The Pastoral Tradition in Music

Music Appreciation

Day course

Tim Porter

27 October 2020


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Arcadian landscapes, blue distances, the haunting sound of a shepherd’s pipe. This is one of the most enduring of artistic formulae, and composers can match the work of painters and poets all the way from the renaissance to the romantics and beyond. Come and hear how the Pastoral Tradition renews itself and stays for ever young.

Tutor information

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.