Listening Club

As an accredited Arts Society lecturer, and someone who has been lecturing on music nationally and internationally for many years, I started the Listening Club in peak lockdown two months ago. It’s been really gratifying to see a community of music lovers coming together to engage in our weekly series of online classes, which feature insights into a great piece of classical music, some cultural context, and the chance to ask questions in a Q&A.


As someone totally unfamiliar with the Monteverdi Vespers I found your broadcast today thoroughly fascinating and enjoyable … 

I knew I would enjoy this morning’s session! I knew the music a bit  – had sung in it at Choir (badly….) – but there was so much more to learn/listen to/think about.  thank you!

Thanks for opening eyes this morning into another world … we marvel at how you keep concentration while pressing all this buttons at the same time!

I’m delighted to announce that throughout July and August Listening Club is examining a series of Seven Symphonies at the usual time of 11am on Tuesday mornings. It’s a musical journey that takes us from the princely eighteenth-century surroundings of Esterházy outside Vienna to the besieged city of Leningrad at the darkest point of the Second World War.  So here are the dates, the works, and the links to book:

Tuesday 7th July, 1100-1200: Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)  Symphony no. 49, “La passione” (1768) – register here

Tuesday 14th July – NB no session

Tuesday 21st July, 1100-1200: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)  Symphony no. 3, “Eroica” (1803) – register here

Tuesday 28th July, 1100-1200: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)  Symphony no. 4 (1878) – register here

Tuesday 4th August, 1100-1200: Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)  Symphony no. 5 (1902) – register here

Friday 7th August, 1845 onwards: Listening Club goes to the Proms: Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle – register here

Tuesday 11th August, 1100-1200: Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)  Symphony no. 2 (1911) – register here

Tuesday 18th August, 1100-1200: Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957)  Symphony no. 5 (1915) – register here

Tuesday 25th August, 1100-1200: Shostakovitch (1906-1975)  Symphony no. 7, “Leningrad” (1941) – register here

If you can’t make the live session, sign up anyway, drop me a line, and I’ll send you a link so that you can listen again. And if you’d like to be added to the Listening Club mailing list, just let me know via

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