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Tune up, chill out: making music is the latest work ‘wellness’ trend

Forget the gym, stressed-out employees are turning to musical instruments to unwind

Frances Gibb

He is a lawyer at the top of his game, accustomed to handling multimillion-rand contracts in the music industry and working with the likes of Elton John, George Harrison and Sting. Now Simon Levine is making his own music – as a beginner.

The global chief executive of top law firm DLA Piper has gone back to basics as a pupil pianist, one of a growing number of people making music at work, the latest way for stressed-out city workers to unwind.

“It’s not like negotiating or winning a new contract, but you do get a real sense of achievement for something that’s otherwise outside what you usually do,” says Levine, who was head of intellectual property litigation before becoming a full-time worldwide manager for his firm...

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