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A Christmas History

Sacred Music at Christmas Episode 1 of 2

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, and the work of popular Christmas composer, John Rutter. Music is performed by Harry Christophers and his choir, The Sixteen.

1 hour

Last on

Christmas Day 2011 03:05


Role Contributor
PresenterSimon Russell Beale
ProducerAndy King-Dabbs
DirectorAndy King-Dabbs
Series ProducerHelen Mansfield
ComposerJohn Rutter
ChoirThe Sixteen
ConductorHarry Christophers