During lockdown, I’ve been reminded of what makes me happy to listen to, and I’ve also well and truly returned to my jazz and Scouse roots.
I’ve listened to loads of music whilst busy in the kitchen testing recipes and cocktails for Notes From Musicians’ Kitchens, an online cookbook written by musicians from all over the world, allowing us all to digitally break bread as a community and raising money for Help Musicians UK.
Jessye Norman’s recording of Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Kurt Masur
Sinatra At The Sands: A live concert recorded in Las Vegas in 1966
The thing that has kept me sane is walking on the beach as often as I can, alongside Antony Gormley’s Iron Men (Another Place, to give the installation its proper name). I’m so lucky to live right next to the Mersey Estuary in Liverpool. You can’t beat fresh air and the sight of the horizon.
Catch up with all the recipes from Notes From Musicians’ Kitchens and listen to the podcast here featuring guests including mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, conductor Robert Treviño, pianist Julia Siciliano, soprano Sonya Yoncheva and conductor Domingo Hindoyan.