From the Library: Pomp and Pageant

Today we bring you a col­lec­tion of music often with regal and cer­e­mo­ni­al con­nec­tions, and large­ly (but not entire­ly) with a British flavour. Open­ing with William Wal­ton’s Pre­lude for Orches­tra: Grana­da, writ­ten to open broad­casts from Grana­da Tele­vi­sion “from the North” in ear­li­er times, we then take you on a cel­e­bra­tion of impres­sive and state­ly music from the likes of Elgar, Holst, Bliss, Boyce, Han­del, Arne and Rameau. Well, it’s not all regal: you’ll hear, for exam­ple, Elgar­’s Nurs­ery Suite, con­duct­ed by the com­pos­er in an his­toric record­ing, along with one or two oth­er sur­pris­es.

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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