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Classic FM have teamed up with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to release a very special compilation CD called Sounds of the Sea, with tracks chosen by Classic FM listeners.
Sounds of the Sea, released on 19th September, is a double album made up of two hours of classical music inspired by the sea. Classic FM listeners were invited to vote online for the pieces, with the most popular making it on to the final album.
Over ten thousand votes were cast, with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture receiving the highest number of votes (1,502), followed by Khachaturian’s Adagio of Spartacus and Phyrgia (793) and Debussy’s La Mer (773). Elsewhere across the poll the choices were wonderfully varied, with works by Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, Maurice Ravel, Wagner and even Thomas Arne’s Rule, Brittania among others all making it on to the album.
Sounds of the Sea is released on 19th September. £1.84 from the sale of each copy is being donated to the RNLI whose volunteer lifeboat crew help save thousands of lives at sea every year.