Music History & Appreciation Courses & Classes in London

City Lit offers an extensive programme of music history courses with a focus on Western classical music, Folk, Jazz, Rock and Pop. There are new topics each year and some are designed to coincide with anniversaries, festivals and events. This year we celebrate 250 years since the birth of Beethoven.
To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
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  1. Music history book club: The Time of Our Singing

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book focusses on classical singing.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  2. Opera appreciation: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jul 2020
    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

  3. Beethoven and the concerto

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Beethoven’s hands the Classical concerto was converted into a heroic genre fit for the Romantic age. Come along and explore this musical transformation! No previous musical knowledge necessary. This course has a scheduled break week: 18th February 2020.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Johannes Brahms: Romantic Classicist

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the life and works of Johannes Brahms, from his well-known Ein deutsches Requiem and symphonies to less frequently performed chamber and choral works. We’ll also bust some of the myths about this important Romantic composer and his beard.

    ***Please note there is a scheduled break week on 19th March 2020, which is the penultimate week of the course. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website].
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Bach and the world of instrumental music

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the Brandenburg Concertos to the Partitas for solo violin instrumental music forms a very important part of Bach's output. Come and explore this multi-faceted, kaleidoscopic musical realm. No previous musical knowledge necessary. Scheduled break week: 20 Feb 2020.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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