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The BBC Singers peform Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales. Plus the BBC SSO in Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht.

begins with Dylan Thomas's prose poem homage to the Christmases of his childhood, illustrated with seasonal music for choir performed by the BBC Singers. Then the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in concert from Edinburgh's Usher Hall with a performance of Strauss Ein Heldenleben, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican performing Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht in its arrangement for string orchestra.

2pm
Dylan Thomas: A Child's Christmas in Wales
Richard Harrington (narrator)
BBC Singers
Onyx Brass
David Hill (conductor)

c.3pm
Strauss Ein Heldenleben
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles (conductor)

c.3.45pm
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht Op.4 arr. for string orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • A Child's Christmas in Wales

    • Gustav Holst

      In the Bleak Midwinter

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Trad.

      Oer yw’r gŵr sy’n methu caru (Deck the Halls)

      Music Arranger: Andrew Parrott. Music Arranger: Hugh Keyte. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Charles Williams

      The Devil's Galop (Dick Barton Theme)

      Ensemble: Onyx Brass.
    • James Lord Pierpont

      Jingle Bells

      Music Arranger: Ralph Allwood. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Hugh Martin

      Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

      Composer: Ralph Blane. Music Arranger: Richard Allain. Ensemble: Onyx Brass. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Mykola Leontovych

      Ukrainian Bell Carol

      Music Arranger: Peter J. Wilhousky. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Ben Parry

      Christmas cards

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Andrew Carter

      Twelve days of Christmas

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Mel Tormé

      Christmas Song: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

      Composer: Robert Wells. Music Arranger: Luther Henderson. Ensemble: Onyx Brass.
    • Trad.

      Holl amrantau'r sêr ddywedant (All through the night)

      Performer: Helen Neeves. Singer: Rebecca Lodge. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Trad.

      I Saw Three Ships

      Music Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Wassail (from 5 folk song arrangements)

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Trad.

      Good King Wenceslas

      Music Arranger: John Stainer. Ensemble: Onyx Brass. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill. Choir: Saffron Hall audience.
    • Trad.

      Suo Gân

      Music Arranger: George Guest. Singer: Helen Neeves. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
  • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    • Richard Strauss

      Ein Heldenleben Op.40

      Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.

      Recorded 08 August 2015 at Usher Hall, Edinburgh

  • BBC Symphony Orchestra

    • Arnold Schoenberg

      Verklarte Nacht Op.4

      Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Sakari Oramo.

      Recorded 21 October 2015 at the Barbican Hall, London

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    • William Walton

      Crown imperial - coronation march for orchestra (ed. Vilem Tausky)

      Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Keith Lockhart.

      Recorded 14 April 2015 at Dreyfoos Hall, West Palm Beach, Florida

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude from Cello suite no. 1 in G major BWV.1007 arr. for viola

    Performer: Lise Berthaud.

    BBC recording

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Singers
Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra

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