Edward Elgar (1857-1934) is often regarded as the greatest British composer. Though sometimes viewed as a composer of 'Empire', his life and music are far more complex than an easy, patriotic label would suggest. This weekend will aim to unravel the enigma which is Elgar, including his sacred choral masterpieces, as well as the remarkable
Following the Classical precedents of Mozart and Beethoven, Romantic composers either wrote large symphonic violin concertos (Brahms and Tchaikovsky) or shorter expressive works (Mendelssohn and Bruch). Saint-Saens' no.3 and Glazunov's one movement concerto complete our lyrical study of the heart of the violin. Ian France (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £270 Non-residential: £190
Romantic composers moved away from sonatas for piano in favour of shorter pieces with poetic titles. Chopin's Ballade no.1, Brahms' 2nd Rhapsody, Mendelssohn’s Bee’s Wedding and Liszt's Un Sospiro, are amongst the familiar repertoire. Schumann, Grieg and Rachmaninov also feature. Ian France (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £270 Non-residential: £190
An hour of memorable musical performances, held in the intimate setting of our wonderful oak-floored Lecture Room. (One hour, no interval). Laurence Perkins (Bassoon) Philippa Davies (Flute) Colin Honour (Clarinet) Jan Willem Nelleke (Piano) ADMISSION £10 Proceeds to Stroke Association with Bar available beforehand and afterwards.
All are invited to share two 45-minute concerts at 11am and 2pm, spanning lunchtime, given by diploma-standard players, completing a masterclass here at Higham with Laurence Perkins. A little audience will be appreciated! ADMISSION FREE, but please do let us know if you intend to come so we can put out enough chairs! You are
Giuseppe Verdi wrote some of the most celebrated operas ever known. Many of us have never heard some of his pre-fame magical works. Of around thirty stage works, seven or eight form a regular part of opera company repertoire; the remainder given only a rare airing, remain largely hidden. We will unearth some of this
People often keep Wagner at arm's length. Avoiding 'heavy' sounds and 'longueurs', this course aims to make his music approachable, with scenes and excerpts from across his operas. Throughout, the emphasis will be on Wagner's expressive music. A repeat due to demand! Ian France (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £270 Non-residential: £190
“CLAR’NETS, HOWEVER BE BAD AT ALL TIMES ... DEPEND UPON’T, IF SO BE YOU HAVE THEM TOOTING CLAR’NETS YOU’LL SPOIL THE WHOLE SET-OUT”. So said Michael Mail and Mr Penny in Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree. Ambrose Bierce in his Devil’s Dictionary also had a similar opinion: “CLARINET: AN INSTRUMENT OF TORTURE OPERATED BY