Thanksgiving 2022

What is Thanksgiving Day? Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when people gather to give thanks for the harvest and other important historical events. The arrival of the Pilgrim Fathers in the United States is one example. Thanksgiving is celebrated in various countries and on different dates around the world including the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia and… Read More »

Fauré’s Pavane

Op.50 Pavane by Fauré Gabriel Fauré composed Op. 50 Pavane for orchestra and chorus in 1887. Anne has recently arranged the simple but beautiful melody of Pavane as a Sextet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon and Trombone. Fauré named this piece after a Spanish court dance that was popular in Europe during the Renaissance. Though originally… Read More »

Halloween Music

Now the summer is over and autumn has arrived we turn our thoughts to Halloween music featured on our site. But first, what is Halloween? Also known as , also known as Hallowe’en, All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve, we celebrate Halloween on 31st October. It’s possible that Halloween originated from the pagan festival of Samhain. The… Read More »

The UK National Anthem

God Save The King Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the ascension of King Charles III, the UK National Anthem has been played a good deal recently. As we look ahead to the coronation some time in the future, Anne has published the sheet music for the UK National Anthem for the first time on music-scores.… Read More »

Music for Peaceful Contemplation

Gentle Music Following the sad news about the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II we thought we would share with you some some of our favourite pieces of gentle music for contemplation  that you can find on our site. Holst. The Planets: 2 Venus Venus, the Bringer of Peace  from the planet suite by Gustav Holst is a sensitive… Read More »

Folk and Traditional Music

Traditional and Folk Music on If you enjoy a sing song or informal music performance at your summer gatherings with family or friends then browse through our selection of folk and traditional music. We have plenty to choose from for old and young alike. Take a look at the suggestions below. Londonderry Air Londonderry Air, also known… Read More »

Film and TV Music

Classical Music used in Film and TV Film and TV music is often based on classical pieces. Sometimes it could be just a few bars an other times an entire piece is featured. We take a quick look at some of them here. Sumer is i-cumen in Sumer is i-cumen in, in modern English “summer has arrived”. It’s… Read More »

When will it rain?

At the moment the weather is very hot and dry, there is the threat of drought. What could be better than to find some music that represents rain! Here are our some of our when will it rain thoughts Scarlatti. Kp.198, L.022 Sonata in E minor Piano Sonata in E minor: lively and sparkling, this reminds us of… Read More »

Composers Born In August

Classical composers with August birthdays We’ve only a few classical composers born in August featured on They’re from different music periods and each with their own musical style. Read more about each one by clicking through to our blog posts. Claude Debussy – 22 August 1862. Influential French composer. Benjamin Godard – 18 Aug 1849. French violinist… Read More »

History of the Proms

A Brief History of the Proms The World’s Greatest Music Festival The world famous BBC Proms began its 2022 season on 15 July and runs until 10 September at the Royal Albert Hall, London. There are 8 weeks of concerts covering huge variety of genres and appealing to audiences of all ages. You can find out about the… Read More »