English Classical Music

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main, Zeeber Gold

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 27 March, 2013

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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