Wednesday 2 November marks National Stress Awareness Day and here at Town Hall Symphony Hall, we know the importance music can play in every day life and especially in reducing stress. Don't believe us? Well did you know that research conducted by Oxford University found that certain recordings by Verdi, Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini can actually lower blood pressure and subsequently heart rate and stress levels? It's not just these composers - classical music has a far reaching and powerful influence on emotions and so with that in mind, we've picked out some of our favourite pieces from the scientifically approved list for you to enjoy - so pop your headphones on, turn the music up and de-stress.
5. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 : Adagio molto e cantabile
4. Franz Schubert - Ave Maria
3. Mozart - Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, K. 279: II. Andante
2. Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto - Overture
1. Debussy: Clair De Lune
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