From the Library: Vocal Magic

In today’s pro­gramme, Elrik Mer­lin presents a selec­tion of music for the human voice, from Mediæ­val times to the present.

Both sec­u­lar and a lit­tle sacred music is includ­ed, so today’s show will be quite var­ied, includ­ing trou­ba­dour songs, Renais­sance choral works, tra­di­tion­al Eng­lish folk-songs sung by artists like the King’s Singers, and mod­ern works such as those of Karl Jenk­ins, Lib­era, and Don­na McK­e­vit­t’s haunt­ing set­tings of Derek Jar­man’s poet­ry.

The pro­gramme focus­es pri­mar­i­ly on less­er-known works and on small­er vocal ensem­bles, rather than either solo or large-scale per­for­mances, but exam­ples of both are also includ­ed.

And don’t for­get to join us for The Black Mass — our series of clas­sic radio dra­ma fea­tur­ing the most chill­ing tales in lit­er­a­ture — at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic (19:00 or 03:00 UK time) — see sep­a­rate entry.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 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:


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