Beethoven, a celebration of his 250th anniversary – music appreciation with Roy Stratford

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Examine the full range of Beethoven's output including works beyond the symphonies, string quartets and piano sonatas such as the concertos, 'Diabelli' variations and on Saturday evening a concert including two of the great piano trios.

Course Description

The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of this composer whose music exerts a unique power and fascination over us still today and whose fortitude in the face of overwhelming difficulties is a constant source of inspiration. Beethoven seems to be more than a musician; the ambition and range of his music is extraordinary. A weekend spent in the company of his music is fascinating because it seems to uncover new experiences continually. This course will examine the full range of Beethoven’s output including works beyond the symphonies, string quartets and piano sonatas such as the Concertos, ‘Diabelli’ Variations and on Saturday evening there will be a concert including two of the great piano trios.

Evening Recital, Saturday, 26 September, 8pm

Beethoven's trios for piano, violin and cello. Op.1 No 1 in C minor and Op.70 No 2 in Eb major. Roy Stratford (piano) with Kathryn Parry (violin) and Emma Baldock (cello). 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 or at the recital.


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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