Music history and appreciation

From jazz to opera - join our interactive music appreciation classes at Build.
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  1. Italian weekend: music of the Trecento

    Course Date: Sun 29 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Italian medieval music of the 1300s with a focus on composers active in and around Florence. Study several carefully selected pieces to learn about the different genres and instruments. No previous experience necessary. Tutor: Dr Edward Breen [external website].
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  2. Classical music: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 2 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will introduce you to the history of music through a careful choice of works. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  3. Beatles album masterclass 1: Revolver (1966)

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy an in-depth study of what made The Beatles’ Revolver such a revolutionary album within pop music. Tutor: Dr Toby Manning [external website].
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  4. Beatles album masterclass 2: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

    Course Date: Thu 9 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy an in-depth study of what made The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper such a revolutionary album within pop music. Tutor: Dr Toby Manning [external website].
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  5. Beatles album masterclass 3: The White Album (1968)

    Course Date: Fri 10 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy an in-depth study of The Beatles’ White Album a revolutionary album within pop music. Tutor: Dr Toby Manning [external website].
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  6. Lieder: a beginner's guide

    Course Date: Thu 16 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The songs of Schubert, Schuman, Brahms and Wolf are so often held up as pinnacles of Romantic music. But for non-German speakers, it can be difficult to find a way into the German Lied. If you find yourself baffled when confronted with this repertoire, this is the course for you! Come and discover the humble origins of Lieder, as we go behind the scenes with poets and composers as they write for voice and piano. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  7. Introduction to the orchestra

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What’s an orchestra? And why does it need a conductor? We’ll examine orchestral instruments and many works to answer these questions, discovering a blend of exciting sounds which communicates the composer’s intentions to the audience.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  8. Opera studies 1: the operatic soprano

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The soprano voice has been used in opera to portray women from innocent heroines to implacable enemies. We trace the development of the operatic soprano from sweet companion to dramatic protagonist. This course has a scheduled break week: 22nd October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. The long 19th century I: Romantics, poets and virtuosos

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and discover the roots of Romanticism and its musical pioneers, from Beethoven and Schubert to Meyerbeer and Paganini, as we explore the rich interaction of poetry, art and composition in the early 1800s. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    This course has a scheduled break week: 23rd October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Wagner: exploring The Ring Cycle

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    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: 23rd October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Exploring classical music: module 1

    Exploring classical music: module 1

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores selected topics in Medieval to (early) Baroque music, and leads on to next term's course (MD021B) which covers Baroque to classical. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a scheduled break week: 23rd October.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  12. Topics in Medieval music

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Western music written during the middle ages. Beginning with the fall of the western Roman Empire in the 5th century and ending in the early 15th century, we'll explore music for church, banquet and dance. Tutor: Dr Edward Breen [external website]

    This course has a scheduled break week: 31st October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. German music since 1900

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore classical music in Germany from 1900 to the present day. We will survey the great symphonies of Mahler; Expressionism and the work of the Second Viennese School: Schoenberg, Berg and Webern; music in the Weimar republic including Kurt Weill; and music in the Third Reich looking at the career of Strauss. We will look at the role music had in the reconstruction of Germany after World War II and the work of Stockhausen, Lachenmann and Beat Furrer. This course has a scheduled break week: 24th October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Handel in London: Politics & Patronage

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Why do not British trees and forests throng To hear the sweeter notes of Handel's song?' so wrote a poet in 1740, comparing Handel to Orpheus. Come and explore the rise of Handel to classic status that took place here in London in the early 18th century. This course has a scheduled break week: 25th October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Lieder: music and poetry

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the late-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, the German Lied developed and blossomed as a musical genre for amateurs, professionals, homes and concert halls. We trace its history through some of its most important composers. This course has a scheduled break week: 25th October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

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