Music for Shakespeare

Today’s pro­gramme fea­tures a wide range of music, but around one com­mon theme: the plays of William Shake­speare were the inspi­ra­tion.

The works you’ll hear today range from clas­si­cal – for exam­ple Tchaikovsky’s fan­ta­sy over­tures for Romeo & Juli­et, Ham­let and The Tem­pest – to the mod­ern: Gryphon’s Mid­night Mushrumps, also com­posed for The Tem­pest but this time by Richard Har­vey for Peter Hal­l’s 1973 Nation­al The­atre Com­pa­ny pro­duc­tion; and a great deal more, such as Alfred Reed’s evoca­tive Shake­spear­i­an pieces for wind band. We’ll also hear a selec­tion of peri­od pieces from Philip Pick­ett and the Musi­cians of the Globe — the mar­vel­lous recre­ation of the Globe The­atre in Lon­don.

Then please join us at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 and 03:00 in the UK) for the lat­est instal­ments in our excit­ing radio adven­tures — Part 2 of Jack Flan­ders in Dreams of Bali and Part 2 of Ruby 8 — Good King Kapoor in The ZBS Radio Hour.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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