Singing Our Hearts Out…

I have a piece in the magazine’s new September print edition (out now) about the joys of singing. Which is something I’m afraid I can’t do terrifically well and never could. When I was researching the requisite vocal information for Songs of Triumphant Love I came across an astonishing number of revelations about everything that singing can do for us: it has tangible health benefits, for a start, and psychological ones too. When we say we are ‘singing our hearts out’ it’s probably because we really are: it’s a great stressbuster. Apparently we’ve been turning to singing in droves to beat the recession blues… Anyway, the whole piece is here.

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens