Belle Époque: The Music of France 1870-1914

Music Appreciation

Residential course

Gwyn Parry-Jones

24 September 2021 to 26 September 2021

From £226 Non-resident fee

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‘La Belle Époque’ is a phrase used to describe the period of relative peace and prosperity between the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914. It was of particular relevance to France, but is often applied to the whole of Europe of that time.

Using high quality CD and video performances, we shall explore works by the principal French composers of the day, including Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel, Albéric Magnard, and of course Claude Debussy, whose superb early String Quartet is included in the Sunday afternoon concert by the Coulls. The course is suitable for all-comers – no specialist knowledge required.

Residential Fees From: £338.   Non Residential: £226

Tutor information

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.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.