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Have you ever wanted to know more about classical music but felt too intimated to ask? Have you ever been at a concert and enjoyed it, but felt like you didn't totally know what was going on?

Or, are you a classical music enthusiast who wants to know more about your favourite works? Maybe interact with others who share your interest?


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Semitone's music appreciation classes might be for you. It's informed, but informal; complete but casual. If you want to develop a better appreciation of classical music, then you have to listen to it. Peter introduces each piece by saying something about the composer's place in the development of music, how the piece came to be written and discussing what to listen out for before we listen to it. We will share reactions to each piece.

The cost is £77 for all eleven sessions in a term or £8 for each individual session. If this is difficult, sessions can be offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. For more information on our music appreciation classes, please email

inside of a pianoEach session is independent so why not try one out? Here is the programme for upcoming sessions:

Friday 3 November - Aaron Copland, Clarinet concerto and Malcolm Arnold, Clarinet concerto No 2, two tuneful twentieth century concertos both commissioned by Benny Goodman

Friday 10 November - Johann Sebastian Bach, Concerto for harpsichord and strings in D minor and Concerto for four harpsichords and strings in A minor, two of the earliest keyboard concertos

Friday 17 November - Mozart, Symphony No 36 in C major Linz which Mozart wrote `at break-neck speed’ when he was giving a concert in Linz and hadn’t got a symphony with him

Friday 24 November - Robert Schumann, Symphony No 4 in D minor, Opus 120 which has been described as `possibly Schumann’s greatest and most masterly conception’

Friday 1 December - Josef Suk, Serenade for strings in E flat major, Opus 6, written when Dvořák, his teacher, suggested he write some lighter and more cheerful music

Friday 8 December - Jean Sibelius, Lemminkäinen Suite, inspired by the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic which served as a symbol of national identity in the nineteenth century

Friday 15 December - Gerald Finzi, Dies Natalis, Opus 8, for high voice and strings, setting texts by the seventeenth century poet and mystic Thomas Traherne