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The Birth of Great Musical Masterpieces with Tim Porter

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Course: The Birth of Great Musical Masterpieces with Tim Porter
Tutor: Tim Porter
Start Date: 6th August 2018
Start Time: 9.30am
End Date: 8th August 2018
End Time: 4.00pm
Res Fee (from): £826.00
Non Res Fee: £162.00 What's included?

This course is part of Week One of the Dillington Summer School. Residents arrive for Tea on Sunday 5 August and depart after breakfast on Saturday 11 August. The course will run Monday to Wednesday.

How did music’s greatest masterpieces first see the light of day? Handel, Beethoven, Sibelius, Elgar and many others had huge struggles on their hands when it came to finishing their scores and presenting them to the public. The results were in turn triumphant, farcical, mysterious or downright disastrous, but always a good story. So here we present music’s great opening nights, telling us so much about personalities, tastes, audiences and attitudes.
 

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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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