A Musical Nativity With John Rutter

Sunday 25 December

2.10pm-3.10pm

BBC TWO

This festive programme is a special re-telling of the Christmas story through music. John Rutter, whose immensely popular carols bring pleasure to millions around the world, has curated and conducts the music for this programme. It features some of his most popular music alongside other Christmas favourites close to his heart.

Recorded at Dorchester Abbey, the music includes new arrangements specially written for the programme and the first broadcast of Rutter's most recent carol, The Colours of Christmas, performed by the Children's International Voices of Enfield, of which he is patron.

In conversation with presenter Katie Derham, Rutter reflects on some of the stories surrounding his work, such as the Picasso painting which inspired his ever-popular Shepherd's Pipe Carol, written when he was a teenager. Gerald Finley and Elin Manahan Thomas are the soloists, with the Aurora Orchestra and John Rutter's own choir, the Cambridge Singers.

Extracts from the nativity story in the King James translation are read by Simon Russell Beale.

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