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Fol­low­ing last is­sue’s ‘The 12 drinks of Christ­mas’ fea­ture, we have been ask­ing you on­line which classical music and drinks go well with each other. I’d go for Si­belius’s Fin­lan­dia & lin­gonberry vodka. I think it would in­voke the essence of far north­ern ex­panses. Alice Stainer @Alices­tainer Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1 with a Boulard XO Au­guste Cal­va­dos. He lived in Hon­fleur near the dis­tillery and both the piece and spirit are warm­ing. Lyle Bignon Juan Diego Flórez singing his 9 high Cs in ‘Ah mes Amis’ in Donizetti’s La fille du rég­i­ment with champagne. As he said him­self – it’s a champagne aria! Jacky Tar­leton @Jack­y­tar­leton Men­delssohn’s He­brides Over­ture with Tober­mory 15-year-old Scotch. The com­poser sketched out the idea for the over­ture in Tober­mory, Isle of Mull, on 7 Au­gust 1829. Garth Pauley Ysaÿe’s Sonates pour vi­o­lon solo per­formed by Thomas Ze­het­mair with ab­so­lutely any­thing. I’ll have a Caber­net Veneto if you’re of­fer­ing. Calum An­drew Mor­rell @Dru­lum Beethoven and (craft) beer? Danny Driver @dandyriver Nielsen and a Ne­groni Jamie W Hall @Jwhall­bari­tone Win­ter­reise and hot choco­late Pete @pe­te_­fol­lyw

High spir­its: Si­belius (right) en­joys a vodka

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