The sound of silence. How the ‘space’ around music affects the way we listen

The June issue’s cover story explores the borders existing between genres, but in My Music, the feature in which we interview a leading figure from outside of the classical music world, landscape architect Kim Wilkie reflects on sound borders in an even wider sense. There’s usually a timely ‘peg’ as to who we interview in My Music each month. In Wilkie’s case he has been restoring the Arcadian landscape around The Grange, a neoclassical house in Hampshire and now home to the Grange Festival. But invariably these sorts of conversations range far and fascinatingly beyond any such starting point, and that was certainly the case here.

Throughout our interview, Wilkie conveyed a deep awareness of the sound around him, whether the music of the jungle surrounding his childhood home, or the clean, crisp sound of the desert around another. Or the counterpoise of silence and music – in his eloquent phrase – familiar to any who have spent time in Oxbridge and stepped from Evensong at dusk into the unique stillness of a college court. At The Grange, he ......

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