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Joy to the World 2019: a guide to CBC Music's Christmas special

This special broadcast is one of the most popular events of the year on CBC Music.

This special broadcast is one of the most popular events of the year on CBC Music

This year's broadcast, hosted by Julie Nesrallah, will include performances from Germany, Spain, Denmark, Poland, Bulgaria, Iceland and England. (Harold Cunningham)

Joy to the World, CBC Music's annual Euroradio holiday special, takes place on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. NT).

One of the most popular events of the year on CBC Music, Joy to the World is a full day of holiday music programming from the European Broadcasting Union. It's a tradition that's been going strong for 25 years, uniting the globe through traditional music for the holiday season. This year's broadcast, hosted by Julie Nesrallah, will include performances from Germany, Spain, Denmark, Poland, Bulgaria, Iceland and England.

Listen live on Sunday, Dec. 22.


9:05 a.m: Bavaria, Germany

With Patrick Hahn as conductor, this special opener features the Bavarian Radio Chorus and Munich Radio Orchestra with works from Poulenc, Britten, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns.


11:05 a.m.: Copenhagen, Denmark 

An English Christmas featuring carols and Christmas music by Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, David Willcocks and others. Danish National Vocal Ensemble with Graham Ross as conductor.


12:05 p.m.: Madrid, Spain 

Works of Christmas polyphony from Guerrero and Palestrina, in addition to carols by Antonio Soler. Enjoy the RTVE Symphony Orchestra with the RTVE Chorus.


1:05 p.m.: Gdańsk, Poland 

The closing concert of the Actus Humanus Nativitas Festival in Gdańsk, featuring Michael Praetorius' Christmas Mass performed by the Gabrieli Consort & Players, led by Paul McCreesh.


2:30 p.m.: Stuttgart, Germany 

Christmas songs by Max Reger, performed by the SWR Vokalensemble, Stuttgart, and led by the Slovenian conductor Martina Batič.


3:05 p.m.: Sofia, Bulgaria 

A concert of Bulgarian and Russian Orthodox pieces, as well as lively choral works based on folklore by Bulgarian composers, featuring the BNR Mixed Choir with Lyubomira Alexandrova as conductor. 


4:05 p.m.: Reykjavik, Iceland

Icelandic Christmas carols performed in Hallgrim's Church, a Reykjavik landmark. Featuring the Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis chamber choir, and conducted by Hörður Áskelsson. Also appearing is Björn Steinar Sólbergsson on organ. 


5:05 p.m.: London, England 

Songs and festive favourites for choir and jazz band, with Ben Palmer as conductor. The BBC singers, National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Alexander L'Estrange Jazz Trio perform Christmas songs made famous in the '50s and '60s. 


 

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