Where? – 16 – Places that Inspired Music

I hope you enjoyed last week’s post on places that inspired songs.  This week we’ve some more music, but this time no lyrics.  This means that the place links are literally the titles of the pieces.  Some of them are maybe nothing to do with the places whose names they share but you’ll find some familiar tunes, including a Christmas carol!

As usual, print out a blank outline map.  You can use the one below.

The best way to learn where things are is to put them on a map, but if I just give you a completed map, that won’t help much, so grab a blank map and a pencil, and find somebody for a bit of competition.

For each of the songs I’ve given you a youtube link.  There are no lyrics this time, and mostly not much to watch as many are just someone playing the piece.  The exception is Fingal’s Cave.  Watch that one!

So have a listen and, for each track, guess the location on your map, by putting a small circle where you think it is and writing the name next to the circle.

  1. Aberystwyth
  2. Cool Breeze of Brighton  
  3. Cwm Rhondda  
  4. Down Ampney  
  5. Fingal’s Cave Overture 
  6. Hereford
  7. Irby  
  8. Londonderry Air  
  9. Melrose
  10. Nottingham
  11. Padstow Lifeboat 
  12. Trip to Sligo 
  13. Westminster

When you are ready, scroll down, past my pictures, to find the answers.  If you are having a competition, then 2 points if your spot touches mine.  If everyone is way out, then the nearest gets 1 point.


Finally check your inbox for a map with all the dots in roughly the right place, ready for labelling.  (If you’ve yet to sign up, you will find the form in the sidebar.)