Listening Club

Booking is now open for the Autumn 2020 Listening Club series Words and Music:  How Great Composers bring Texts Alive 

1100-1200 on Tuesday mornings: 27th October, 3rd November, 10th November, 17th November, 24th November and 1st December – or catch up with each talk whenever you choose.

One of the greatest qualities of classical music is the way it can bring an extra dimension to texts.

Whether it’s lyrics for singing, a piece based on a piece of poetry or prose, or just a single phrase taken as a starting point, music in the hands of great composers can find hidden depths that words on the page can never reach.

That’s what we’re exploring in this autumn series of Listening Club, with selections drawn from Mozart’s Figaro and Verdi’s Otello, Schumann songs and the Brahms Requiem to Bach’s sparkling Christmas Oratorio; we plunge into scores, analyse specific moments, and step back to see where each piece sits in the scheme of things.

Our course runs on Zoom over six Tuesdays. Each talk is recorded and a link sent to all subscribers after the session. Those attending live have the opportunity to discuss the music and join in the Q&A.

Cost – £60 to attend the talks live and/or receive the recordings. If money is tight, and you’d still like to attend, do get in touch.

Book your place by email here

Testimonials from the Spring 2020 Listening Club series:

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

Thanks for opening eyes this morning into another world … 

I knew I would enjoy this morning’s session! I knew the music a bit, but there was so much more to learn/listen to/think about. thank you!

And here’s a taster of our Leningrad Symphony session from earlier this year:


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