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From the Archives - A British Christmas

Ornaments on a tree.
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Enjoy holiday favorites from British composers.

Music has always played a vital role in the celebration of Christmas in Britain. This week on From the Archives, hear music by Vaughan Williams, Bax, and Holst that evoke the sound and spirit of the holidays.

Compositions and Recordings

The First Nowell
by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Richard Hickox with the City of London Sinfonia
Sarah Fox, Roderick Williams

Christmas Eve
by Arnold Bax
Bryden Thomson with the London Philharmonic

Coventry Carol
The Queen's Six

In the Bleak Midwinter
by Gustav Holst
Choir of King's College Cambridge

Frank Byrne is the host of From the Archives on 91.9 Classical KC.
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