This is a little plug for my local classical music radio station, KBPS. If you’re ready to throw something if you hear “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, or “Jingle Bell Rock” one more time, I would like to invite you to tune in over the internet to this gem of a station operating here in Portland, Oregon. They stream over the internet, so you can be anywhere in the world and listen to their wonderful programming. For the next few days, through Christmas, they will be playing:
Beautiful Holiday Music
The All Classical Festival of Carols, new this year, is our four-day classical holiday soundtrack, airing Dec. 22 through Dec. 25. This is a unique sacred and secular mix, both vocal and instrument, including the greatest classical hits of Christmas (Messiah, the Bach Christmas Oratorio, Nutcracker), plus the harp, brass and early music sounds associated with solstice time.
The station is listener-supported so you won’t have to be subjected to zillions of commercials. They are also completely independent, which means they are not affiliated with NPR and get no government funding at all. They have listeners in Japan, Israel, pretty much anywhere you can think of. Even if you’re not normally a classical music fan I really encourage you to listen to some of the beautiful, unusual arrangements of old favorites, and pieces you’ve likely never heard that they have in their repertoire.
Live from Cambridge, England
This time of year we receive many inquiries about Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the annual Christmas Eve service from King’s College, Cambridge.
First broadcast in 1928 and now broadcast to millions of people around the world, we air this service Christmas Eve morning at 7 a.m. and again that same day at 5 p.m.
One of my favorite programs they have on weekends, Saturday afternoons at 4:00 announcer Edmund Stone does a program called “The Score” and plays music from movies on a particular theme. He’s had composers on the air being interviewed, which is fascinating. This past week was music from Christmas movies, including Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas”. Edmund (and really all the hosts) have wonderful senses of humor. Treat yourself and tune in if you can.
Now quick, go tune in, this is so good!