Beirut – Forks And Knives (La Fête)  

Introduced to me by one of the bright young studio assistants in my studio during a particularly hectic and hot summer where we were working all day.


The Cure – Close To Me


Reminds me of being 20 in my studio in Manchester and dancing at The Hacienda


The Skints – Rise Up


An introduction from a friend Patti, who took me to see their gig in a village hall. They were awesome.


Elbow – Starlings

I've been looking for a murmuration of starlings for years so this song conjures great images for me.

Bon Iver – Flume  

As well as being a studio favourite, the lyrics say - 'gluing feathers on the flume' which seems very appropriate.

Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up  

Hugely uplifting song. Came across this musician at the same time as my sons and we still have arguments over who found him first!

Siouxsie & The Banshees – Happy House  

Another favourite from my time in Manchester.

Squeeze – Cool for Cats  

One more Manchester memory.


Capriccio Stravagante & Chanticleer – Hear My Prayer, Z. 30


I sang this at a concert to raise money for people affected by the Tsunami.It's a fantastic composition that envelops you; the gentle voices build to create a piece of music that hits you like a wall – It's the only time actually

Dido and Aeneas – Thy hand Belinda – When I am laid in earth  

I was in Covent Garden by The Actor's Church and saw that Dido and Aeneaswas on. I went in and it was being performed by a group of young opera singers and it just blew me away.


The Smiths – There is a light that never goes out


Because I love the chorus that goes 'And if a double-decker bus crashes into us to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die. And if a ten-ton truck kills the both of us to die by your side well the pleasure, the privilege is mine'.


The Cure – Lovesong


Because every playlist should end with The Cure.


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