Concerts in Depth

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Whether you’re a seasoned concert-goer or first-timer, this course is for you. Each week we will take a lively, user-friendly look at, usually, one major work due to be performed in Nottingham, usually from the season at the Royal Concert Hall, occasionally also other venues. We will study it in some detail, listening to and discussing recorded extracts (in most cases there will be time to explore the entire work in this way). We will also consider it in a wider context including, where relevant, composer’s life and career, relevant works by the same or different composers, and more general cultural issues. The music to be studied includes works by Berlioz, Schumann, Stravinsky, Elgar and Sibelius.

Course aim

To explore music due to be performed at the Royal Concert Hall, and elsewhere in Nottingham, with a view to enhancing enjoyment and understanding of the live performance.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • relate the works studied to other examples of the composers’ outputs, other works in a similar field, or to a wider cultural context.
  • recognise some of the characteristics of each composer’s style.
  • identify some of the main themes and structural features of each work.
  • identify and discuss aspects of the concert or other performances of the works concerned.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You may wish to bring a folder for handouts, a notepad and pen. Nothing else is needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Concerts in Depth


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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