Crash Course in Classical Music for Arts Society Havering


The Arts Society Havering have invited me to deliver my Crash Course in Classical Music at New Windmill Hall, Upminster. The event details are here, and below:

This course covers three hundred years of great classical music, from the first  opera still to be performed today, Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (1607), through to the work that perhaps more than any other signalled the start of modernism, the ballet The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky (1913). Progressing through the, Classical and Romantic eras, Sandy discusses what role music played in each, and illustrates how composers went about the process of shaping their works. A  glossary of key terms and list of essential elements of each era is provided, along with a playlist with details of the musical illustrations used.