Main: From the Library — God Save the King!

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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