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Thursday, 14 November 2019

When I’m driving, if I don’t have one Spotify playlist or another plugged in, I’m a BBC Radio 4 kinda guy. Whether it’s Today during my morning commute, or PM in the evenings, I enjoy the more in-depth news journalism they offer over the banter- and personality-driven Radios 1 or 2. Or, in the very early mornings, when they broadcast the BBC World Service, there’s the possibility of catching a programme on any number of extraordinary, eye-opening topics.

But this week, for a change — or perhaps because there’s only so much Brexit-related election coverage one can stomach — I instead tuned into Radio 3, the BBC’s classical music station, and enjoyed several hours of news-free, politics-free music. It helped that they just so happened to be playing some of my favourite pieces of music, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies and Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite among them, but it’s nice to switch off your awareness of the world’s problems for a little while, and just enjoy beauty. I really must make the effort to listen to more classical music.