“Silence is the new luxury” – an exploration of ways in which we can find peace and quiet amidst the busyness of life

a snowy, foggy urban scene across rooftops and trees

"Find those moments where you can quieten your mind and find moments of joy that are just for you. Then you will find silence." ~ Erling Kagge Many years ago, as a member of the BBC Symphony Chorus, I was lucky enough to take part in a festival of music celebrating the work of pioneering…

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I’m in good company

Let me introduce you to someone: Isn't she wonderful? This is Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865-1932), painted by the equally fabulous John Singer Sargent in 1892 (oil on canvass 127x101cm), held by the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. Mr Tracks and I first met her at London's National Gallery in 2006, as part of a…

If you do nothing else listen to the last thing in this post…

When you hear the name Camille Saint-Saëns, what music do you first think of? I suspect most people might go for his famous work The Carnival Of The Animals.  This suite, written in 1886, was regarded by the composer as 'a piece of fun' and, ironically, was not intended for publication.  A whimsical work lasting only…