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Tim Shuker – (C20th Music History & Philosophy, Russian & Soviet Culture & History)

‘All Music comes from love and is the highest form of philosophy’
Tim Shuker [aka Steven Greer] – Writer & Composer

Tim Shuker, [also professionally known as Steven Ingman Greer or Steven Greer, names under which he writes] has spent over 30 years researching and teaching 20th century classical music and its philosophy. Passionate about Romantic and Contemporary music and building bridges to expand students understanding and listening, Tim presents the featured works in their historic, political and cultural context. Specialisms include, but are not limited to:

  • Imperial Russian Music and History 1850-1917.
  • British Orchestral Music since 1945.
  • Fusion of the Contemporary & Romantic in British Classical Music since 1960.
  • Classical Music in the USA since 1890.

Lectures include focussing on specific composers or groups of composers within these specialisms, such as Rachmaninov and Borodin in Imperial Russia, Peter Maxwell Davies, Harrison Birtwistle and Robin Holloway in Britain and Philip Glass , John Adams and Leonard Bernstein in the USA.

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‘Steven [Tim] has an unrivalled passion for music, a phenomenal memory and encyclopaedic mind for all the places, dates and opus numbers, always working without notes and putting all the historical and cultural context together beautifully,’
‘Thank you Steven. Huge topic artfully squeezes into three days. Gained a lot of knowledge and leads to go away and look up so the learning will continue’
‘You’ve opened my ears to a whole new world of music which I’m going to continue exploring.’
‘Having not known much about the subject, this was extremely enlightening, interesting and very well put together. Thank you.’
‘You helped me overcome my prejudices against contemporary classical music. Thank you for opening my mind. I will now increasingly look out for new works both in concert and on record.’

January 2019

RUSSIAN IMPERIAL HISTORY AND ITS MUSIC 1850-1917

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

*NEW* The history of late Imperial Russia and its plural, progressive culture viewed through the lens of its classical composers, including 'The Five', Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, amongst others. NOTE: This IS a three night course (starts on the Tuesday, ends on the Friday), not a two night as accidentally printed in the brochure. Apologies for the error, which (of course) was spotted after the brochure went to print! Tim Shuker (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/steven-greer) WINTER OFFER: 3 Nights for the…

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March 2019

OPEN EARS DAY – BRITISH ORCHESTRAL MUSIC SINCE 1960

March 20th at 10:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Delve into our musical heritage since Vaughan Williams. Appreciate the nature and scope of our country's continuing musical legacy through a day of informed listening and discussion. Tim Shuker (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tim-shuker) £64 including lunch & refreshments

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July 2019

BEETHOVEN 1800-27: THE ETERNAL REVOLUTIONARY

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

Beginning by considering his inheritance from Bach, Mozart and Haydn, we trace how Beethoven's deafness was turned to triumph and ensured that Classical Music would always tread new pastures. Tim Shuker (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tim-shuker) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 BEETHOVEN'S SUCCESSORS follows: attend both, save £25.

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BEETHOVEN’S SUCCESSORS – SCHUBERT, SCHUMANN, BRUCKNER AND BRAHMS

July 14th at 18:30 to July 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

We consider Beethoven's legacy as it is reflected in four of the 19th century's greatest composers and ask ourselves whether his influence endures or has 20th century Modernism from Schoenberg onwards snuffed out the light forever? Tim Shuker (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tim-shuker) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 BEETHOVEN precedes: attend both, save £25.

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