Classical music – history & performance 1650-1950

Course code: 18050
Location: Beaumaris Senior Centre
Day/time: Thursday 2pm-4pm Fortnightly
Starts: 8 Feb   Ends: 29 Nov
Alternate time: Alternates with jazz

A history and discussion of instrumental and orchestral classical music with much audio and visual content. A critique of composers, artists and performances stimulating a desire to explore new areas of music and to enhance participants’ enjoyment of and interest in classical music throughout the ages. Some of the music will be familiar but there will also be a lot of music by unjustly neglected composers. David has recently discovered that Youtube has an enormous amount of very interesting videos featuring films of legendary artists and orchestras. This material dates back to the 1920’s onwards and most of it is not available on DVD’s. David will be showing and discussing carefully selected items.

David Peake

Since the early 1960’s, David has been an avid listener to, collector of recordings and student of classical music (excluding opera). Over the years, he has broadened his appreciation and knowledge and has a very substantial collection of LPs, CDs, DVDs and books. David has and still does prefer the music of the baroque and classic period (1650 – 1820). However he is rapidly getting to grips with later periods up to Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, etc. David wants to share his knowledge and recorded resources with others.

2018 Classes (Alternate Thursdays Commencing 8 February 2.00 to 4.00 pm)
at the Beaumaris Seniors Centre.

NB – There will be  occasions when there is no class due to David being on holiday etc.    Some of these dates are not known as yet. There are likely to be about 16 or 17 classes during the year. Plus a week long  Festival  of Music in the term 1 school holidays. The dates shown are therefore provisional and subject to change.

  • 8  February
  • 22 February
  • 8  March
  • 22 March
  • 5  April  – No class – Easter week
  • 9 April to 13 April – Festival of Music
  • 19 April
  • 3 May
  • 17 May
  • 31 May
  • 14 June
  • 28 June
  • 12 July (school holiday class)
  • 26  July
  • 9 August
  • 23 August
  • 6 September
  • 20 September
  • 4  October (school holiday class)
  • 18 October
  • 1 November
  • 15 November
  •  29 November

Last updated 16 January 2018