The findings come from research into the personalities of more than 36,000 music fans from all over the world.Professor Adrian North, who led the study at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, admits he was surprised by the findings.'Apart from the age differences, they were virtually identical,' he said.'Both were more creative than other people, both were not terribly outgoing and they were also quite at ease.' Like classical lovers, metal fans verge on the obsessive about their music.
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Classical music is not only great for relaxing, it can be actively enjoyed as well.
You're in no danger of switching out Led Zeppelin's box set or The Chronic for Classical Concertos in the Key of C, but if you're thinking it's time to deepen your musical repertoire, we've got the perfect launching point into the greatest hits list of classical music.
Recently I went to the Gramophone Awards, the Oscars of classical music. But only one award out of 21 went to a female musician, the violinist Isabelle Faust. A man of equivalent skill can reach the top if he resembles a bear.
Women who participated in other winning recordings – like Nina Stemme, the lead soprano of the opera category's triumphant Fidelio, or cellist Tanja Tetzlaff in the chamber music one – were relegated to the shadow of male colleagues. It has a Female Artist of the Year category: the nominees were three fantastic musicians who happen also to have film-star looks. And these events came hot on the heels of the Leeds International Piano Competition, in the final of which there was not one woman. Think of the patronising judgments that attend young women stars in their twenties and thirties.