Corinium Classics: Yes, there’s much more to classical… (Repeat)

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May 16, 2019 @ 16:00 – 17:00

Presented by Andrew Hodges, our Cirencester-based composer, violinist and coach.

This latest programme features the music of a number of 20th century composers and Andrew talks about the kind of difficulties they had to face in times of upheaval.

Imagine trying to compose beautiful music in Soviet Russia if it didn’t please Stalin.  What would you feel if Adolf Hitler and his cronies discovered your music and actually liked it? Prejudice, racism, homophobia and even riots were some of the conditions composers of the 20th century had to face.

So in this programme listen and enjoy the music of Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Orff, Britten and Sibelius and, as you listen, ask yourself “How did they create such beautiful music under such difficult and sometimes life-threatening situations?”

AND… Here’s a HEADS UP for a live concert of Andrew’s compositions & arrangements on July 7th in Nailsworth.  Be prepared to be wowed by Andrew’s string orchestra Stratton Sinfonietta, playing The Beatles, Morrecone and Vivaldi plus 2 pieces for solo violin and string orchestra by Andrew himself, with the unique addition of MUSIC VIDEO especially created for this concert!

More info here –

Today’s “Corinium Classics”, presented by Andrew Hodges, is a musical mix of the past and the present with a distinctly classical flavour.  Andrew’s aim is to make classical music much more accessible to everyone. There’s more about it here on Youtube: