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Music Matters Lab at Free Thinking

Kate Molleson presents a special live edition with a Music Matters Lab exploring the emotional responses of audiences plus pianist Steven Osborne on the emotional meaning of music.

Kate Molleson gets emotional at the Free Thinking Festival for this live special. We explore an audience’s emotional response to live music in the Music Matters Lab, a partnership with the York Music Psychology Group from the University of York who join Kate to reveal results from a specially-designed experiment. Folk singer and ethnomusicologist Fay Hield is Kate's guest throughout and we hear from pianist Steven Osborne reflecting on the emotional meaning of music and the role of emotion in performance, with the composer Jennifer Walshe on communicating grief in music. Plus, a day in the life of Newcastle folk musician Richard Dawson, whose audio diary takes us on a tour of the local area and reveals how music and emotion punctuate his day.

Photo credit: Ben Ealovega

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