OVERTURES

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Traditionally, concerts always began with an overture featuring colourful orchestration and memorable melodies. Starting with Mozart and Beethoven we will examine overtures by Rossini, Mendelssohn and Weber, Verdi and Wagner, Smetana, Dvorak and other European and Russian composers, plus lighter works by Von Suppe and Nicolai. Ian will educate your ear and enrich your understanding 

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FULLY BOOKED: TCHAIKOVSKY 4, 5 AND 6

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Tchaikovsky’s last three symphonies are considered his greatest orchestral works. An obsession with fate tends to dominate the outer movements: ‘doom-laden’ and ‘heart-on the-sleeve’ are terms frequently applied. By contrast the middle movements are graceful, sounding not unlike ballet music. Following a now-familiar format, Ian will guide you expertly through these pieces, drawing out aspects 

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FULLY BOOKED: GREAT OPERA SCENES BY VERDI AND PUCCINI

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

In this course we will look at two Italian composers with a passion for passion: Verdi's Rigoletto, Il Trovatore , La Traviata and Puccini's La Boheme, Tosca and Madama Butterfly all revolve around intense scenes in which high drama and high emotion are exquisitely echoed and amplified by their musical scores. Verdi’s scenes revolve around 

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NOW’S THE TIME FOR BRUCKNER

Higham Hall College Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Getting to know Bruckner’s music is a challenge many have shied away from. But as we celebrate 200 years since the Austrian composer’s birth this very week, there can be no better time to grasp the nettle. His ‘romantic’ 4th symphony and the heavenly 7th afford the easiest way into Bruckner’s complex musical legacy. Residential 

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