Knoll Classical Music Group
If you like listening to classical music, the Knoll Classic Music Circle, in Sedgemoor, may be the group for you. Going strong for over 30 years, it was originally the brainchild of the Brent Knoll Women’s Institute who approached the Burnham Further Education Centre with the idea to start a music appreciation class. Under the title “Exploring Music”, it quickly grew to become one of the Centre’s most popular courses and when in 2003, the FE Centre reluctantly ceased their involvement with the class, the group continued on their own as a separate club.

The emphasis of the meetings is basically to listen to good music: from Albinoni to Arnold, from Bach to Bartok, whilst learning something about the background to the music, the composer and how the piece is put together. The Circle meets on Monday evenings 7.00pm until 9.00pm during the autumn and spring months at Ball Copse Hall, Brent Knoll, and a more perfect venue could not be imagined.

If you want to come along and learn a bit more about classical music, then why not give it a try? For more information, contact Alan Spencer on 01278 760572


The theme this term will be pieces of music inspired by the sea (items marked *) as well as a continuation of an exploration of women composers (marked †). 

Week 1:  8th January

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture*
Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage*
Mozart: “Soave si il vento” from Cosi Fan Tutte*
Szymanowska, Maria: Mazurkas †
Cimarosa: Oboe Concerto
Bach: Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor

Week 2:  15th January

Rossini: William Tell overture
Haydn: “Sono contenta appieno” from L’isola diabitata
Clarke, Rebecca: Viola Sonata †
Stanford: Songs of the Sea*
Parry: The Chivalry of the Sea*
Week 3:  22nd January

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (Symphony no 1)*
Leonarda, Isabella: Sonata Duodecima †
Stravinsky: Pulcinella
Week 4:  29th January

Ravel: Une Barque sur l’Ocean*
Debussy: La Mer*
Finzi:  Romance for String Orchestra
Chaminade, Cécile: Concertino †
Chaminade, Cécile: various piano pieces †
Saint-Saëns: Africa
Week 5:  5th February

Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes*
Bridge: The Sea*
Weir, Judith: Piano Concerto †
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Week 6:  12th February

Bingham, Judith: Mystery of Boranup †
Musgrave, Thea: Excursions †
Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in G minor
Ireland: Sea Fever and A Sea Idyll*
Bax: Tintagel*
Bax: On the Sea-Shore*

Week 7: 19th February

Elgar: Sea Pictures*
Gipps, Ruth: Symphony No 2 †
De Falla: Ballet Suite from the Three-Cornered Hat
Respighi: The Pines of Rome
Week 8: 26th February

Wagner: Overture to the Flying Dutchman*
Fuchs: Atlantic Riband*
Mahler, Alma: Die Stille Stadt & Hymne †
Meyerbeer: Overture to Struensee
Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite
Week 9:  5th March

Blow: Venus and Adonis †
Sibelius: Oceanides*
Brahms: Alto Rhapsody
Lloyd Webber: Nocturne
Week 10:  12th March

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D
Chausson: Poème de l’amour et de la mer*
Grandval: Deux pieces †
Week 11:  19th March

Sullivan: Overture to The Pirates of Penzance
Badelt: Pirates of the Caribbean*
Vintner: James Cook, Circumnavigator *
Korngold: The Sea Hawk*
Binge: Sailing by*
Keel: Trade Winds*
Portman, Natali: Themes from “Chocolat” †
Gonzaga, Chiquinha: 3 piano pieces †
Einaudi: l’onde*
Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs*

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