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February 2020

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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PIANO WORKSHOP

Sunday March 15, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For up to ten players* of Grade 7 and above. Prepare a 20 minute programme to be played and discussed; if possible, bring along spare copies of pieces for others. Suggestions for improvement, style, technique and presentation will be offered. Non-competitive with a joint recital on the last morning. *Non-performing Listeners also welcome. John Gough (Chester www.highamhall.com/john-gough) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £171

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AN INFORMAL (AND FREE) SOLO PIANO CONCERT

Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 11:30 to 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Offered by members of the PIANO WORKSHOP, with a range of music performed in the intimate atmosphere of our oak-floored Lecture Room. FREE ADMISSION

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VIOL CONSORT WEEKEND

Friday March 20, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 22, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Now in its fifth year at Higham, this friendly course (all levels except beginner) will focus on music by Orlando Gibbons and William Lawes with perhaps a look at some lesser known composers. For those who wish, there can be some interaction with the Recorder course running alongside. Elizabeth Dodd (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/elizabeth-dodd) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £169

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RECORDER CONSORT WEEKEND

Friday March 20, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 22, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Enjoy a weekend of mostly one-to-a-part Consort playing, in anything from three to eight parts and discover some possibly unfamiliar music. Mainly Renaissance, but may extend into some Baroque and the C20th. (Coincides with the VIOL WEEKEND, so some interaction may be possible.) Philip Gruar (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/philip-gruar) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £16

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May 2020

M2005DC COME AND SING – PURELY FOR PLEASURE!

Friday May 15, 2020 at 18:30 to Monday May 18, 2020 at 18:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Singers of all levels of experience or inexperience are welcome to enjoy a varied repertoire of songs, folk-songs, shanties and others that have inspired people through the years. Splendid music to be shared for the sheer joy of it, even if you've not done so for a while! Do just the weekend (Friday-Sunday), if you need to. NEW TUTOR: Deborah Catterall (N. Wales www.highamhall.com/deborah-catterall) Residential: £345 Non-residential: £244 (Fri dinner to Mon lunch) Residential: £248 Non-residential: £179 (Fri dinner to…

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