Music appreciation

From jazz to opera - join our interactive music appreciation classes at City Lit.
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  1. 19th century ballet narratives

    Course Date: Mon 24 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How does ballet tell a story? Dance and mime communicate plot and character, but music underpins the narrative . We will explore many examples from numerous ballets. No technical musical or ballet knowledge is required. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website]

    There will be bank holiday breaks in this course, on 1 May and 29 May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. A history of piano music

    Course Date: Wed 26 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the development of keyboard instruments and their repertoire from Bach’s Goldberg Variations to the late works of Brahms. Explore the composers and makers who shaped the keyboard into one of the most versatile and popular instruments of all time, and learn about history, style, genre and function through guided listening and score reading. Tutor: Dr Maria Razumovskaya [external website]

    Break week: 31st May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. An English musical revival: Finzi and Howells

    Course Date: Thu 27 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gerald Finzi and Herbert Howells worked mainly in separate spheres - the secular and the sacred - but were both inspired by early English music. Come and explore the musical worlds of these two early 20th century English figures. No previous musical knowledge necessary. Tutor: Karen Betley

    Break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Bruckner: the harmonic architect

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Daring innovator' or a composer of 'giant symphonic serpents' - Bruckner's music has generated much controversy. Come along and make up your own mind by delving into the musical world of this compositional colossus. No previous musical knowledge necessary. Tutor: Karen Betley.

    Mid-term break: 14th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Exploring classical music: module 2

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores Baroque to Classical and leads to MD021C – Romantic to Modern, next term. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Tutor: Karen Betley

    This course has a mid-term break on 14th Feb.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  6. Exploring classical music: module 3

    Course Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores the 19th century to the present. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Tutor: Karen Betley

    This course has a mid-term break on 30th May.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  7. Henry Purcell: Orpheus Brittanicus

    Course Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Charles II 'tyr'd with the Grave & Solemn way' demanded new sounds and styles from his newly reinstated Chapel Royal. Come and explore this Restoration musical world - with the organist of the Chapel Royal, Henry Purcell, as our guide! No previous musical knowledge necessary. Tutor: Karen Betley

    Break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Introduction to contemporary music

    Course Date: Wed 26 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover key works of contemporary classical music, considering both how they function as an artwork and also the political and social context in which they were written, by exploring the exciting variety of new sounds and forms being created. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website].
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  9. Introduction to film music

    Course Date: Wed 7 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain greater knowledge of key works of music written for film. Learn ways in which music and image work together to produce an emotional effect by looking at a wide variety of film clips and analysing the music in detail. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website].
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Introduction to opera

    Course Date: Wed 1 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is opera? And how do you approach it? Explore the ostentatious, sometimes overwhelming, world of opera through study of several major works in contrasting styles. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website].
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  11. Listening to the 20th century: module 2

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using Alex Ross’s The Rest is Noise as a guide this course investigates art music in the second half of the twentieth century. This module covers the music of the Cold War culture wars, American experimental music, Minimalism and the use of technology. Tutor: Edward Henderson [external website]

    Break week: 14th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Mind-blowing concepts: five prog rock albums in depth

    Course Date: Sun 4 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the making and the meanings of Jethro Tull’s 'Thick As a Brick', Yes’s 'Tales from Topographic Oceans', Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side of the Moon', Gentle Giant’s 'The Power & the Glory' and Genesis’s 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'. Tutor: Dr Toby Manning [external website].
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  13. Monteverdi and the musical Baroque

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Orfeo to the Vespers, Monteverdi injected into his music new expressive ideas helping to create the Baroque style. Spend the term delving into the life and work of this Baroque master born 450 years ago. No previous musical knowledge necessary. Tutor: Karen Betley

    Break week: 16th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Music and dance 3: Kings of Musicals: the Gershwins and Irving Berlin

    Music and dance 3: kings of musicals: the Gershwins and Irving Berlin

    Course Date: Fri 28 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These sons of Russian Jewish immigrants chased away European operetta from Broadway, and revelled in American jazz harmonies and syncopation to produce great musicals - and an opera - overflowing with joy and pizzazz. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website]

    Break week: 2nd June.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Music and the Grand Tour

    Course Date: Mon 24 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the musical traditions of Europe (1660-1840) through the eyes of wealthy young travellers in search of the roots of Western Civilization. Neither scholarly nor religious, our Grand Tour will include France, Italy and the Iberian Peninsula. Tutor: Dr Edward Breen [external website]

    Break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

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