Music History & Appreciation Courses & Classes in London

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  1. Great works: Stravinsky's Petrushka

    Course Date: Mon 1 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the extraordinary creative climate of Paris in the 1910s, Stravinsky composed this startlingly original music for the Ballets Russes. Set at Easter-time, Petrushka’s music tells the story with verve, delicacy and humour.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Great works: Handel's Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

    Course Date: Tue 2 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Handel’s dramatic cantata (also known as a serenata) Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, dated 1708 and first performed in Naples in July 1709. Tutor: Dr Edward Breen [external website].
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  3. Eurovision through the years: pride, passion and politics

    Eurovision through the years: pride, passion and politics

    Course Date: Sat 6 Apr 2019
    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.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. Opera studies 3: operas in production

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take a look at operas coming up in the 2019-20 season, and at standard operatic repertoire. Discuss their composition, context, controversies and style, and then hear the story of the opera through musical examples. This course has two scheduled break weeks: (Bank Holiday Mondays) 6th & 27th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Introduction to musical analysis: module 2

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Building on last term’s module, this course digs more deeply into the analysis of various musical scores, looking at different historical periods, forms and styles up to the present. Some background in music theory recommended. Tutor: Pauline Greene

    Scheduled break weeks: (Bank Holiday Mondays) 6th & 27th may.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. The long 19th century III: national pride and new directions

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this last part of the course, we turn to the nationalists of Germany, Russia, Italy, Scandinavia and Spain, and the importance of folk music. And, as the century ends, we come to those composers seeking to break the boundaries of tonality itself. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    This course has a scheduled break week on 28th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. Exploring classical music: module 3

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (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. This course has a scheduled break week: 28th May.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Experimental and Postmodern music: Satie and beyond

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore experimental and postmodern classical music from Satie to the present day. We will look at Satie’s piano work and his influence on John Cage and Laurence Crane. We will look at American minimal and minimalist composers Steve Reich, James Tenney and Pauline Oliveros as well as the British experimental tradition of Cardew’s Scratch Orchestra. We will survey key contemporary experimental works as well as exploring Fluxus, sampling, materiality and post-internet music. This course has a scheduled break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. British folk music: a rough guide

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how post-war British folk drew on the rich heritage of British traditional songs of magic, lust and murder. Artists studied will include: Shirley Collins, Martin Carthy, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, the Unthanks and (Trad.). This course has a scheduled break week: 29th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Beethoven and Romanticism

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore the world of Beethoven, whose music displays perfect unity and proportion, but which also contain within it ideas that were to ultimately shatter these ‘classical’ ideals and pave the way for Romanticism. This course has a scheduled break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Disney: music and image

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Since Snow White first danced across the cinema screen in 1937, Walt Disney has been producing lavish feature films in which music (along with historical research, pastiche artwork and even fieldtrips to the Savannah) has taken a leading role. Come and learn about the composers and musicians who brought these cartoons to life. Break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Cole Porter: I Get a Kick out of You

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Composer and lyricist Cole Porter’s shows epitomised the wit and glitz of the 30s - in contrast to some aspects of his personal life. We explore both, with plenty of song and dance to watch along the way. This course has a scheduled break week: 24th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. David Bowie: Changes - a musical history

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Bowie’s iconoclastic, trailblazing career from the 1960s to the 2010s, album by album. We’ll go deep into Bowie’s songs to explore his influences, his methods, his unique lyrics and distinctive compositional style. Scheduled break-week: 24th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Great works: Mozart's Marriage of Figaro

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro is a work that promotes the ideals of the Enlightenment. Come and delve into this late 18th century Viennese work.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Opera appreciation: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    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 two major works and styles. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website].
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

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