Jazz – music appreciation with Roy Stratford


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About this course

Get to know and understand a little more about the enigmatic art form of jazz, its history, its extraordinary people and most of all how it works on a musical level.

Course Description

Jazz is an amazing distillation of so many other musical styles: African, classical, popular song with a deep origin in the slave plantations of the southern states of the United States of America.

Perhaps its most potent idea is that of the individual musician 'making it up' on the spot and stamping their unique musical identity on the song. Find out more about this musical art form and discover what swing really means!

Evening Recital, 8pm

Roy has invited Jazz musician, Tom Smith for an evening recital. Tom is a 24 year old saxophonist, bass clarinettist and composer from London. He was twice finalist of the BBC Young Jazz Musician in 2014 and 2016, and in 2018 won the Peter Whittingham Development Award from Help Musicians UK. Since completing his degree at the Royal Academy of Music, he has performed around the world at many prestigious festivals and venues.

The recital 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 www.westdean.ac.uk/events from September.


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 until 9pm, 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

  • Notepad and pencil/pen

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Additional tickets for public/guests for the recital are available to purchase online, in advance, or on the evening. Please book tickets via www.westdean.ac.uk/events, tickets cost £10


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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