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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 15:30 UK time, Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Hello there, 
Behold, your quick and easy guide to two weeks of music related festive highlights. Coming up in the next fortnight, cardigans, carols, concerts and clog dancing.
Enjoy;


Andy Williams



Thursday 23 December - BBC Four

2000 - 2030: The Andy Williams Christmas Show
The best moments from a number of snowy Christmases between 1962 and 1974 for Andy Williams' annual yuletide songfest. With guest appearances from the Osmond Brothers and the Williams Family.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00phmjh

 



Christmas Eve - Friday 24 December - BBC Two

1445 - 1745: Mozart's Don Giovanni from Glyndebourne
Jonathan Kent's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni from the 2010 Glyndebourne Festival stars baritone Gerald Finley as the charismatic but amoral seducer, Anna Samuil as Donna Anna and Kate Royal as Donna Elvira. The production takes its inspiration from Fellini and the Italian cinema of the late 50s and early 60s, creating a world where old certainties are questioned.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wylql


1845 - 2000: Carols From King's
A solo chorister singing Once in Royal David's City begins this traditional celebration of Christmas from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge. The story of the Nativity is told in the familiar words of the King James Bible together with Christmas poems by Kevin Crossley-Holland, WH Auden and Charles Causley. The famous Chapel choir, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, sings carols old and new.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wylqn




Christmas Eve - Friday 24 December - BBC Four

1900 - 2000: Shanties & Sea Songs with Gareth Malone
Repeated: BBC Four - Monday 2505
Gareth Malone travels Britain's coast to explore our hidden history of shanties and sea songs. In Portsmouth he meets a devoted shanty singer, before continuing on to Tyneside and the Yorkshire coast, where the Filey Fisherman's Choir are determined to keep the tradition alive. He gets an insight into the songs of the Herring Girls in Gardenstown, Scotland, while in Whitby he meets Kimber's Men.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s97c0


2000 - 2100: Sacred Music - A Christmas History
Repeated: BBC Four - Christmas Day 2555
Simon Russell Beale takes a journey through Italy, Britain, Germany and Austria as he explores how the sound of Christmas has evolved in response to changing ideas about the Nativity. His story takes us through two millennia of music, from a fragment of papyrus preserving the earliest known piece of Christian music to the stories behind Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night and In the Bleak Midwinter.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wvdcj


2100 - 2130: Sacred Music - A Choral Christmas
Repeated: BBC Four - Christmas Day 2655
Simon Russell Beale introduces a programme of choral music for Christmas from across the centuries, featuring full performances of some of the works featured in the accompanying documentary.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00x21sc


2130 - 2230: Soul Noel - Gospel & Soul Stars Singing Christmas
Repeated: BBC Four - Christmas Day 2455
Gospel and soul-tinged Christmas concert featuring UK soul diva Beverley Knight, jazz/blues/soul singer Carleen Anderson, Lagos-born jazz/soul singer Ola Onabule, the Southern blues-singing Golden Gate Quartet, saxophonist Soweto Kinch performing Away in a Manger, and MD Ken Burton leading a stellar choir featuring a range of other top vocalists, backed by a sizzling soul band.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wvcs3

Val Doonican



2330 - 2420: Cardigans at Christmas
Repeated: BBC Four - Boxing Day 2710

A feast of old chestnuts from the glory days of Christmases past with this look at the rise and demise of the Christmas light-entertainment spectacular. From Christmas Night with the Stars to Val Doonican and Christmas Snowtime special, the programme revisits a world of snow made from soapflakes, chorus lines sweating in winter woolies and recycled sleighs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0077dwr


2420 - 2520: Legends - Matt Munro - The Man With The Golden Voice
Neil Pearson narrates a documentary telling the story of Matt Monro, the young Londoner born Terry Parsons who became one of the world's most popular ballad singers. Contributors include Paul Gambaccini, Don Black, George Martin, John Barry and Monro's family.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074rs3




Christmas Day - Saturday 25 December - BBC One
1400 - 1500: Top Of The Pops Christmas 2010
The show returns for Christmas Day, sprinkling the best music over the merry season with a special one-hour show. Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates and filmed at BBC Television Centre, this yuletide treat, which has been a festive fixture on BBC One's Christmas Day for decades, features exclusive performances from some of the year's biggest artists, and will reveal the Christmas number one.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wyhsx




Christmas Day - Saturday 25 December - BBC Two
1800 - 1900: Carols for Christmas Day - From Winchester Cathedral
A feast of Christmas carols by candlelight from the Choir of Winchester Cathedral. Also performances featuring mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins and bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu, with readings from Amanda Burton and Joe McGann, who tell the story of the Nativity in the words of the King James Bible. Carols and music include O Come All Ye Faithful, and For Unto Us A Child Is Born.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wyltt

 


2120 - 2245: Swingin' Christmas
Michael Parkinson presents the sensational John Wilson Orchestra in a celebration of festive musical treats from the golden age of Swing with soloists Seth MacFarlane, Anna-Jane Casey and special guest Curtis Stigers. The Christmas classics include Winter Wonderland, Baby It's Cold Outside, Let It Snow and White Christmas.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wyltw

 

 

Christmas Day - Saturday 25 December - BBC Four
1900 - 2000: The Best of European Opera
Operatic highlights from around Europe in 2010, including the Royal Opera's Simon Boccanegra with Placido Domingo, Jose van Dam's farewell performance as Don Quixote from La Monnaie in Brussels, and soprano Diana Damrau singing Mozart in Barcelona. There is also a glimpse of the new opera house in Oslo, Birmingham Opera's Othello and Moses and Aaron' from Germany.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wyq33

Bob Geldof


Boxing Day - Sunday 26 December - BBC Two
2245 - 2415: Live Aid - Rockin' All Over The World
Documentary telling the story of the day that music rocked the world. Bob Geldof recalls how after 12 weeks of manic preparation, the big day finally arrived. 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0078x3p

 

 


Wednesday 29 December - BBC Two
2000 - 2100: Les Mis at 25 - Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream
This documentary tells the story of a musical that many thought would fail but which become a worldwide phenomenon with unforgettable songs like I Dreamed A Dream. We follow Matt Lucas as he prepares for the performance of a lifetime, we hear from those involved with the show's creation including Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Ball, and of course we enjoy wonderful moments from the show itself.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wyn0c




Thursday 30 December - BBC Four

2405 - 2530: Lennon Naked
Christopher Eccleston is John Lennon in a drama which charts his transition from Beatle John to enduring and enigmatic icon. 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sv451

 

 

The Beverley Sisters

 


New Year's Eve - Friday 31 December - BBC Two
1205 - 1305: Legends - The Beverley Sisters - Ticked Pink
Profile of singing trio The Beverley Sisters, charting their rise from their humble beginnings in London's East End to the huge stars they became in the 1950s, at the forefront of the television revolution. 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hw49n


2300 - 2515: Jools' Annual Hootenanny
Joining Jools, a host of stars from all walks of British life plus the odd polar bear, a variety of star guest singers sitting in with Jools' Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and some of the star turns of 2010.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wvjdq

 

Wham


2515 - 2615: TOTP2 - 80s Special
Mark Radcliffe presents a look back at some of the most memorable Top of the Pops performances from the 80s including Adam Ant, Kylie and Jason, Culture Club, Bucks Fizz, Yazz, Duran Duran and Wham!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sfz04

 

 

New Year's Eve - Friday 31 December - BBC Four
1900 - 2115: Rigoletto From Mantua
Another chance to see this film version of Verdi's tragic opera, starring Placido Domingo as hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto, with soprano Julia Novikova taking the role of his daughter, the beautiful Gilda. The performance was originally broadcast live from locations around the historic Italian city of Mantua that provided the original setting for the opera.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ts068

 


2115 - 2215: Rick Stein's Taste of Italian Opera
Repeated: BBC Four - Tuesday 2335
Chef Rick Stein takes a light-hearted look at the role that food played in the creation of Italian opera and shows how music and food are intrinsically linked in Italy. He draws parallels between cooking and composing, noting how both involve the skilful combination of ingredients and how they share the common purpose of bringing pleasure to many. Rick also explains why he thinks the music of Verdi, Rossini and Puccini are linked to the food of the regions where they lived and worked.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sm1g0


2215 - 2340: Swingin' Christmas
Michael Parkinson presents the sensational John Wilson Orchestra in a celebration of festive musical treats from the golden age of Swing with soloists Seth MacFarlane, Anna-Jane Casey and special guest Curtis Stigers. The Christmas classics include Winter Wonderland, Baby It's Cold Outside, Let It Snow and White Christmas.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wyltw


2340 - 2510: The Swing Thing
Documentary telling the story of swing, an obscure form of jazz that became the first worldwide pop phenomenon, inspired the first ever youth culture revolution and became a byword for sexual liberation and teenage excess well before the Swinging Sixties.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00g3694




New Year's Day - Saturday 1 January - BBC Four
1900 - 2100: New Year's Day Concert 2011
Live from the Musikverein in Vienna, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs their annual celebratory concert of waltzes, polkas and marches, conducted for only the second time in his long distinguished career by Georges Prêtre. To accompany some of the works by the Strauss family and other masters of popular Viennese music, there are performances by the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper Ballet.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00phmv9


2455 - 2555: Come Clog Dancing - Treasures Of English Folk Dance
For conductor and musician Charles Hazlewood, clog dance has become an obsession and he plans to put it firmly back on the map by staging a mass flashmob clog dance. Helped by a team of local enthusiasts led by expert clog dancer Laura Connolly, Charles recruits and trains 140 men and women from across the north east, and one sunny Saturday in a busy square in central Newcastle they ambush the public with a six-minute performance.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wmy5q

 

2555 - 2655: Still Folk Dancing After All These Years
Young Northumbrian folk-singing siblings Rachel and Becky Unthank take a journey around England from spring to autumn 2010 to experience its living folk dance traditions in action. They lead us through the back gardens and narrow streets of towns and villages from Newcastle to Penzance to discover the most surprising of dances, ceremonies, rituals and festivities that mark the turning of the seasons and the passing of the year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wgrtr




Sunday 2 January - BBC Four
1900 - 2000: The Best Of European Opera
Operatic highlights from around Europe in 2010, including the Royal Opera's Simon Boccanegra with Placido Domingo, Jose van Dam's farewell performance as Don Quixote from La Monnaie in Brussels, and soprano Diana Damrau singing Mozart in Barcelona. There is also a glimpse of the new opera house in Oslo, Birmingham Opera's Othello and Moses and Aaron' from Germany.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wyq33


2000 - 2100: The Vera Lynn Story
Sir David Frost interviews Dame Vera at her home in Sussex and hears about her extraordinary career. She talks revealingly about her childhood in London's East Ham; her days singing with the big bands of the 30s; her role as WW2's Forces Sweetheart and her successful post-war career.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tkxpx



 

Next year; Mozart, Chopin and Tom Petty.
Take care of yourselves
Rory

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