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From Bach to Gershwin: The Best Loved Piano Works

From Bach to Gershwin: The Best Loved Piano Works

New for 2020

COURSE No. 220

TUTOR: Alice Michahelles

Why and how do Chopin's Nocturnes move us? What is sonata form? This course offers an overview of the history of classical music for piano and the development of compositional tools and techniques. By way of illustration, some compositions will be played on the screen. Your tutor, a concert pianist, will also offer live performances of favourite piano pieces from throughout the...

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Beginners Piano

Beginners Piano

COURSE No. 221,222

TUTORS: 221: Susannah McKim; 222: Julia Killick

Have you often thought that you would like to learn the piano? Perhaps you had lessons as a child and regretted giving it up for sport or other interests. It is never too late to have a go. Playing the piano is fun, fascinating and a wonderful way to commune with the Great Composers. Some even claim it may help prevent...

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Guitar for Beginners

Guitar for Beginners

COURSE No. 223

TUTOR: Brooks Williams

Been meaning to learn how to play the guitar? Well, now is your chance. In a fun and supportive atmosphere, Guitar for Beginners will introduce you to the basics of guitar playing. You will learn chords and strumming patterns through familiar songs, inspiring you to become a lifelong learner and active guitarist. No previous experience is necessary. You will only need a...

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An Introduction to Taiko Drumming

An Introduction to Taiko Drumming

COURSE No. 224

TUTOR: Heather Murray

Taiko Drumming is an energising performance art that originates from Japan and is played on beautiful drums with large sticks called 'bachi'. What is more, it is fun, invigorating and different. The tutor has studied with Taiko master, Kurumaya Sensei, in the Fukui region of Japan with a project grant from Arts Council Wales. This culminated in a composition and performance...

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Frédéric Chopin: His Life, His Music

Frédéric Chopin: His Life, His Music

New for 2020

COURSE No. 225

TUTOR: Alice Michahelles

This course is for anyone who enjoys listening to classical music for piano and wishes to expand their listening abilities or understanding. Your tutor, a concert pianist, will offer an overview of the life and style of the great Polish master, including an analysis of his compositional techniques and musical structure. Through a series of talks, demonstrations and recitals, you will gain...

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Find Your Voice

Find Your Voice

COURSE No. 226

TUTOR: Adam Meehan-Staines

'I'm tone deaf.' 'My teacher wouldn't let me join the choir.' 'My partner shudders when I try to sing.' 'I'm not a bit musical.' Have you ever said any of these things? Would you love to sing with others at a wedding or in the pub? This course is for the vocally terrified. It will provide an opportunity to find out the...

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Blues and Rock Guitar

Blues and Rock Guitar

COURSE No. 227

TUTOR: Colin Speight

From the laid back acoustic musings of Eric Clapton's Unplugged to the rock of Jimi Hendrix, the guitar has been, without doubt, the most important instrument in the genres of blues and rock music over the last 60 years. This course will give you a grounding in the skills needed to play blues and rock music on the guitar. It caters for...

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Samba Drumming

Samba Drumming

COURSE No. 228

TUTOR: Sacha Johnson

Spend a week learning to play the music of Brazil. Your tutor will guide you through the various instruments and their history as well as why, when and how Samba became the world's happiest music. The course will end with an impromptu performance. Absolutely no previous musical experience or training is required. Simply turn up and enjoy.

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At the Piano with the Schumanns and their Circle

At the Piano with the Schumanns and their Circle

New for 2020

COURSE No. 229

TUTOR: Alice Michahelles

Explore the world of composer Robert Schumann and his wife Clara Wieck, one of the most acclaimed pianists of the 19th century, a composer and mother of eight children. Together, the Schumanns were connected to some of the most important composers of their time. Enjoy a musical journey through the Romantic era with your tutor, a concert pianist herself. While a few...

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An Introduction to Songwriting

An Introduction to Songwriting

New for 2020

COURSE No. 230,231

TUTOR: David Rees

If you have previously learnt to play basic guitar, ukulele or keyboard chords and can sing a bit (not obligatory), you should consider this course as a way to progress. The aim is to help you jump ahead of other songwriters by providing you with invaluable information and practical guidance. The tutor is a member of the Performing Rights Society and...

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Singing for Pleasure

Singing for Pleasure

COURSE No. 232

TUTOR: Adam Meehan-Staines

Come and spend a week with like-minded souls singing arrangements of pieces from the big shows, world vocal, sacred and popular music. This course is designed for beginners and more experienced choral singers. It will be an ideal introduction to choral singing through music you know and love. The course will end with a concert of some of the repertoire worked on...

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An Introduction to Classical Music by British Composers

An Introduction to Classical Music by British Composers

New for 2020

COURSE No. 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...

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