Music, Magic and Mystery

Music Appreciation

Residential course

Gwyn Parry-Jone

6 March 2020 to 8 March 2020

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Music, Magic and Mystery
Dinner Friday 6 – Lunch Sunday 8 March
Fees (£): 399 342 342 230
In opera, anything can happen – or at least it should feel that way! Mozart’s The Magic Flute mixes supernatural events with quasi-Masonic ritual; Ravel’s enchanting L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Spells) contemplates the relationship between mankind and the natural world; and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the most satisfying adaptations of Shakespeare ever made. We shall explore these three masterpieces, using excerpts from outstanding performances on CD and video.Tutor: Gwyn Parry-Jones

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.