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 either by email ( or by telephone on 01278 760572.


The theme this term will be pieces of music inspired by by birdsong (items marked *).. 

Week 1:  24th September
Beethoven: Symphony No 6 in F "Pastoral"*
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending*
Bach JS: Concerto for 2 violins 
Elgar: Cockaigne

Week 2:  1st October

Mahler: Symphony No 1*
Vivaldi: Flute Concerto "The Goldfinch"*
Saint-Saëns: Havanaise 
Milhaud: Duo Concertante

Week 3: 8th October

Hadyn: String Quartet in D “The Lark”*
Byrd: Mass for Four Voices
Villa-Lobos: Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra 
Bruch: Violin Concerto

Week 4:  15th October

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf* 
Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite from “The Snow Maiden”*
Tippett: A Child of our Times 
Schumann: Adagio & Allegro 
Anon: Masques from the Court of Charles I and Charles II 
Finzi:  Romance for String Orchestra
Week 5:  22nd October

Sibelius: Symphony No 5 in E flat*
Tchaikovsky: “The Seasons”*
Glière: Concerto for Horn and Orchestra in B♭major 

Week 6:  29th October

Bartok: Piano Concerto No 3* 
Ketelby: In a Monastery Garden*
Bennett: Little Suite* 
Chopin: Nocturne Opus 9
Scarlatti A: Concerto in A minor 
Cowie: Bell Bird Motet
Anon: The Cuckoo

Half Term:  5th November

Week 7: 12th November

Handel: Organ Concerto No 13 "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale"*
Anon: Le Rossignol* 
Daquin: The Cuckoo* 
Rameau: The Hen* 
Janequin: Le Chant des Oiseaux*
Janequin: Le Chant de l’allouette*
Janequin: Le Chant de le Rossignol*
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Week 8: 19th November

Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques*
Delius: On hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring*
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2

Week 9:  26th November

Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus*
Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals*
Monteverdi: Beatus Vir 
Bruch: Kol Nidrei 
D’Indy: Souvenirs
Hummel: Introduction, Theme & Variations in F 

Week 10:  3rd December

Biber: Sonata Violin Solo Representiva* 
Coates: By the Sleepy Lagoon*
Ravel: Oiseaux Tristes* 
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé*
Walton: Symphony No 1 in B flat minor 

Week 11:  10th December

Mozart: The Birdcatcher from “The Magic Flute”*
Brahms: Symphony No 2 in D major
Ramírez: Navidad Nuestra
Respighi: The Birds*

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