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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 12 March, 2011

Today marks two rather interesting musical anniversaries. This day in 1628 saw the death of John Bull, the composer believed to have writen the melody to England’s National Anthem, God Save the King (or Queen, as appropriate). It was also the birth, in 1710, of Thomas Augustine Arne, the composer of Rule Britannia. Thus it’s an appropriate day to present a programme of ceremonial music from the Renaissance period, through the Baroque to modern times. You’ll hear processional music, music for royal events, military pieces and a great deal more, all with a sense of ceremony and pomp about it. And we’ll be playing other pieces of music from composers known for their ceremonial works, such as Walton and Elgar. Huzzah!

The image is of a hand-coloured woodcut, A Perspective View of the Magnificent Structure Erected in the Green Park for the Royal Fire Works exhibited the 27 of April 1749, on account of the General Peace. Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks is, of course, included in today’s programme.

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then join us at 11am and 7pm Pacific Time, that’s 19:00 and 03:00 GMT, for two exciting adventures from our friends at ZBS Foundation in the ZBS Radio Hour. At the top of the hour, Jack Flanders returns to where it all began — his aunt’s mysterious Victorian mansion where all manner of strange goings-on unfurled and he discovered many other worlds both within and without, over 35 years ago, in Part 3 of Return to Inverness. Then at the bottom of the hour it’s Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe, in Part 3 of Ruby 5.

Off the Shelf

And join us at 1pm Pacific Time (21:00 GMT) for another edition of Off the Shelf, our regular series on books and the people who love them.Today, an interview with Donna Fletcher Crow, author of The Monastery Murders series. Read more about the programme at The Bookstacks.

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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