Winter In England

Today on Radio Riel, join us for a pro­gramme of light clas­si­cal music and pieces from Eng­lish com­posers — and as we approach the hol­i­days, the occa­sion­al sea­son­al item. Lis­ten out in par­tic­u­lar for Vic­tor Hely-Hutchin­son’s Car­ol Sym­pho­ny, the com­poser’s best-known work, appro­pri­ate see­ing as he was born on Box­ing Day. Mar­vel­lous!

Chris­t­ian Vic­tor Hely-Hutchin­son (26 Decem­ber 1901 – 11 March 1947) was a British com­pos­er, born in Cape Town. The third move­ment of the Car­ol Sym­pho­ny was used for the title music of the 1943 Chil­dren’s Hour and 1984 BBC chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion adap­ta­tion of John Mase­field­’s The Box of Delights, in par­tic­u­lar the vari­a­tion on the theme of The First Now­ell. He is also well known for his set­tings of var­i­ous nurs­ery rhymes and chil­dren’s poems. His set­ting of Old Moth­er Hub­bard is com­posed in the man­ner of Han­del. His song set­ting of Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussy­cat was notably record­ed by Elton Hayes and fea­tured on the BBC’s Chil­dren’s Favourites radio show.

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ZBS Radio Hour

Then join us at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic for the lat­est install­ment of your spe­cial hour-long episodes of Moon Over Moroc­co, from ZBS. The ZBS Radio Hour will be tak­ing a short break after this episode, and will be back on Sat­ur­day Jan­u­ary 4.

The image is of a win­ter land­scape at Offley, by Richard Thomas

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