Orchestra of the Swan Glides into Old Street

It’s Thursday night and the bars and pubs in Shoreditch are lit up and pumping out music into the cold November air.  I have come to an album launch of Stratford-Upon Avon-based Orchestra of the Swan. It’s an edgy venue at Kachett, under the railway arches in Old Street. Half of the musicians have travelled up to London…

The Power of Music and Birdsong

Southwark Cathedral and London Bridge surrounded by fields around 1548   Man has always been enraptured by birdsong. The nightingale’s song is not only a thing of rare beauty but a complex affair. Naturalists have likened the nightingale’s musical talents to that of a jazz musician, who is able to improvise on several instruments at…