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A Choral Christmas

Jess Gillam and Katie Melua with background of snowflakes and sonar waves

Welcome to tonight's concert A Choral Christmas, with Bob Chilcott, the BBC Singers and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra, with special guest vocalist Katie Melua and presented by Jess Gillam.


Stuart Nicholson Ding! Dong! Merrily on high

Christian Onyeji Amuworo ayi otu nwa

Bob Chilcott The Midnight of your birth

Ryuichi Sakamoto Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence

John Gardner Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Traditional O little town (arr Bob Chilcott)

Leslie Pearson In Dulci Jubilo

Traditional Ukrainian Little Swallow (Carol of the Bells)

Joni Mitchell River

Traditional Twelve Days of Christmas (arr Bob Chilcott)

Roger Harvey Festive Cheer

Elizabeth Poston Balulalow

Bob Chilcott The Shepherds Sing

Darius Milhaud 'Brazileiria' from Scaramouche

Bob Chilcott 'Sweet was the song' from On Christmas Night

Mack Willberg Jingle Bells

Katie Melua Nine Million Bicycles

Katie Melua Maybe I Dreamt It

Irving Berlin White Christmas (arr Katie Melua)

Johnny Marks Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (arr Bob Chilcott)

Alison Carver Thinking of you this Christmas (arr Peter Foggitt)

Traditional/Blaine/Martin Deck the Hall/Have yourself a merry little Christmas (arr Bob Chilcott)

David Willcocks O come, all ye faithful



Co-produced by the Barbican and BBC Singers. This concert will be broadacast on BBC Radio 3 in Concert at 7.30pm on Fri 18 Dec and available on BBC Sounds for 30 days.


Jess Gillam presenter/saxophone

Katie Melua guest vocalist

Bob Chilcott conductor

BBC Singers

Members of BBC Concert Orchestra

Rachel Mahon organ

Ashok Gupta piano

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