Appreciating Music

Sessions to explore and deepen our connection with music. No previous experience or musical knowledge needed – all are welcome. To include listening, cultural and historical background, discussion and sharing time.

Exploring the music of Franz Schubert

Twelve sessions to explore a wide variety of music by the Austrian composer Franz
Schubert from his short life of 31 years. What is unique and special about his music and
what makes it touch the heart today? How does it speak to us today? What was influential
for composers who came after him? We’ll explore Schubert’s gift for melody, how he brings
a lyrical and singable quality to both his instrumental music and his songs, how he brings
a quality of intimacy and subtlety to the way he writes both music on a small scale and
even to his symphonies. As always, the sessions will not assume prior knowledge of
music, and all are welcome for this interactive course including group discussion, musical
examples, historical background and more.

Twelve Tuesday morning sessions beginning from 21st September 2021

2 hour sessions from 10.15am to 12.15pm (should sessions be on Zoom, start and end
times will be 15 minutes earlier) Mid-term break: there will be no session on 26th

Venue: I will be in touch in September to consult all participants and to firm up whether the
sessions will be in person (in Bristol) or online on Zoom or hybrid with the option of both
( I am investigating if this will be practical and feasible). Before deciding, I will be
listening carefully to participants’ needs and views on this: should the final decision be in
person and you choose not to attend the course because of distance or any other reason
you would receive a full refund (or a pro rata refund for remaining sessions if the course
has already started). The Bristol venue lined up is St Mary’s church rooms, Stoke Bishop,
Mariners Drive BS9 1QJ.
Please indicate when you book ‘Zoom only’ if you will only
be able to attend if on Zoom.

You can read what previous participants have said about the sessions here or read about me here and elsewhere on this website

Bookings are now open. If you’re drawn to join, or have any questions, feel free to get in touch or see the PDF file below for all the details of how to register.