Posts By: Anna Souter

Five Christmas Jazz Numbers You Might Not Know

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… But all that Christmas music can get a bit repetitive. While we love listening to Bing Crosby crooning about a winter wonderland and Nat King Cole creating dreaming images of roasting chestnuts and open fires, sometimes it’s nice to vary it up a bit. We’ve come up

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Why Carols Haven’t Always Been Only for Christmas

Contrary to popular belief, for most of musical history carols were not exclusively – or even especially – associated with Christmas. Some of the earliest songs to which we have extant words and music are carols: that is to say, they are songs with a repeating refrain or “burden”. Some of the earliest carols are

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How Katherine Parr Collaborated with Thomas Tallis to Create Musical Propaganda

In an exciting announcement, Obsidian Records revealed their newest project, Thomas Tallis, Queen Katherine Parr and Songs of Reformation. In the year marking 500 years since the posting of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, this new recording by Alamire, Fretwork and David Skinner celebrates the music of Thomas Tallis, whose musical style famously evolved with the changing

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The Story Behind Bing Crosby’s White Christmas

Did you know that Bing Crosby’s version of White Christmas remains the best-selling single worldwide of all time? To coincide with the 40th anniversary of Bing Crosby’s death, we’re looking at the story behind this wonderful Christmas number and at what makes it so successful. White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin in 1942 for

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How Elvis Changed Popular Music Forever

Elvis Presley is undisputably the King of rock ‘n’ roll. But why was his music so influential? It’s worth remembering that the biggest names in the world of music in the 1950s were singers and musicians who are still household names today, but they’re famous for a very different style from the one developed by

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Top 10 Classical Music Pieces for Summer

Summer is here! School’s out, and the British public are escaping the unpredictable weather by fleeing to sunnier climes. Those long summer evenings are the perfect time to sit back, pour out a gin and tonic, and let yourself drift away to some classical music. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite musical works that

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Our Guide to the BBC Proms 2017

The highly-anticipated line-up for this year’s edition of the BBC Proms 2017 was announced last week. With an innovative mixture of old and new and an expansion to incorporate new locations including the Tate Modern and a former multi-storey car park in Peckham, it’s already got the music world talking. Tickets can be booked for

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International Women’s Day: Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter

It’s International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we’re featuring the latest release by our sister label, Obsidian Records. Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter: Princess, Nun and Musician features never-before-heard music which recent research suggests may have been composed by the daughter of Lucrezia Borgia. This was music composed for and by women; Eleanora d’Este, a daughter of the

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The Most Romantic Pieces of Classical Music Ever

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s the time of year for romance. To get you, or your loved one, in the mood, we’ve put together a list of the most romantic pieces of classical music ever written. 1. Salut d’Amour, Elgar Elgar this emotional piece in 1888 and gave it to his fiancée, Caroline

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