Music history and appreciation

From jazz to opera - join our interactive music appreciation classes at Build.
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  1. Introduction to musicals

    Course Date: Mon 29 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Showboat to Wicked, this course surveys some key examples from the history of the modern musical and examines the way different styles of music, dance and words work on stage.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. A history of female jazz singers

    Course Date: Fri 9 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the lives and work of some of the greatest female jazz singers of all time. Hear their great recordings and consider there work in a musical and a historical context.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  3. Great works: Handel's Messiah

    Course Date: Mon 3 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Handel was a famous opera composer. What inspired him to write Messiah and why has it lasted? We explore its background and individual numbers, considering its popularity then and now. Hallelujah!
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Music analysis: nuts and bolts

    Course Date: Mon 3 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What’s a stave? What are all those dots and squiggles, and how do they turn into glorious melodies? Learn the basics to understanding the language of music. Ideal as a preparation for further study. Tutor: Pauline Greene.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Great works: Monteverdi's Vespers

    Course Date: Thu 6 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Monteverdi's Vespers presents us with a snapshot of early 17th century musical styles and practices. Come and delve into this encyclopaedic sound world!
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. The long 19th century II: salons and symphonies

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We continue our journey through the music of the 1800s with Chopin, Liszt, Berlioz, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Donizetti, and the world of performance in private homes and ever grander public spaces. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    This course has a scheduled break week: 12th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Exploring classical music: module 2

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. This course has a scheduled break week: 19th February.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  11. 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

  12. Benjamin Britten: place, poetry, music

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A chance to learn more about the life and music of the most important British composer of the twentieth century, Benjamin Britten. Come and find out about his best-loved works, his network of brilliant creative friends, and the establishment and legacy of the Aldeburgh Festival. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    Break week: 14th February (please note this is different to other music history & appreciation courses).
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Mahler and the symphony

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mahler famously said 'The symphony must be like the world. It must be all embracing'. Come along and delve into this Mahlerian 'realm outside time [and] space'. This course has a scheduled break week: 21st February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Wagner: exploring The Ring Cycle

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  15. 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

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