These are trying and difficult times for all of us and I have devised a course which, I hope, will bring distraction, entertainment, and inspiration during this time of isolation from other people and the activities we would normally be taking part in.
The theme, ‘Classical Masterpieces Composed in Troubled Times’ will focus on ten great, inspirational and, in many cases, joyful and uplifting works composed in times of crisis. I shall be using PowerPoint slides, recordings and videos to help illustrate the historical background to the works, the personal circumstances of each composer which gave rise to the works and, of course, the significance of the music itself, together with what to listen out for to enhance enjoyment and appreciation.
I shall be using ZOOM to run the course. This is easy to find on Google, download onto your computer or tablet and register free of charge. Once you have registered, I will be arranging a trial session before the course begins for everyone who has signed up, and of course I am happy to help and answer any questions you may have in the meantime.
The 90- minute sessions will take place on: MONDAYS 2pm – 3.30 (April 20th, 27th; May 4th, 11th, 18th; June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th). WEDNESDAYS 10am – 11.30 (April 22nd, 29th; May 6th, 13th, 20th; June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th; July 1st)
Course fee: £100 (online payment preferred; cheques if online payment not available.)