Wednesday 11 December

Christmas Lunchtime

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 1:05pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: €15

  • John Finucane
  • Amy Ní Fhearraigh
  • Presented by Liz Nolan
    RTÉ lyric fm
  • Anderson

    A Christmas Festival

  • Handel

    ‘Rejoice Greatly’ from Messiah

  • Trad. arr. Willcocks

    The First Nowell

  • Waldteufel                       

    Les Patineurs (‘The Skater’s Waltz’)

  • Tiomkin                              

    Prologue from It’s a Wonderful Life

  • Woodward arr. Good

    Ding, Dong, Merrily on High

  • Adam arr. Byrne

    O Holy Night

  • Trad. arr. Smith

    Jingle Bells Forever

  • Prokofiev

    Troika from Lieutenant Kijé

’Tis the season to be merry and the first of our Christmas lunchtime concerts, presented by RTÉ lyric fm’s Liz Nolan, offers an overflowing stocking of festive musical treats for the most enchanting time of the year.

Leroy Anderson’s joyful collage of Carols and seasonal songs A Christmas Festival – even more enjoyable in its original, extended version – and the brilliant Jingle Bells Forever treating the famed melody to a John Philip Sousa makeover get things off to a dazzling start.

There’s more traditional fare on offer in the enchanting beauty of The First Nowell, the ebullient Ding, Dong, Merrily on High and, courtesy of a sumptuous arrangement by Brian Byrne, Adolphe Adam’s crystalline O Holy Night.

No Christmas would be complete without Handel’s glorious Messiah which has established itself as an essential seasonal fixture. The radiant and rapturous ‘Rejoice Greatly’ shows why.

Frank Capra’s quintessential feel-good film It’s a Wonderful Life has also staked its place at the heart of Christmas. The Prologue from Dimitri Tiomkin’s timeless soundtrack is a rollercoaster ride of emotions that pricks the eye and tugs at the heart every bit as much as it pleases the ear and a sleigh ride courtesy of the dazzling Troika from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé is once experienced, never forgotten!