Carols

Carols

If you look way back in history, you will find the term ‘carol’ originates in the Old French word carole, referring to a round of dancers, singing and holding hands. Just like that other ubiquitous singing term, Chorus, which originated in singers...
Why We Sing – new book out in feb 2023

Why We Sing – new book out in feb 2023

From lullabies to songs for the dying, Why We Sing is a fascinating exploration of singing in all its varied forms, from the personal perspective of Julia Hollander, song therapist, teacher and performer. In interrogating her own life experience and using the latest...
The Letter

The Letter

Another outing for my radio programme from last year, about my grandfather’s escape from Nazi Czechoslovakia thanks to a letter from the BBC – on sunday oct 4 and then on BBC Sounds https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002rv6  

Dvorak – Gypsy songs

Preparing for november 22, I’m getting my tongue around the language my grandfather brought to this country. Strange. Strange because his first (and much loved) language was German, and that was what they spoke at home; but the other language they had spoken for...
Rockabye

Rockabye

In a dingy Viennese coffee house, the woman behind the bar isn’t just enjoying her playlist on the PA system – she is joining in, her grainy voice (Austrian accent fully Americanised) rising above the whoosh of the milk frother, ‘So rockabye, rockabye…’ I admire...
The Shape of You

The Shape of You

I’m on holiday in Argentina. A steamy day in Buenos Aires and I spot a beautiful girl wearing headphones and little else shimmying down the street singing ‘I’m in love with the shape of you’. I am struck by the incongruity of the carrot-top Brit Ed Sheeran inveigling...