The symphony is arguably the most important genre of classical music as it represents, for most composers, their public face, no hiding behind the privacy of chamber music or the piano sonata, a bold and definitive statement needs to be made. It is also extraordinarily durable and is widely and magnificently represented from its inception in the early 18th century right up to the present day.
The weekend will examine how it manifests itself throughout the ages and how it adapts so well to an ever changing musical language. Your guide will be Roy Stratford, who has conducted and studied a huge number of these marvellous works and so can disuss them from first hand experience.
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.
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 until 9pm, 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)
- A ticket for the recital on Saturday evening.
What students need to bring
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 £15.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).