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Christmas on lyric fm

Sunday December 22nd

Aedín Gormley's Sunday Matinée

Aedin Gormley's Sunday Matinée (12pm)
Aedín Gormley's featured artist this afternoon is composer and conductor John Rutter who is chiefly known for his choral compositions and recordings.

Monday December 23rd

The Blue of the Night with Carl Corcoran

The Blue of the Night (10pm)
This week 'The Blue of the Night' features the Scholars as their celebratory 40th anniversary year draws to a close.

Tuesday December 24th

Marty in the Morning

Marty in the Morning (7am)
Cliff Richard and the Celtic Tenors bring us their favourite Christmas tunes and season's greetings on Marty in the Morning this Christmas Eve.

The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott (8pm)
Join Paul Herriott as he presents a work which is a 'must' at Christmas - Bach's Christmas Oratorio performed by the RIAS Chamber Chorus.

Wednesday December 25th - Christmas Day

The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott

Gloria (8am)
Tim Thurston introduces 1000 years of music in celebration of the Feast of the Nativity with Christmas music from Gregorian chant to contemporary carols.

The Rose Ensemble (6pm)
Acclaimed early music specialists The Rose Ensemble are back again for another one hour special this Christmas Day featuring festive and evocative music from early Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, and beyond.

The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott (8pm)
Join Paul Herriott for the perfect accompaniment to Christmas night, Handel's Messiah featuring The Sixteen.

Thursday December 26th

Classical Kids

The Rescue (8am)
'The Rescue' is an original radio drama for children with music performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and conducted by David Brophy. It is a story of danger and adventure for children commissioned by RTÉ lyric fm in 2007.

Classical kids (9am)
Ian McGlynn introduces the enchanting tale of The Sorcerer's Apprentice with music by Paul Dukas on this morning's show plus part two of The Snowman.

Niall Carroll's Classical Daytime (10am)
Today's Coffee Concert comes from the National Concert Hall featuring William Butt on cello.

Belfast Songlines (3pm)
Stuart Bailie is a natural storyteller, whose encyclopaedic knowledge of the musical history of his home town offers a unique vantage on Belfast. Belfast Songlines captures the experience of exploring with Bailie the often-hidden stories of the city's music. No musician has done more than Van Morrison to read into the record the names of Belfast spaces and the feelings that they create. We explore the East Belfast in which both Bailie and Morrison grew up, including the strange mysteries of Cypress Avenue, on which Morrison had a mystical experience, and CS Lewis - coincidently - dreamed up Narnia. A Soundsdoable Production for RTE Lyricfm.

Sounds Alive (6pm)
Recorded live at the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland on Culture Night this year, Sounds Alive is a very special evening with the National Folklore Collection of Ireland, which boasts over 10,000 hours of Irish stories, songs & memories. Presented by Julien Clancy, listeners will hear how these recordings were captured, recorded & restored with special guests Anna Bale, Harry Bradshaw & Seamus O'Cathain. A Julien Clancy production for RTE Lyric fm.

Saturday December 28th

Movies and Musicals

Movies and Musicals (1pm)
Aedin Gormley plays suites from Korngold's swashbuckling score for Robin Hood, Steiner's nostalgic music for Casablanca and Waxman's brooding score for A Place in the Sun.

Opera Night (7pm)
Puccini's Tosca is tonight's feature on Opera Night from the Metropolitan Opera.

Monday December 30th

The Rolling Wave

The Rolling Wave (7pm)
In a special Rolling Wave, we replay 'The Poet and the Piper' a tribute programme to Seamus Heaney recorded in 1999. The programme features his own readings and uilleann pipe and tin whistle music from Liam Ó Floinn recorded at the Barbican Centre, London in April 1999.

The Blue of the Night with Eamonn Lenihan (10pm)
This week Milt Jackson, who recorded under the name of his group the Milt Jackson Quartet, is the focus of The Blue of the Night.

Wednesday January 1st

Liz Nolan's Classic Drive

New Year Gala Celebration (6:30pm)
Join Liz Nolan at the National Concert Hall and greet the New Year in style with Viennese elegance and glamour. Get tipsy with sensational Cork soprano Cara O'Sullivan in Offenbach's 'Ah! Quel diner je viens de faire', be seduced by the dreamy 'Im chambre séparée', swoon to Lehár's 'Vilja' and waltz off together to Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. And in between, just sit back and relish the thrills, spills and romance of polkas, marches and waltzes by the Strauss family. An unforgettable start to 2014 is guaranteed.

Thursday January 2nd

The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott

The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott (8pm)
Join Paul Herriott for tonight's instalment of the best concerts from the world's concert halls this New Year. In tonight's concert we travel to the Musikverein in Vienna.

Friday January 3rd

Niall Carroll's Classical Daytime

Niall Carroll's Classical Daytime (10am)
Today's Coffee Concert comes from the National Concert Hall featuring Niall O'Sullivan on trumpet.

Beethoven Close Up - The Lyric Feature (7pm)
In "Beethoven Close Up" audiences hear Charles Hazelwood's unique insights into and interpretations of Symphonies No. 1, 5, 6 and 7. Last September in the National Concert Hall, the BBC broadcaster accompanied by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, previewed Beethoven symphonic highlights from the current NCH International Concert Series and the RTÉ NSO's season.

The Friday Concert with Paul Herriott (8pm)
Tonight the RTÉ NSO bring us Beethoven's mighty and majestic Third Symphony announced the dawn of Romanticism and put 19th-century audiences through the emotional wringer. Its potency and power remains undiminished in a journey of compelling energy and excitement.

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