Handel's 'Saul': A Mighty Musical Drama

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Course: Handel's 'Saul': A Mighty Musical Drama
Tutor: Tim Porter
Start Date: 6th April 2018
Start Time: 09.45am
End Time: 4.00pm
Fee: £57.00 What's included?

Every music-lover knows Messiah, but that’s the odd one out; most of Handel’s oratorios are lusty stories of human passion and frailty. In fact, they are operas in all but name, wide-ranging dramas on a scale only equalled by Wagner. Into them, Handel poured his most startling music and most controversial ideas. Saul is, perhaps, the greatest of them all – arguably, the foremost music-drama of the baroque period. With a headlong pace, vivid characterisation, a nail biting story and music that is difficult to sit still to, it is the complete theatrical experience, and more! This day course takes us step-by-step through this colossal masterpiece, which comes bursting out of the eighteenth century to overwhelm the present.

Tutor Information

Tim Porter

Tim is an itinerant lecturer, with two subject areas: music and the Middle Ages. Trained originally in music, Tim worked as a composer in touring theatre during the 1970s and 1980s, but his studies, researches and explorations of medieval Britain always developed alongside. Tim’s theatre career moved gradually forward into adult education and he has been a WEA tutor for nearly 30 years and runs courses at several residential colleges in the ARCA network. He is a guest lecturer at museums, including the Ashmolean in Oxford, and works as a tour guide for specialist history groups. He is a member of the NADFAS register, and speaks to history societies, music clubs, and organisations of many other types. Photography is another aspect of his works, and he has become well known for the atmospheric and unusual slides which he uses. For him, context is the key – whether relating a medieval building to its underlying landscape, or linking a symphony to the social background of a great musician, Tim believes in the power of the wider picture, and those lively connections that bring a subject into the light.

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