritone
Das Kleine Konzert
Rheinische Kantorei
Hermann Max, conductor

8pm – 9.30pm
The vocal group Ensemble Polyharmonique and Thüringer Bach Collegium perform parts of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Taking place in the church in Arnstadt where J.S. Bach held his first post as organist (1703-1707), this concert will feature the first three cantatas of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, given by two ensembles that specialise in historically informed performances.

J.S. Bach: Cantatas I-III, from 'Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Ensemble Polyharmonique
Thüringer Bach Collegium

9.30 – 11pm

Christmas Concert with Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra and Howard Arman, from Munich

Johannes Eccard: Übers Gebirg Maria geht
Praetorius: Angelus ad pastores ait
Traditional (Germany): Ach bittrer Winter
Schlaf wohl, du Himmelsknabe du
Scheidt: O Jesulein süss
JS Bach: Ich steh´ an Deiner Krippen hier, BWV 469
Arvo Pärt:...which was the son of...
Magnificat
Maxwell Davies : Four carols From O magnum mysterium:
O magnum mysterium
Haylle comly and clene
Alleluia, pro Virgine Maria
The Fader of Heven
Traditional (England) - Coventry Carol
William Ballet: Lute-book lullaby
Warlock: Bethlehem Down
Traditional (Germany):
Resonet in laudibus
Lieb Nachtigall, wach auf
Lasst uns froh und munter sein
Traditional (Spiritual): Ain't That A-Rockin'
Mary Had a Baby
Traditional (Germany) : O Tannenbaum
Traditional (England): Sussex Carol
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Felix Bernard: Winter Wonderland
Irving Berlin: White Christmas

Bavarian Radio Chorus
Munich Radio Orchestra
Howard Arman, conductor

Andrew McGregor is our guide for the rest of this day of Christmas Around Europe.

A day of concerts from around Europe to celebrate Christmas.

Andrew McGregor continues the day-long festival of Christmas and singing from across Europe and Canada in the European Broadcasting Union's annual Christmas music day. In a year where singing in choirs has largely been curtailed due to the global pandemic, choirs and orchestras come together in socially distant performances of music that celebrates the joy of singing and the wonder of Christmas.

4pm
A Christmas Concert with Honvéd Men's Chorus, from Budapest. An Advent concert given by Honvéd Férfikar (Honvéd Men's Chorus) with some instrumental accompaniment, including works by Kodaly, Jan Nieland and Poulenc.

Jan Nieland: Magnificat
Bruckner: Inveni David, WAB 19
Liszt: Pater noster
Rachmaninov: We Praise Thee, O Mother of God
Chesnokov: All of Creation Rejoices in Thee, op. 15/11
Kodály:
Ave Maria
The Voice of Jesus
Cease Your Bitter Weeping
Hymn to Saint Stephen of Hungary

Liszt: To St Francis de Paula
Poulenc: Quatre Petites Prières de Saint-François d'Assise, FP 142:
Salut, dame Sainte
Tout puissant, très saint
Seigneur, je vous en prie
O mes très chers frères

Bruckner: Preiset den Herrn, WAB 16, festive cantata

5pm
An archive Christmas concert from 21 December 2014 featuring the Slovenian Philharmonic Chorus directed by Martina Batič
Music will include:

Valentin Vasilyovych Silvestrov: Liturgical Chants
César Cui: Magnificat
Georgy Vasilevich Sviridov: Having beheld a mysterious Nativity
Traditional (Russia), arr. Kastalsky - Shepherds of Bethlehem
Pavel Chesnokov: All of Creation Rejoices in Thee, op. 15/11
Franz Xaver Gruber: Silent Night, Holy Night

Monika Fele, soprano
Mojca Bitenc, soprano
Edita Garčević Koželj, alto
Gašper Banovec, tenor
Martin Logar, tenor
Tomaž Koder, baritone
Slovenian Philharmonic Chorus
Martina Batič, conductor

6pm
Christmas Concert with trombonist, Nils Landgren and Friends, from Stockholm. Programme to include music by Langdren and John Rutter

7pm
A festive medley of Christmas cantatas by Georg Philipp Telemann given by the Rheinische Kantorei and Das Kleine Konzert conducted by Hermann Max at Trinity Church, Cologne

Telemann: A Christmas Oratorio
Das Kleine Konzert
Rheinische Kantorei
Hermann Max, conductor

8pm – 9.30pm
Christmas Concert with Thüringer Bach Collegium and Amarcord, from Arnstadt. Taking place in the church in Arnstadt where J.S. Bach held his first post as organist (1703-1707), this concert will feature the first three cantatas of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, given by two ensembles that specialise in historically informed performances.

J.S. Bach: Cantatas I-III, from 'Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248'
Amarcord
Thüringer Bach Collegium

9.30 – 11pm
Christmas Concert with Bavarian Radio Chorus and Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, from Munich, featuring Lera Auerbach's ‘72 Angels. In splendore lucis'.

Lera Auerbach: 72 Angels. In splendore lucis
Franz Vitzthum, countertenor
Raschèr Saxophone Quartet
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Peter Dijkstra, conductor

Andrew McGregor is our guide for the rest of this day of Christmas around Europe.

A day of concerts from around Europe to celebrate Christmas.

Finland And Spain20201220A day-long festival of Christmas and singing from across Europe and Canada in the European Broadcasting Union's annual Christmas music day. In a year where singing in choirs has largely been curtailed due to the global pandemic, choirs and orchestras come together in socially distant performances of music that celebrates the joy of singing and the wonder of Christmas.

Presented by Hannah French.

1pm
Live Christmas Concert with Maria Ylipää and Friends, from Helsinki. Maria Ylipää and Friends offer a stylistically versatile concert cocktail of Christmas music under the title "Star of Wonder". The concert consists of old and new music from Finland and abroad.

Jean Sibelius: Bell Tune of Kallio Church
Terre Roche: Star of Wonder
Alfred S. Burt: Some Children See Him
Joni Mitchell: River
Traditional (Sweden): Mitt hjärta vandrar alltid till platsen du blev född
Jean Sibelius: En etsi valtaa loistoa
Heino Kaski: Mökit nukkuu lumiset
Jukka Leppilampi: Aasi ja timpurin muija
Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah
Franz Xaver Gruber: Silent Night, Holy Night

Maria Ylipää, vocals
Marzi Nyman, guitar
Niko Kumpuvaara, accordion
Ville Herrala, double bass

2pm
Christmas Concert: The World of Children, with Veus - Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió, from Barcelona, together with soprano María Hinojosa and the Barcelona Symphonic Wind Band, under the baton of José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana. Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió is winner, among other prizes, of the Silver Rose Bowl in the 2013 LTPS competition. Recorded at the Pau Casals Hall, L' Auditori, Barcelona.

Stephen Melillo: David
Nigel Hess: To the Stars!
Bert Apperpont: Celtic Child
Albert Guinovart: Suite Nadalenca

María Hinojosa, soprano
Veus - Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió
Josep Vila i Jover, chorus director
Barcelona Symphonic Wind Band
José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana, conductor

Christmas Music from EBU members across Europe and the world, including Finland and Spain.

A day of concerts from around Europe to celebrate Christmas.

A day-long festival of Christmas and singing from across Europe and Canada in the European Broadcasting Union's annual Christmas music day. In a year where singing in choirs has largely been curtailed due to the global pandemic, choirs and orchestras come together in socially distant performances of music that celebrates the joy of singing and the wonder of Christmas.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

1pm
Live Christmas Concert with Maria Ylipää and Friends, from Helsinki. Maria Ylipää and Friends offer a stylistically versatile concert cocktail of Christmas music under the title "Star of Wonder". The concert consists of old and new music from Finland and abroad.

Maria Ylipää, vocals
Marzi Nyman, guitar
Niko Kumpuvaara, accordion
Ville Herrala, double bass

2pm
Christmas Concert: The World of Children, with Veus - Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió, from Barcelona, together with soprano María Hinojosa and the Barcelona Symphonic Wind Band, under the baton of José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana. Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió is winner, among other prizes, of the Silver Rose Bowl in the 2013 LTPS competition. Recorded at the Pau Casals Hall, L' Auditori, Barcelona.

Georges Bizet: 'Jeux d'enfants', Op. 22 - excerpts
Stephen Melillo: David
Nigel Hess: To the Stars!
Bert Apperpont: Celtic Child
Albert Guinovart: Suite Nadalenca

María Hinojosa, soprano
Veus - Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió
Josep Vila i Jover, chorus director
Barcelona Symphonic Wind Band
José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana, conductor

Christmas Music from EBU members across Europe and the world, including Finland and Spain.

A day of concerts from around Europe to celebrate Christmas.

Helsinki And Leipzig20181216Andrew McGregor is our guide for the annual day of Christmas concerts from around Europe. Beginning live in Helsinki with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and then on to Leipzig

1pm - LIVE from Kallio Church, Helsinki
Beginning with the traditional Sibelius bells tune from Kallio Church, the day begins with a live concert from members of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. Tenor Juho Punkeri sings arias by Handel, and Pauliina Fred and Hanna Haapamäki join the orchestra for a concerto by Telemann.

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Bell Tune of Kallio Church, for bells

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Sinfonia, from 'Semele, HWV 58'
Where'er you walk, aria from 'Semele, HWV 58'
Allemande, from 'Suite in E minor, HWV 429'
Total Eclipse, aria from 'Samson, HWV 57'
Adagio, from 'Flute Sonata in G, HWV 363b'
Gentle airs, melodious strains, aria from 'Athalia, HWV 52'
Juho Punkeri , tenor
Members of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Marianna Henriksson , harpsichord

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767)
Concerto for Recorder and Flute in E minor, TWV 52:e1
Pauliina Fred , Baroque flute
Hanna Haapamäki , recorder
Members of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Comfort ye, aria from 'Messiah, HWV 56'
Ev'ry valley, aria from 'Messiah, HWV 56'
Juho Punkeri , tenor
Members of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Marianna Henriksson , harpsichord

2pm - from Paulinum, Leipzig
The next stop on Radio 3's journey around Europe is Leipzig, for a varied concert of unaccompanied choral works by Poulenc, Tallis, Britten and Pärt given by the MDR Radio Chorus, Leipzig.

Jean Mouton (before 1459 - 1522)
Nesciens mater virgo virum, motet for 8 voices
Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963)
Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, FP 152
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden, Kyrie, Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, WoO 26, Heilig, heilig
Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
Hymn to the Virgin
Arvo Pärt (1935)
Seven Magnificat Antiphons
Franz Xaver Gruber (1787 - 1863)
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)

MDR Radio Chorus, Leipzig
Risto Joost , conductor

Christmas music from around Europe, including Helsinki and Leipzig.

A day of concerts from around Europe to celebrate Christmas

Iceland, Denmark And Canada20201220A day-long festival of Christmas and singing from across Europe and Canada in the European Broadcasting Union's annual Christmas music day. In a year where singing in choirs has largely been curtailed due to the global pandemic, choirs and orchestras come together in socially distant performances of music that celebrates the joy of singing and the wonder of Christmas.

Presented by Hannah French.

9am
From Iceland, an Italian Baroque Christmas Concert with the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra performing music by Pergolesi, Locatelli, Vivaldi and Veracini.

Pergolesi: Violin Concerto in B flat major
Locatelli: Concerti XI a quattro in C minor
Vivaldi: Cello concerto in G major RV 415
Veracini: Overture nr. 6 in Bb major

Laufey Jensdóttir, violin
Steiney Sigurðardóttir, cello
Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra

10am
"Motets in Advent -William Byrd, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Thomas Tallis & Robert White" - a Christmas concert with The Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier, from Copenhagen. The program is a selection of the finest vocal and organ music of the Renaissance: praise, the proclamation, the mystery, the birth, the cradle of the child of Christ, and the light of God over man.

William Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis, from 'Cantiones Sacrae' (1589)
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Ons ist geboren een kindekijn
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Ecce virgo concipiet
Thomas Tallis: Clarifica me pater (II, I)
William Byrd: O magnum mysterium; Beata virgo; Ave Maria
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est
William Byrd: A Voluntarie for my Ladye Nevell
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) - In illo tempore
William Byrd: Lullaby, my sweet little baby; A Grounde, BK43
Robert White: Christe qui lux es et dies (IV, à 5)
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Toccata, primi toni; Gaudete omnes

Yngvild Ruud, organ
Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier, conductor

11am
A Christmas Concert with the Early Music ensemble La Nef with sopranos Meredith Hall and Donna Kanerahtenha:wi Jacobs (from the First Nations Mohawk Community), from Montreal. A concert featuring Baroque and traditional Christmas music from Montreal's five founding communities.

Traditional (First Nations Mohawk): Ok Skennen Ko Wa
Anonymous: Eesus ahatonnyah
Traditional (France): Nous voici dans la ville
Pierre Dandrieu: Or, nous dites, Marie
Traditional (Ireland): What Child is This? - My Lagan Love
Traditional (Isle of Man): Usheg Veg Ruy (Little Red Bird)
John Playford: The Cold Suite: On the Cold Ground; Drive the Cold Winter Away; Cold and Raw; My Lodging is on the Cold Ground
Traditional (Wales): Welsh Carol
Traditional (France): Entre le bœuf et l'âne gris
Louis-Claude Daquin: Suite de Noëls français
Traditional (Scotland): A Cogie of Ale and a Pickle Ait Meal
Traditional (Scotland): Scottish Reel
Tony O'Connell: Christmas in Kinsale (jig)
Tommy Coen: Christmas Eve Reel
Traditional (England): Gloucestershire Wassail
Traditional: Please to See the King
Traditional (Ireland): The Wren Song

Meredith Hall, soprano
Donna Kanerahtenha:wi Jacobs, soprano
La Nef
Sylvain Bergeron, artisitc director, archlute, Baroque guitar
Alex Kehler, violin (trad.), nyckelharpa
Robin Grenon, harps
Grégoire Jeay, recorders, traverso flute
Marie-Laurence Primeau, viola da gamba
Andrew Wells-Oberegger, percussion

Christmas music from EBU members in Europe and beyond: Iceland, Denmark and Canada.

A day of concerts from around Europe to celebrate Christmas.

A day-long festival of Christmas and singing from across Europe and Canada in the European Broadcasting Union's annual Christmas music day. In a year where singing in choirs has largely been curtailed due to the global pandemic, choirs and orchestras come together in socially distant performances of music that celebrates the joy of singing and the wonder of Christmas.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch.

9am
From Iceland, a Christmas concert on the theme of "The North" with a programme highlighting Baroque music by composers who worked in northern Europe; from London, north to Potsdam and further north to Denmark, Norway and Sweden, with the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra playing their own Baroque arrangements of Icelandic traditional music and Christmas carols.

Dietrich Buxtehude: Chaconne, from 'Trio Sonata No. 4 in B flat, op. 1/4, BuxWV 255'
Franz Benda: Flute Concerto in E minor
Johan Daniel Berlin: Clarinet Symphony in D, K. D1
George Frideric Handel: Largo, from 'Xerxes (Serse), HWV 40'
Johan Helmich Roman: Selections from 'Golovinmusiken, BeRI 1'
George Frideric Handel: Concerto grosso in B minor, HWV 330, op. 6/12
Traditional (Iceland): Three Icelandic folk songs in arrangements by members of the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra
Hátíð fer að höndum ein (A Festival Approaches)
Jólakvæði (Christmas Song)
Oss barn er fætt í Betlehem (A Child is born in Bethlehem)

Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, flute
Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra

10am
'The Christmas Story', a concert with Danish National Vocal Ensemble, from Copenhagen. The DR Vocal Ensemble, performing in Copenhagen's beautiful and historic Garrison Church with conductor Carsten Seyer-Hansen, journey through 450 years of music and across eight different countries.

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est
Dietrich Buxtehude: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
Sir James MacMillan: Dominus dabit benignitatem
Michael Praetorius: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Herbert Howells: A Spotless Rose
Bára Gisladottir: [New work]
Arvo Pärt: O Morgenstern, from 'Seven Magnificat Antiphons'
Traditional (France) - Noël Nouvelet
Johann Sebastian Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225

Bára Gísladóttir, double bass
Mads Damlund, organ
Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Carsten Seyer-Hansen, conductor

11am
A Christmas Concert with the Early Music ensemble La Nef with sopranos Meredith Hall and Donna Kanerahtenha:wi Jacobs (from the First Nations Mohawk Community), from Montreal. A concert featuring Baroque and traditional Christmas music from Montreal's five founding communities.

Traditional (First Nations Mohawk): Ok Skennen Ko Wa
Anonymous: Eesus ahatonnyah
Traditional (France): Nous voici dans la ville
Pierre Dandrieu: Or, nous dites, Marie
Traditional (Ireland): What Child is This? - My Lagan Love
Traditional (Isle of Man): Usheg Veg Ruy (Little Red Bird)
John Playford: The Cold Suite: On the Cold Ground; Drive the Cold Winter Away; Cold and Raw; My Lodging is on the Cold Ground
Traditional (Picardy): Jésus-Christ s'habille en pauvre
Traditional (Wales): Welsh Carol
Traditional (France): Entre le bœuf et l'âne gris
Louis-Claude Daquin: Suite de Noëls français
Traditional (Scotland): A Cogie of Ale and a Pickle Ait Meal
Traditional (Scotland): Scottish Reel
Tony O'Connell: Christmas in Kinsale (jig)
Tommy Coen: Christmas Eve Reel
Traditional (England): Gloucestershire Wassail
Traditional: Please to See the King
Traditional (Ireland): The Wren Song
Traditional (Scotland): Auld Lang Syne

Meredith Hall, soprano
Donna Kanerahtenha:wi Jacobs, soprano
La Nef
Sylvain Bergeron, artisitc director, archlute, Baroque guitar
Alex Kehler, violin (trad.), nyckelharpa
Robin Grenon, harps
Grégoire Jeay, recorders, traverso flute
Marie-Laurence Primeau, viola da gamba
Andrew Wells-Oberegger, percussion

Christmas music from EBU members in Europe and beyond: Iceland, Denmark and Canada.

A day of concerts from around Europe to celebrate Christmas.

Malmo, Stuttgart, Ljubljana, Gdansk, Riga, Merseberg And Sofia20191215Part 2 of the EBU's special day of live and pre-recorded Christmas concerts from Malmö, Stuttgart, Ljubljana, Gdańsk, Riga, Merseberg and Sofia. Presented by Andrew McGregor.

4pm – St Peter's Church, Malmö – LIVE
Music from the Swedish folk tradition

TRAD. (Sweden) arr. A. Einarsson: Bereden väg för Herran [Prepare the way for the Lord]
PAUL MEALOR (1975): A Spotless Rose
BOB CHILCOTT (1955): Advent Candle
FRANZ BIEBL (1906-2001): Ave Maria [Angelica Domini]
JOHN GARDNER (1917-2011): Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
MARTIN ÅSANDER (1987): Ljuset lyser i mörkret [The light shines in the darkness]
KARIN REHNQVIST (1957): Var inte rädd för mörkret [Do not fear the darkness)
SOFIA KARLSSON (1975) arr. U. Emanuelsson: Frid på jorden [Peace on Earth]
EMMY KÖHLER (1858-1925) arr. L. Pourkarim : Nu tändas en stund på jorden [Now be lit a moment on Earth]
REGER (1873-1916): Marias vaggsång [Mary's Lullaby]
FOLKE BOHLIN (1931): Look! Shepherds of Bethlehem
SIMON WAWER (1979): O du stille Zeit [O you quiet season]
GUSTAF LAZARUS NORDQVIST (1886-1949): Jul jul strålande jul [Yule, Yule, Radiant Yule]

St Petri Youth Choir
Petri Femme
Carl Adam Landström (organ/piano)
Alexander Einarsson (conductor)

5pm – Gaisburg Church, Stuttgart, Germany – LIVE
Christmas Songs by Reger and Slovenian composers Damijan Močnik and Jacobus Gallus

REGER (1873-1916): Es kommt ein Schiff geladen
DAMIJAN MOČNIK (1967): Acclamatio
REGER: Unser lieben Frauen Traum
MOČNIK: Janez, pusti konjičke [John, leave the flock]
REGER: Vom Himmel hoch
MOČNIK: Geburtsnacht
JACOBUS GALLUS (1550-1591): Mirabile mysterium
- Hodie Christus natus est
MOČNIK: Je eno Dete rojeno [A Child is born unto us]
REGER: Schlaf mein Kindelein
MOČNIK: Božična uspavanka [Christmas Lullaby]
REGER: Lobt Gott, Ihr Christen
MOČNIK: Sacra religio
REGER: In dulci jubilo
MOČNIK: Ena noč polna vesela
TRAD. (Austria): Still, still, still, weil's Kindlein schlafen will

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart
Martina Batič (director)

6pm – Church of St Francis, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Slovenian Christmas songs and organ music

ALOJZIJ MAV (1898-1977): Christmas Eve
LEOPOLD BELAR (1828-1899): Behold, the Stars of God
- All of Nature is Resting
GREGOR RIHAR (1796-1863): Approaching Midnight
ANDREJ VAVKEN (1838-1898): Dearest Saviour
STANKO PREMRL (1880-1965): Organ Prelude
HUGOLIN SATTNER (1851-1934): Sleep, Little Baby
- Holy Night
VALENTIN ŠTOLCER (1841-1910): Heavenly Strings
FRANZ XAVER GRUBER (1787-1863): Silent Night, Holy Night
PREMRL: Organ Pastorale
- Just Sleep
BREDA ŠČEK (1893-1968): We Rise up to Heaven
MIRKO RENER (1919-1993): Christmas Eve

DeKOR Chamber Choir
Petra Grassi (conductor)

7.05pm – Centrum Świętego Jana, Gdańsk, Poland – LIVE
Closing concert of the Actus Humanus Nativitas Festival

MICHAEL PRAETORIUS (c.1571-1621): Christmas Mass
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Paul McCreesh (conductor)

8.30pm – Radio Latvia Studio 1, Riga, Latvia
Excerpts from a chamber concert featuring soprano, piano, harp, saxophone/duduk and percussion

Jolanta Strikaite-Lapiņa (soprano)
Ainars Šablovskis (saxophone, duduk)
Ieva Šablovska (harp)
Raimonds Tiguls (piano)
Marta Kauliņa (percussion)

9pm: Cathedral, Merseberg, Germany
Gewandhaus organist Michael Schönheit plays the Ladegast Organ, made famous by Franz Liszt

J.S. BACH (1685-1750): Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
- Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 700
JOHANN MICHAEL BACH (1648-1694): In dulci jubilo
JOSEF SEGER (1716-1782): Toccata VIII: Pastorale and Fugue (‘Narodil se Kristus Pán')
BRAHMS (1833-1897): Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, op. 122/8
ROBERT PFRETZSCHNER (1821-1885): Variations in the Style of a Pastorale on ‘Silent Night'
JOSEPH RHEINBERGER (1839-1901): Organ Sonata No. 4 in A minor, op. 98

Michael Schönheit (organ)

10pm – BNR Studio 1, Sofia, Bulgaria
A concert of Bulgarian and Russian Orthodox pieces, and lively Bulgarian choral works based on folklore

RADI RADEV (1972): Christmas Song from Dobrudja Region
DOBRI HRISTOV (1875-1941): 4 Christmas Miniatures
YORDAN GOSHEV (1960): We Sing to Thee
ALEXANDER TEKELIEV (1942): It is Truly Meet
RACHMANINOV (1873-1943): Bogoroditse Devo [Rejoice, o Virgin], from All Night Vigil, op. 37
APOSTOL NIKOLAEV-STROUMSKI (1886-1971): Bless the Lord, O My Soul
KONSTANTIN SHVEDOV (1886-1954): Lord, Save the Faithful/Trisagion
NIKOLAI GOLOVANOV (1891-1953): I Behold a Strange and Wonderful Mystery, op. 36/6
GEORGI MINCHEV (1939): The Lord's Prayer
STEFAN DRAGOSTINOV (1948): Holy Mother
ALEXANDER TANEV (1928-1996): Yove, Little Maiden
ZDRAVKO MANOLOV (1925-1983): Beating the Drum
NIKOLAY DIMITROV (1987): Beautiful Girl
STEFAN MUTAFCHIEV (1942-1997): Sitting Down is Djore
RADI RADEV (1972): Christmas Carol
DMITRY BORTNIANSKY (1751-1825): Many Years to You, O Master

BNR Mixed Choir
Lyubomira Alexandrova (conductor)

Andrew McGregor is our guide for part two of Christmas Around Europe.

A day of concerts from around Europe to celebrate Christmas

Part 2 of the EBU's day of Christmas concerts from Malmö, Stuttgart, Ljubljana, Gdańsk, Riga, Merseberg and Sofia. Presented by Andrew McGregor.

4pm – ST PETER'S CHURCH, MALMÖ – LIVE
Music from the Swedish folk tradition

TRAD. (Sweden) arr. A. Einarsson: Prepare the way for the Lord
FRANZ BIEBL (1906-2001): Ave Maria
PAUL MEALOR (1975): A Spotless Rose
JOHN GARDNER (1917-2011): Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
KARIN REHNQVIST (1957): Var inte rädd för mörkret [Do not fear the darkness]
SOFIA KARLSSON (1975) arr. U. Emanuelsson: Frid på jorden [Peace on Earth]
TRAD, (Germany) arr. S. Wawer: O du stille Zeit
ANDREJ MAKOR (1987): O Lux beata Trinitas
BOB CHILCOTT (1955): Advent Candle
MARTIN ÅSANDER (1987): Ljuset lyser i mörkret [The light shines in the darkness]
ERIKS EŠENVALDS (1977): O salutaris Hostia
REGER (1873-1916): Mary's Lullaby
GUSTAF LAZARUS NORDQVIST (1886-1949): Yule, Radiant Yule
EMMY KÖHLER (1858-1925) arr. L. Pourkarim: Nu tändas en stund på jorden [A moment on Earth is lit]

5pm – GAISBURG CHURCH, STUTTGART, GERMANY – LIVE
Christmas Songs by Reger and Slovenians Damijan Močnik and Jacobus Gallus

REGER (1873-1916): Es kommt ein Schiff geladen
DAMIJAN MOČNIK (1967): Acclamatio
REGER: Unser lieben Frauen Traum
MOČNIK: Janez, pusti konjičke [John leave the flock]
REGER: Vom Himmel hoch
MOČNIK: Geburtsnacht
JACOBUS GALLUS (1550-1591): Mirabile mysterium
- Hodie Christus natus est
MOČNIK: Je eno Dete rojeno [A Child is born]
REGER: Schlaf mein Kindelein
MOČNIK: Božična uspavanka [Christmas Lullaby]
MOČNIK: Sacra religio
SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart
Martina Batič (director)

LEOPOLD BELAR (1828-1899): All of Nature is Resting
HUGOLIN SATTNER (1851-1934): Holy Night
BELAR: Behold, the Stars of God
VALENTIN ŠTOLCER (1841-1910): Heavenly Strings
STANKO PREMRL (1880-1965): Organ Pastorale in F
GREGOR RIHAR (1796-1863): Approaching Midnight
AVGUST CERER (1908-1980): Sleep, Little Baby
SATTNER: Blessed Night
PREMRL: Just Sleep
UBALD VRABEC (1905-1992): It was Night
MIRKO RENER (1919-1993): Christmas Eve
PREMRL: Organ Prelude from Christmas Suite
FRANZ XAVER GRUBER (1787-1863): Silent Night, Holy Night

DEKOR Chamber Choir
Petra Grassi (conductor)
Photo of DEKOR in St Francis Church (c) Hugo Šekoranja

7.05pm – CENTRUM ŚWIĘTEGO JANA, GDAŃSK, POLAND – LIVE
Closing concert of the Actus Humanus Nativitas Festival

8.30pm – RADIO LATVIA STUDIO 1, RIGA, LATVIA

BRITTEN (1913-1976) - Interlude from A Ceremony of Carols, op. 28
TRAD. (France) arr. J. Jančevskis: Veni Veni Emmanuel
TRAD. (England) arr. Jančevskis: God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
PRAETORIUS: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
TRAD. (France) arr. Jančevskis: La Marche des rois

9pm – CATHEDRAL, MERSEBERG, GERMANY
Gewandhaus organist Michael Schönheit plays the Ladegast Organ, made famous by Franz Liszt

J.S. BACH (1685-1750): Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 547
- Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
- Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 700
J.M. BACH (1648-1694): In dulci jubilo
JOSEF SEGER (1716-1782): Toccata VIII: Pastorale and Fugue (‘Narodil se Kristus Pán')
BRAHMS (1833-1897): Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, op. 122/8
CHRISTIAN ROBERT PFRETZSCHNER (1821-1885): Variations in the Style of a Pastorale on ‘Silent Night'
RHEINBERGER (1839-1901): Organ Sonata No. 4 in A minor, op. 98

10pm – BNR STUDIO 1, SOFIA, BULGARIA
Bulgarian and Russian Orthodox pieces, and lively Bulgarian works based on folklore

DOBRI HRISTOV (1875-1941): Troparion of the Nativity of Christ
KIRIL POPOV (1955): Rejoice, O Virgin
IOANNIS KOUKOUZELIS (fl. 1300-50): Terirem from the Polyeleos of the Bulgarian Woman
YORDAN GOSHEV (1960): We Sing to Thee
APOSTOL NIKOLAEV-STROUMSKI (1886-1971): Bless the Lord, O My Soul
KONSTANTIN SHVEDOV (1886-1954): O Lord, Bless Thine Inheritance
ALEXANDER TEKELIEV (1942): It is Truly Meet
HRISTOV: Praise the Name of the Lord
DMITRY BORTNIANSKY (1751-1825): Glory to God in the Highest
HRISTOV: The Lord is Born, O Christmas
STEFAN DRAGOSTINOV (1948): The Lord's Mother
TRAD. (Bulgaria): Why did you raise me, my mother
- You, Beautiful Girl
NIKOLAY STOYKOV (1936): Christmas Impressions
ALEXANDER TANEV (1928-1996): Yove, Little Girl
BORTNIANSKY: The Many Years Prayer / Grant, O Lord, Many Years

11pm: RADIO LATVIA STUDIO 1, RIGA, LATVIA

LŪSĒNS: Prayer
LATVIAN: Hurry, little mouse
TIGULS: Little Star
TRAD. Mitt hjerte alltid vanker

Andrew McGregor is our guide for part 2 of Christmas Around Europe

5pm – GAISBURG CHURCH, STUTTGART, GERMANY – LIVE
Christmas Songs by Reger and Slovenians Damijan MoĀ?nik and Jacobus Gallus

REGER (1873-1916): Es kommt ein Schiff geladen
DAMIJAN MOČNIK (1967): Acclamatio
REGER: Unser lieben Frauen Traum
MOČNIK: Janez, pusti konjiĀ?ke [John leave the flock]
REGER: Vom Himmel hoch
MOČNIK: Geburtsnacht
JACOBUS GALLUS (1550-1591): Mirabile mysterium
- Hodie Christus natus est
MOČNIK: Je eno Dete rojeno [A Child is born]
REGER: Schlaf mein Kindelein
MOČNIK: BožiĀ?na uspavanka [Christmas Lullaby]
MOČNIK: Sacra religio
SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart
Martina BatiĀ? (director)

BRITTEN (1913-1976) - Interlude from A Ceremony of Carols, op. 28
TRAD. (France) arr. J. JanĀ?evskis: Veni Veni Emmanuel
TRAD. (England) arr. JanĀ?evskis: God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
PRAETORIUS: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
TRAD. (France) arr. JanĀ?evskis: La Marche des rois

Munich, Prague, Montreal, Reykjavik, Lisbon, Graz And Copenhagen20181216Andrew McGregor is our guide for the annual day of Christmas concerts from around Europe. Including concerts from Munich, Prague, Montreal, Reykjavik, Lisbon, Graz and Copenhagen

4pm - LIVE from Studio 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): From 'Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248'; Cantatas 1, 2, 3 & 6
Christina Landshamer, soprano
Ulrike Malotta, mezzo-soprano
Julian Prégardien, tenor
Andreas Wolf, bass-baritone
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Howard Arman, conductor

6pm - LIVE from Great Hall, New Town Hall, Prague
Jirí Ignác Linek (1725-1791): Pastorella in D
Jiri Antonin Benda (1709-1786): Grave in E minor
František Xaver Brixi (1732-1771): Sinfonia in F
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Violin Concerto in G, Hob. VIIa:4
Linek: Symphonia pastoralis
Ivan Ženatý, violin
Ensemble 18+

7pm - From La Visitation-du-Sault-au-Récollet Church, Montreal
Michel Corrette (1709-1795): Noel Symphony No. 2 in D
Traditional (France): Entre le boeuf et l'âne gris
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (ca 1645-1704): Noëls sur les instruments, H. 534
Traditional (France): Noël nouvelet
Charpentier: La Nuit, from oratorio 'Dialogus inter angelos et pastores Judeae' H. 420
Charpentier: Excerpts from 'Noëls pour les instruments, H. 531'
Traditional (France): Berger, secoue ton sommeil profound
Corrette: Noel Symphony No. 4 in D minor
Traditional (France): Quelle est cette odeur agreeable
Michel-Richard Delalande (1657-1726): Noëls en trio
Delalande: Symphonie des Noëls, S. 130
Traditional (France): Il est né le divin Enfant, Peuple fidèle, Les Anges dans nos campagnes
Hugo Laporte, baritone
Michel Angers, theorbo, archlute
Clavecin en Concert Ensemble
Luc Beauséjour, conductor

8pm - From Salurinn Concert Hall, Kópavogur
Traditional (Iceland): Hátíð fer að höndum ein
Anthony Holborne (ca 1545-1602): Heigh ho Holiday
François Couperin (1668-1733): Le Dodo ou L'amour au Berceau
Steinunn Arnbjörg Stefánsdóttir (1981): Umkringis mig
William S. Turner (19th cent.): New Prospect
Traditional (English): Drive the Cold Winter Away, from 'Playford's English Dancing Master'
John Forbes (?-1675): When Father Adam, from John Forbes' 'Songs and Fancies'
Dietrich Buxtehude (ca 1637-1707) arr Nordic Affect: Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161
Anonymous: Sonata a 5
Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson (20th cent.): Jólakvöld
Michael Praetorius (ca 1571-1621): Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Traditional (Iceland): Gilsbakkaþula/Kátt er um jólin
Nordic Affect

9pm - LIVE from Church of the São Pedro de Alcântara Monastery, Lisbon
A live concert of 17th century Portuguese Baroque Christmas music, written mainly by the master composers of the Monastery of Santa Cruz, Coimbra.
Anonymous:
- Chacona sobre Zuguambe / A minino tam bonitio
- Olá Barqueiros
- Y le le le, y samba
- Dexad al niño que llore
- Olas, olas
- Plimo, plimo que gritá?
- Salia Flora a coger flores
- Desbiar, desbiar
- Meu menino pois sois bonitinho / Ai dina, dina, dana
O Bando de Surunyo
Hugo Sanches, vihuela/Baroque guitar/director

10pm - From Sankt Pölten Cathedral, Graz
Johann Sebastian Bach:
- Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, Cantata
- Magnificat in E flat, BWV 243a
Martina Daxböck, soprano
Barbara Zidar-Willinger, soprano
Anna Kargl, contralto
Friedolin Obersteiner, counter-tenor
Johannes Bamberger, tenor
Stefan Zenkl, bass
Neue Hofkapelle Graz
Cathedral Choir, St Pölten
Otto Kargl, conductor

11pm - From Garrison Church, Copenhagen
Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654): Puer natus in Bethlehem
Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630): Quem vidistis pastores?
Jacob Van Eyck (1589/90-1657): Puer nobis nascitur
Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013): Immanúel oss í nátt (Emmanuel to us this Night):
Bo Holten (1948): Nowell sing we
Jan Sandström (1954): Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Michala Petri (1958): Lad det klinge sødt i sky (Let the voice of praise resound):
Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629): Magnificat quinti toni
Michala Petri, recorder
Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Olof Boman, conductor

Christmas Music from around Europe presented by Andrew McGregor

A day of concerts from around Europe to celebrate Christmas

Vienna, Copenhagen, Madrid, Tartu, Helsinki And Reykjavik20191215It's the 25th anniversary of the European Broadcasting Union's special day of Christmas music from around Europe. Part 1 features live and pre-recorded concerts from Vienna, Copenhagen, Madrid, Tartu, Helsinki and Reykjavik. Presented by Fiona Talkington.

9am – HOFBURG CHAPEL, IMPERIAL PALACE, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

A concert featuring Advent and Christmas music from Lower Austria

MATTHIAS LIENER (1991): Was soll's bedeuten – Fanfare for Advent

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949): Durch Einsamkeiten, AV 124

ANTON REIDINGER (1839-1912): Es wird scho glei dumpa

ANTON HEILLER (1923-1979): Heidi pupeidi

TRAD. (Austria) arr. U.C. Harrer: Ein Kind geboren gar wunderschön

TRAD. (Germany): Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

TRAD. (Austria): Gegrüßt seist, Maria, jungfräuliche Zier

HINDEMITH (1895-1963): Erster Schnee

TRAD. (Austria): Du schöne Morgenröt

TRAD. (Austria) arr. M. Schneider: Göttliches Kind, was soll‘s bedeuten

- Hollensteiner Jodler

EDUARD EBEL (1839-1905): Leise rieselt der Schnee

IRVING BERLIN (1888-1989) arr. G. Mancusi: White Christmas

THOINOT ARBEAU (1520-1595) arr. C. Wood: Ding Dong Merrily on High

MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) arr. J.W. Tumundo: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

JOSÉ FELICIANO (1945): Feliz Navidad

ADOLPHE ADAM (1803-1856) arr. U. Theimer: Cantique de Noël

Trombone Attraction

Chorus Viennensis

Michael Schneider (conductor)

10am – BISTRUP CHURCH AT BIRKERØD, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

An English Christmas from Copenhagen

TRAD. (England) arr. D. Willcocks: The Sussex Carol

TALLIS (c.1505-1585): Gloria from 'Missa Puer natus est nobis'

ANON arr. R.L. Pearsall: In dulci jubilo

HAROLD DARKE (1888-1976): In the Bleak Midwinter

TALLIS: Sanctus-Benedictus, from 'Missa Puer natus est nobis'

BOB CHILCOTT (1955): The Shepherd's Carol

JOHN RUTTER (1945): What Sweeter Music

TALLIS: Agnus Dei, from 'Missa Puer natus est nobis'

Danish National Vocal Ensemble

Graham Ross (conductor)

11am – TEATRO MONUMENTAL, MADRID, SPAIN

Christmas polyphony, along with carols by Antonio Soler

VICTORIA (1548-1611): O magnum mysterium

PALESTRINA (c.1525-1594): O magnum mysterium

GUERRERO (1528-1599): La tierra s'está gozando

- Zagales, sin seso vengo

- Pastores loquebantur

PALESTRINA: Hodie Christus natus est

ANTONIO SOLER (1729-1783): A Belén se van corriendo

- Ya de noche y por las calles

- A Belén a ver al niño

- Por caer las navidades

RTVE Chorus

Members of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra

Lorenzo Ramos (conductor)

12pm – ST PAUL'S CHURCH, TARTU, ESTONIA – LIVE

Estonian folk hymns and melodies from the earliest Baltic manuscript hymn collection

TRAD. (Estonia): Rõõmsaks saage ristirahvas [O Rejoice Greatly, All Christians]

- Mina tahan Jehovat kiita keigest südamest [Praise the Lord]

- Mo hinge mees, mis ütlen sull' [My Dearest Man, What Shall I Say to You?]

- Nüüd Jumalale austust [Now God be Praised]

- Üks täht läks kõndma taevateed [A Star Appeared in the Sky]

- Üks laps on neitsist sündinud [A Boy is Born]

- Nüüd ole, Jeesus, kiidetud [Praise be to You, Jesus Christ]

- Aukuningas, oh Jeesus [O Jesus, King of Glory]

- See jõulupäev on rõõmust suur [Hail to the Day! So Rich in Joy]

Ensemble Triskele

1.05pm – KALLIO CHURCH, HELSINKI, FINLAND – LIVE

A live broadcast from the now traditional Helsinki venue – Kallio Church

SIBELIUS: Bell tune of Kallio Church

TRAD. (Finland): Tule meille Tuomas kulta [Come blessed Thomas]

- Christmas music for jouhikko and kantele from Feodor Pratsu's repertoire

- Jouluna Jumala syntyi

TEA POLSO (20th cent.): Improvised organ chorale performed on harmonium

TRAD. (Finland): - Yx lapsi synnyi Betlehemis

- Gaudete (Piae Cantiones)

HANDEL (1685-1759): Passacaglia, from Organ Concerto in G minor, HWV 310

- 'If God be for us', 'Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion' and 'He shall feed his flock, from Messiah HWV 56

TRAD. (Finland): Kantele Waltz, from Halsua

- On lapsi syntynyt meille, from Tiernapojat [Star Boys]

- Juottomarssi [Drinking March]

- Slumrande toner [Soft Harmonies]

Anu Komsi (soprano)

Barocco Boreale

2pm – HALLGRIM'S CHURCH, REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – LIVE

A live concert titled Lights and Sounds

TRAD. (Iceland): Hátíð fer að höndum ein

BÁRA GRÍMDÓTTIR (1960): María Drottins lilja [Marie, the Lord‘s Lily]

SIGURÐUR SÆVARSSON (1963): Magnificat

PETER PHILIPS (c.1560-1628): O beatum et sacrosanctum diem

GUNNAR ANDREAS KRISTINSSON (1976): Jólaljós [Christmas Light]

RICHARD DERING (c.1580-1630): Quam vidistis

DANÍEL BJARNASON (1979): Enn fagnar heimur [The World still rejoices]

JACOBUS GALLUS (1550-1591): Omnes de Saba

THORKELL SIGURBJÖRNSSON (1938-2013): Ljós og hljómar [Light and Sounds]

HREIÐAR INGI ÞORSTEINSSON (1978): Ég höfði lýt á jólanótt [I Bow my Head on Christmas Night]

GALLUS: Duo Seraphim

HAFLIÐI HALLGRÍMSSON (1941): Mín bernskujól [My Childhood Christmas] (premiere)

Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis

Hörður Áskelsson (conductor)

Fiona Talkington is our guide for the first part of Christmas Around Europe

A day of concerts from around Europe to celebrate Christmas

9am - Hofburg Chapel, Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria

ADOLPHE ADAM (1803-1856) arr. U. Theimer: Cantique de Noël [O Holy Night]

10am - Bistrup Church at Birkerød, Copenhagen, Denmark - LIVE

11am - Teatro Monumetal, Madrid, Spain - LIVE

12pm – St Paul's Church, Tartu, Estonia - LIVE

- Üks laps on neitsist sündinud [A Boy is Born in Bethlehem]

1.05pm – Kallio Church, Helsinki, Finland - LIVE

HANDEL (1685-1759): Passacaille, from Trio Sonata in G, HWV 399, op. 5/4

- 'If God be for us' and 'Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion', from Messiah HWV. 56

- On lapsi syntynyt meille. from Tiernapojat [Star Boys], an old Finnish Christmas pageant

- Slumrande toner [Sofr Harmonies]

2pm – Hallgrim's Church, Reykjavik, Iceland - LIVE

A live concert titled Lights and Sounds.

BÀ?RA GRÀ?MDÓTTIR (1960): María Drottins lilja [Marie, the Lord‘s Lily]

SIGURÀ?UR SÆVARSSON (1963): Magnificat

DANÀ?EL BJARNASON (1979): Enn fagnar heimur [The World still rejoices]

HREIÀ?AR INGI ÞORSTEINSSON (1978): Ég höfði lýt á jólanótt [I Bow my Head on Christmas Night]

HAFLIÀ?I HALLGRÀ?MSSON (1941): Mín bernskujól [My Childhood Christmas] (premiere)

Hörður À?skelsson (conductor)