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Pick of the week: 19 June

What’s been happening in the arts this week? As part of our latest blog series, Pick of the Week, we’ve picked our favourite stories and most thought-provoking debates we’ve seen and heard in the news this week.


1 – Listen to music you really like and forget Classical Chill-Out, says Ivan Hewett

In latest health news this week, cardiologists at Oxford University announced that certain pieces by Verdi, Beethoven and Puccini (which were also coincidentally very slow) can lower blood pressure, while tracks by Red Hot Chilli Peppers do the opposite. Ivan Hewett is sceptical of the implications these findings might have and asks: ‘Can we look forward to doses of Puccini and Verdi on the NHS, and health warnings printed on CDs of Vivaldi?’

Is it fair that different genres of music have different health benefits, or even, drawbacks? He advises we forget listening to music that lowers our blood pressure (and sends us to sleep) like Classical Chill-Out and instead, take a dose of “YOLO”: give yourself and your heart a good time and listen to music you actually like!

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