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Feliz Natal!

’Tis the season to be jolly! The lads of The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge sing wonderfully festive Christmas Carols. From ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and Taveners beloved ‘The Lamb’, to the especially for the choir written hymn ‘Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day’ - enjoy five centuries of Christmas music. AVROTROS Klassiek wishes you the best of holidays and a very musical and cheerful 2018! Ding Dong! Merrily on High!

The musicians:
Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
Andrew Nethsinga [conductor]
Glen Dempsey [organ]
Gareth John [baritone]
Laura van der Heijden [cello]

On the musical program:
Bob Chilcot - The Shepherds Carol
William Mathias - Sir Christèmas
John Taverner - The Lamb
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Giles Swayne - Adam Lay Ybounden
James Burton - Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Johann Sebastian Bach - Chorale Prelude ‘In dulci jubilo’, BWV 729
Francis Poulenc - Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
Franz Gruber - Silent Night
Traditional - Ding Dong, Merrily on High!
Traditional - O Come, All Ye Faithful
John Joubert - There Is No Rose
James Pierpont - Jingle Bells

Recording: The Sunday Morning Concert of Sunday the 16th of December 2018, live in The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Heart Of Downtown

"Heart Of Downtown feat. Bombino" from Calexico's very first holiday album "Seasonal Shift" - Out Now

Written by Joey Burns (Lunada Bay/BMI administered by BMG) and Sergio Mendoza (McNab Music/BMI) / French Translation by Alissa Demorest

Video by: Jonny Sanders (parts of the downtown footage filmed by Colin H. Clarke in Boise)

Joey Burns - vocal, steel-string guitar, electric guitars, Casio keys, hand claps
Bombino - electric guitar, vocals
John Convertino - drums, shaker
Sergio Mendoza - keys, electric bass, congas, hand claps, cowbell
Jacob Valenzuela - trumpet
Martin Wenk - trumpet
Beth Goodfellow - chorus
Chris Schultz - hand claps
Martín Bruhn - caja chayera, krakeb, quijada de burro

Sharon no espírito.

Ahead of the holiday season, Sharon Van Etten releases a pair of songs, “Silent Night” b/w “Blue Christmas.” Van Etten’s rendition of “Silent Night” is broody and minimalistic, emphasizing her muscular voice over droning synth. It was recorded in 2018 for the “The Letter,” a short film by Eric Paschal Johnson that received a Vimeo Staff Pick Award.  In Van Etten’s cover of the holiday classic "Blue Christmas,”  her voice prettily mulls over lulling, simplistic guitar. It originally appeared  on a benefit album called Do You EAR what I Ear in 2009 for the Association to Benefit Children, an outstanding New York-based service dedicated to permanently breaking the cycles of abuse, neglect, sickness and homelessness among disadvantaged children and their families. Today, the two tracks are available to digitally stream anywhere for the first time.

'Tis the season.

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (written and composed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono) from Calexico's very first holiday album "Seasonal Shift" - Dec 4th 2020

Drawings: Joey Burns
Animation: Johnny Sanders

Joey Burns - vocal, steel string acoustic, electric guitar
John Convertino - drums, shaker, triangle, bowed vibes, tambourine
Scott Colberg - upright bass
Sergio Mendoza - piano, mellotron strings, vibes, tambourine
Jacob Valenzuela - trumpet
Martin Wenk - trumpet
Jairo Zavala - baritone guitar
Connor Gallaher - pedal steel
Luke Ydstie - backing vocals
Katie Claborn - backing vocals
Beth Goodfellow - backing vocals

Feliz Natal!

We've pulled together a selection of scenes from 'Monty Python's Life of Brain' to create this longform video.

Enjoy 'Stoning', 'Romans Go Home', 'What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?', 'Hermit', 'Biggus Dickus', 'He's Not The Messiah' and, the grand finale, 'Always Look on the Bright Side of LIfe', in all their glory!