The Classic FM Christmas playlist

Christmas features

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge performs at A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

What are the lyrics to We Three Kings, and who wrote the popular Christmas carol?

What are the lyrics to ‘Away in a Manger’, and where does the carol come from?

What are the lyrics to ‘Away in a Manger’, and where does the carol come from?

The history of the Christmas carol

The history of the Christmas carol

Popular Christmas carol, ‘Joy to the World’, deemed “too religious” by Californian school

Popular Christmas carol ‘Joy to the World’ deemed “too religious” by Californian school

What are the lyrics to the Christmas hymn ‘Joy to the World’?

What are the lyrics to ‘Joy to the World’, and who actually composed the Christmas carol?

What are the lyrics to Coventry Carol? What is it about?

What are the lyrics to Coventry Carol, and what are they really about?

Christmas tree

Which are ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ and what are the lyrics to the song?

Best classical music stocking fillers to give this Christmas 2019 David Mellor

10 of the best classical music stocking fillers to give this Christmas

The nation's favourite carols: listen & download

'O Holy Night' artwork

'O Holy Night' Adolphe Adam Conductor: John Rutter Ensemble: Bach Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Record label: Decca Catalogue ID: 278 2129

'Silent Night' artwork

'Silent Night' Franz Gruber Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists: Nigel Hess Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: CFMD 17

'In the bleak mid-winter.' artwork

'In the bleak mid-winter.' Gustav Holst (1874-1934 : England) Conductor: Stephen Darlington Ensemble: ;Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford Record label: Nimbus Catalogue ID: NI 7021

'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' artwork

'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847 : Germany) Conductor: Harry Christophers Ensemble: ;The Sixteen Record label: Coro Catalogue ID: COR 16043

'In the bleak mid-winter' artwork

'In the bleak mid-winter' Harold Darke Conductor: John Rutter Ensemble: Bach Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Record label: Decca Catalogue ID: 278 2129

'O Come, All Ye Faithful' artwork

'O Come, All Ye Faithful' Traditional Conductor: Steven Baker Ensemble: London Session Orchestra Soloists: Friar Alessandro Record label: Decca Catalogue ID: 481 0507

'O little town of Bethlehem' artwork

'O little town of Bethlehem' Anon Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists: Nigel Hess Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: CFMD 17

'Away in a Manger' artwork

'Away in a Manger' William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921 : U.S.A) Conductor: James O'Donnell Ensemble: ;Choir of Westminster Cathedral Record label: Hyperion Catalogue ID: CDA 66668