Music History & Appreciation Courses & Classes in London

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  1. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake: the ballet and its music

    Course Date: Wed 27 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Tchaikovsky braved criticism by composing cutting-edge music for ballet, when operas and symphonies were all the rage. We look closely at the resulting innovative work and how it changed ballet music for ever.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Great works: Handel's Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

    Course Date: Tue 2 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study Handel’s dramatic cantata (also known as a serenata) Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, dated 1708 and first performed in Naples in July 1709. Tutor: Dr Edward Breen [external website].
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Shostakovich and the string quartet

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets stand alongside those of Beethoven in terms of their style and intensity. Come along and explore the more intimate side of Shostakovich's output. This course has a scheduled break week: 28th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. The long 19th century III: national pride and new directions

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this last part of the course, we turn to the nationalists of Germany, Russia, Italy, Scandinavia and Spain, and the importance of folk music. And, as the century ends, we come to those composers seeking to break the boundaries of tonality itself. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    This course has a scheduled break week on 28th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Exploring classical music: module 3

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores the 19th century to the present. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a scheduled break week: 28th May.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  12. Experimental and Postmodern music: Satie and beyond

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore experimental and postmodern classical music from Satie to the present day. We will look at Satie’s piano work and his influence on John Cage and Laurence Crane. We will look at American minimal and minimalist composers Steve Reich, James Tenney and Pauline Oliveros as well as the British experimental tradition of Cardew’s Scratch Orchestra. We will survey key contemporary experimental works as well as exploring Fluxus, sampling, materiality and post-internet music. This course has a scheduled break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. British folk music: a rough guide

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how post-war British folk drew on the rich heritage of British traditional songs of magic, lust and murder. Artists studied will include: Shirley Collins, Martin Carthy, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, the Unthanks and (Trad.). This course has a scheduled break week: 29th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Beethoven and Romanticism

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore the world of Beethoven, whose music displays perfect unity and proportion, but which also contain within it ideas that were to ultimately shatter these ‘classical’ ideals and pave the way for Romanticism. This course has a scheduled break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Disney: music and image

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Since Snow White first danced across the cinema screen in 1937, Walt Disney has been producing lavish feature films in which music (along with historical research, pastiche artwork and even fieldtrips to the Savannah) has taken a leading role. Come and learn about the composers and musicians who brought these cartoons to life. Break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

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