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24th May, 2013
A towering artistic figure of the twentieth century, Bernstein was a ‘man for all musics’, the like of whom we may never see again. Our study includes him as formidable conductor of works by Ravel, Mendelssohn and Mahler and of artists such as Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras; as pianist and composer of orchestral and choral works, including the Chichester Psalms and jazz-inflected pieces; as creator of the ground-breaking stage musicals On The Town, Candide and West Side Story. We look back at his success as a great ambassador and communicator for all that is best in music.
26th May, 2013
2 – 5 pm
Ethel Merman walks out on the audience; Mozart’s Requiem gets embroiled in skullduggery, a chance meeting crowns a Sinatra masterpiece – and much, much more….
£16 including tea
7th June, 2013
A short course for saxophonists with at least 18 months’ playing experience. The course will offer a wide range of opportunities through ensemble coaching and continual tutor support. Participants will be matched with others of similar ability and can expect to play in groups of varying size. Groups will be altered at each session. An extensive music library will be available throughout. For maximum benefit, students should have experience of sight-reading.
Debbie Scherer and Sarah Jobson
Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June
Having to ‘say a few words’ can happen quite often in everyday life. Some people find it easy; for others it is a daunting task. There are all kinds of occasions when we are asked to speak in public, make a presentation or have to attend an interview. Good public speaking is a skill which can be taught and who better to do that than a retired judge. The course requires no prior preparation. It involves a great deal of student participation.
9th June, 2013
The Encore Opera group will again be performing a programme of classical and romantic opera with many popular choruses and ensembles. The group has performed throughout the north-west and brings its own special blend of music, passion and romance to the well-known operatic repertoire.
Concert only – £10
Including dinner at 6.30 pm – £30
13th June, 2013
At the start of the 20th C two large migrations from Europe and the Southern United States crammed into New York’s Manhattan Island. In this frenetic social hothouse the new arrivals from the Jewish and Black-American Diaspora created a new kind of music.
The popular songs of Berlin, Kern, Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers, Arlen, were to capture the world’s affection for the next half century.
A new format – starting Thursday eve and ending with a short discussion after breakfast on the Sunday.
21st June, 2013
Like the French Impressionist painters, Debussy wanted music not merely to represent Nature but to reflect the mysterious correspondence between Nature and the imagination. Both he and Ravel extended the orchestral palette, evolving unusual colours and forming mosaic-like designs within a new sense of harmonic space.
28th June, 2013
Flamenco is a dynamic and passionate dance form from Andalucia. It has its origins in Arabic, Indian, Sephardic Jewish and Gypsy culture as well as traditional local rhythms from the region. This combination of elements gives historical depth and emotional resonance to expression through music, song and dance. The course will introduce participants to Sevillanas. Sevillanas is danced with a partner, but there is no need to bring a partner with you to take part in the course. This dance form is practised by both men and women and is one of the principal forms of social enjoyment at festivals and fiestas throughout Andalucia.
5th July, 2013
A course for up to ten players, some of whom may wish to present works for piano duets, and any number of listeners, with performing standard of Grade 7 or above expected. Each performer to play a prepared programme of about 25 minutes which will be discussed by all afterwards. Main topics for discussion will centre on style, technical ability and presentation. The two sessions on Sunday morning will be devoted to a recital in which all players will take part, playing pieces chosen by mutual consent. Visitors and course listeners are very welcome to attend, and the course is, as always, strictly non-competitive.
26th July, 2013
Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July
A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been, from its first performance, a play for a special occasion, and it has become the quintessential outdoor treat, with its gorgeous poetry, its inspired farce and its blend of the exotic and the earthy, with just enough sombre tinting to set off the rich colours of romance and magic. Everyone is there to celebrate marriage in the palace of Theseus at the end, after mysterious adventures in the woods – why not join them?
Our Open Air Production of the play by the Festival Players is here: http://www.highamhall.com/course/a-midsummer-nights-dream-an-open-air-production-in-the-gardens-d420/
27th July, 2013
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM ~ an open air production in the gardens D420
Saturday 27 July 3.00 pm
Open from 1.30 pm for picnics
The Players return with the ever-popular Dream. You can be sure of an exciting and very professional performance. Bring your own seating.
£10 school children
We have a Residential Course based upon this Merrie Shakespearian Frolicke:
11th August, 2013
Sunday 11 to Sunday 18 August
A jazz course for players of all instruments who are able to play jazz and read music to rehearsal band standard. This will be a relaxed and enjoyable week playing jazz from the Swing period to Bebop styles in small groups. Applicants are requested to contact Len Phillips on 01322 521 515 or by email on email@example.com before enrolling at Higham.
Tutors will be: Alan Barnes (http://www.alanbarnesjazz.com), Len Phillips, Dave Barnes and Graham Mintram
17th August, 2013
Saturday 17 August 8 pm
A lively and diverting evening of mainstream jazz led by the irrepressible Len Phillips and performed by all the players from the week’s residential jazz course.
19th August, 2013
CHAMBER MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL M2092
Ask us about or request a place on this Course
Monday 19 to Friday 23 August
This course is for pre-formed trios, quartets and quintets. Groups will work together in the mornings at self-selected repertoire. The afternoons are free to explore the beautiful surroundings. The remaining sessions will be for mixed ensembles. A large library of music will be available for exploration.
The professional tutors will be Louise Latham and Michael Beeston.
6th September, 2013
Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September
Come and join us in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere looking at the basic moves, a simple choreography, a veil dance, costumes, history, rhythms and some of the different styles and ideas of the dance, also known as Belly Dance, Raqs Sharqi or Oriental Dance. No previous dance experience required, just a willingness to ‘have a go’ and a sense of humour!
8th September, 2013
Sunday 8 to Friday 13 September
In partnership with Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, this popular course provides the opportunity to see all six plays from the summer season. These are: See How They Run (Philip King); An Inspector Calls (J.B. Priestley); She Stoops to Conquer (Oliver Goldsmith); Vincent in Brixton (Nicholas Wright); ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (John Ford) and The Shape of Things (Neil Labute). On each occasion you will be transported to the Theatre by the Lake to watch the play as a group (tickets, programmes and transportation are included) and then the following morning discuss your reaction to each performance, practising the art of the theatre critic. In addition you will have the opportunity to hear something about the work of each playwright, meet with stage management, directors and members of the company, becoming better acquainted with the work of the Theatre.
Jim Smith & Eileen McLean with Theatre by the Lake, Keswick’s technical and creative teams
13th September, 2013
Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September
The name of Salieri has had an appalling press for many years. Legends have built up about him murdering Mozart, which were hardly helped by derogatory works by Pushkin, Rimsky-Korsakov and, more recently, Peter Shaffer – all of which has resulted in him being viewed as a kind of musical pariah. This could not be further from the truth, and it is time to set the record straight. In fact, Salieri was one of the most important musicians in Europe for some fifty years. He was held in high esteem by all the great musicians of the day – Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven – who admired his works and honoured him as one of the finest teachers of his age. We will delve into this fascinating character and, with the help of some of his rarely heard music, build a picture of a great man who, sadly, has been so abused by history.
20th September, 2013
Friday 20 – Sunday 22 September
Fifty years after the demise of the 78rpm record, a few people still like to turn a handle for a 2-minute song overlaid with crackle! Switch off the CD player, suspend the downloading and be entertained by the music of your youth, and that of your parents and grandparents. On a variety of machines, dating from 1900 onwards, discs and cylinders will proudly reveal their secrets. Be prepared for everything from chamber music to rock’n’roll.