05. May 2007 · Comments Off on If They Pay (me to get there) I Will Play (for free) · Categories: imported, News

Because I’ve never been to Wales.

Musicians to motivate ports staff

May 5 2007

by Gareth Edwards, Western Mail

SINGERS and musicians from Welsh National Opera have been entertaining staff at Associated British Ports in a bid to unlock creativity.

South Wales ABP director John Fitzgerald said, “Bringing music and performance into the workplace has motivated staff in a fantastic way. I’d heard theories about the effects of classical music playing in the workplace and was interested to try the experiment.

“We’ve had a string quartet playing at peoples’ desks which went down very well, and a lunchtime recital by Bellavoci.

“This was a concert performance by two members of WNO’s acclaimed Chorus, which took place in our Cardiff conference room — quite a privilege.”

The Western Mail asked other members of the Welsh business community to name the pieces of music they find invigorating.

David Rosser, director of CBI Wales, said he would consider using the music in the office “as long as it wouldn’t interfere with phone calls.”

He is a fan of Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf.

David Brookesbank, of the University of Glamorgan’s business school, appreciates AC/DC’s rousing Highway to Hell.

Meanwhile, Roger Thomas, chairman of Cooke & Arkwright, said that the song that most inspired him was Layla by Eric Clapton.

RTWT. Sadly, I don’t know any Meat Loaf, DC or Clapton off the top of my head.

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