Classical Music Masterclass with Sandy Burnett

Sandy Burnett|Tuesday 28th November

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Why is Bach so satisfying to listen to? How did Mozart change the accepted musical structures of his time? What were they? What did Mahler do in his symphonies that had never been done before? And what world happenings informed Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring? In one luxurious evening listening to some of the greatest music ever written, you’ll be given an overview of how classical music has changed from Bach to Stravinsky. Broadcaster Sandy Burnett will introduce four key eras in classical music history – the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and twentieth-century and focus on a major work from each:

JS Bach: Prelude & Fugue in C major (Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1)
Mozart: B flat String Quartet K458, “the Hunt”
Mahler: Symphony no 1
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps/Rite of Spring

Sandy will explain the cultural context of each piece, analyse the music and illustrate by focussing on salient moments. He’ll provide the group with a glossary of key terms and you’ll leave with a clear picture of classical music over three centuries, ready to listen to the classics again with fresh ears and greater understanding.

Tickets include a free Hendrick’s gin & tonic.

About the

Sandy Burnett is one of the most authoritative broadcasters in the field of classical music. He was a presenter on Radio 3 from 1994 till 2006, and is a busy practising musician himself. Aled Jones said to Sandy: “You are a god.” He has been teaching classical music appreciation at the Idler Academy since 2011. You can see his website here:



Tuesday 28th November




The Library at Alice House, 53-55 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NJ


Hendrick’s Gin & Tonic

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