CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

December 2011 Archives

Pre-empted for special network Christmas programming


Jack and the Manger

Nothing heralds Christmas like massed children's voices singing Christmas songs and a compelling telling of Christ's birth.  Shallaway's annual Christmas concert showcases every tier of their 200 chorister strong choral community - from the older and more experienced "Camerata" singers to the younger boys and girls' choruses. Conducted by Kellie Walsh, the music provides a framework for a fresh take on the nativity story by Andy Jones - this time in the guise of a Newfoundland folk tale. "Jack and the Manger" delivers the action through the eyes of Jack, the hero of many a story, who befriends a young couple on their walk to Bethlehem. There's a bit of 'angel talk', some gravel pit camping, an edge-of-your-seat birth drama, and the low-down on how Caesar Augustus's 'count-and-tax plan' brought them all together. It's a down-to-earth version of a heavenly tale.

Stocking Stuffers

Tune in for a few locally crafted musical gift ideas. Musicraft's annual stocking stuffer special samples classical and folk recordings produced by NL artists over the past year that might make the perfect Christmas gift.

15 young students from the NL Registered Music Teachers' Association

A parade of young students aged 9 - 17 selected by the Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Music Teachers' Association demonstrate their enthusiasm for playing Canadian music. This year's special guest composer is Dean Burry. Born in St. John's, Dean grew up in Gander and now lives in Toronto. This year Dean was awarded the Louis Applebaum Composers Award (for a body of work for young people) and he'll be on the line from Toronto to chat with our young players about their interpretations of his music.