Summer School Week One. Music in the West Country with Tim Porter
Music in the West
Country with Tim Porter
Monday – Wednesday
At Dillington we sit in the heart of the West, famed for its glorious landscapes and historic buildings – but what about the music? Well, there’s been plenty of it, as this course will reveal. The Cornish coast inspired the mighty soundscapes from Bax and Arnold; the lovely cathedrals have nurtured the best in church music; Cecil Sharp collected his first folk song in Somerset; William Jackson of Exeter was among the best of Georgian composers.
As for the city of Bath, its musical history is a microcosm of Europe’s, involving such luminaries as Haydn and Paganini. And in 1914, Glastonbury witnessed the premiere of the longest-running English opera ever! Intrigued? No prior knowledge will be assumed, the subject of this course will be demonstrated with many fine recordings.
Non-Resident fee £168
Tim Porter is an itinerant lecturer, with two subject areas: music and the middle Ages. Trained originally in music, Tim worked as a composer in touring theatre during the 1970s and 1980s, but his studies, researches and explorations of medieval Britain always developed alongside. Tim’s theatre career moved gradually forward into adult education and was a WEA tutor for over 30 years and runs courses at residential colleges. He is a guest lecturer at museums, including the Ashmolean in Oxford, and works as a tour guide for specialist history groups. He is a member of the Arts Society register, and speaks to history societies, music clubs, and organisations of many other types. For him, context is the key – whether relating a medieval building to its underlying landscape or linking a symphony to the social background of a great musician, Tim believes in the power of the wider picture, and those lively connections that bring a subject into the light.