Christmas is a great time of year for music. It’s so enjoyable to catch up on the sheer variety and breadth of favourite seasonal tracks, as well as discovering new ones. Here are three aural Christmas decorations to add even more sparkle to your festivities.
I was interested to read the BBC’s list of ‘compelling reasons to listen to the music of J S Bach’ at this time of year. Who knew that Nina Simone was inspired by the great man: “Once I understood Bach’s music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my list for music.” Respect! Here is a magnificent rendition of Bach’s resplendent Christmas Oratorio, performed by Concentus Musicus Wien and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir :
No Christmas would be complete without some beautiful festive ballet. Here is Lauren Cuthbertson performing the dance of the sugar plum fairy from the wonderful Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s score. Gorgeous!
And finally, we all know that one of the most important aspects of Christmas is the opportunity it affords us to get together with family, friends and our wider community. I love this short (3 min) film about the now-traditional coming together of 10,000 singers in Japan to perform Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Why not sing along in between mouthfuls of mince pie!
Have a marvellous Christmas, full of music, light and joy! 🙂