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Lately, it seems like the younger generation is divided into two. One half is permanently glued to their digital device, drowning in social media, and can hardly imagine their life without Netflix and Instagram. The other half are rebelling, attempting something easily described as a “digital detox”.

A Digital detox can be defined as a period of time during which a person steps back from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers in order to disconnect to the online world. By many, it is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on real-life social interactions. Stress is proven to be caused by being connected, being online (literally), being available to anyone’s whim 24 hours per day, every day. A recent study from regulator Ofcom concluded that, on average, UK adults spend 25 hours a week online. And that number is constantly increasing.

So can classical music help us to escape the digital chokehold?

Listening to classical music

It is generally accepted that classical music has many positive effects on our brains, sometimes known as “the Mozart effect”. Listening to classical music is proven to boost memory function, sparks creativity, improves productivity and generally makes us feel happier and more relaxed. It can even improve the quality of our (much needed) sleep and help to ease symptoms of depression and melancholy. So why not to turn your phone off, take a deep breath and meditate while listening to classical music after a long working day or just before going to sleep? In our busy and over-connected world it is important to have some time for yourself, to slow things down and classical music is a perfect source of relaxation.

Learning an instrument

From recent research, musical instrument training can have a surprising effect on the structure of our brain. This concerns not only children but also adults and the elderly. Learning an instrument increases the capacity of our memory, enhances spatial reasoning and improves literacy skills. Moreover, musical training requires us to concentrate on one task at once. Concentrating on one task can help us to stay productive; not only while learning an instrument, but one can apply this knowledge to many other crucial tasks.

Attending classical music concerts

Listening to classical music encourages us to think deeply, connect better to ourselves and also connect to the people around us. Going to venues also means connecting to real people, talking to them, and socialising in real life. Sometimes we all need to take a step back from technology now and again. Attending classical music venues reminds us of being fully present in the world. Moreover, classical music concerts are beautiful, not only aurally, but also visually.

Considering all the benefits of classical music, we can utilise it to make our digital detox easier and our life more mindful and deliberate. Likewise, classical music helps us relax and put ourselves in a better mood. So, let’s switch off our mobile phones from time to time and allow us to be unavailable. Or, to put it in in the words of Chris Baréz-Brown: “Get lost in music with others and you might just find yourself.”

(Written on November 29, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Jonathan Dove tells The Times about the success of his operas, Chris Baréz-Brown and David Pearl head to the streets of London in their upcoming event the “University of The Street”, and Bernard Foccroulle reports on new opera’s forms. Also a tribute to Carlos Kleiber.

The Telegraph

Pranks at the Royal Opera House – who’d have thought it?

When tenor Joseph Calleja sprayed shaving foam on a fellow performer’s chair at the Royal Opera House, Michael Simkins found a soft spot for opera

Plucky Britain beats Germany in ukulele clash

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain wins damages from a rival orchestra based in Germany

The Times

Jonathan Dove: the British composer drawing kids to the opera

Some composers wait decades to see their operas staged. Jonathan Dove can hardly globetrot fast enough. “Yes, including the three separate productions of the opera we are talking about, there are 17 new stagings of 11 of my operas in eight different countries during 2015,” the 55-year-old Londoner tells me.

Classical Music

Vienna’s ‘live at home’ opera streaming service is a hit

The Wiener Staatsoper ‘live at home’ video streaming service has attracted more than 9,000 customers in its first season, including 200 who took out the €320 (£227) annual subscription.

BBC News

William Tell: controversial opera rated 15 for cinemas

The Royal Opera House’s production of William Tell, which was booed on its opening night because of a nude rape scene, has been given a 15 certificate for a cinema screening.

Psychologies

Join the urban mindfulness revolution

Street Wisdom, the new free event dubbed the ‘University of The Street’ is coming to London on 5 July 2015. A powerful way to use the streets to find fresh answers and ideas, Street Wisdom is the brainchild of fellow authors and creative leadership gurus Chris Baréz-Brown and David Pearl. The concept relates to Buddhist techniques of mindfulness and shows us a more accessible modern urban route to being present in the moment.

Neu Musikzeitung

Ein Schweizer für die Semperoper: Peter Theiler soll Intendant in Dresden werden

Zuerst war es nur ein Gerücht, dann wurde es rasch zur Tatsache: Peter Theiler soll Intendant der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden werden. Der 1956 in Basel geborene Theatermann wurde von Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange dazu auserkoren, die seit dem Tod von Ulrike Hessler vakante Position neu zu besetzen.

BR Klassik

“Er kochte mit Feuer”

1930 wurde er in Berlin geboren, als Sohn von Erich Kleiber. Heute, und auch schon zu seinen Lebzeiten, gelingt Carlos das Unmögliche: Er wird NOCH berühmter, NOCH begehrter als sein Über-Vater Erich. Am 3. Juli 2015 würde Kleiber, der 2004 in Slowenien starb, 85 Jahre alt.

Berlin.de

Berliner Musikstudent gewinnt Petersburger Cello-Wettbewerb

Der Berliner Cello-Student Andrei Ioniță hat den ersten Preis im bedeutenden Tschaikowski-Wettbewerb in St. Petersburg gewonnen.

Le Monde

Bernard Foccroulle : « L’opéra a besoin de nouvelles formes»

A 61 ans, Bernard Foccroulle, directeur général du Festival international d’art lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence depuis 2007, est l’une des figures de proue du monde de l’opéra. Par ailleurs organiste et compositeur, il préside l’association Opera Europa, qui fédère cent quatre compagnies issues de trente-trois pays. A la veille de la 67e édition du festival, il estime que cette forme musicale séculaire n’a pas dit son dernier mot.

France Musique

Marc Minkowski nommé Directeur général de l’Opéra national de Bordeaux

Le chef d’orchestre Marc Minkowski vient d’être désigné Directeur général de l’Opéra national de Bordeaux. Il remplacera Thierry Fouquet qui prendra sa retraite en juin 2016.

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(Written on July 3, 2015 )