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 a double one: Nationalistic music (items marked *) and women composers (items marked †).

Week 1:  18th September - Finland

 Sibelius: Finlandia*
 Hidegard von Bingen: Caritas abundant †
 Arrieu, Claude: Sonatine†
 Berlioz: Ballet music from the Trojans
 Mozart: Symphony No 41 “Jupiter”
Week 2:  25th September – Czech Republic

 Smetana: Ma Vlast*
 Giordano: La Mamma Morte from Andreas Chenier
 Mendelssohn, Fanny: Ouverture†
 Purcell: Prelude & Symphony
Week 3:  2nd October –  Austria

 Boyle, Ina: The Magic Harp †
 Schumann, Clara: Piano Concerto in A minor †
 Panufnik, Roxanna: Zen Love Song †
 Waldteufel: Skaters’ Waltz
 Hindemith: Harp Sonata
 Strauss J II: The Blue Danube*
Week 4:  9th October – Poland & Russia

 Chopin: Polonnaise No 6 in A flat minor “Héroique” opus 53*
 Chopin: Mazurka No 21 in C♯ minor
 Chopin: Etude in C minor “Revolutionary” Study*
 Gipps, Ruth: Symphony No 2†
 Glenville Hicks, Peggy: Etruscan Concerto †
 Bantock: Russian Scenes
 Rimski-Korsakov: Dubinushka*
 Shostakovich: The Assault on Beautiful Gorky from the suite
“The Unforgettable Year 1919”*
Week 5:  16th October - Italy

 Vivaldi: Concerto for Oboe and Violin
 Elgar: Quintet in A minor
 Verdi: Nabucco, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves*
 Strozzi, Barbara: L’eraclito Amoroso †
 Casulana, Madalena: 3 songs †
 Caccini, Francesca: Excerpts from La Liberazione di Ruggiero†
 Ireland: Concertino Pastorale
Week 6:  23rd October - Germany

 Beach, Amy: Je Demande à l’Oiseau †
 Beach, Amy: Symphony in E minor “Gaelic” †
 Bax: 3 Pieces for Small Orchestra
 Wagner: End of Gotterdämmerung*
 Lincke: Berliner Luft*
Week 7: 30th October – USA

 Suesse, Dana: Jazz Nocturne†
 Suesse, Dana: Concerto in Three Rhythms†
 Barber: String Quartet*
 Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue*
 Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever*
Half Term 6th November
Week 8: 13th November – Norway
 Grieg: Incidental Music to Peer Gynt*
 Taillefere, Germaine: Concertino for Harp and Orchestra†
 Grandval, Clémence de: Deux pieces†
Week 9:  20th November – Spain

 Albeniz: Iberia*
 Brumel: Earthquake Mass
 Boulanger, Lilli: Faust et Hélène†
 Boulanger, Lilli: Elle est gravement gaie†
 Boulanger, Nadia: C’était un Juin†
Week 10:  27th November – Europe

 Bach J S: French Suite No 5 for harpsichord
 Baadsvik, Anna: Memory of a Rose†
 Farrenc, Louise: Clarinet Trio in E♭ †
 Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in D minor, 4th movement*
Week 11:  4th December – England

 Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite
 Alberga, Eleanor: Roald Dahl’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” †
 Ellicott, Rosalind: A Reverie†
 Tate, Phyllis: London Fields†
 Smyth, Ethel: Overture to “the Boatswain’s Mate” *†
 Arne: Rule Britannia*



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