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Are you interested in learning more about a new genre of music? From classical to jazz courses and more our music classes are engaging and interactive. No previous knowledge is needed, and our courses vary each term.

"HEIRS AND REBELS" View details

Discover the musical worlds of the two English composers - Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams. There is a wealth of music other than "The Lark Ascending", "Linden Lea" or "The Planets Suite". They were friends and contemporaries who contributed much to the musical trends in England in the early decades of the twentieth century. Both were influenced by English traditional folk music and at the same time did not shy away from contemporary styles within Europe and beyond.

20th Century Music and age of discovery, invention and demise View details

We will consider the social and cultural reasons for the rapid and radical changes in musical style and ideas and the composers and musicians who made these changes possible. But we will also question why these ideas failed to maintain their momentum through to the present day. We will primely look at the works of: Stravinsky, Debussy, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Bartok, Janáček, Ives, Varèse, Stockhausen, Boulez and Cage.

Brahms & Mahler View details

While Brahms is usually paired with Bruckner in music studies, here we compare and contrast Brahms - the inheritor of the mantle of Beethoven with Mahler, who effectively creates the programme symphony and who links the 19th century symphonies to 20th century innovators

Celebrating the 150th Anniversay of Hector Berlioz's Death View details

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Hector Berlioz`s death, this course will investigate the life times and music of the French composer Hector Berlioz, and put into context the influential style of Hector Berlioz`s music. In addition the distinctive musical characteristics associated with 19th Romanticism , as exemplified in H.Berlioz`s music , will be studied. Furthermore , H.Berlioz`s significant contributions to the modern orchestra , with his treatise on instrumentation will be briefly considered.

Classical Music: English Composers, Their Prominent Work and Influences View details

This course aims to embrace the most popular English Composers in Classical Music history, their influential pieces of music and the development of English Classical Music. Through the use of various musical and video examples, you will be able to relive some of the iconic tracks and performances from popular music history. You are encouraged to bring your own classical musical favourites from this time period to show and discuss!

Concerts in Depth View details

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, the composer’s life and career, relevant works by the same composer, or others, and more general cultural issues. To include works by Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Mozart and Smetana.

Courtly Love to Romantic Song View details

This is a study of love songs from the work of the troubadours of the middle ages to those writing in the 21st century and embracing classical and romantic music and modern singer-songwriters

Day School: The Magic Flute: Mozart's Late Masterpiece View details

Mozart’s “Magic Flute” is one of his most enduringly popular works, consistently appearing in the top ten most performed operas worldwide. Written shortly before his death, it differs from his earlier operas in its genesis as a “folk opera” in the “singspiel” style and its hidden allusions to Freemasonry, a hot political topic in the Austria of the time. In this study day, we will explore the creation and underlying messages of this masterpiece, as well as glorying in the arias of Papageno and The Queen of the Night.

English Music: The Forgotten Generation View details

Frank Bridge, Lord Berners, Gerald Finzi, Philip Heseltine (a.k.a Peter Warlock), John Ireland – names perhaps not forgotten, yet not as celebrated today as their many admirers feel they should be. Amid the rightly acclaimed works of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and Tippett, the composers we shall encounter on this course often get lost somewhere in between. The aim is to try and redress that situation by exploring the lives and works of these brilliantly gifted and in some cases anarchic figures, each of whom made vital contributions to the richness of our musical culture.

Exploring Opera View details

Exploring Opera: a course for anyone, from beginner to advanced opera lovers, interested in viewing operas and discussing their merits and significance. Students will be able to view operas on DVDs and discuss their own responses as well as learn about the historical background to the story, the music and the composers.