Sounds of the Sea

Today we con­tin­ue Mon­day’s theme to an extent with a pro­gramme enti­tled “Sounds of the Sea”, ded­i­cat­ed to the sup­port of Britain’s Roy­al Nation­al Lifeboat Insti­tu­tion (RNLI).

Inter­na­tion­al Talk Like A Pirate Day was two days ago, but there’s anoth­er rea­son for play­ing pieces of clas­si­cal music, sea songs and oth­er pieces of a nau­ti­cal nature. This week sees the release of an excel­lent album, called Sounds of the Sea, pro­duced by Britain’s com­mer­cial clas­si­cal sta­tion Clas­sic FM and the RNLI. The RNLI is a char­i­ty oper­at­ing a pro­fes­sion­al 24/7 search and res­cue organ­i­sa­tion that cov­ers 19,000 miles of coast­line in the UK and Repub­lic of Ire­land. And from each album pur­chased, at least £1.84 goes to sup­port their work.

Clas­sic FM lis­ten­ers and RNLI sup­port­ers were recent­ly asked to vote from a list of beau­ti­ful, mov­ing and dra­mat­ic clas­si­cal pieces asso­ci­at­ed with the sea, choos­ing the work that most accu­rate­ly cap­tured their feel­ings about the ocean and what it means to them. The sta­tion received over 10,000 votes and the win­ning pieces were includ­ed in the album. The most pop­u­lar tracks includ­ed Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Over­ture, Khachaturian’s Ada­gio of Spar­ta­cus and Phyr­gia, and Debussy’s La Mer. Not to men­tion The Fly­ing Dutch­man and Rule Bri­tan­nia! You’ll hear all these and many, many more in today’s pro­gramme.

RNLI sup­port­er Sir Tim Rice wrote the intro­duc­tion to the lin­er notes for the album and is quot­ed on Clas­sic FM’s web site:

When peo­ple lis­ten to this music, I hope that it con­jures up won­der­ful images of the ocean and of the coura­geous lifeboat crews who save lives at sea. How­ev­er, I also hope it reminds you that the RNLI is a char­i­ty, and reliant on pub­lic dona­tions. The vital work of the lifeboat crews can only be car­ried out because of your sup­port.”

Last year, the site notes, the RNLI’s vol­un­teer lifeboat crews launched 8,713 times, res­cu­ing 8,313 peo­ple and sav­ing 309 lives. Since the char­i­ty was found­ed in 1824, its vol­un­teer crews and, more recent­ly, life­guards, have saved over 139,000 lives – none of which could be fund­ed with­out the gen­eros­i­ty of its sup­port­ers.

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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