’Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Victorian Entertainment

Today we present a pro­gramme of Vic­to­ri­an Christ­mas music rang­ing from car­ols played on hand-bells, musi­cal box­es and pipe organs to famil­iar choral and con­cert works of the peri­od. Sea­son’s greet­ings to our lis­ten­ers and spon­sors from all of us at Radio Riel! Thank you for your sup­port through­out the year.

A (Cale­don) Christ­mas Car­ol
And don’t for­get to tune in for our spe­cial broad­cast of The Radio Riel Play­ers’ full-cast record­ing of A (Cale­don) Christ­mas Car­ol — in which res­i­dents of the Steam­lands come togeth­er to add a Cale­don slant to a tra­di­tion­al sea­son­al tale, which we are broad­cast­ing in mem­o­ry of our friend Mr Alas­tair Why­brow. You can hear the broad­cast on our Main Stream at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic / 19:00 and 03:00 GMT. All three parts will be broad­cast back-to-back, with a total run­ning time of about an hour and a half. For more details, click here.

The image shown here is what is gen­er­al­ly regard­ed as the first Christ­mas card, pro­duced for Mr Hen­ry Cole in 1843 by John Halsey of Torquay, in south-west Eng­land. Mr Cole had appar­ent­ly left him­self with­out enough time to write a per­son­al sea­son­al greet­ing to his friends and rela­tions and as a result com­mis­sioned the card. As was often the case at the time, there is a moral to the art: the cen­tre pan­el shows the well-to-do cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas while on either side we see the poor being fed and clothed, remind­ing recip­i­ents that the sea­son was one in which, in the depths of win­ter, the less-well-off should be remem­bered par­tic­u­lar­ly.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er .

This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here:

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