Sat 2 Feb – How Shostakovich Changed My Mind.

8pm Croft Hall – Tickets £10

Rediscovering pleasure in existence

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“There’s something about hearing your most painful emotions transformed into something beautiful…” The old Russian who uttered those words spoke for countless fellow survivors

of Stalin’s reign of terror. And the ‘something beautiful’ he had in mind was the music of Dmitri Shostakovich.

BBC music broadcaster Stephen Johnson will be talking about the power of Shostakovich’s music during Stalin’s reign of terror, and looking at the extraordinary healing effect of music on sufferers of mental illness. He will draw on his own personal experiences, and the talk will be complemented by pieces of Shostakovich’s music.