Emeli Sande has told how classical composers like Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky inspired her to “push her further with pop music”.
The 35-year-old Scottish singer is at the helm of Composed With Emeli Sande, a new weekly music show on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds which sees her explore music that brings “strength and inspiration”.
Throughout the 12-week series, each episode will focus on a different theme with topics ranging from Spring Awakening to Fragile Days and Sun Salutations.
She told the PA News Agency that classical music was what she listened to when studying, explaining: ‘When songs have words in them your brain gets a little distracted.
“I found that with classical music, it put me in such a calm, meditative state of mind.
“And I’ve always admired composers – Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mozart – I love melody when I create.
“So when you just hear hours of brilliant melody and harmony it blows my mind and what they do in one or two bars is so intricate and clever that it inspires me to push harder with pop music. “
She released the solo singles Heaven and Read All About It, for which she won her first number one, in 2011, and in 2012 was named the winner of the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice, an accolade which has been renamed the Rising Star Award.
She found huge success with her debut album Our Version Of Events in 2012, which spent 10 non-consecutive weeks at number one and was the best-selling album of 2012 and she continued to perform at shows. opening and closing of the London Olympics. .
Her song Next To Me won two Ivor Novello Awards and in 2017 she was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List for Services to Music and was made an MBE.
Sande said during the lockdown she had more time to study classical music.
She said: “I used to play the clarinet in school so this was my first introduction to classical music through the clarinet. But I’ve always dreamed of learning more about the piano. So the last two years have definitely given me time to dig into that and I really appreciate that.
“I don’t know if it’s something I’ll ever do publicly or for people, but just for my own enjoyment, I find it so therapeutic and just being able to perform these great works, so exciting.”
The singer said she hopes the new weekly music show, which launched on April 9, and songs are a “good time to disconnect from the world, which I think we all need from time to time.” .
She added: “I care so much about trying to improve or help people’s mental health and sometimes it can be as simple as taking a little time to breathe.
“And I hope this hour allows people to get out of the hectic chaos and spend some time letting the clouds drift away somehow.”
Composed with Emeli Sande is available on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds.