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Oct 13
10:00 - 16:00
Music: The Grand Tour
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Date: Saturday 13 October 2018

Study day: 10.00 – 16.00

Course code: 18TON364

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With music to the fore, discover for yourself the key works of art, architecture, sculpture and music that beckoned eighteenth century travellers on their Grand Tour of Europe.

"A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what is expected a man should see. The grand object of travelling is to see the shores of the Mediterranean."   Dr Johnson

The Grand Tour in the 18th century was much more than an extended visit to Italy to enjoy the warm climate of the South and escape - momentarily - the watchful eyes of parents and guardians.   It was for many a young man and woman a once only trip, exceeding all expectations, and resulting in life changing experiences.

Three important goals were on the agenda:

  • an immersion in the Classical past, especially in Rome, and later in the century, in Pompei and Herculaneum,
  • a sampling at first hand of the wide range of paintings, sculptures, and music produced by generations of Italian artists and composers, and
  • visits to the landscapes, the towns and the cities that had given birth to these great wonders.

Peter Medhurst looks afresh at a favourite topic and discusses key works of art, architecture, sculpture and music that beckoned the travellers South over and over again.  With music to the fore, topics covered include the music and art of the Sistine Chapel, the role of the Ospedali in Venice, the English aristocracy living in Florence, the nature and style of Italian opera, the Venetian concerto, and the general influence of Italian culture on the European aesthetic.

About the tutor

Peter Medhurst was born of German and English parents, and did his musical training at the Royal College of Music, followed by coaching at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.  Over the years Peter Medhurst has lectured for the Universities of Kent and Surrey, directed a wide range of choirs, vocal ensembles and instrumental groups, and adjudicated and given masterclasses for the British Federation of Music Festivals.

He is director of The Classical Music Company, an organisation that promotes special musical events, creates films about the arts, produces recordings and organises specialist music tours to unusual locations both at home and abroad. Peter's work as singer, pianist and lecturer-recitalist has taken him all over the world.  He has also directed presentations at the Wallace Collection, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A, linking the visual arts with the world of 17th & 18th century music making. He is a familiar face to audiences of music societies, regional theatres and British festivals as well as to those of arts based organisations such as The Art Fund, The National Trust and the Arts Society.  He has made numerous radio appearances on Classic FM, Radio 3, Radio 4, and made many recordings.

In addition to his appearances on the concert platform and in the lecture hall, Peter devises and leads tours abroad for small groups of art and music connoisseurs, as well as a number of travel companies.  His particular interests are centred on the music, art and history of Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin, Halle, Dresden, Venice, Rome, and Delft.   



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