Music to help you during Coronavirus

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Many of our patients enjoy spending time with our Music Therapist, Ann Beresford. Ann has kindly written a guest blog for us with some suggestions for music you might find helpful during this time.


In these strange alarming days we’re living through, we all need to find ways of not just coping, but soaring above our circumstances and finding release and relief from the stress of our new imposed lifestyles.

Like never before, we’re each being confronted with our own mortality and for some of us, we may find ourselves seeking a higher strength, a deeper meaning to our humanity, and a greater appreciation of life itself.

Most of us find music to be a vehicle that calms our spirit or releases new energy for us, physically, mentally and spiritually. As a Music Therapist at St Catherine’s I’ve been asked to suggest a few pieces that I find have that profound effect.

Obviously we each have our own tastes and preferences, and what touches me may not have the same effect on you, but here are my choices – I hope you find listening to some of them helpful:-

For physical calming and slowing the heart rate:

Arvo Part: Spiegel im Spiegel –

Air on a G string: Bach –

Adagio for strings (choral version All Angels): Samuel Barber –

Piano concerto no.2, 2nd movement: Shostakovich –

Miserere: Allegri –

For reflection and lifting the spirit:

I really encourage you all to listen to this one – For me, the lyrics are amazingly relevant right now:

The Prayer: Celine Dion & Josh Groban or Andrea Bocelli –

You Raise Me Up: Josh Groban –

Somewhere Over the Rainbow –

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending –

Lean on Me: Bill Withers –

What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong

Songbird: Eva Cassidy –

The Lord bless you and keep you: Rutter –

How Great Thou Art: hymn –

For Energising – cheering up!:

Happy!: Pharrell Williams –

I Will Survive: Gloria Gaynor –

Olly Murs: Dance With Me Tonight –

Amazing Grace: hymn –

In addition, I‘d encourage everyone to watch:

Andrea Bocelli’s Corona Virus reflection/concert from Milan Cathedral –

And to join in singing Gareth Malones Great British Home Chorus every day –