Music appreciation

From jazz to opera - join our interactive music appreciation classes at City Lit.
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  1. A history of piano music

    Course Date: Wed 18 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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. Break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. A short history of jazz: Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis

    Course Date: Fri 19 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the development of this influential music from its origins in New Orleans through to its remarkable, rapid evolution today, learning about the different styles of each era and key musical figures. Tutor: Sara Dhillon.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Bernstein's West Side Story

    Course Date: Fri 28 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sixty years ago, West Side Story took Broadway by storm, and it has remained immensely popular. What came before, who created it and how, and what impact did it have on musicals afterwards? Tutor: Pauline Greene.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  4. Brahms: the chamber music

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using his knowledge of the past as an enabler of innovation, Brahms set about reinvigorating chamber music in the late 19th century. Come and explore the chamber works of Brahms and hear him transform tradition. No previous musical knowledge necessary. Mid-term break: 24th October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Chopin: poet of the piano

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1831 Chopin wrote of his ‘noble wish and intention to create for myself a new [musical] world’, and he succeeded in doing precisely that with his piano music. Come and join us as we explore his new revolutionary world. No previous knowledge necessary. Break week: 29th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Choral music from Handel to Weir

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course traces the role of choral singing and composition from that master of oratorio, George Frideric Handel, through the centuries to the choirs of today – and how composers write for them. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    Break week: 27th October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. Classical music in North America

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the classical music of North America and its efforts to carve an independent musical identity. From Dvorák's visit to the 'new world' to homegrown composers Ives and Copland to experimentalists Cage and Oliveros to minimalists Reich and Glass. Break week: 14th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Classical music: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 3 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will introduce you to the history of music through a careful choice of works. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website].
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  9. Eastern influences on Western Music

    Course Date: Mon 19 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore, probe and question some of the ways that 20th-21st century composers have combined the instruments, sounds and structures of the Far and Middle East and India with European idioms. We shall focus on a variety of musical works displaying cultural fusion and hybridity by composers from China, Japan, India and the Middle East.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Exploring classical music online

    Course Date: Thu 17 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A world of music is available to you from the comfort of your own home, thanks to online platforms that both offer high-quality recordings of works and provide you with information about composers and performers from the distant past to the present day. Come and discover how to access this wealth of material, and explore the musical insights it can provide, whether you are undertaking detailed research into a topic, or would simply like to find out a little more about the music you love. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website].
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  11. Exploring classical music: module 1

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores Renaissance to Baroque music, and leads on to next term's course (MD021B) which covers Baroque to classical. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Mid-term break: 24th October.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  12. Exploring classical music: module 2

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    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. Break week: 13th February.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Exploring classical music: module 3

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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. Break week: 29th May.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  14. Fight The Power: the 70s conscious soul renaissance

    Course Date: Fri 20 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    FIGHT THE POWER! Learn how the Civil Rights movement, Black Power and urban unrest sparked a renaissance in late 60s/1970s soul music, producing landmark work by Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott Heron. Tutor: Dr Toby Manning [external website]

    This course has a mid-term break: 1st June.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Franz Liszt: a remarkable Romantic

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Virtuoso, composer, eloper and would-be priest – Liszt was one of the most colourful figures of the 19th century. Come and explore the life and works of this New German Hungarian. No previous knowledge necessary. Mid-term break: 26th October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

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