Date: Saturday 16 March 2019
Study day: 10.00 – 16.00
Course code: 18TON376
Discover the classical music of Spain and disprove the long-standing joke among musicians that the best Spanish music was written by foreigners (such as Carmen by Bizet, Bolero by Ravel).
As many Spanish composers centred their musical activities on Madrid, the capital is one of the Study Day’s primary themes, as well as an assessment of the musical paintings that can be found in the Prado. Is it true that the best Spanish music, such as Carmen by Bizet, Bolero by Ravel, was written by foreigners? A little research will quickly reveal that this is not the case, since great composers such as Victoria, Soler, Albéniz, Granados, Rodrigo, and particularly, de Falla, caught the spirit of their country to perfection in their music and produced works of extraordinary brilliance and originality. Since so many Spanish composers centred their musical activities on Madrid, the capital is one of the primary themes of the day, as is an assessment of the musical paintings that can be found in the Prado.
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.