This course is for anyone who enjoys music and would like to understand more about its development, the composers and their social context.
Classes are in the Victoria Hall with its excellent sound system. The lectures will be accompanied throughout by audio excerpts from key works.
Autumn Term: Henry Purcell – A beacon of light for British Music
This course will investigate the life and times of this great composer and compare his work with that of his contemporaries and show how he shone a bright light on the music of this nation, while those around him could only occupy the shadows.
Spring Term: The wonderful world of Song - a brief history of Lieder
We will look at the amazing variety of music produced in this medium, Renaissance times to the present day. We will delve into the work of the many composers who have produced songs – some of which have become favourites the world over – from Monteverdi through to Shostakovich and Britten.
Summer Term: Nicolo Paganini Violinist extraordinary
There is no doubt that Paganini was one of the most extraordinary characters in the history of music. Not only was he probably the greatest violinist the world has ever seen – his almost unplayable feats of technique were akin to tight-rope acts in a circus – but he was much more than that. Not many people know that he had great skill as a guitarist, and there are many aspects of his life which are still enthralling to us today. We will follow all sides of his work and character to build a complete picture of this fascinating man.
- 15 September - 08 December 2021 (Half term Wednesday 27 October)
- Non-Members: £163 (12 weeks)
- Members: £132 (12 weeks)
- Concessions: £10 (contact the office for details)