Photos: In Denmark, cattle grazing to the sound of music

Photos: In Denmark, cattle grazing to the sound of music
July 5th, 2021

In Stevns, in the countryside south of Copenhagen, Jacob Shaw, a cellist and the head of a music school, comes to play with other musicians to a herd of cattle. Unable to perform during the pandemic, he turned to this unusual audience. The experience was so enjoyable that he continues it even after the reopening of the theaters.

Cellist Jacob Shaw (R) and violinist Roberta Verna are pictured on a corn field on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. Unable to perform during the pandemic, Shaw turned to an unusual audience, an experience so rewarding that he is continuing even after concert halls have reopened.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

Cellist Jacob Shaw (R) and violinist Roberta Verna are pictured on a corn field on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. Unable to perform during the pandemic, Shaw turned to an unusual audience, an experience so rewarding that he is continuing even after concert halls have reopened.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

A herd of cows is seen on June 15 on a field in Stevns, Denmark. "Playing for cows is a continuation of what I've always done in my solo career: I'm passionate about taking classical music out of the concert hall," Jacob Shaw told AFP.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

A herd of cows is seen on June 15 on a field in Stevns, Denmark. "Playing for cows is a continuation of what I've always done in my solo career: I'm passionate about taking classical music out of the concert hall," Jacob Shaw told AFP.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

Cellist Jacob Shaw (L) and violinist Roberta Verna load their instruments in a car ahead of their classical music concert for a herd of cows on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. The British musician, who is also a professor at the Marshall Academy in Barcelona, has set up a cello school in the rural countryside in Stevns, an hour south of Copenhagen, performing throughout the region.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

Cellist Jacob Shaw (L) and violinist Roberta Verna load their instruments in a car ahead of their classical music concert for a herd of cows on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. The British musician, who is also a professor at the Marshall Academy in Barcelona, has set up a cello school in the rural countryside in Stevns, an hour south of Copenhagen, performing throughout the region.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

A herd of cows (R) walks through a field as towards cellist Jacob Shaw (L) ahead the start of his classical music concert on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. "During corona, of course, it wasn't always possible and we decided to move on to the next best thing: playing for animals," the 30-year-old Shaw said. In the autumn, he convinced a music-loving farmer to expose his beef cattle to classical music to improve their welfare.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

A herd of cows (R) walks through a field as towards cellist Jacob Shaw (L) ahead the start of his classical music concert on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. "During corona, of course, it wasn't always possible and we decided to move on to the next best thing: playing for animals," the 30-year-old Shaw said. In the autumn, he convinced a music-loving farmer to expose his beef cattle to classical music to improve their welfare.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

Cows pictured on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. "When he told me about it, I didn't think it was crazy but rather exciting. I feel the calming effect of music on my own body, so I thought it would be the same for the cows, and I was right," Mogens Haugaard said. The cows were first introduced to the classical repertoire through loudspeakers installed in their barn in the winter, but it quickly seemed to strike a chord with the bovine audience.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

Cows pictured on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. "When he told me about it, I didn't think it was crazy but rather exciting. I feel the calming effect of music on my own body, so I thought it would be the same for the cows, and I was right," Mogens Haugaard said. The cows were first introduced to the classical repertoire through loudspeakers installed in their barn in the winter, but it quickly seemed to strike a chord with the bovine audience.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

A herd of cows gather as cellist Jacob Shaw (L) and violinist Roberta Verna (R) play a concert of classical music on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. "Everyone could see from the first time that they liked it, so we continued. Now they are getting used to it and the result is that they are fantastically pleasant and healthy animals," the cellist, who also runs a music festival in France's Charente department, said. "They are calmer and more relaxed. They are easier to approach," Haugaard said.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

A herd of cows gather as cellist Jacob Shaw (L) and violinist Roberta Verna (R) play a concert of classical music on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. "Everyone could see from the first time that they liked it, so we continued. Now they are getting used to it and the result is that they are fantastically pleasant and healthy animals," the cellist, who also runs a music festival in France's Charente department, said. "They are calmer and more relaxed. They are easier to approach," Haugaard said.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

Cellist Jacob Shaw (R) and violinist Roberta Verna pose for a picture on a corn field on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. Verna, a 22-year-old violinist, came to Stevns to "get a different perspective on things." Verna, together with Shaw, played pieces by Reinhold Gliere and Bela Bartok for the ruminants, who were seemingly as moved by the beauty of the melody as they were by the distribution of food.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

Cellist Jacob Shaw (R) and violinist Roberta Verna pose for a picture on a corn field on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. Verna, a 22-year-old violinist, came to Stevns to "get a different perspective on things." Verna, together with Shaw, played pieces by Reinhold Gliere and Bela Bartok for the ruminants, who were seemingly as moved by the beauty of the melody as they were by the distribution of food.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

A herd of cows gathers as cellist Jacob Shaw (C) and violinist Roberta Verna (L) play a concert of classical music on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. Cattle even have their preferences, Shaw argues, even if the subtlety may escape the layman. "They react differently to different pieces, we played something that was slightly catchier and a bit more modern and a lot of them didn't like it and left," he said.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)

A herd of cows gathers as cellist Jacob Shaw (C) and violinist Roberta Verna (L) play a concert of classical music on June 15 in Stevns, Denmark. Cattle even have their preferences, Shaw argues, even if the subtlety may escape the layman. "They react differently to different pieces, we played something that was slightly catchier and a bit more modern and a lot of them didn't like it and left," he said.(Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)