Classical Kids on RTÉjr Radio

Classical Kids on RTÉjr Radio

Sunday at 10am, repeated Saturday at 7am

Classical Kids Sunday 15 September 2013

Classical Kids Christmas Eve Requests

Santa Claus is coming to town and so is Classical Kids for a very special live Christmas Eve Request Programme! Join us on December 24th for lots of jolly Christmas music and carols, including the story of The Snowman and The Night Before Christmas. 

We would also love to hear from boys and girls around Ireland, especially anyone waiting on Santa! Just record or video your own special greeting or request, and email it to classicalkids@rte.ieThen join Ian McGlynn live on Christmas Eve for the first ever Classical Kids Request Programme! Have a listen to Evie Jackson aged 5 from Limerick: 

Tips for recording your greeting:

  • Before you record, decide what you're going to say! Are you going to wish someone special a 'Happy Christmas'? Maybe you could sing part of your favourite carol, or send a message to Santa reminding him where to leave your presents! Or maybe just let us know what you look forward to most at Christmas. 

  • Make sure to start by saying your name, and where you're you calling from.

  • Don't worry if you make a small mistake, just keep recording and then send us your message. We'll listen to them and tidy them up a little, before we broadcast them. 

  • Send your audio or video clips to and feel free to email us some extra information not included in the message. If your file is too large, then use a filesharing website such as Wetransfer using the same email address. 

  • We must receive your messages before Thursday December 22nd at 5pm. 

And if you don't want to record a message, you can write to us via email at any time, or text on the day to 51554. And remember to join us live from 11.30 until 13.00 this Christmas Eve! 

Classical Kids

As Poulenc was sitting at his piano one day, a little girl handed him a story book and asked him to play it-and he did-so we'll hear his Babar the Elephant this Sunday!

Sunday December 11th, 10am

If Beethoven had lived, he would be 246 this Friday! We'll wish him an early happy birthday today with some of his own wonderful music, We'll also go ice-skating with a beautiful waltz by Waldteufel, and we'll hear music written for dancing snowflakes by Tchaikovsky.

Sunday December 18th, 10am

We'll meet some people made of snow this morning - a very 'frosty' snowman and one who wants to live in the sun! Benjamin Britten used short piano tunes that he wrote when he was ten, to compose orchestral music for young music students could play. But his Simple Symphony became so popular; many professional orchestras still play it today. We'll hear it on Sunday morning, with movements including the Boisterous Bourrée and Frolicsome Finale.

Music Played on the Show


Title: No.6 Zickeltanz (Kidlings' Dance)

Performer(s): Grieg, Edvard

Duration: 1:50


Title: Algerian Suite: French Military March

Performer(s): Saint-Saens, Camille

Duration: 4:47


Title: Concerto For 2 Violins In D Minor Bwv1043 (1st Movement) Vivace

Performer(s): Bach, Johann Sebastian

Duration: 4:04


Title: Mass In B Minor No.23 Chorus : Osanna In Excelsis

Performer(s): Bach, Johann Sebastian

Duration: 2:50


Title: Sheep May Safely Graze

Performer(s): Bach, Johann Sebastian

Duration: 4:43


Title: Espana

Performer(s): Waldteufel, Emile

Duration: 6:17


Title: Anvil Chorus, From Il Trovatore

Performer(s): Verdi, Giuseppe

Duration: 3:24


Title: Beaty And The Beast - Be Our Guest

Performer(s): Menken, Alan / Ashman, Howard

Duration: 3:59


Title: March From Nutcracker Suite

Performer(s): Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Duration: 2:43


Title: The Story Of Babar (1st Movement)

Performer(s): Poulenc, Francis

Duration: 3:25


Title: Ride On Mother's Back (2nd Movement)

Performer(s): Poulenc, Francis

Duration: 2:35


Title: Babar Comes To A Town (3rd Movement)

Performer(s): Poulenc, Francis

Duration: 3:47


Title: Babar's Car (4th Movement)

Performer(s): Poulenc, Francis

Duration: 1:58


Title: Arthur And Celeste (5th Movement)

Performer(s): Poulenc, Francis

Duration: 1:55


Title: The Search For Arthur And Celeste (6th Movement)

Performer(s): Poulenc, Francis

Duration: 1:35


Title: Babar Returns To The Forest (7th Movement)

Performer(s): Poulenc, Francis

Duration: 2:55


Title: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

Performer(s): David /Hoffman/Livingston

Duration: 4:14



Contact the Show

Producer/Presenter: Ian McGlynn


Ways to Listen

Radio Player