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Ian France – (Music Appreciation: Opera & Classical)

www.ianfrancemusic.com
  • Former Head of Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith
  • Celebrated Lecturer in music on the adult circuit

Ian describes himself as “forever lost in a sea of 19th-century Romanticism!” so he lectures on topics such as Bruckner symphonies, Richard Strauss Tone Poems, Mahler Symphonies, Puccini,Verdi and Wagner operas, etc.

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“Ian’s amazing enthusiasm was very infectious, enjoyed his entertaining manner and tremendous knowledge”
“1st class lecturer”
“Very enjoyable and informative course with well-prepared hand out sheets.”
“Excellent – exactly what I wanted and more than I hoped. Tutor passionate, knowledgeable, but able to engage us with a light touch.”
“Mr France is an excellent lecturer.”
“Friendly and approachable tutor.”
“Relaxed and informative. Delightful.”
“Ian is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic.”
“Ian France is a definite “good find”. I thoroughly enjoyed his delivery, style, content and enthusiasm. I look forward to attending another course run by Ian.”
“Liked the balance of humour and seriousness in the way the course was presented.”
“Very informative and enjoyable. Ian was extremely well prepared and knowledgeable and presented the material in a very accessible and fun way.”
“Excellent tutor.”
“Undoubtedly the best of the previous 47 attended. A versatile presentation and one to be remembered. The best lecturer I have ever come across. Beautiful baritone, conductor, pianist, ab libs – well balanced.”
“I was passionate about Puccini before I came but now am even more! Wonderful! 1st Class lecturer.”
“Ian so knowledgeable and entertaining and enthusiastic.”
“Ian spoke with enthusiasm and knowledge. He was lively and entertaining. We hope he continues to do course at Higham hall for many years.”
“Very good in both content and presentation.”
“Ian’s amazing enthusiasm was very infectious, enjoyed his very entertaining manner and tremendous knowledge. Its been a great experience. Best tutor we’ve had at Higham.”
“Absolutely first class! Well prepared and most entertaining and interesting.”
“Excellent – Ian is an inspiring lecturer.”
“Wonderful weekend – lovely manner – telling the story with humour. Engaging with the course members while still keeping to the schedule to finish on time. It is always a joy to have someone share their knowledge and love of a subject thank you Ian for showing the Ring Cycle and so passionately.”
“Wonderfully presented – please let us have more of Ian France.”

 

Upcoming Courses

April 2017

MUSIC APPRECIATION: A PORTRAIT OF ELGAR

April 25th at 18:30 to April 27th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* The foremost English composer of his time, Sir Edward Elgar ranks with the great European composers. Listen and appreciate a selection of Elgar’s orchestral music, choral works, lighter pieces and chamber music to draw an intimate portrait. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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June 2017

MUSIC APPRECIATION: CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FILM MUSIC

June 11th at 18:30 to June 13th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Steiner and Korngold established the full-blown Romantic sound of the Hollywood movie. Newman, Waxman (Sunset Boulevard) and Rosenmann (East of Eden) added a more contemporary feel. Rozsa (BenHur) did epics and Bernard Hermann ranged from Citizen Kane & Jane Eyre to Vertigo and North by Northwest. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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July 2017

MUSIC APPRECIATION: ROMANTIC VIOLIN CONCERTOS

July 23rd at 18:30 to July 25th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Mendelssohn’s violin concerto blended virtuoso display and melodic expression. Popular Bruch (no.1), technically challenging Tchaikovsky and under-rated Saint-Saëns (no.3) followed the same path. Brahms looked back to Beethoven and Glazunov condensed the form into a single lyrical movement. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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September 2017

MUSIC APPRECIATION: “CAV AND PAG”- ITALIAN VERISMO OPERA

September 17th at 18:30 to September 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Low-life melodrama in a super-heated emotional climate; passionate melodies and stirring climaxes; verismo opera composers did everything to excess. "Cavalleria Rusticana". "Pagliacci", 'Andrea Chenier" and "Adriana Lecouvreur" contain some of the best-known arias and well-timed Intermezzos help to cool the temperature down. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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