Music history and appreciation

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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. The essential history of jazz in 20 cuts

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a selection of 20 iconic albums, we will study the key figures, the innovators and the star soloists of 20th century jazz, as well as some important artists you might be less familiar with. This course has a scheduled break week: 26th October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. Music and dance: Matthew Bourne

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake are famous ballets with music by Tchaikovsky - but choreographer Matthew Bourne has reinterpreted them for our own times. We examine the process, and the innovative results. This course has a scheduled break week: 26th October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Exploring classical music: module 1

    Exploring classical music: module 1

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £159.00

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Medieval Christmas Carols

    Course Date: Wed 5 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the rich heritage of medieval Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

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