Two More Great Singers – Janet Baker and Thomas Allen

Music Appreciation

Day course

Andrew Borkowski

11 September 2021


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The latest in a series of day schools focusing on the careers of outstanding singers both on the opera stage and the concert platform.

Dame Janet Baker had a very distinctive, deep-toned and vibrant mezzo voice, used to great effect not only in English music – especially Purcell, Handel, Elgar, Britten – but also in Italian roles such as Maria Stuarda and Dorabella. Sir Thomas Allen, one of the world’s finest lyric baritones of his generation, has given numerous memorable performances on the international stage in operatic roles by a variety of composers, particularly Mozart, and has been equally superb on the concert platform.

Tutor information

Andrew Borkowski LLB, was Reader in Law, University of Bristol, where he taught for 42 years before retiring in 2007. He was awarded the University Teaching Prize in 2005 for outstanding contribution to teaching and is author of two widely used undergraduate law textbooks: Textbook on Roman Law; Textbook on Succession (both OUP). Andrew was a Continuing Education Tutor in the Bristol University Music Department for many years, specialising in Italian opera, and also tutoring on the Undergraduate BA Music course. He has also been giving opera talks since 1980 to many music and arts societies, as well as to the branches of the Friends of Welsh National Opera and pre-performance talks for WNO. He has twice been the National Chairman of the WNO Friends and the Chairman of the Bristol WNO Friends three times.

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.