We could all use a bit more calm in our lives right now so we have put together some of our favourite relaxing playlists and videos from BBC Sounds, London Philharmonic Orchestra, YCAT and Headspace for you to enjoy
This three hour continuous mix, introduced by Sir David Attenborough, features a blissful selection of classical music of all styles interspersed with sounds from the natural world from the BBC’s Natural History Archive. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a lazy Sunday morning or perhaps something to listen to on a long walk.
We work very closely with YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) to bring the very best young musicians to Saffron Hall as part of our Young Artist Coffee Concert series. We very much enjoyed their video from Matthew Jones, Head of Chamber Music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, who leads a yoga session specifically tailored to musicians incorporating elements of meditation and Alexander Technique.
Find a moment of calm with London Philharmonic’s musical meditation series, with episodes guest edited by the likes of Russell Brand and Fearne Cotton. At a time when we’re all experiencing a wide and complex range of emotions, the LPO encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day to lean in and listen to music that’s been carefully curated to help connect and reflect.
Each week Glyndebourne are teaming up with artists such as Danielle de Niese, Felicity Lott and Max Mendel (Principal Viola in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) to bring you a moment of calm with a stripped back performance of a traditional folk song.
Music streaming service Spotify have teamed up with mindfulness app Headspace for this playlist of guided meditations. Ranging from 1 minute to 10 minutes, this mix of tracks specially designed for beginners walks you through the basics of meditation and then moves on to meditative activities you can do alongside a walk, eating your breakfast or before you exercise.
Cbeebies have put together a collection of hour-long bed time mixes for children. With everything from the whirring drone of a spaceship to the comforting repeat of waves on the shore, these sounds are perfect for calming down your little ones after a long day.