So next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day – and as love is in the air, for this week’s blog we thought we’d take a look at the crucial role that love plays in music.

Love – whether it be soppy, sexy, unrequited or heartbroken – has been inextricably linked to music from the year dot. Shakespeare knew the score when he wrote Twelfth Night;¬†Orsino asks the music to ‘play on’ because he is frustrated in his courtship of Countess Olivia. He muses that an excess of music might cure his obsession with love….

Fast forward to the spangly, sparkly 1980s, and we were still obsessed with the relationship between love and music – ‘Love’ was the most popular word in Billboard song titles during that decade. (In the Naughties, the most popular word was the slightly less romantic ‘We’).

So whatever you are doing this V-Day and no matter who (or what) you are serenading, crank up the music and sing, sing sing!