Music appreciation: the symphony from Haydn to now with Roy Stratford

Ref: SWE13380

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About this course

The symphony is one of the most important genres in classical music. This course will allow you to look at how it manifests itself throughout the ages and how it adapts so well to an ever changing musical language.

Course Description

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


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 Tickets cost £15.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


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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