BBC reporter Clive Myrie shares how classical music has helped him throughout his career covering dangerous places around the world – most recently in Ukraine
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Broadcaster Clive Myrie has said how he feels music is “important” to helping him report from dangerous situations.
The BBC journalist, 57, caught the rhythm of classical music as he was reporting on some of the world’s most dangerous places and said it helped take the pressure off him and put things in perspective.
He was recently stationed in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv for two weeks documenting the Russian invasion.
He returned to the UK last week and will now make his debut on BBC 3’s Sunday Morning programme.
Clive will replace regular host Sarah Walk on the show’s March 20th.
Speaking before the broadcast, the announcer told the PA news agency how often he turned to music during his boredom while in Kyiv.
He said: “Sometimes we have a curfew, we can’t go out and once you’ve seen the news of the day, what’s going on with the conflict, I can listen to Radio 4 and Radio 3.
“So it’s always been a big part of my work life to be able to get me out of it, just for a few moments. Music in general for me is honest with you, but classical music in particular. ”
He went on to explain how he would select works by composers like Sebastian Bach as he traveled in different locations and said how it would reflect his mood in any situation.
He continued: “Classical music was important to me even when I was under the most stressful circumstances.
“In fact, it’s important to have that in stressful situations, because it clears your mind and helps you put things into perspective and sometimes it even aids in meditation.”
The announcer recounts that it was music that helped him a lot during his time in Afghanistan in 1996. That was when Bach’s works took on a different meaning to him.
Clive is one of many reporters who have now left Ukraine as the war continues to escalate, but he thinks the BBC’s coverage will continue to be “quantitatively impressive”.
He noted that the broadcaster still has “many teams” working in the country and said he thinks they will keep a “very high presence” for the foreseeable future.
Clive added: “It’s a global story that requires huge commitment. And while everyone else is leaving, and I’m leaving, we’re all looking to come back.
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“But you have to be able in a stressful situation like that, in the middle of a fight, to make the right decisions. And you can’t do it if you’re tired.
“We’ll be back, we’ll all be back. We just recharge the battery and then re-enter.”
Throughout his career, Clive has presented shows like BBC World News and Mastermind, but the weekend saw his showcase debut on BBC Radio 3.
The broadcaster teased fans with what to expect, with the likes of Wagner, Stravinsky, Wim Mertens, as well as Bobby McFerrin reinterpreting a Van Morrison song to be played.
Clive Myrie presents BBC Radio 3 Sunday Morning on 20 March from 9am to 12pm, on behalf of Sarah Walke.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/clive-myrie-insists-music-critical-26497585 Clive Myrie insists music is important when reporting under stressful circumstances