No 1:'The Truth Will Always Be' from the album Secret Story
I don’t think there is a piece of music that has yet to beat this track for me in terms of combining beautiful jazz improvisations and melodic/harmonic flow with gorgeous orchestral writing.
No 2: 'An Ending (Ascent)' from the album Apollo
I found a tape of this piece under an old railway bridge. I suppose the first “ambient” music I had come across as a child.
No 3: 'Two Grey Rooms' from the album Night Ride Home
It’s not as frequently played as some of her other popular tracks. I like her “jazz” era the best.
No 4: Children’s songs (album)
This album inspired me to write my own series of piano pieces connected to my music and mountains projects with children.
No 5: 'The Weakness In Me'
I have always loved this beautiful and honest song. Joan came to our final graduation at LIPA.
No 6: 'Dark Side of the Moon' (album)
I found this album on the floor while I was baby-sitting age 14 and it changed my musical landscape forever!
No 7: Stravinsky, Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947 version)
Portland Youth Philharmonic
This track inspired me to write a piece for my first woodwind ensemble written for Liverpool’s 10:10 Ensemble.
No 8: Max Richter, 'On the Nature of Daylight'
A composer that writes provocative, simple melodies.
No 9: Boiler Room Berlin Set 2014
I love electronica and dance music and this combines hypnotic beats with melodic certainty.
No 10: 'The Lake'
I love the lyrics to this song. It’s mystical with a topping of uncomfortable darkness. Wonderful! I listened to this song many times while I was walking the length of Scotland in 2019.
WATCH / LISTEN
DESERT ISLAND DISCS WITH STEVE KING
7 September 2020What would you take to a desert island? We've asked players to share their ultimate soundtrack - next up we have Viola Steve King
DESERT ISLAND DISCS WITH HARRY JOHNSTONE
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DESERT ISLAND DISCS WITH MATILDA BROWN
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