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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 )

Telegraph

Steven Price, a British hero of the Oscars

Nottingham-born composer and musician Steven Price wins the Oscar for original score for his work on Gravity for director Alfonso Cuarón

BBC News

Elgar’s little-known ‘music therapy’ pieces from asylum released

The new album, called Music for Powick Asylum, is made up of recordings of some of the pieces Elgar composed in his early years, as bandmaster of the Worcester County and City Lunatic Asylum.

Llandaff Cathedral marks £1.5m organ work with recital

The end of six year’s work to replace Llandaff Cathedral’s organ has been marked with a free recital. An appeal to fund the £1.5m organ was launched after a lightning strike in 2007 finished off its predecessor.

Tim Rice: Public have no appetite for new musicals

Theatre lyricist Sir Tim Rice says the public is no longer interested in musicals based around new material.

The Guardian

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny donates €600k to save accordion factory

French footballer demonstrates pride in his Gallic roots with investment in Tulle factory threatened with closure

CNN

World’s 15 most beautiful concert halls

From Azerbaijan to the Sage, CNN list their most beautiful concert halls.

Die Zeit

Die Schlacht gewonnen, den Krieg verloren

Im Streit mit YouTube scheint die Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema vor Gericht einen Etappensieg errungen zu haben. Das Urteil dürfte ihr Imageproblem allerdings nicht lösen.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC News

 

(Written on March 4, 2014 )

BBC News

Hidden hierarchy in string quartets revealed

Scientists have come up with a way to reveal the pecking order within a string quartet

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Priceless’ Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery in Milwaukee

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery after a performance by Almond at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said on Tuesday.

The New York Times

Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94.

Classic FM Online

Man dressed as Mozart gatecrashes Super Bowl media day

An Austrian television presenter has surprised the media in the run-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl American Football match by dressing up as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

John Suchet opens Classic FM Foundation Lecture Room at Nordoff Robbins

Classic FM’s John Suchet has officially opened the Classic FM Lecture Room at the London headquarters of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Katy Perry’s Verdi dress steals show at Grammys

Classical music made an unlikely appearance on this year’s Grammy Award red carpet, in the form of a stunning gown worn by Katy Perry

Gramophone

The 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards revealed

A string quartet, soprano and violinist take top prizes

Die Welt

Die Fließbandware de Luxe eines Göttlichen

Bei der Salzburger Mozartwoche werden die elf Werke aufgeführt, die Mozart 1784 ernährten. Und es wird deutlich, wie sehr dieser sogar Bach überragte – allerdings nur den Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 29, 2014 )

Guardian

Classical grammys: wins for Adès, Schneider and Minnesota Orchestra

Maria Schneider’s song cycle triumphed in two categories, while Metropolitan Opera’s recording of Adès’s opera beat strong competition.

NPR

New music shines at classical grammy Awards

New music compositions and performers receive an impressive number of awards at the classical grammys.

The Journal 

Newcastle University scientists work with pianist to treat ‘musical hallucinations’

A pianist who persistently hears classical music by Bach in her head could hold the key to a breakthrough in treating a rare ear condition. The woman is one of only a handful of people to experience “musical hallucinations” as a result of tinnitus and claims she also hears Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore echoing in her ears.

BBC News

Making music videos ‘helps young cancer patients cope’

Music therapy can help teenagers and young people cope better when faced with treatment for cancer, a study in Cancer journal suggests. American researchers followed the experiences of a group of patients aged 11-24 as they produced a music video over three weeks.

The Strad

100 stringed instruments stolen from a property in Bremen, Germany

A collection of 100 string instruments worth €150,000, including violins, violas, cellos and viols by Leopold Widhalm, Emile Laurent and Emile Germain, has been stolen from the home of a dealer in Bremen, Germany.

Die Zeit

Wie eine kokette Ballerina

Olga Scheps entdeckt für sich die Klavierkonzerte von Chopin.

The Strad

The Strad

(Written on January 28, 2014 )