My Life In Music

Away from the concert platform, five musicians write about the music that has shaped their personal lives.

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03Karine Polwart20180502

On the eve of her Grampa's funeral, Karine Polwart received a song.

05 LASTSally Beamish20180504

Composer and viola player Sally Beamish talks about her violinist mother's fascination with Shostakovich - and explores the Second Piano Trio, looking at the influence it had on her own work. She describes her mother's gradual decline into dementia, and their complex and intense relationship.

01O Come, O Come Emmanuel20180430

Folk singer Chris Wood remembers singing in Canterbury Cathedral as a child.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Away from the concert platform, five musicians write about the music that has shaped their personal lives.
Folk singer/song-writer Chris Wood was a boy chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. The build-up at Christmas time to a performance of the hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel had both a profound and mundane effect on this eight-year-old child.

Folk singer/song-writer Chris Wood was a boy chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. The build-up at Christmas time to a performance of the hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel had both a profound and mundane effect on this eight-year-old child.

02Cage Sonatas And Hancock's Head Hunters20180501

Composer Kerry Andrew discovered she had two CDs in common with her boyfriend.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Away from the concert platform, five musicians write about the music that has shaped their personal lives.
Composer Kerry Andrew met bassist and heavy metal enthusiast Andrew online. On meeting in the flesh, she discovered that amongst their vast individual CD collections, they had two discs in common: John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes, played by Boris Berman, and Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock. Would this overlap in musical taste be an indicator of a successful partnership for life?

Composer Kerry Andrew discovered she had two CDs in common with her boyfriend.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Composer Kerry Andrew met bassist and heavy metal enthusiast Andrew online. On meeting in the flesh, she discovered that amongst their vast individual CD collections, they had two discs in common: John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes, played by Boris Berman, and Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock. Would this overlap in musical taste be an indicator of a successful partnership for life?

03Craigie Hill20180502

On the eve of her Grampa's funeral, Karine Polwart received a song.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

04The Silver Swan20180503

Oboist George Caird wonders if he has the courage for a swan song of his own.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Oboist George Caird wonders if he has the courage for a swan song of his own.

05Shostakovich's Second Piano Trio20180504

Composer Sally Beamish remembers her mother's love of Shostakovich's Trio.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Away from the concert platform, five musicians write about the music that has shaped their personal lives.
Composer and viola player Sally Beamish talks about her violinist mother's fascination with Shostakovich - and explores the Second Piano Trio, looking at the influence it had on her own work. She describes her mother's gradual decline into dementia, and their complex and intense relationship.