Folk into Art – Spring 2024

John Bentley
Victoria Hall
Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm

Spring Term 2024:
10 January – 7 February (5 weeks)

Members:  £64 Non-members: £81 
Concessions: £10 (call the office 020 8340 3343)

Early recordings of folk music (1890 – 1918) from Europe and the USA were a big influence on the music of some of the greatest early 20th-century composers. In this course we will look at how actual performances of folk music (as recorded on wax cylinders) were a crucial influence on the music of pioneer composer-collectors. We will explore the many uses composers made of archival recordings in the UK, Europe and the United States, casting a fresh light on figures including Stravinsky (the ‘Russian’ period work like Petruska and the Rite of Spring); Bartok; and Grainger and Vaughan Williams.

John Bentley
John is a composer, educator and researcher who studied at Cambridge and holds a PhD from Huddersfield University on Percy Grainger. He has extensive teaching experience, specialising in composing and improvising workshops - his compositions have featured on BBC radio.