William Byrd & The Music of His Age

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Course: William Byrd & The Music of His Age
Tutor: Roderick Swanston
Start Date: 16th February 2018
Start Time: Dinner
End Date: 18th February 2018
End Time: Lunch
Res Fee (from): £321.00
Non Res Fee: £215.00 What's included?

William Byrd was a phenomenon of his and any other age. Equally pioneering and master in sacred and secular vocal music, he also composed a large amount of keyboard and viol music as well as wonderful solo songs. A Catholic in a Protestant land, yet a respected Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, Byrd personified the tensions of his age. This course will explore the range of his musical output and set it against the dramatic times in which it was composed. 

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Roderick Swanston

Roderick Swanston, MA, MusB (Cantab), FRCM, FRCO, GRSM, ARCM, LRAM was educated at Stowe School, the Royal College of Music and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he held the organ scholarship. At present, he lectures for the Humanities Department of Imperial College and for the Foreign Studies Programme of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA. Until August 2004, he was a professor at the Royal College of Music holding a number of posts including Reader in Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies. He taught, and devised, some key academic courses in its new degree. He is also a frequent broadcaster, and in 1995 wrote and presented on BBC Radio 3 twelve monthly programmes on the History of British Music, entitled Fairest Isle. Since 1995 he has conducted twenty-one interviews with prominent figures in Early Music, entitled Behind the Masque. He also wrote and presented two series of programmes entitled Verdi Voices and Wagner Voices. He has also been a regular contributor to Classic CD, Gramophone’s Early Music Quarterly magazine and the BBC Music Magazine. He has also reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, Prospect Magazine and the Wagner Journal. He was also the English Music Lecturer for the Verbier Festival in Switzerland for seven years, and for over a decade planned and introduced a series of concerts for the Chichester Festivities exploring some rare chamber music. He is widely known as a lecturer who combines wisdom and wit, together with an ability to communicate an understanding and enthusiasm for complex and wide-ranging topics.

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