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Have a merry and happy Christmas

We're listening to Handel's Messiah on BBC. Martin Handley is conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Not surprisingly the Enlightenment never produced music with the exultation and beauty created by Handel's Christian faith. But never mind. You can listen live to the Orchestra's 2008 Messiah.

Or to Sir Colin Davis conducting For unto us a child is born -

And the Hallelujah Chorus -

Handel was a fantastic person. He was drawn to England because he could freely write music and make a living here.

The wonderful Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge, can be heard on BBC 3 at 2pm.

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British Christmas traditions

As the Lord said, Be of good heart.


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