’Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Victorian Entertainment

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 24 December, 2014

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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