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David Attenborough introduces new BBC Mindful Mix

By | Published on Tuesday 19 May 2020

David Attenborough

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the BBC has launched a new Mindful Mix on its Sounds app. Combining classical music and sounds from nature, it also features an introduction from David Attenborough.

The fourth edition of the Mindful Mix series, which launched earlier this year, this one, says the Beeb, is specifically aimed at alleviating “anxiety in people recovering from COVID-19, their families and healthcare professionals”. But you are still allowed to listen if you don’t fit any of those criteria. The new mix is also part of a collection of relaxing music dubbed the ‘COVID-19 Collection’.

“There are times when more than ever it helps to steep ourselves in the music of the planet, the sounds of the wind and the water, the forest and the fields”, says Attenborough. “For all of those who can’t be outside breathing in the beauty of the natural world, we want to bring some of its soothing sounds to you, blended with calming classical music which we hope will bring some much needed tranquillity”.

BBC Music Commissioning Executive Rebecca Sandiford adds: “This project has been a true collaborative effort. In a short space of time the amazing teams at BBC Archive Editorial, BBC Sounds, BBC Music, the Natural History Unit, as well as academics, doctors, psychologists, BBC programme teams – and Sir David Attenborough – have all helped bring this project to life. We hope the ‘COVID-19 Collection’ and the Mindful Mix make a real difference to people in the current crisis”.

Listen to the new Mindful Mix here and access the whole ‘COVID-19 Collection’ here.