Everyone is at a different stage on their personal musical journey, but one thing is for sure: the more you know, the more you want to know. In response to various requests over time, Charlotte has built up a number of informal adult evening classes to help people explore new repertoire and deepen their knowledge and love of music.
The Music Theory Class runs annually from September to June and covers the entire Associated Board syllabus from Grade 1 to Grade 5. The course is aimed at lifelong amateurs who has been singing and playing for years but would like to improve their grasp of the finer details of theory. We cover a large syllabus of all the standard notational topics including rhythm and note values, different clefs, key-signatures, time-signatures, chord-progressions, intervals and transposition.
We also learn about the different instruments of the orchestra and different voice-types and how to write for them all as well as all those confusing Italian terms for performance directions! The course is thorough and fast-moving though friendly and informal and entirely suitable for those wishing to take a Grade 5 exam in the summer (the class has a 97% pass rate). However, many of the group choose to study for the joy of widening their understanding and entering the exam is entirely optional. More info at www.musictheorybristol.yolasite.com
Music Appreciation Groups have grown organically in response to requests for help in exploring the wonderful, but enormous, repertoire of Classical Music. Meeting once a month throughout the year in small groups, we explore a different musical work each time. We listen to the music critically and compare recordings, following the score. We discuss the historical context of the piece and its composer, the genre and the instruments involved. We jump around through histroy from renaissance polyphony to works by living composers, from full symphony orchestras to a capella choirs, from opera to string quartets.
No prior knowledge is needed, though an ability to read music adds a further dimension for participants. What you do need is enthusiasm and curiosity to learn more and expand your musical horizons in the company of like-minded music-lovers. Oh, and maybe to enjoy a glass of wine with the group!