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 Rosy Nevill either by email ( or by telephone on 01278 788103, or Alan Spencer either by email ( or by telephone on 01278 760572.


The theme this term will be pieces of music from Russia (items marked *).

Week 1:  7th January

Arnold: Grand Grand Overture
Field: Nocturne No. 15 in C major
Haydn: Symphony No 92 “Oxford” 
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No 1
Glinka: Symphonie sur Deux Themes Russes*


Week 2:  14th January

Arensky: Piano Trio No 1 in D minor*
Janecek: Sinfonietta
Tippett: Divertimento on “Selinger’s Round”


Week 3:  21st January

Sibelius: Incidental music from Peléas et Mélisande 
Faure: Dolly Suite
Balakirev: Tamara*
Cui: Causerie* 
Borodin: On the Steppes of Central Asia*


Week 4:  28th January

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor
Stanford: Down among the Dead Men
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition*

Week 5:  4th February

Rossini: Overture to Semiramide
Mozart: Exultate Jubilate
Elgar: Serenade in E minor
Rimski-Korsakov: Scheherazade*


Week 6:  11th February

Ravel: Gaspar de la Nuit
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini*
Offenbach: La Belle Helene


Week 7: 18th February

Glazunov: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor*
Brahms: Variations on a theme of Haydn
Dvorak: Symphony No 9 “From the New World”


Week 8: 25th February

Khachaturian: Masquerade*
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring*
Tallis: Gaude Gloriosa
Handel: Concerto in B♭ arranged for 2 guitars


Week 9:  4th March

Glière: Solemn Overture to the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution*
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini*
D’Indy: Souvenirs
Bruch: Kol Nidrei 
Smetana: Dance of the Comedians


Week 10:  11th March

Weber: Overture to Oberon
Scriabin: 3 Mazurkas* 
Shostakovich: The Gadfly (extracts)*
Bliss: Things to Come Concert Music from the film


Week 11:  18th March

Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (extracts)*
Bach JS: Orchestral Suite no 2
Wieniavski: Scherzo-Tarantelle 

Vaughan Williams: Pilgrims Progress, Pilgrim reaches the end of his Journey & epilogue

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