Music Study Day with Barry Collett – ‘Bedrich Smetana’ and ‘Music of The Great War’
Friday 9th November
Friday 9th November 10.30 – 16.30
Bedřich Smetana was a gifted composer, often called ‘the Father of Czech Music’. His colourful, vibrant and exciting music, which we will hear during the morning, will provide an admirable contrast to the afternoon session. It will be interesting to discover how such cheerful music that permeates his popular folk opera ‘The Bartered Bride’ came out of what proved to be rather tragic life.
Our Music Day this year coincides almost exactly with the anniversary of the end of the First World War one hundred years ago. It seems appropriate for us during the afternoon sessions to look at the music being written during or directly after that cataclysmic event. Some works are intensely moving and evocative, but others cheerful enough to lift the spirits in those dark times.
Barry Collett was Director of Music at Rutland College until his retirement. Since then he has pursued an increasingly busy lecturing schedule, especially for the Elgar Society. In 1975 he founded the Rutland Sinfonia, conducting all of its concerts for the first 26 seasons in a range of works from Purcell to premieres of new music. He has made 12 recordings both as conductor and pianist; his premiere recordings of Elgar’s Lesser-known pieces have been widely acclaimed. His book “Elgar Country” was published in 1981. He has edited volumes of Elgar’s songs and violin and piano pieces for publication, and written many articles for the Elgar Society Journal. Recently he received the ‘Elgar Medal’, the Elgar Society’s highest award, in recognition of his pioneering work in researching and performing the composer’s lesser-known works.
£25.00 (includes morning and afternoon refreshments)