Masterworks Unwrapped

Masterworks Unwrapped is a series of online Zoom sessions
delving into some great works of classical music

NB: All sessions are on Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm (London, UK)



12 Jan: Rachmaninov, piano concerto no.2

26 Jan: Classical music and environmentalism

9 Feb: Shostakovich, symphony no.7 'Leningrad' (NB finish time 10pm)

23 Feb: Music of Clara Schumann

9 Mar: The wonderfully whacky world of Charles Ives 

23 Mar: Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

NB1: If you would like to attend but can't do so, please sign up as normal and send a message to request a copy of the recording, which will be available a few days after each session.

NB2: Online content to complement recordings (pictures, music examples etc) is available here.

I will paint a picture of the background to the music - including, as appropriate, looking into the composer's life and the social context of the day - and will delve into the music itself to see what makes it tick. Excerpts will be played to illustrate my thoughts, plus the music will be played in its entirety (where relevant and where possible). There will be the opportunity to ask questions. No musical expertise will be assumed, but it would be worth doing the preparation of listening to the music in advance.

An individual session costs £12; any 3 for £33; all 6 for £60.  Use the PayPal button below to make your choice and pay the relevant amount. You don't need a PayPal account to do this. If you choose 'any 3' of the sessions, I will send an email to check which exact ones you want to attend.

The day before each meeting you will receive a Zoom link (please check your junk mailbox if necessary). You just need to click that link and follow any instructions. Any other technical things will be explained at the start of each session.  

I also run sessions for conductors (or those who are interested in conducting). These are on Friday evenings. For details:

If you've not used Zoom before click the link 5/10 minutes before the session start time as your computer (or tablet or phone) will need a little time to install the software to enable you to join (follow the prompts that you get to effect that installation).  Finally you will receive the message 'Please wait, the meeting host will let you in soon'. Please note that you don't need to sign up for a Zoom account.  

2021 Sessions


If you would like audio recordings of any sessions please purchase below.
Enter into the box brief details of which recording(s) you want. Click the link 'List of available recordings' below for a list.

List of available recordings

28/04/20: Mahler 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen'
05/05/20: Louise Farrenc Symphony No.3
12/05/20: Elgar Variations on an Original Theme ('Enigma')
19/05/20: Bach Cantata 'Wachet auf'
26/05/20: Lili Boulanger 'D'un matin de printemps'/'D'un soir triste'
02/06/20: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
16/06/20: Mahler Symphony No.1
23/06/20: Vivaldi '4 Seasons'
30/06/20: Mahler Symphony No.4
07/07/20: Mussorgsky 'Pictures at an Exhibition'
14/07/20: Messiaen 'L'Ascension'
21/07/20: Ethel Smyth 'The Wreckers'
08/09/20: Elgar 'Cello concerto
22/09/20: Gorecki 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs'
06/10/20: Purcell 'Dido and Aeneas'
20/10/20: Amy Beach 'Gaelic Symphony' 
03/11/20: Shostakovich Symphony No.15
17/11/20: Beethoven and nature (Pastoral Symphony)
15/12/20: Grieg Piano Concerto
12/01/21: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 2
26/01/21: Environmentalism
09/02/21: Shostakovich Symphony No.7 (Leningrad)
23/02/21: Clara Schumann
09/03/21: Charles Ives
23/03/21: Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia

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