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Joy to the World 2020: a guide to CBC Music's Christmas special

This popular broadcast takes place on Sunday, Dec. 20.

This popular broadcast takes place on Sunday, Dec. 20

A wooden figure is dusted in snow at a Christmas market in Greifswald, Germany. (John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images)

Joy to the World, CBC Music's annual Euroradio holiday special, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. NT).

Julie Nesrallah will be your guide for this spectacular lineup of Christmas concerts originating from the countries of the European Broadcasting Union. One of the most popular events of the year on CBC Music, Joy to the World has been an annual tradition since 1995, uniting the globe through music for the holiday season. This year's broadcast will include performances from Iceland, Slovenia, Spain, Hungary, Germany, England — and Canada.

Scroll down for a detailed schedule, and don't forget to tune in on Dec. 20 on CBC Music or via CBC Listen.


9:05 a.m.: Reykjavík, Iceland

From Harpa Concert Hall, a concert of music from the Italian baroque with the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra and soloists Laufey Jensdóttir (violin) and Steiney Sigurdardottir (cello).

10:05 a.m.: Budapest, Hungary 

Music for Advent by Kodaly, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Handel and others performed by the Honvéd Men's Chorus.

11:05 a.m.: Ljubljana, Slovenia

From Cankarjev Dom, an all-Hugo Wolf concert performed by the Glasbena Matica Ljubljana Mixed Chorus and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rossen Milanov.

12:05 p.m.: Barcelona, Spain 

Veus — Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió (Veus — Friends of the Union Youth Choir) joins the Barcelona Symphonic Wind Band, soprano María Hinojosa and conductor José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana for a concert titled The World of Children.

1:05 p.m.: Munich, Germany

A mix of traditional and popular favourites from the Bavarian Radio Chorus and conductor Howard Arman recorded in the city's beautiful Prince Regent Theatre.

2:05 p.m.: Montreal, Canada

Soprano Meredith Hall and the musicians of La Nef perform baroque gems and traditional Christmas music from Montreal's five founding communities.

3:05 p.m.: London, England

A choral Christmas celebration with Bob Chilcott conducting the BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra, with guests Jess Gillam, Rachel Mahon and Katie Melua.

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