Beethoven 250: The Symphonies and Concertos
Ludwig van Beethoven burst on the European music scene at the very outset of the 19th century. His impact on the music of composers that followed in his footsteps was immense, and he expanded the emotional and dramatic power of instrumental music to an extent undreamt of before.
We shall explore in depth this extraordinary music, and look at the nature of the person who created it, surely one of the greatest creative minds in the history of Western art.
Residential Fees From: £348. Non Residential: £233
Gwyn Parry-Jones has a richly experienced background, both as a performer and a conductor, and has held academic posts at the universities of Oxford, Gothenburg and Reading. At Reading he was, until 2007, the Director of Music in the Faculty of Education, and remains a visiting lecturer at Reading and Oxford Universities. As a professional musician Gwyn worked with the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, and played under the batons of some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Sir John Barbirolli, Carlo-Maria Giulini and Sir Simon Rattle. Gwyn is also well known as an adjudicator, and has this year again been a Mentor at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Reading. Gwyn has a number of published compositions and arrangements too, mostly for wind instruments or voices.
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