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]

    Break week: 24th October.
    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. Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative explosion of 1909-1929 with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, taking Paris by storm and revolutionising ballet. Individualist, impresario, and slave-driver, he engineered a unique fusion of the arts on stage. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website]

    Break week: 13th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Eurovision: gender, culture and change

    Course Date: Sat 18 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Eurovision is an international institution; loved and loathed in equal measure. Chart the history of the event and of Europe itself and explore the major milestones since it began in 1956. Tutor: Dr Eurovision [external website].
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Handel: opera studies module 2

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Part 2 of a musical odyssey through Handel’s Italian language operas. Including Orlando (1733) and his last Italian opera Deidamia (1741). Study the plots, learn about musical form and irony, and discover the stories behind these great works. Tutor: Dr Edward Breen [external website]

    Break week: 13th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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