Soothe the body and soul with classical music

Many of us enjoy the soothing sounds of a sonata or feel our creativity stirred by a concerto but did you know that classical music really does have some proven beneficial effects on our moods, brain and physical performance?

These include:

  • enhanced memory
  • improved quality of sleep
  • a spike in creativity
  • reduced stress levels

If classical music is not really your thing, you can still reap the benefits by tuning in to one of the many film scores that use one of the classics as their theme or incidental music. Classic FM has a selection.

Here are a few examples:

Raging Bull – Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana (Pietro Mascagni)

There will be Blood – Violin Concerto in D Major (Johannes Brahms)

The Man who Wasn’t There – Piano Sonata No 8 in C Minor (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Apocalypse Now – Flight of the Valkyries (Richard Wagner)

2001: A Space Odyssey – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Richard Strauss)

Secret Garden Concerts

If you yearn to be soothed by a classical music concert, you need travel no further than the Secret Garden venue in Streatham Hill ? The venue was created directly in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The organisers wanted to bring back music and entertainment in a safe environment and have arranged a series of concerts in conjunction with London Concertante Chamber Ensemble. Performances take place in an exclusive and stunning private garden, where you can also enjoy a glass of wine and a meal.

Romantic Cello by Moonlight

Cellist Chris Grist joins pianist Daniel Grimwood for a programme of Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens and Beethoven.

Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major: ‘The Trout’

The last week of August will see a performance of the ever-popular and bewitching ‘The Trout’ as well as Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor.