Music of the Victorian Age with Tim Porter

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Course: Music of the Victorian Age with Tim Porter
Tutor: Tim Porter
Start Date: 14th August 2019
Start Time: 9.30am
End Date: 16th August 2019
End Time: 4.00pm
Res Fee (from): £843.00
Non Res Fee: £165.00 What's included?

This course is part of Week One of the Dillington Summer School. Residents arrive for tea on Sunday 11 August and depart after breakfast on Saturday 17 August. The course runs from Wednesday to Friday.

It’s 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria - an opportunity to look again at the romance, splendour and energy of her era. Musically, it’s a story of things coming right - in Victoria’s youth, British music lagged and its reputation was low; by the time she died, it was a force to reckon with, capable of producing someone like Elgar. Nowadays, after years of baffling neglect, the masterworks of Stanford, Somervell, Pearsall, Parry, Wesley and Bennett are being performed again. Even Sullivan is shaking off his Gilbertian shackles and standing up as a composer of real stature. So here’s the missing piece of the jigsaw, the musical equivalent of Tennyson, Burne-Jones, the Brontës and St Pancras!

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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The event went really well and was very enjoyable, please pass on our thanks to all the staff at Dillington House they were all superb. Wessex Water