Lectures

The Remainder of Our Programme For 2019 – 2020

For reasons explained on the ‘Welcome’ page, we have had to abandon our lecture meetings at Kington Langley Village Hall and we are replacing the remainder of this season with a series of on-line lecture which will be announced on this page over the next few weeks.


July, 2020, Wednesday 17 at 11:00

Beethoven at 250 – Classical Music’s Greatest Revolutionary – Sandy Burnett

To mark the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Sandy guides us through the life of this brilliant, cantankerous visionary and astonishingly original composer, a man who tore up the rule book of classical music. With visual images and examples of his music, Sandy will show us why Beethoven described himself as a ‘poet in sound’.

Sandy is one of the UK’s most authoritative broadcasters in the field of classical music. His varied career has seen him as author, bassist, conductor, broadcaster and presenter, sharing his passion for music.

After studying music at St Catharine’s College in Cambridge, Sandy worked as music director for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and in London’s West End.

Following this Sandy became a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3, where he stayed for more than a decade. His 26-part radio series for Irish radio station RTÉ Lyric FM, Great Moments in Classical Music won silver in the Specialist Music category of the PPI Radio Awards.

When he is not on our airwaves, Sandy is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, and presenter of a related online course covering a thousand years of classical music from the medieval to modern eras. He also devises and leads cultural lecture holidays across Europe to flagship events such as the Leipzig Bachfest and the Sibelius Festival in Finland.

Sandy became an accredited lecturer with The Arts Society in 2017. His lectures deconstruct and analyse some of the greatest works in the classical music repertoire, while placing them firmly in the cultural context of their time.