Music history’s Great Works

Boost your listening pleasure with a deep dive into a great work. Enjoy short lectures, listening notes and plenty of good discussion on our programme of great works, great albums and great artists.

For instance, you may have heard that Thomas Tallis wrote a work for 40 individual voices in the 16thcentury. It’s often performed today in concerts and in many popular online videos, but who did he originally write it for and where might they have performed it? (Great works: Tallis’s Spem in alium)

Our Great Works series is an ongoing selection of short seminars hosted by our experienced and passionate music history teachers who present their favourite pieces. Join them to study and discuss a famous work, artist or album and enhance your own listening pleasure.

If you've enjoyed a Great works course this year then why not join us for a longer course in our music history programme.

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  1. Great works: Tallis's Spem in alium
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 4 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the history of this monumental 40-part motet, the largest work by any Tudor composer.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  2. Miriam Makeba in King Kong: the South African jazz musical
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Miriam Makeba, known as Mama Africa, is arguably the most famous African singer of the 20th century. Her international career took off when she was recruited to sing and act the female lead in the musical King Kong. Under the shadow of apartheid this inter-racial collaboration was a groundbreaking enterprise that had reverberations for decades to follow, in South Africa and globally, including in London, where it was performed in 1961.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  3. Great artists: Chick Corea
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Everything you have always wanted to know about the extraordinary, inspiring and influential Jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, Chick Corea. Alongside Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, Corea ranks as one of the leading pianists and bandleaders since the late 1960s and his sudden demise earlier this year was unexpected and deeply felt by music fans across the world.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  4. Great artists: David Munrow
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the life and works of David Munrow, one of the key performers of early music in the 1960s and 1970s.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  5. Jazz at the movies
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Tue 17 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how a jazz revolution occurred on a Hollywood recording stage when the first jazz-oriented film score for “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1951 paved the way for numerous movie jazz scores and created a long and illustrious line of memorable movie soundtracks composed by some the century’s most talented jazz musicians, composers and arrangers.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  6. Christmas crooners
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 6 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Sparkly jumpers, snow and tinsel, a stool, a mic, and a crooner: join me in exploring the singers, arrangers and repertoire of sentimental but strangely compelling festive schmaltz, just in time to join in ourselves.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  7. Medieval Christmas Carols
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the rich heritage of medieval Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
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  8. Great works: Walton's Symphony No 1
    Course Date:  Thu 9 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore Walton's Symphony no 1 on this popular, short course.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  9. Music history book club
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biographies with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is an important exploration of forgotten composers.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  10. Great works: The Nutcracker
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Reluctantly created by the hit duo of Tchaikovsky and Petipa in 1892, The Nutcracker has become a perennial Christmas favourite worldwide. Let’s explore the plot, characters, music and choreography; prepare to be enchanted!



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00

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