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Ian France – (Music Appreciation: Opera & Classical)

  • 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

December 2017


December 10th at 18:30 to December 12th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Schubert’s Death and the Maiden quartet and his Quintet in C show both the tempestuous and serene sides of his musical personality. Mendelssohn’s Octet has a magical, elfin scherzo. Schumann’s effervescence launches the Piano Quintet in style and melodic warmth fills his A major quartet. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £228   Non-residential: £162

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January 2018


Sunday January 14, 2018 at 18:30 to Tuesday January 16, 2018 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A stroll through Schubert’s Unfinished; Mendelssohn’s Italian; Bruckner’s Romantic; Tchaikovsky’s fateful 4th; Franck’s D minor; Dvořák’s joyous 8th; a suitable finale, Sibelius' 2nd. Each Symphony carefully selected for its attractive melodic appeal. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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February 2018


Sunday February 18, 2018 at 18:30 to Tuesday February 20, 2018 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Teased and rejected by the beguiling Rhinemaidens, Alberich, a devious dwarf from Nibelheim, steals the Rhine gold and sets in motion Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Each new drama adds characters and depth to the saga: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, with an enlarged orchestra as the central story-teller using a web of memorable leitmotives to bring diversity and unity to Wagner’s vast structure. Power, deception, wisdom, innocence, lust, greed, revenge and murder all feature; plus redemptive love, best represented…

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