Sounds of the Sea

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 21 September, 2011

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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