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A MUSICAL ODYSSEY

European music offers a feast of quality music that takes us on a journey from womb to tomb. This list of suggestions is subjective. However, if it inspires you to explore, understand and appreciate the finest music embracing the most gifted musicians over the centuries then please feel free to acquire any of the following introductions to the world of classical music. Think of each track as a sublime glass of aphrodisiacal wine and I think you will return again and again.

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THE MAN WHO MADE LILI MARLENE THE WORLD’s MOST POPULAR WARTIME BALLAD

Born in Braunschweig, Germany, the son of a professor of medicine, Norbert Schultze (1911 – 2002 studied music at the Hochschule fur Musik in Cologne.   He was afterwards to become an orchestral conductor, first performing at Heidelberg and then later at Darmstadt. Realising he had a gift for composition the young musician produced an opera based on a fairy tale, Schwarzer Peter (1936).  This was followed by the ballet performance, Struwwelpeter (1937).

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THE AWESOME EXPERIENCE OF AN 8,000 VOICE CHOIR

The Welsh male voice choir has become the country’s most treasured and remarkable feature, with Baptist, Methodist origins in the 18th century. During this time, congregations in both the north and south of Wales formed tenor-bass choirs that led chapel-goers in the singing of hymns, both in English and in Welsh.

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REVENGE OF A PREDATOR

When I learned that one of my favourite non-fiction writers – prolific historian Michael Walsh – had applied his skills to fiction I was immediately intrigued.

This sense of intrigue only increased when I learned that the novel’s hero was an ex-mercenary who had served in some of Africa’s most notorious hotspots, since it is well known that Walsh has a vast wealth of experience in those places.

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