Cows laugh at classical music as eight cellists play to ‘relax’ cattle

April 30, 2021, 13:10

Eight cellists perform in recital for the Hereford cows.

Image: Carsten Snejbjerg / New York Times / Redux / eyevine


These udder-pampered cows enjoyed private locked cello recitals.

Dressed in full concert attire, seated on a hay stage, these musicians pick up their instruments every week and play beautiful music for a herd of cows.

Apparently everyone involved finds it deeply calming.

Farmer Mogens Haugaard told the New York Times: “Classical music is very good for humans. It helps us relax and the cows can tell if we are relaxed or not. It makes sense that they feel good too. “

Regular recitals are hosted by Jacob Shaw, a British cello soloist who conducts the Scandinavian Cello School in Denmark.

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The cellist performs for a cattle audience in Denmark

The cellist plays for a bovine audience in Denmark.

Image: Carsten Snejbjerg / New York Times / Redux / eyevine


Shaw soon discovered that the school was next to a cattle farm where they raise Hereford cows.

And after getting to know his neighbors, the farming couple Mogens and Louise Haugaard, the cellist saw an opportunity for a unique stunt.

Since November 2020, the cows enjoy daily serenades with a speaker playing Mozart and other classical melodies.

And now, once a week, Shaw and the students from the school come to perform live for the bovine audience.

Farm recitals began as a way to raise the profile of a local music school and its young stars. But they quickly proved to be very popular with members of the public, the two-legged and four-legged type.

Moose cows listening to Hungarian rhapsodies by Liszt

Puffy cows listening to Hungarian Rhapsodies by Liszt.

Image: Carsten Snejbjerg / New York Times / Redux / eyevine


While the musicians played Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody and “Hymn of Love” by Edith Piaf, the musicians were greeted by the strange “bravo” of their public on all fours. (In cow’s tongue, of course.)

But after a few concerts, the cows began to develop quite demanding tastes.

A cellist told the US publication: “Did you see how they all left at one point? They are not really Dvořák fans.

Maybe a little Pacowbel will do the trick next time …




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