|Course:||Towards Enigma: Elgar’s Masterpiece in Context|
|Start Date:||17th January 2020|
|End Date:||19th January 2020|
|Res Fee (from):||£342.00|
|Non Res Fee:||£230.00 What's included?|
Elgar’s Enigma Variations, created at the threshold of the 20th century, is undoubtedly a crucial turning-point in British music. But like all great works of art, it didn’t really emerge completely ‘out of the blue’, and in this course we shall explore its intriguing background. The influences on the composer were many and varied, from Beethoven and Schumann to his compatriots Parry and Stanford. Then of course, there are the mysteries that continue to surround it – though we can’t promise to solve all of those!
Gwyn Parry-Jones has a richly experienced background, both as a performer and a conductor, and has held academic posts at the universities of Oxford, Gothenburg and Reading. At Reading he was, until 2007, the Director of Music in the Faculty of Education, and remains a visiting lecturer at Reading and Oxford Universities. As a professional musician Gwyn worked with the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, and played under the batons of some of the world's greatest conductors, including Sir John Barbirolli, Carlo-Maria Giulini and Sir Simon Rattle. Gwyn is also well known as an adjudicator, and has this year again been a Mentor at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Reading. Gwyn has a number of published compositions and arrangements too, mostly for wind instruments or voices.Back to List Make Booking Enquiry
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