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Laura Barton visits the city of Norwich where, among the cathedrals and church towers, there is a distinctly playful music being made.

Music writer Laura Barton visits four locations in Britain and listens closely to the music found in different landscapes. Today - Norwich.

John Betjeman wrote, "What would you be, you wide East Anglian sky / Without church towers to recognise you by?"

But in the shadow of the Anglican Cathedral, Laura discovers that music and mischief seem to go hand-in-hand. She talks with Jenny and Rosa of celebrated teen pop duo Let's Eat Grandma about clapping songs and messing about by the river, electronic music composer Emma Catnip (AKA Catnip and Claws) about mischievous monks and the sound of bouncing balls in the underpass and, in their downtime after Evensong, members of the girls' choir at the Cathedral.

Produced by Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

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30 minutes

Music Played

  • Emma Catnip  

    Ruins

    •  12 Tails.
    • Soundcloud.
  • Let’s Eat Grandma

    Hot Pink

    •  I’m All Ears.
    • Transgressive Records.
  • Norwich Cathedral Choir cond. Ashley Grote

    Norwich Cathedral field recording

  • Let’s Eat Grandma

    Deep Six Textbook

    •  I, Gemini.
    • Rough Trade.
  • Let’s Eat Grandma

    Cat’s Pyjamas

    •  I’m All Ears.
    • Transgressive Records.
  • Let’s Eat Grandma

    Ava

    •  I’m All Ears.
    • Transgressive Records.
  • Let’s Eat Grandma

    Donnie Darko

    •  I’m All Ears.
    • Transgressive Records.
  • Norwich Cathedral Choir cond. Ashley Grote

    Magnificat in G (Stanford), field recording (Norwich Cathedral)

  • Emma Catnip  

    Ruins

    •  12 Tails.
    • Soundcloud.
  • Organ Voluntary, field recording (Norwich Cathedral)

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