Schubert and his world of song – music appreciation with Roy Stratford

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About this course

Between 1814 and 1828 Franz Schubert wrote over 600 songs, including Die Forelle (The Trout), Ständchen (Serenade) and An Die Musik (To Music). Explore the songs and how they relate to Schubert's other works.

Course Description

Between the years 1814 and 1828 Franz Schubert wrote over 600 songs. Many of these, such as Die Forelle (The Trout), Ständchen (Serenade) and An Die Musik (To Music), exist in a real and living way in the popular imagination. He created a uniquely German art form, the Lied, more than just a song, a complete unification of words and music, and of piano and singer. This weekend you will explore the songs themselves and also how they relate to the extraordinary instrumental masterpieces, chamber music, piano music and symphonies that Schubert created in an astoundingly short period - as one of the most prodigious creative achievements of any artist.

Evening Recital, 8pm

Susan Gritton (soprano) accompanied by Roy Stratford (piano) will give a recital of Schubert's songs on Saturday evening. This is included in the programme for course participants. Non-resident students who would like to book dinner at the college on Saturday evening prior to the recital should book this in advance with the Bookings Office. Additional tickets may be purchased for guests via


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • A ticket for the recital on Saturday evening

What students need to bring

  • A notebook and pencil/pen


Roy Stratford

Roy Stratford was very lucky to have had a music teacher at school who had been a student of the great Austrian modernist composer Anton Webern and who inspired in him a great love of music and a particular interest in the Austro-Germanic tradition from Bach to Stockhausen. He went on to study music at Reading University and then the Royal College of Music ( conducting with Norman del Mar) and has since developed a very varied musical career as pianist, conductor, composer and lecturer.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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