‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything’. Plato
What would the world be without music? This week I have experienced such a range of different music. My enthusiastic grandchildren practising their clarinet and flute for end of term school concerts; my husband improving his scales on the flugalhorn he received for Christmas and thankfully becoming more tuneful each day; the magical musical mix at The Larmer Tree Festival-a joyful occasion full of fun and energy.
An enormous contrast to this was at the dentist, when I had the option of listening to music to drown out the drilling. Brahms Requiem was sublime and the Monteverdi Vespers calming-it certainly helped.
Last night I accompanied a friend to the local Odeon Cinema to see the Andre Rieu concert – streamed live from Maastricht. It was wonderful to see and hear so many people finding happiness and relaxation in music.
Music was always an important part of College life. In 1841, Martha Gibson,the first student, wrote about how she enjoyed ‘singing instruction’. There were always strong links with the Cathedral, a choir and an orchestra, concerts and performances. Several students became excellent music teachers in schools, fostering a lasting love of music in the children.
Every year hundreds of former students return for the reunion in Salisbury Cathedral and raise the roof by joining together to sing our wonderful College hymn-‘Angel Voices ever Singing’. It is inspirational!
We would love to hear what music means to you and about your musical choices and memories.