Sunday, 22 December 2013


One of my favourite musical experiences is The Planet Suite by Gustav Holst. The suite consists of musical pieces capturing the mythical character of seven of the planets in our solar system, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Over the years other composers have tried to 'complete' the suite by adding Earth and Pluto, but I don't think you can improve on the mystical seven pieces in Holst's original work. My daughter and I have been fascinated by space and our solar system, Amy has drawn many pictures of the planets, we wrote Planet Renga together and I wrote the song Stargazing about a sleepless night spent staring at the stars.

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