FINE. I like late 20th century minimilism.

The other day I was driving, idly listening to the radio, when suddenly I turned up the sound. This was a piece I didn’t know well, but definitely knew. It had to be Hans Zimmer film music (but I knew it wasn’t); the soloist sounded like Lisa Gerrard (until she didn’t). It was moody, it was soaring, it was magical. I knew it. I recognised it. But at the same time, I didn’t know it. I’d heard it before but it could have been any number of things.

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Knights of the Holy Grail

Last night, I was driving home from a busy couple of days catching up with friends and family in Somerset and found myself listening, for the first time in ages, the film music show with Andrew Collins on Classic FM. As you’ll probably know, film music is one of my favourite genres. Hans Zimmer is probably my favourite film composer, and I’ve already spoken about the music he wrote to the film “King Arthur”.

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Every piece of music will move someone to tears, for some reason.

Two months ago, I got married. No biggie. After a year of waiting due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we finally made it official in a rather splendid venue – a very stunning Gloucester Cathedral. Whilst the whole day had been planned around us and our favourite things – our favourite foods, memories of holidays, the beautiful cathedral we attend services at and feel so lucky doing so – I had two particular desires. My wedding dress, which my now husband wasn’t allowed to be part of the discussions about; and the music, which he could be (and was), but there were certain things I desperately wanted.

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Fire dance!

I was relatively uninspired today, after my extremely uninspired day yesterday. Yesterday was not a good day music wise for me – I couldn’t enjoy anything. I probably needed an entire day of foot-tapping, heart-racing music to accompany my work. I didn’t get it – barely anything. And today was almost as bad, but I did get three things to particularly enjoy. Tchaikovsky’s “Marche Slave” – talk about multiple buses coming along at once – and a double bill of Arturo Márquez.

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We Will Remember Them

Two years and two days ago, I had the privilege of being part of a “Come and Sing” day and concert at Gloucester Cathedral. The concert was put on by Gloucester Choral Society, and the singing day involved learning, along with many other day singers and the more practised society, Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man”.

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Finally, thank you Mr A

Today’s piece ticks every box. My favourite composer. A big orchestral piece. Lots of brass. Lots of drums. Lots of power. Russian. But somehow a relatively unknown piece. I suppose there are lots more famous works by Tchaikovsky, and this one isn’t quite as mainstream as some. But it’s probably my favourite piece by him, unless I’m REALLY in the mood for some cannons. Although this piece isn’t entirely without cannons, or suggestions of the, anyway.

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