MOVIES AND MUSICALS WITH AEDÍN GORMLEY

Christmas Movies special - join Aedín for her annual, not to be missed, seasonal soundtrack of songs and festive film favourites. From Willy Wonka to It's a Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz to White Christmas, Elf to ET and Home Alone to How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Hit songs from Frozen, Mary Poppins and The Polar Express. Your favourite things guaranteed! Photo (c) Disney

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 17th December, 1pm-4pm


OPERA NIGHT WITH PAUL HERRIOTT

The Metropolitan Opera New York presents Verdi's Rigoletto

Baritone Luca Salsi and soprano Lisette Oropesa reprise rapturously acclaimed turns as the tragic jester Rigoletto and his headstrong daughter, Gilda. Tenor Stephen Costello is the promiscuous Duke of Mantua, and Maestro Speranza Scappucci conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Bass-baritone John Relyea is Sparafucile, and mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina also debuts as Maddalena in tonight's performance of Verdi's Rigoletto.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 17th December, 7pm-10pm


THE LYRIC FEATURE

The Dawning of the Day

In the Autumn of 1944, the poet Patrick Kavanagh and the young medical student Hilda Moriarty forged a close and somewhat unlikely connection. The pairing of the two, and their frequent sighting around Dublin city centre, proved a source of bafflement to many and would eventually inspire the poem and song On Raglan Road. The Dawning of The Day draws upon correspondence between the pair, a whole series of Hilda inspired Kavanagh poems and new interviews with key players. In a story that crosses between Dublin, West Kerry, Limerick and Hollywood it provides new insight and detail into what is often perceived as one of the great songs of unrequited love. Contributors include Hilda's son, the actor Daragh O'Malley, John Sheahan of The Dubliners, singer songwriter Billy Bragg and the Kavanagh scholar Dr Una Agnew. The actor Declan Gorman reads extracts from Kavanagh's poetry and correspondence. Archival audio from sources including Luke Kelly and Paul Durcan also features.

Presented and produced by Mike Glennon
Producer for RTÉ lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly

The Dawning of The Day was co-produced and co-funded by RTÉ lyric fm, Creative Monaghan & The Patrick Kavanagh Centre.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 18th December, 6pm-7pm


NIALL CARROLL'S CLASSICAL DAYTIME

Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire with Sounds on Screen a piece from the big or small screen at 11 each day and at 12 Niall chooses a piece for his Five of a Kind. This week he chooses five pieces of music for Christmas by JS Bach.

Christmas Postcard: The History of the Nativity Story

At 12.30 every day this week we’ll have an episode from A Christmas Postcard: The History of the Nativity Story. The series explores the Christian story of the Nativity, through dramatisations of Biblical and medieval devotional texts, with documentary contributions and original music

Episode 1 – The Nativity story in the Bible and the apocrypha

Biblical and extra-Biblical accounts of Christ’s birth and their influence on the Nativity story with dramatised passages taken from the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke, from the Douay-Rheims Bible, first published in 1582 and 1610. Produced for RTÉ lyric fm by Conor O’Toole

A Christmas Postcard is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the television license fee with Sound Supervision by Kieran Hurley

Adapted for radio by Conor O’Toole, Mark D’Aughton & Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton
Dramatic parts played by Mark D’Aughton and Vicky Keating
Historical Contributor Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton of UCC School of History
Original Music composed by Mark Wilkins and performed by Mark WIlkins, Vicky Keating & Trevor Kiely
Drama Direction by Dr Chrissie Poulter of TCD School of Drama, Film & Music.

Producer for RTÉ lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 19th December, 10am-1pm


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

Today's Full Score concert comes from The Killaloe Music Festival, recorded last June in St. Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe and features music by Rebecca Clarke, Schubert, Mendelssohn and a premiere by Murrough Connolly. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Rebecca Clarke: Midsummer Moon
Jakub Jakowitz, violin; Sophia Rahman, piano.
Franz Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D 821
Christian Elliott, cello; Sophia Rahman, piano
Murrough Connolly: Imperium - PREMIERE

Katherine Hunka, violin; Diane Daly, violin
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in Eb major Op.20
Jakub Jakowitz, Diane Daly, Siún Milne and Katherine Hunka, violins;
Yuval Gotlibovich and Joachim Roewer, violas;
Christian Elliott and Aoife Nic Athlaoich, cellos

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 20th December, 1pm-4pm


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

We celebrate the festive season on The Full Score today with The Irish Chamber Orchestra as they join forces with one of Ireland's finest voices, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh for an evening of Christmas cheer. Muireann celebrates the tradition of candle-lighting with her delivery of Tá Coinnle an Linbh Íosa alongside the ever-popular Don oíche úd i mBeithil. Enjoy her jazzy execution of The Wexford Carol alongside the ethereal Coventry Carol. Katherine Hunka and ICO swing into season with Sibelius' Andante Festivo, a taster from Handel's festive Concerti Grossi Op. 6 before setting the scene for Winter from Vivaldi's popular Four Seasons. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Sibelius: Andante festivo
Handel: Concerto Grosso in F Op. 6 No. 2
Trad. Tá Coinnle an Linbh Íosa Arr. Cormac McCarthy
Trad. Coventry Carol Arr. Cormac McCarthy
Vivaldi: Concerto in No. 4 in F minor, RV 297: Winter from The Four Seasons
Trad. Wexford Carol Arr. Kenneth Rice
Aodh MacCathmhaoil: Don oíche úd i mBeithil Arr. Kenneth Rice
Martin/Blane: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 21st 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 the big or small screen at 11 each day and at 12 Niall chooses a piece for his Five of a Kind. This week he chooses five pieces of music for Christmas by JS Bach.

Christmas Postcard: The History of the Nativity Story

At 12.30 every day this week we'll have an episode from A Christmas Postcard: The History of the Nativity Story. The series explores the Christian story of the Nativity, through dramatisations of Biblical and medieval devotional texts, with documentary contributions and original music.

Episode 4 - The Wise Men and the Gifts

The practical and symbolic value of gold, frankincense and myrrh with dramatised passages are taken from Pseudo Bonaventure's Meditations on the Life of Christ published in English as 'St Bonaventure's Life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ', published by PJ Kennedy & Sons, New York, 1881.

Produced for RTÉ lyric fm by Conor O'Toole

A Christmas Postcard is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the television license fee with Sound Supervision by Kieran Hurley

Adapted for radio by Conor O'Toole, Mark D’Aughton & Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton
Dramatic parts played by Mark D’Aughton and Vicky Keating
Historical Contributor Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton of UCC School of History
Original Music composed by Mark Wilkins and performed by Mark WIlkins, Vicky Keating & Trevor Kiely
Drama Direction by Dr Chrissie Poulter of TCD School of Drama, Film & Music.

Producer for RTÉ lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 22nd December, 10am-1pm


LORCAN MURRAY’S CLASSIC DRIVE

Lorcan Murray presents Classic Christmas, live with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as they bring you the best of Christmas carols and music, including classical and popular music, and traditional Irish melodies. For the first time the orchestra perform 'Little Bolero Boy', an exciting arrangement by Robert Wendel of the favourite 'Little Drummer Boy' and Ravel's Bolero. And it wouldn't be Christmas without song; soprano Ava Dodd and tenor Dean Power bring us a beautiful selection of Christmas and Classical repertoire, including Puccini and Mozart. Along with the wonderful musical festivities there is Culture File, News and Sport. Join Lorcan and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as they celebrate through music, in those magical days before Christmas.

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 22nd December 4pm-7pm


AEDÍN IN THE AFTERNOON

Kick off your Christmas weekend with Aedín Gormley as she presents a programme of music to give you that festive Friday feeling!

The final hour of the show will be especially for our younger listeners with lots of familiar music and songs and Aedín will present a new Irish language recording of the beloved children's classic Peter and The Wolf or Peadar agus an Mac Tíre with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

'Seo scéal, inste le ceol, mar gheall ar bhuachaill óg, agus mac tíre...'

In a brand-new Irish translation by Isadora Ní Loingsigh, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra under conductor Gavin Maloney performs Prokofiev's 'symphonic fairy tale for children' while narrator Aedín Gormley of RTÉ lyric fm brings the story to vivid life. Introducing an t-éan, an lacha, an cat, an seanathair agus an mac tíre - all with their identifying orchestral instruments - it's a delightful way to bring a fresh take to this timeless tale.

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 23rd December, 1pm-4pm


RTÉ LYRIC LIVE: NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The National Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and soloists under conductor Nicholas McGegan perform Handel's Oratorio Messiah.

Handel Messiah

National Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan (conductor)
Máire Flavin (soprano)
Avery Amoreau (contralto)
Catherine Wyn-Rodgers (alto)
James Oxley (tenor)
Stephan Loges (bass-baritone)
National Symphony Chorus (David Young, chorus master)

(First Broadcast 15th April 2022)

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 23rd December, 7pm-10pm