TASTER: Great East Anglian Composers

Ref: C2225760

While a few may have heard of Joseph Gibbs (for 40 years, organist at St Mary le Tower, Ipswich) few realise that there are a number of great composers in the classical sphere who lived or worked in East Anglia- John Wilbye, William Byrd, Ben Britten, and even the modern popular composer Brian Eno. And a number have bought fine homes in our area too - so perhaps we can lay part-ownership on their work too. Composers are shaped as much by their performers and their circumstances and we may consider the wealth of performing talent in our area to support fine music.

Additional information about this course

Direct Access - open to all. Celebrate Suffolk Day and the Festival of Learning week.

Course aim

The object of this taster is to introduce great East Anglian composers to a wider audience.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • explore the subject and draw out new insights into the topic
  • broaden their horizon past a composer merely being a 'name' in a book to being someone who made real and exciting music in our area
  • realise the social purpose of music composition for local people . this is a life changing activity and will allow students to engage critically and independently in the topic
  • take part in the element of community engagement which will be fulfilled in a class where all have gathered together to explore the topic
  • students should be able to address questions raised by others with confidence and understanding

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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TASTER: Great East Anglian Composers


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