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Join us every week at the Horniman to listen and learn about musical traditions inspired by the Horniman Museum collections.
Workshops are free to attend and you can come to as many or few sessions as you like. You will increase your knowledge and appreciation of music in a warm and inclusive environment. Each week features a different theme and participants are encouraged to participate in discussion and share their thoughts on the music.
What participants have said
I feel calm whilst listening to the music… the discussion is great!
Going to concerts can feel impersonal and this group is social
My musical knowledge was extended and I could make more informative decisions on deciding what concerts to go to.
When and Where?
Music Matters runs on Thursdays from 3pm to 4.30pm with a small break. Sessions run in the Hands on Base and occasionally in the Music Gallery Performance Space. Both rooms are fully accessible and our Information Desk can point you in the right direction. Find out how to get here.
This term we will explore a collection of music inspired by the natural world. Taking inspiration from the Horniman's vast Natural History Collection we will learn about composers who drew compositional and conceptual ideas from nature to create musical masterpieces. We will also explore musical form, structure, and analyse musical examples.
- 21 September - Mendelssohn and Mountains (Hands on Base)
- 28 September - Debussy sur la Mer (Music Gallery Performance Space)
- 5 October - Stravinsky’s Riot for the (Hands on Base)
- 12 October - Copeland and the Appalachians (Hands on Base)
- 19 October - Grieg and Norwegian Landscape (Music Gallery Performance Space)
Break for Half Term 26 October
- 2 November - Vivaldi with Seasoning (Hands on Base)
- 9 November - Beethoven and the Countryside (Hands on Base)
- 16 November - Messiaen the Twitcher (Hands on Base)
- 23 November - Richard Strauss in the Alps (Hands on Base)
- 30 November - Tchaikovsky’s Winter Daydreams (Music Gallery Performance Space)
- 7 December - Participants Choice (Hands on Base)
About the facilitator
Ruairi Glasheen is a musician, composer, creative leader and educator passionate about wellbeing through the creative arts. Ruairi has presented concerts and talks for the BBC Proms, LSO St Lukes, Royal College of Music and Sound Connections on an eclectic range of topics and has led creative projects for English National Opera, Wigmore Hall, Tri-Borough Music Hub, English Touring Opera and numerous others.
If you would like more information about the sessions please contact the community learning team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8291 8690
Please also let us know if you have any access requirements or additional support needs that you would like us to be aware of.