Ten by Ten – COURSE FULL

Music Appreciation

Residential course

Gwyn Parry-Jones

15 August 2021 to 20 August 2021

£265 Non-residential fee, £780 Single bedroom or shared occupancy, £890 Double bedroom single occupancy

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This course is part of Dillington Discovery Summer week.

Join us on a musical journey, taking in a selection of the key works in the history of music.  Some are rightly popular, some perhaps not quite as familiar as they should be, but all will repay the most detailed exploration.  Together we will dig deeper to discover what is so special about each one – what it is that makes listeners and performers alike want to return to them again and again. From Russia in the East to the Americas in the west, we shall experience the incredible richness and diversity of our cultural inheritance.  Each day will cover two different composers.


am – W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) – Piano Concerto in G, K453

pm – J.S. Bach (1685-1750) – Magnificat in D, BWV 243


am – Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) – Symphony no. 11 in G minor, op. 103, The Year 1905

pm – Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945) – Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz. 48


am – Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) – Song Cycle (Hardy) Earth and Air and Rain, op. 15

pm – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) – Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in C, RV479

Archangelo Corelli (1653-1713) – Concerto grosso in G minor (‘Christmas’)


am – Franz Schubert (1797-1828) – String Quintet in C, D956

pm – Robert Schumann (1810-1856) – Liederkreis (Eichendorff), op. 39


am – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) – War Requiem, op. 66

Tutor information

Gwyn Parry-Jones is a widely experienced musician, as performer, conductor and academic.  He has held posts at the universities of Oxford, Gothenburg and Reading, where he was for many years Director of Music in the Faculty of Education, and remains a visiting lecturer at Reading and Oxford.  As a performer Gwyn has played with the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras among others, under the batons of some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Barbirolli, Giulini and Rattle.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Reading.  Gwyn is also well known as an adjudicator and mentor for Music for Youth, and is a composer of numerous published works.

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.