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Sessions are free just drop in

About this event

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.


  • 18 January  - Fortune, Empress of the World!   
  • 25 January - A Mass for Peace    
  • 1 February - Stravinsky’s Magical Bird 
  • 8 February - Sibelius Celebrates Spring           

Break for half term 15 February

  • 22 February - Storms and Sirens
  • 1 March - Holst in Space - Please Note: this session has been cancelled due to adverse weather
  • 8 March - Pictures and Paintings  
  • 15 March - Britten’s Strife at Sea  
  • 22 March -14 Marvellous Musical Animals 
  • 29 March - Smetana’s Bohemia

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.

Any questions?

If you would like more information about the sessions please contact the community learning team on communitylearning@horniman.ac.uk 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.