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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.”

 

November 2018

MUSIC APPRECIATION: THE HEART OF TCHAIKOVSKY

November 4th at 18:30 to November 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet, Francesca da Rimini, Hamlet and Manfred were inspired by literature. 1812, March Slav and Capriccio Italien were popular occasional pieces. Winter Daydreams and Pathétique Symphonies and excerpts from his great ballet scores complete the picture. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164

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December 2018

MUSIC APPRECIATION: ASPECTS OF LATE ROMANTICISM

December 11th at 18:30 to December 13th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Wagner's legacy influenced a generation of composers who wanted to go further: Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy, Mahler's 10th, Richard Strauss' Alpine, Schoenberg's Transfigured Night and his Gurrelieder show different responses to this quest. Schmidt and Korngold developed a less fevered approach. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164

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January 2019

MUSIC APPRECIATION: THE GOLDEN CENTURY OF ITALIAN OPERA

Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 18:30 to Friday January 18, 2019 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Rossini's Barber of Seville makes a winning start, followed by the Bel Canto favourites, Bellini's Norma and Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Verdi's A Masked Ball keeps things relatively light-hearted as does Puccini's La Boheme, until the denouement. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164

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February 2019

MUSIC APPRECIATION: WAGNER’S ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

Sunday February 17, 2019 at 18:30 to Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A complete survey of Wagner's concert music from the Rienzi Overture to Parsifal's Good Friday music via Ring favourites like Ride of the Valkyries, Magic Fire Music and Siegfried's Rhine Journey. All graphically introduced but with no singing! Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164

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