From the Library: A Victorian Christmas

in Daily Programme

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 10 December, 2008

Today, Elrik Merlin presents a programme of Victorian seasonal music ranging from carols played on hand-bells, musical boxes and pipe organs to familiar choral and concert works of the period. Season’s greetings to our listeners, clients and sponsors from all of us at Radio Riel! Thank you for your support throughout the year.

The image shown here is what is generally regarded as the first Christmas card, produced for Mr Henry Cole in 1843 by John Halsey of Torquay, in south-west England. Mr Cole had apparently left himself without enough time to write a personal seasonal greeting to his friends and relations and as a result commissioned the card. As was often the case at the time, there is a moral to the art: the centre panel shows the well-to-do celebrating Christmas while on either side we see the poor being fed and clothed, reminding recipients that the season was one in which, in the depths of winter, the less-well-off should be remembered particularly.

• From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life. Today’s programme was produced by Elrik Merlin.

For more information on the Caledon Library, current exhibits and the work of Second Life reference libraries in general, please visit the Caledon Library Web site, or one of their locations in-world.

You can listen now at — the ideal URL for you to use in your home parcel media address in-world — or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player. (If you want to listen off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address doesn’t work for you, click here.)


{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: