An Introduction to Classical Music by British Composers

233 TUTOR: Wendy Taylor

Are you unsure what the British have done for classical music? If so, then this is the course for you. Your tutor will take you on a journey exploring the musical contributions of numerous British composers, from the medieval music of Dunstable to the 21st century works of Jenkins. There is no need to be able to read music as this is a beginner's course and your tutor will explain everything as she goes along. Simply come along with a desire to learn more about the British contribution to the classical music repertoire.

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Course Notes

This course offers an insight into British-classical music. We will discuss works and composers from the medieval period all the way through to the 21st century. The course is not intended for music specialists, but is aimed at those with an interest in knowing what British composers contributed to classical music.It is a beginner's course and the ability to read music or understand complex musical terminology is not necessary; all will be explained as we go along.

By the end of session five you would have listened and discussed a wide range of British-classical music by composers born/nationalized in Britain.

Monday: Session 1


We will cover British music up to 1700.We will take in the musical delights of works by composers such as Dunstable, Carver, Taverner, Tallis, Byrd, Weelkes, Bull, Dowland, Gibbons, Tomkins, Lawes and Purcell. We will discuss the context, the elements of music and what to listen out for.

Tuesday: Session 2

Today we will cover British music up to 1800. On our journey will listen to music by Avison, Boyce, Arne, Dibdin, Handel and others.We will listen to songs, opera and oratorio, along with instrumental music.

Wednesday:Session 3

It's 1800 to 1900 today. We will listen and discuss works by composers such as Field, Parry, Bennett, Wesley and Sullivan.

Thursday/Friday: Session 4/5

Over the final two days we will listen, discuss and learn about music by 20th and 21st century composers. We will listen to some glorious music by such well-known composers as Elgar, Delius, Bax, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Walton, Britten, Tippett, Arnold, Maxwell Davies, Tavener, Weir, Matthias, Bryars and Jenkins.

Course Tutor

Wendy Taylor

About Wendy

Dr Wendy Taylor holds degrees in Music, English Literature, Educational Management, and a Ph.D. in 'English Pantomime in London from 1779 to 1786' (Cardiff University). She is a trained music teacher, and worked for many years as a Head of Music in a number of large comprehensive schools in England and Wales. She is now concentrating on writing and lecturing on her subjects. She is a published writer having located a number of unknown 19th-century theatres in South Wales. Her writing covers the full range performing arts including theatre, music and dance histories. Her hobbies are playing the piano, singing in a choir and watercolour painting.

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