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Tune in to Classic FM throughout December for all of your favourite festive music . To get you in the Yuletide spirit, here are some of the on-air highlights of the holiday season to look forward to.
Saturday 19 December, 5pm. To mark the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andrew Collins dedicates two hours to John Williams's music composed for the entire Star Wars franchise.
Sunday 20 December, 3pm, repeated Christmas Day, 3pm. Join Lucy for a very special carol concert, recorded in the beautiful surroundings of Winchester College Chapel. Its Choir will be joined by the Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra in a programme of festive favourites and rarely heard carols, interspersed with seasonal readings. Photo: Hester Marriott
Sunday 20 December, 7pm. David features some of the best-loved orchestral works that go hand in hand with the Christmas season, such as Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, pictured.
Christmas Eve, 1pm. Anne-Marie and John join forces once again to play the music you choose. Last year's dedications included carols for servicemen and women overseas, celebratory festive music for new-born babies, and requests for hardworking emergency services staff spending their Christmas keeping others safe.
Christmas Eve, 5.30pm. A real treat for the whole family. Join Aled Jones as he narrates the story of The Snowman, complete with Howard Blake's wonderful music. Picture: Rex
Christmas Eve, 6pm. An exclusive broadcast of the annual Carol Concert for the Royal Household, a special event for those who work in the Queen’s household. The Choir of the Chapel Royal performs a selection of favourite carols in the Buckingham Palace Ballroom. Hosted by Nicholas Owen, who's no stranger to events such as this having previously been ITN's Royal Correspondent. Photo: Getty
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 8pm. Join Anne-Marie Minhall as she recounts the stories behind the world's most famous Christmas carols. Photo: Getty
Christmas Day, 1pm. John Brunning counts down the Top 30 Christmas Carols, as voted for by you. Photo: PA
Sunday 27 December, 3pm. From Tom Jones to Helena Bonham Carter, from Dawn French to Ian McKellen, the A-list of celebrities has come through the door of Charlotte Green's Culture Club in 2015. Hear some of the highlights today.
Monday 28-Thursday 31 December, 9pm. Classic FM's first ever Artist in Residence presents his very own series - four special shows exploring the biggest musical instrument of them all: the orchestra.
New Year's Day, 9pm. John Suchet catches up with the King of the Waltz in Rome, to talk about music, love, and his passion for the Eternal City.