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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform Carol Of The Bells

Performed by the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Peter Breiner, and recorded at BBC Television Centre, On Air bring you a beautiful rendition of the iconic ‘Carol Of The Bells’ to watch for free above.

‘Carol Of The Bells’ has become synonymous with the Christmas season. Most famously used in the Macaulay Culkin film 'Home Alone', it has also featured in the 1999 version of ‘A Christmas Carol’, in The Muppets ‘Ringing of the Bells’, in the Tim Allen film ‘The Santa Clause’, and many other festive favourites.

Composed by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1916, ‘Carol Of The Bells’ is characterised by its four-note ostinato, and tells the story of promise, of hope and better times ahead.

On Air have three further performances by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Peter Breiner available to watch. All three feature Igor Stravinsky compositions, and all three are available to enjoy in 4K UHD with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound. 'The Firebird' and ‘Petrushka’ are available to watch now on demand, while 'The Rite Of Spring' will be available to stream from December 22. 

Square artwork for Carol Of The Bells performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Peter Breiner

About the orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RPO) mission to enrich lives through orchestral experiences that are uncompromising in their excellence and inclusive in their appeal, places it at the forefront of music-making in the UK and internationally. Typically performing approximately 200 concerts a year and with a worldwide live and online audience of more than 60 million people, the Orchestra play a broad repertoire that enables it to reach the most diverse audience of any British symphony orchestra. Whilst artistic integrity remains paramount, the RPO is unafraid to push boundaries and is equally at home recording video game, film and television soundtracks and working with pop stars, as it is performing the great symphonic repertoire.

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Conductor Peter Breiner holding an On Air neon sign with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra behind him at the recording of the global livestream performances of Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, Petrushka and the Rite Of Spring at BBC Television Centre

About the conductor

Peter Breiner

Peter Breiner is one of the world’s most recorded musicians with over 260 CDs released and millions of albums sold. A conductor, pianist, arranger and composer, he has conducted, often doubling as a pianist, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, the Hungarian State Radio Orchestra, the Nicolaus Esterházy Orchestra, Budapest, among many others.

Peter Breiner began to study the piano in early childhood (1961) and his exceptional artistry led to his early acceptance at the conservatory in Košice in 1971. He studied piano with L. Kojanova and composition with J. Podprocky, as well as conducting and percussion. In 1975–1981 he studied composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava with Prof. Alexander Moyzes, one of the most significant figures in modern Slovak music. Peter Breiner lived in Toronto, Canada, from 1992 to 2007, when he moved to New York. During the 2020 lockdown Peter moved from New York to London and began collaborating with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Conductor Peter Breiner leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the recording of global livestream performances of Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite Of Spring under blue lights