Music

MUSIC

One of the best ways I find is listening to music. Sometimes you need something that is more relaxing than popular music and the world of classical music has so much to offer. It doesn’t have to be stuffy or boring.

Playing

Why not try and learn an instrument? I am not saying the piano or saxophone but what about a recorder? You can buy one quite cheaply if you don’t have one left over from school and it really isn’t the awful squeaking thing you might remember. There is an excellent tutor on line called Sarah Jeffery. She has a series of lessons on Youtube, which are free! They are really accessible and fun for all levels of player and if you don’t fancy playing she is just fun to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahBlokfluit

SINGING

There are several virtual Choirs popping up. This means you can learn and sing and be part of a choir and in some cases take part in recordings.

The wonderful Eric Whitacre is known for his virtual choirs that he began a few years ago and during lock down Sing Gently was released. Totally magical and can be watched on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InULYfJHKI0

The Stay at Home Choir has done some great recordings – Adiemus, The Global Armed Man, Caledonia and on the run up to Christmas it is offering Star Carol by John Rutter and the traditional David Willcocks arrangement of Hark the herald Angels Sing. A great way to get a bit of festive singing in from your home. You can sing along with recordings such as Messiah and Elijah and there are plenty of carols you can join in with. Just go onto YouTube and search Virtual Choirs, singalong Christmas. There are too many to list here.

If you enjoy this kind of thing do keep a look out for other projects.

Classic FM is a great place to start with Classical Music as they are generally much shorter recordings than say Radio 3.

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/best-classical-music-podcasts/