Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Broadcasts of Beautiful Music

A musician first, quilter second, this post is an addendum to my new Facebook Page: Musical Advent Calendar 2013. Here are two listening opportunities for the computer savvy. One is from my Alma mater, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and the other is from King's College, Cambridge, England.


On WWFM, The Classical Network: An Evening of Readings and Carols presented by Westminster Choir College of Rider University at the Princeton University Chapel

 TODAY:  Monday December 23, 2013 at 8 pm &
Christmas Day, 2013 at 4 pm


A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Cover of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols booklet 2013
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world.
The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. The opening carol is always 'Once in Royal David's City', and there is always a new, specially commissioned carol.
Download the 2013 service booklet

You can download the 2013 Carols from King's service booklet, but please be aware that service may not have been broadcast in its entirety due to time restrictions, and may not have been in the order printed due to film editing.

Listening to the service

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 on 24 December at 3pm (10:00 EST or 07:00 PST). The service is also broadcast at 2pm on Radio 3 on Christmas Day, and at various times on the BBC World Service.
In the United States the service is broadcast by around 300 radio stations, including American Public Media and its affiliates (Minnesota Public Radio and WNYC-New York, for example). Unfortunately there is no list of radio stations that are broadcasting the service, so it's best to contact your local stations or check their online listings.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Advent in Music and Stairs

 Advent: A time of waiting in anticipation for the arrival of Jesus at Christmas.

Also known as a very busy month of December as one runs around preparing house, home, and gifts for family and friends while simultaneously attending every tree-lighting, concert and work-related "party" offered.

"Where is the time for me?" I find myself asking in this long month of busy, busy, busy.

I've found it in two Advent offerings.

First is a blog of my friend Larry Litman. He offers images of "Stairs in Rome" (his home). One image each day. They are ancient stairs, modern stairs and unlikely stairs.

Here is the link:

Second, is my little offering. From Facebook (which means you have to log in first), one piece of music which I just love and found freely on the internet shared each day until Epiphany. They are classical, modern, jazz, etc. A music lovers playland.

Here is the link:


Enjoy and Happy Advent. 
May you too find a few moments for yourself in this busy season.

Friday, December 6, 2013

2014 Quilters United In Learning Together Schenectady (New York) Raffle Quilt

The 2014 Q.U.I.L.T.S. Guild Raffle Quilt!!!!!

Pieced by members of the Square One Friendship Group 
and quilted by Eileen McCabe of Quilting Threads

Pattern: "Pinwheel Parade" by 
Marlous Carter of Marlous Designs