Frederick Chopin holds a special place in the heart of music lovers and musicians for the way his music has such a direct emotional appeal. Its popularity in a sense disguises the revolutionary nature of his music both in terms of its unusual approach to form, its forward looking harmonies, and the pioneering writing for the piano, which changed the nature of composition and of piano playing in a very radical way. This weekend will explore the surprising range of Chopin’s work and the extraordinary daring nature of his musical language. Most of all it will be an excuse to spend a weekend in the company of some of the most exquisitely beautiful music ever written.
The tutor will give a recital on Saturday evening to course participants.
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.
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.
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)
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.