Course with Angela Zanders: “Classical music inspired by nature”

The beauties and benefits of the natural world are things we are all striving to preserve and nurture at the present time. The seasons, weather, animals, birds, flowers and trees have all inspired classical composers over the centuries in numerous different ways.

On this 10-week course, we shall explore many of these pieces of music and the composers who were inspired to write them, with the help of music videos, PowerPoint slides and demonstrations at the piano.

Works to include: Vaughan Williams ‘The Lark Ascending’; Beethoven ‘Pastoral’ Symphony; Stravinsky ‘Rite of Spring’; Janacek ‘On an Overgrown Path’, and many more.

Last year, Angela’s courses were suspended due to the pandemic. But she is now back, teaching in-person again and doing what she is passionate about – helping to make classical music accessible to everyone.

“At a time when all of us are aware of climate change and its effects on the natural world, I wanted my new course to highlight the numerous and varied ways in which classical composers have been inspired by the seasons, the weather, wildlife, trees and flowers.

“With the help of video recordings, PowerPoint slides and demonstrations at the piano, we shall be exploring different themes in nature and the ways in which composers have expressed these themes in music over the centuries.

“Such popular classics as Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending will be balanced with works by less familiar composers from different eras.”

There are two options: either in-person or on Zoom.


Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm Starting 11th January 2022. Course Fee: £120

Course Dates:
January 11th, 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th, 15th; March 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th

On Zoom

Mondays 4 pm – 5.30/5.45 pm Starting 10th January 2022. Course Fee: £100

Course Dates:
January 10th, 17th, 24th 31st; February 7th, 14th, 28th; March 14th, 21st, 28th

For more information and to enrol, please contact Angela: Tel: 0758 2537123 Website:

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