Where to start... so much brilliant music! Here are some of my favourites. A trip down memory lane..
1) ‘Sunrise’ String Quartet in B flat major Hob.3:78 1 – Allegro con Spirito – Haydn
This piece was my introduction to String Quartets, a long time ago at a masterclass in Swindon. There are so many quartets I could have chosen, but this is a reminder of the start of a passion.
2) Minor swing – Django Reinhardt
This is a track I listened to as a student. Happy days! A tape played many times when I should have been practising!
3) I Want You Back – Jackson 5
A band at the Royal Academy of Music played this regularly in the bar and I heard it many times!
4) She – Elvis Costello
Love this song!
5) Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai
Brilliant string writing. Maybe apt for this lockdown era!
6) String Octet in E – flat major, Op. 20 1st movement – Mendelssohn
Genius. Written when he was 16! I have memories of my trial with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, playing this and the next track. What fantastic repertoire!
7) String Quartet No.14 in D minor, Death and the Maiden – Schubert
I played this a few times with the ICO, once with an amazing, if rather direct Alban Berg (he told me to vibrate more!)
8) All of me – Django Reinhardt
I love this. First heard it in a club in New York. Glamorous touring days
9) Cinderella – Prokofiev
Have to include some Prokofiev ballet music. I remember doing Romeo and Juliet on my trial for Birmingham Royal Ballet and thinking ballet writing doesn’t get any better than this, but I think Cinderella tops it. Prokofiev certainly knew how to write an emotional, poignant ending.
10) I Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
What a great voice and infectious energy. I’ve danced many times to this!
11) We have all the time in the world – Louis Armstrong
Nearly ten years ago I walked down the aisle to this. Louis was just brilliant!
12) Songbird – Eva Cassidy
Such a natural, clear voice and from a timeless album.
13) Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Heavily pregnant with our second child, this song went hand in hand with my hypno-birthing CD! A cliché, I know, but her voice was the perfect tonic at the time!
14) The Bluebird – Stanford
Introduced to me by my husband. What a glorious sound, so pure!
15) Don’t You Worry About a Thing – Incognito
Love the arrangement of this cover of Stevie Wonder’s original.
16) Nocturne No 2 in Eb – Chopin
My husband, Richard (he’s a violinist too) has been playing this in lockdown. It’s been easing the craziness… a little!