From the Library: A Victorian Entertainment

Today on Radio Riel, please join us for a day of music from the Vic­to­ri­an and Edwar­dian eras. The show will include pop­u­lar songs and bal­lads famil­iar to those of us who fre­quent the music-halls.

In addi­tion we shall be enjoy­ing some of the mar­vel­lous musi­cal con­fec­tions of Mr Lionel Mon­ck­ton and, from time to time, we shall regale you with the sounds of the lat­est in Mechan­i­cal Instru­men­ta­tion, includ­ing the famous Carousel Steam-Organ.

We also have a treat for you in the form of two of the Very Lat­est Instru­ments in the Mechan­i­call Tra­di­tion, name­ly the Famous Cybraphon, whose feel­ings are well-known to those of us who fre­quent the Æther-nets; and the lat­est Musi­call Enter­tain­ments from the redoubtable Pro­fes­sor Arm­chair, cour­tesy of our friends at Magnatune.com, who may be known to you as tend­ing to be tempt­ed by Too Much Mus­tard. (And while we are at it, we’ll hear the 1913 Princes Band ren­der­ing of the piece by the same name.)

We guar­an­tee that a most enjoy­able time is to be had by all.

Then, at 10am SLT, please join us for Chap­ter 11 of Ken­neth Gra­hame’s immor­tal clas­sic, The Wind In The Wil­lows: “Like Sum­mer Tem­pests came his Tears” (see sep­a­rate entry).

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at http://music.radioriel.org. Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.

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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