MOVIES AND MUSICALS WITH AEDÍN GORMLEY

In the week of her 88th birthday, Judi Dench sings Send in the Clowns and Aedín also features music from her films Iris, Philomena, and Ladies in Lavender. Classic movie music from King Kong and Dial M for murder and favourite songs from The Prom, Tick, Tick...BOOM! West Side Story, Call Me Madam and Wicked. In Movie News, Garret Daly will have some great ideas for film themed Christmas gifts.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 10th December, 1pm-4pm


OPERA NIGHT WITH PAUL HERRIOTT

The Metropolitan Opera New York presents Kevin Puts' The Hours

Renée Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in the world-premiere production of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts' The Hours, adapted from Michael Cunningham's acclaimed novel. Inspired by Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and made a household name by the Oscar-winning 2002 film version starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, the powerful story follows three women from different eras who each grapple with their inner demons and their roles in society. The exciting premiere radiates with star power with Kelli O'Hara and Joyce DiDonato joining Fleming as the opera's trio of heroines. Phelim McDermott directs this compelling drama, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct Puts' poignant and powerful score.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 10th December, 7pm-10.15pm (Please note later finish time)


THE LYRIC FEATURE

Deirdre of the Sorrows

Scottish poet Kenneth Steven has known the legend of Deirdre of the Sorrows from childhood, when his mother sang the traditional song Deirdre's Farewell to Scotland. In recent years, he has lived on Scotland's west coast, near where Deirdre and her lover, Naoise, are supposed to have lived, and has written a sequence of poems re-imagining their doomed love story.

In this programme, Kenneth explores the story's origins, discovers its traces in the landscapes of Ireland and Scotland, and hears how it has inspired writers and musicians for centuries. Kenneth reads from his own sequence of poems, and the programme premieres a setting of Aisling Deirdre/Deirdre's Dream-Vision by Déirdre Ní Mhathúna.

Kenneth Steven's sequence of poems, Deirdre of the Sorrows, is published by Birlinn.
Presented by Kenneth Steven
Sound mixing by Tinpot Productions
Produced by Claire Cunningham
Producer for RTÉ lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly
Deirdre of the Sorrows was produced by Rockfinch Ltd and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the Television Licence Fee.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 11th December, 6pm-7pm


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

A concert from the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival earlier in the year as the Eblana String Trio play music by Boccherini, Moeran and Mozart. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Boccherini: String Trio in D major, Op. 14 No. 4, G. 98

Moeran: String Trio in G

Mozart: Divertimento in E flat major, K563

Eblana String Trio (Jonathan Martindale / violin, Lucy Nolan / viola, Peggy Nolan / cello)

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 12th December, 1pm-4pm


NIALL CARROLL'S CLASSICAL DAYTIME

Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire with Sounds on Screen a piece from either the big or the small screen at 11am, and at midday Niall chooses his Five of a Kind. This week Niall chooses five movements from Tchaikovsky's symphonies.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 13th December, 10am-1pm


MARTY IN THE MORNING

Join Marty for a breakfast experience like no other, broadcasting live from MacNean House and Restaurant, Neven Maguire’s award-winning restaurant in Blacklion, County Cavan. We'll have festive songs and carolling from the Music Generation Cavan 'Come sing with me' Community Choir and soprano Niamh McCormack, while Michael Harding reads a special letter from his new book, All the Things Left Unsaid. We'll also meet some of the local food producers working with the 'Created in Cavan’ community, and Neven gives Marty a cooking lesson live on-air!

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 14th December, 7am-10am


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

Our concert is a seasonal celebration of the 1920s and 30s with the BBC Singers, featuring songs by Noel Coward, Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 15th December, 1pm-4pm


RTÉ LYRIC LIVE: BACH’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

Paul Herriott brings us Bach's much loved Christmas Oratorio. Written in 1734, J. S. Bach's popular Christmas work is one of the choral masterpieces of the Baroque era. Tonight, we have a performance recorded in Trinity Church, Copenhagen by Concerto Copenhagen conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

Joanne Lunn (soprano)
Chisa Tanigaki (soprano)
James Hall (alto)
Jonathan Darbourne (alto)
Thomas Hobbs (tenor)
Gerald Geerink (tenor)
Tomas Kral (bass)
Asger Lynge Petersen (bass)
Concerto Copenhagen
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 16th December, 7pm-10pm