English Classical Music

Today we’re fea­tur­ing the work of Eng­lish com­posers through the ages — from light clas­sics to major works.

It’s sup­posed to be Spring here in Eng­land, but it appears to be try­ing to be Jan­u­ary! Hence the image of the robin that heads this entry. It’s warm­ing in the Arc­tic cre­at­ing a high pres­sure area to the North, push­ing cold Arc­tic air down to us and push­ing the Jet­stream down to the Mediter­ranean, and this is prob­a­bly how it’s going to be until long after we learn to con­trol our car­bon emis­sions.

The pro­gramme today focus­es pri­mar­i­ly on the music of lead­ing Eng­lish com­posers from the Baroque era and some­times before, to the cur­rent day and includes some recent releas­es.

Zee­ber Gold will be along as usu­al at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (now 18:00 and 02:00  GMT), fea­tur­ing our series of clas­sic inter­views with the movers and shak­ers of the 1960s and 70s. Today it’s CHOGYAM TRUNG­PA, RIN­POCHE.

Rin­poche (1939–87) prob­a­bly did more to adapt the ancient tra­di­tions of the East to the mod­ern West­ern expe­ri­ence than any oth­er spir­i­tu­al teacher. Born in Tibet and dis­cov­ered at the age of 14 months to be the 11th incar­na­tion of the Trung­pa Tulku, he was raised to become Abbot of the Sur­mang Monas­ter­ies. While still in his teens, he was forced to flee to India when Tibet was invad­ed by the Chi­nese Com­mu­nists. From India he went to Oxford, where he stud­ied fine arts, com­par­a­tive reli­gion, psy­chol­o­gy and West­ern cul­ture. After five years of such study, he found­ed his first med­i­ta­tion cen­tre in Scot­land and pub­lished his first two books – his auto­bi­og­ra­phy Born in Tibet, and Med­i­ta­tion in Action. In 1970, he came to the U.S. and  estab­lished two med­i­ta­tion cen­tres, Tail of the Tiger, in Bar­net, Ver­mont and Kar­ma Dzong, in Boul­der, Col­orado. In 1974, Trung­pa found­ed the Naropa Insti­tute, which lat­er became Naropa Uni­ver­si­ty, in Boul­der, Col­orado. Naropa was the first accred­it­ed Bud­dhist uni­ver­si­ty in North Amer­i­ca. Chogyam Trung­pa hired Allen Gins­berg to teach poet­ry and William Bur­roughs to teach lit­er­a­ture. He also estab­lished the the Shamb­ha­la Train­ing method. This inter­view with the con­tro­ver­sial hard-drink­ing, chain-smok­ing lama was record­ed at Tail of the Tiger in August, 1972.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, 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: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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