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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.

 

 

 

FEEDBACK FOLLOWING IAN’S COURSES:
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“Ian’s amazing enthusiasm was very infectious, enjoyed his entertaining manner and tremendous knowledge”
“Many thanks for a lovely course on Tchaikovsky. It was such an interesting and stimulating course well prepared with professional expertise .. quite special and inspiring…. we are following it up at home now listening to the symphonies again.  Also thank you for lovely food all the time.”
“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.”

IAN’S WORK

February 2020

BRING ALL HEAVEN BEFORE MINE EYES: BRUCKNER AND MAHLER

February 16th at 18:30 to February 18th 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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April 2020

SPRING ROMANTICS: MENDELSSOHN & SCHUMANN

April 1st at 18:30 to April 3rd at 18:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

As contemporaries, loyal friends and dedicated supporters of each other's music, Mendelssohn and Schumann brought a special freshness to their orchestral music in the first part of the C19th. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £169

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June 2020

VERDI’S OPERATIC PINNACLE: DON CARLOS AND OTELLO

June 12th at 18:30 to June 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

18:30 Fri 12 Jun - 13:30 Sun 14 Jun 2020 Grand opera was still an ingredient in Verdi's settings of Schiller's Don Carlos and Shakespeare's Otello but the delineation of character has more depth and the music greater control and dramatic impact. Closer to Wagner? Not really- still Italianate and lyrical. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £169ian

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September 2020

THE ENGLISH MUSICAL RENAISSANCE

September 13th at 18:30 to September 15th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

18:30 Sun 13 Sep - 13:30 Tue 15 Sep 2020 Once described as "a land without music", England found a constant stream of composers, from the late C19th well into the 20th. Shorter orchestral works by Sullivan, Parry, Elgar, Delius, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Walton and Britten will delight us on our way. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £169

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