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. Christmas crooners
    ONLINE
    Course start 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
  2. Medieval Christmas Carols
    ONLINE
    Course start 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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  3. Great works: Walton's Symphony No 1
    Course start 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
  4. Music history book club
    ONLINE
    Course start 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
  5. Great works: The Nutcracker
    ONLINE
    Course start 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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