The Cotswolds Con­ser­va­tion Board

Tune into na­ture – bird­song, breezes, buzzing bees – and tra­di­tional pur­suits like cricket. Sum­mer sounds around the Cotswolds soothe the soul! Words: Siân El­lis

Cotswold Life - - AUGUST -

lis­tens to the sounds of sum­mer

Au­gust be­gins with the fi­nal dra­matic strains of Or­feo ed Euridice at Long­bor­ough Fes­ti­val Opera (July 29-Au­gust 1) and cul­mi­nates with the bo­nanza of mu­sic, food and drink that is The Big Feas­t­i­val (Au­gust 25-27). Never let it be said the Cotswolds lacks mu­si­cal di­ver­sity! Nor should we be sur­prised. The land­scape has pro­vided the set­ting and in­spi­ra­tion to many dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal tal­ents past and present, from The Plan­ets com­poser Gus­tav Holst to Peter Gabriel.

Chel­tenham-born Holst loved walk­ing and prac­tised his trom­bone in the hills, predilec­tions you might em­u­late – walk­ing, at least – along the Gus­tav Holst Way from Cran­ham to Wyck Riss­ing­ton where he had his first job as an or­gan­ist, 1892–1893. Peter Gabriel, of course, made ‘Sols­bury Hill’ his de­but sin­gle af­ter leav­ing rock band Ge­n­e­sis. “Climb­ing up on Sols­bury Hill ... Wind was blow­ing, time stood still” con­tin­ues to ring true when ram­bling there to­day.

More gen­er­ally, the nat­u­ral sound­track of the Cotswolds coun­try­side, of chuck­ling streams, wind through woods, bird­song or the re­as­sur­ing mur­mur of farm­land an­i­mals all pro­vide ther­a­peu­tic mood mu­sic to help us re­dis­cover our in­ner har­mony away from the 24/7 pres­sures of life. And then there’s the en­tic­ing glug of lo­cally brewed ale into a glass on a sunny evening in a pub af­ter a walk; or the tra­di­tional thwack and “howzat” of cricket. Why not get in tune and en­joy the re­fresh­ing tempo of some Cotswolds sum­mer sounds?

The River Coln at Bibury

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