(I’m Dreaming of a) Light Christmas

Today on Radio Riel we present a fes­ti­val of light orches­tral pieces that stretch from Sir Arthur Sul­li­van to the late 20th Cen­tu­ry.

The pro­gramme includes some won­der­ful orig­i­nal sea­son­al offer­ings from the likes of Philip Lane, Alan Sil­vestri and Leroy Ander­son as well as arrange­ments (some­times quite extrav­a­gant) of well-known sea­son­al themes. There are some famil­iar full-on clas­si­cal Christ­mas items too.

xmasThen at 8am and 4pm Pacif­ic (16:00 and 24:00 GMT) we present a gor­geous two-hour com­pi­la­tion of sea­son­al clas­si­cal music assem­bled by John Whit­ing of KPFA (the audio genius behind The Black Mass). Learn more about it here. John says:

When I joined the staff of the UC Berke­ley Music Library in 1958, I was asked to put togeth­er a selec­tion of appro­pri­ate music for the Uni­ver­si­ty Library’s Christ­mas par­ty. For a cou­ple of delight­ful weeks I spent my spare time going through var­i­ous record col­lec­tions, includ­ing my own, and mak­ing a selec­tion of Christ­mas music, ancient and mod­ern, that avoid­ed the usu­al war-hors­es. (Bing Crosby’s lugubri­ous ren­di­tion of Silent Night was con­spic­u­ous by its absence.) The tapes were played every sub­se­quent Christ­mas.

 Four years lat­er at KPFA I put them up as mis­cel­lany to fill the odd gaps in the broad­cast sched­ule dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son. In 1966 I brought the mas­ters with me to Lon­don, where, as sound tech­nol­o­gy evolved, I trans­ferred them suc­ces­sive­ly to com­pact cas­sette, then to mini­disk, then to CD and ulti­mate­ly into mp3.

The ZBS Radio Hour

And join us at 19:00 and 03:00 GMT — that’s 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic — for the lat­est award-win­ning radio dra­ma in the ZBS Radio Hour. We start with Part 1 of a new series: Mid­night at the Casa Luna, star­ring Jack Flan­ders, and fol­low that up with the lat­est install­ment of our Steam­punk satire, Lady Win­der­mere’s Brass Fantab­u­lous.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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