The Sydney Opera House at 50: a musical history

Course Dates: 12/12/23
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
The Sydney Opera House is one of the architectural wonders of the modern world, with its dramatic white sails soaring above the sun-dappled waters of Sydney Harbour. 50 years after the Opera House's official opening in October 1973, come and learn how this magnificent structure came into existence, and what is means to musical culture in its own country and throughout the world.
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Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00

Course Code: MD701A

Tue, day, 12 Dec - 12 Dec '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?


What will we cover?

How the Opera House came to be commissioned and the political controversies around its construction
The importance of opera in Australia's post-colonial history and culture
The emergence of the national company from the Australian Elizabeth Theatre Trust to Opera Australia
Important works staged in the SOH including operas by Peter Sculthorpe, Larry Sitsky, Moya Henderson
The SOH as a national and international landmark.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- recognise essential characteristics of Vaughan Williams's musical language and style
- familiarity with the composer's principal representative orchestral, vocal and choral works
- understand the composer's place in English music.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor presentation, Q&A, class discussion, some watching of recorded performances.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All resources will be provided online, and available via Google Classroom for you explore further after the session.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Read our blog to find out more about City Lit's Music history courses in London and online. This lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week, and searchable by tutor name and keywords. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.

Trish Shaw

Trish trained as a violinist, singer and historical musicologist, with a specialism in music since 1900. She has worked variously as a university and college lecturer, choral conductor and arranger, and orchestral violinist, and has taught a wide range of subjects including choral singing and conducting, composition techniques, music theory, analysis and musicianship, music history, violin and chamber music. She has published and presented at conferences on French music (especially Ravel), and Australian music and cultural history. At City Lit, Trish currently teaches Orchestra workshop and short music history and theory courses. Her interests in the arts also include contemporary theatre, dance and visual arts.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.