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January 2020

THE BEST OF PUCCINI

Friday January 17, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 19, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly. The idealised Bohemians with their joys and sorrows, the formidable Floria Tosca and the sadistic Scarpia, and that most sympathetic of operatic creations, Cio-Cio-San. Puccini’s great gift was to breathe musical life into each character, drawing us in to each drama. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 See also courses by Chris Rodwell, Tim Shuker and Julian Williamson.

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SING WITH OTHERS: YES YOU CAN! (INC. BURNS NIGHT)

Thursday January 23, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 26, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Even if you were never encouraged to sing, it is never too late and it's wonderful for your well-being! Enjoy plenty of songs together, and exercise those vocal chords! Coincides with Burns Night (25th) – Tartan optional! NEW TUTOR: Deborah Catterall (N. Wales www.highamhall.com/ deborah-catterall) SPECIAL PRICE – One night’s accommodation free Residential: £288 Non-residential: £229

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ALAN BARNES JAZZ MASTER CLASS

Sunday January 26, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday January 30, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Develop your jazz playing. How about five times British Award winning saxophonist Alan Barnes as tutor? You need to be able to read music, understand chords and preferably have rehearsal band experience. Limited spaces. Alan Barnes (www.highamhall.com/alan-barnes) (Saxophone/Flute/Piano) Residential: £485 Non-residential: £342

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February 2020

STRING CHAMBER MUSIC WORKSHOP

Sunday February 9, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A country house - ideal for Chamber Music. Preformed strings or piano groups can join us for two days of intense music making. Groups should choose two works for special study and a large library will be available for repertoire exploration. Students may have a warm-up from 5 – 6pm on the arrival day. Louise Latham (Gr. Manchester www.highamhall.com/louise-latham) and Richard Muncey Residential: £238 Non-residential: £171 Also see 8 March.

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BRING ALL HEAVEN BEFORE MINE EYES: BRUCKNER AND MAHLER

Sunday February 16, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday February 18, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Bruckner spent his composing lifetime writing symphonies dedicated to God. In his final three symphonies, nos.7,8 and 9, whole movements seem to stretch heavenwards. Mahler, from the next generation and a friend of Bruckner, tackled a similar vision in his second symphony, Resurrection. (Course title is inspired byJohn Milton). Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 See also courses by Chris Rodwell, Tim Shuker and Julian Williamson.

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OPEN EARS MUSIC DAY: TOWARDS THE MODERN MYSTIC

Monday February 24, 2020 at 10:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

“Music is Life, and, as such, is inextinguishable” Carl Nielsen, Danish composer (1865 – 1931). The Northern landscape has brought a resurgence in classical music inspired by Nature and a reverence for the Divine. For Sibelius, Schnittke, Rautavaara and Aho, Nature’s lure and inspiration are endless, re-connecting humanity to a lost spiritual heart. Open your heart to a vibrant and ever-expanding world of beauty. Tim Shuker (aka Steven Ingman-Greer) (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tim-shuker) £66 (inc. lunch and refreshments) See also courses…

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21st CENTURY MUSIC: THE MODERN MYSTIC

Monday February 24, 2020 at 18:30 to Wednesday February 26, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore the Modern Mystic in Classical Music terms. In our hyper-secular culture, where can the music come from? Composers Rautavaara (1928 – 2016), Kalevi Aho (b.1949) and Alfred Schnittke (1934 – 1998) share surprising answers with neglected British Romantics William Alwyn (1905 – 85), composer, artist and lover of Pre-Raphaelite and modern Swedish Romantic Rolf Martinsson (b.1952). Journey into the heart of musical mystery and Romance. Tim Shuker (S. Cumbria www.highamhall. com/tim-shuker) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 Tim’s OPEN EARS Day…

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March 2020

WIND SERENADES – DIRECTED BY LAURENCE PERKINS

Sunday March 1, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday March 5, 2020 at 18:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A course for wind players from Grade 8 to Diploma, working in detail on wind chamber repertoire for large and smaller ensembles. There will be an informal concert on the morning of the last day. Laurence Perkins (Manchester www.highamhall.com/laurence-perkins) Residential: £423 Non-residential: £294 (deposit £150) We can pick up at 5pm from Penrith Rail Station (+£20) BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ON BOOKING. All applications to be made initially through Laurence to ascertain ensemble line-up. www.laurenceperkins.com/wind-serenades

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WIND SERENADES: DIRECTED BY LAURENCE PERKINS

Sunday March 1, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday March 5, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A course for wind players from Grade 8 to Diploma, working in detail on wind chamber repertoire for large and smaller ensembles. There will be an informal concert on the morning of the last day. Laurence Perkins (Manchester www.highamhall.com/laurence-perkins) Residential: £423 Non-residential: £294 (deposit £150) We can pick up at 5pm from Penrith Rail Station (+£20) BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ON BOOKING. All applications to be made initially through Laurence to ascertain ensemble line-up. www.laurenceperkins.com/wind-serenades

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STRING CHAMBER MUSIC WORKSHOP

Sunday March 8, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday March 10, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A country house – ideal for Chamber Music. Preformed strings or piano groups can join us for two days of intense music making. Groups should choose two works for special study and a large library will be available for repertoire exploration. Students may have a warm-up from 5 – 6pm on the arrival day. Also see 9 February. Louise Latham (Gr. Manchester www.highamhall.com/louise-latham) and Heather Bills Residential: £238 Non-residential: £171

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