Christmas film classics with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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Spend a festive afternoon at the movies with some of the seasonal Hollywood classics and some surprise sock fillers as we welcome Christmas with music from Tinsel Town itself! Look above …

Greeted by Jazzwise magazine as “Ireland’s best jazz singer”, Cormac Kenevey adds to the festive joy and charm with its “lyrical tenor, with soft edges and late night” (BBC Music) lighting up some of the season’s most beloved songs.

Contagious by Malcolm Arnold Fantasy on Christmas carols from Holly and ivy, starring Ralph Richardson as an Irish clergyman caught between his family and his parishioners, sets the scene with his magnificent collection of popular Christmas melodies.

Cormac Kenevey

There is also fun with the deliciously animated Toy walk from the heavily filmed operetta by Victor Herbert Girls in toy land, the sparkling one of Leroy Anderson Christmas party and always exhilarating Sleigh ride, and the cheeky combination of an American Patriotic March and a Christmas classic that’s Jingle Bells forever.

Abundance of melody also in the three deliciously sugar coated pieces by Tchaikovsky taken from the essential Christmas ballet, Nutcracker, and all the excitement of Christmas morning in Franz Waxman’s melodic interpretation of Dickens A Christmas Carol.

And in between, a musical stocking filled with Christmas treats, including the anthemic Irving Berlin White christmas, the radiant heat of Roasted chestnuts on an open fire from Nativity 3, the infectious Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! (presented in Elf) and comforting Have a merry little Christmas, from Meet me in St Louis.


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