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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.”

 

December 2019

RICHARD STRAUSS: A PORTRAIT

December 10th at 18:30 to December 12th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Strauss made his reputation as an orchestral wizard with tone poems like Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben. Later he wrote many operas, none finer than Der Rosenkavalier. All his life he composed beautiful songs, finishing with the poignant Four Last Songs. 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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January 2020

THE BEST OF PUCCINI

Friday January 17, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 19, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly. The idealised Bohemians with their joys and sorrows, the formidable Floria Tosca and the sadistic Scarpia, and that most sympathetic of operatic creations, Cio-Cio-San. Puccini’s great gift was to breathe musical life into each character, drawing us in to each drama. 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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February 2020

BRING ALL HEAVEN BEFORE MINE EYES: BRUCKNER AND MAHLER

Sunday February 16, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday February 18, 2020 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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