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Lessons at Semitone

Though Semitone Studios is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak, lessons are still continuing online.

For more information, please ring 0161 826 7613 or e-mail info@semitonestudios.com

Live Music On Hold

Live Music at Semitone is on hold for the moment due to the coronavirus outbreak.

We are holding live music sessions online. For details, please e-mail Taylor Giacoma at taylor@mynameishardtospell.com

In the meantime, you can check out our YouTube Channel, where you'll find lots of great videos of our featured artists and open mic performers.

Music Appreciation Sessions Now Online

The Friday morning music appreciation sessions are now continuing on-line. They last from 10.30 to 12.00 with Peter Eccles acting as tutor. The programme for the next few weeks introduces a varied selection of works from the last 300 years.

Friday 27 March: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano concerto No 23 in A major, K.488, the most lyrical of all Mozart’s piano concertos

Friday 3 April: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No 6 in B minor (Pathétique), which Tchaikovsky considered his best composition

Friday 10 April: Michael Tippett, Concerto for double string orchestra, Tippett’s most popular work which established his reputation

Friday 17 April: Johann Sebastian Bach, Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, a reconstruction in the twentieth century of a lost concerto

Friday 24 April: Antonín Dvořák, String quartet No 12 in F major (American), Opus 96, written when on holiday in Iowa

Friday 1 May: Malcolm Arnold, Symphony No 4, Opus 71, written as a reaction to the Notting Hill race riots of 1958

Friday 8 May: Joseph Haydn, Symphony No 102 in B flat major, a chandelier fell down at the first performance in London in 1794

Friday 15 May: Jean Sibelius, Symphony No 2 in D major, Opus 43, Sibelius said it was ‘a confession of the soul’

Friday 22 May: Edward Elgar, Cello concerto in E minor, Opus 85, Elgar’s last major work, contemplative and elegiac

Friday 29 May: Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano trio in F major, Opus 97 (Archduke), written for Archduke Rudolph of Austria

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.

Cost: £5 for each session. Each session is independent so why not log in and try one out? For log in details contact peter@semitonestudios.com or 07715 643110 for more information.