Music History & Appreciation Courses & Classes in London

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  1. Introduction to musical analysis: module 1

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the major building blocks of music. Learn about melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form and performance directions, and how to recognise these facets within further areas of study. Tutor: Pauline Greene

    This course has a scheduled break week: 18th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. Opera studies 2: literature into libretto

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How are books, plays, short stories and so on turned into a libretto: what changes need to be made, and why? There will be many examples to listen to, from Monteverdi to current works. This course has a scheduled break week: 18th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. The music of the spheres

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Pythagoras to Bach and beyond music was seen by some to be a reflection of celestial order and harmony. Come and delve into the harmonious beauty of the Music of the Spheres! This course has a scheduled break week: 19th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. British and Irish music since 1900

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the classical music of Britain and Ireland in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Starting with Elgar and Stanford we will survey works by Britten, Birtwistle, George Benjamin and Gerald Barry as well as Thomas Adès, Jennifer Walshe and Andrew Hamilton. We will consider and discuss Britain’s post-war relationship with central European modernism and Ireland’s relationship to American minimal music. This course has a scheduled break week: 20th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Wagner: exploring The Ring Cycle

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    ‘Numerous musical beauties reign in the [Ring des] Nibelungen with a magical power to which we willingly and thankfully yield ourselves capture’. So wrote the critic Hanslick after the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876. Come and join us as we uncover those ‘musical beauties’ within the Ring. This course has a scheduled break week: 21st February.

    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. The Beatles: a history through their music

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Beatles are the most culturally significant and popular pop band in history. Through analysis of their music and a history of the 1960s we will see how four lads from Liverpool came to define the sound of a decade.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. Exploring classical music: module 2

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores Baroque to Classical and leads to MD021C – Romantic to Modern, next term. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £159.00

  8. Jazz piano: a history from blues to bebop and beyond

    Course Date: Fri 1 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the development of jazz piano from its origins in New Orleans to later styles, including boogie woogie, stride, bebop, post bop and abstraction, and look at key influential pianists of the period.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Bob Dylan: an introduction to his music

    Course Date: Fri 1 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the impact that Bob Dylan has had on popular music with a special focus on the 1960s. Through analysis of his songs and a history of the 1960s we will see how his influence extends beyond the American folk music revival.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. 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

  11. Great works: Brahms' Requiem

    Course Date: Thu 4 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Brahms made his international reputation in the late 1860s with the completion of his choral and orchestral work, Ein deutsches Requiem. But why did he choose to set the text in German? And is it really a Requiem mass at all? Come and discover the history of his best-loved work.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Great works: Bach's Goldberg Variations

    Course Date: Thu 4 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Composed for music lovers, to delight their Spirits'. So wrote Bach in 1741 of his Goldberg Variations, a work which combines profound learning with expressive beauty. Come and explore this dazzling display of compositional virtuosity!
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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