Turner Sims Staff Lockdown Playlist


We asked our interns, we asked our audience – now it’s the turn of Turner Sims staff to share the music that’s been on the repeat listening list throughout lockdown! 

It’s an interesting mix and we hope you enjoy it! Read on to find out more about some of our choices, or listen to the complete playlist here.


Liz (Arts Administrator)

1. Movie Soundtracks & Cinematic Music playlist from Spotify
The Outatime Orchestra Back to the Future 
John Williams Theme from Jurassic Park

I am a huge movie fan so I enjoy listening to the score of my favourite movies and trying to remember which film the track is from without looking!

2. Natalie Imbruglia Torn

90s music from Spotify – it makes me feel young again!


Kevin (Concert Hall Manager)

1. Michael Kiwanuka Cold Little Heart from album Love and Hate 
Captivated by this album and his voice when I stumbled across it. Could have chosen any of the first six tracks but this opening one builds and builds over its 10 minute length, within Kiwanuka not singing a note until 5 minutes in. Has a symphonic, cinematic feel.

2. Leonard Bernstein Make Our Garden Grow (Finale)’ from album Candide 
Powerful and emotional end to the whole opera. Special for me as I was singing in the London Symphony Chorus and was part of this recording.

3. Bjork Overture from album Selma Songs 
I’m a great fan of Bjork and this album in particular which is in fact a soundtrack to the film Dancer in the Dark which she appeared in.. Hoping to be able to programme the Overture at Turner Sims sometime – something for SÓN to tackle perhaps!


Jo (Marketing Officer)

1. Peggy Lee It’s a Good Day 
My listening is often influenced by what I might be watching – I have just binge watched the whole of The Marvellous Mrs Maisel on Netflix which is set in the fifties and I loved the soundtrack. This is such a positive, count-your-blessings song for first thing in the morning right now – my daughter and I have been dancing around the kitchen to it!

2. First Aid Kit My Silver Lining 
This has been an important song for me for a while – a go-to when I need to steel my resolve. And I love anything with gorgeous harmonies.

3. Olivia Chaney I.O.U.  
‘Each night when I return, Look out the back door alone, Count every star so bright, And wait out there for a new dawn’

Nick Mulvey Fever to the Form 
‘So whether music or madness, We live by one of the two, By one of the two, So go on, fill your heart up with gladness, Not a moment too soon’

These are both gorgeous end of the day, moment of stillness tracks. Both artists I have been lucky enough to see perform at Turner Sims, their lyrics are beautiful.


David (Box Office Assistant

1. Converge The Saddest Day
2. My Dying Bride Your Broken Shore
3. Tool The Grudge


Daniel (Front of House Manager)

1. Alexander Borodin Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances


Vic (Box Office Assistant)

1. Alfred Brendel Beethoven Piano Sonata No 8 Pathetique

My all time favourite pianist – it was a privilege to hear him play at Turner Sims

2. George Melly T’aint Nobodys Bizness If I Do

Takes me back to Student Union gigs in the 1970s.

3. Incubus Drive from album Make Yourself 

Never get tired of this track.


Maggie (Front of House Manager)

1. Underworld Low Between Zebras
2. David Shrigley Don’ts from FourTet’s album Late Night Tales
3. Jocelyn Pook Yellow Fever Psalm


Jay (Head of Operations)

1. Jean Michel Jarre Equinoxe, part 1
2. Kate Bush Babooshka
3. Devin Townsend Ghost from the album Ghost


Daniela (Marketing Officer – freelance)


I started learning Vietnamese last year after a trip to Vietnam but the project is somewhat paused at the moment. When this song came out, I was reminded that I should pick it up again and maybe pay more attention to the tone marks next time. I also like the cheerful nature of the song despite its serious topic.

2. Safia Nolin Le Blues du Businessman 

This recording featuring Safia Nolin is a new version of a Celine Dion song from 1992 and it appears on the album Cirque du Soleil: Stone – Hommage à Plamondon. A couple of years ago, I attended a festival performance of the album, where Québec classic hits with lyrics by Luc Plamondon were performed by up-and-coming alongside established artists. This tune reminds me of my friends and my time in Montréal, normally a city of festivals. Also, it’s about a businessman who wishes that he had become an artist – would he wish for this in these precarious times, too?

3. City Am Fenster

This is a classic rock song from the GDR which I discovered through my parents – and it’s still popular today. Even if you can’t understand the lyrics, you might feel a sense of longing when listening to it. I’m currently making a playlist of German music for a friend and this song will be on it.


Listen to the complete Turner Sims Staff Lockdown Playlist

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