Expired Art Songs with Michael Harper

  •  February 24, 2017 - February 26, 2017
     6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Michael HarperNew Course Art Songs by Black British and African American ComposersArt Songs by Black British and African American Composers with Michael Harper
Accompanist: Nigel Foster

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 February 2017
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Fee: £210

Course No. 3217
Solo Study Course

In this class, we will explore the influence of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Harry T. Burleigh on generations of composers in the genre of the American and British art song. With each song, we will explore stylistic interpretation, diction, poetry, and historic context of the song. Composers included: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Harry T. Burleigh, Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, Hall Johnson, Aldophous Hailstork, Errollyn Wallen, et al.

Each participant will prepare two art songs and a spiritual. A list of anthologies and suggested repertoire is available on request. There may be a final recital for friends, family, and friends of Jackdaws.


All courses are held at Jackdaws in the village of Great Elm, a small village to the west of Frome in Somerset, roughly 30 minutes drive from Bath. Frome Train station is roughly 2.5 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.

A £50 deposit is required to guarantee your place on a course. The total course fee is inclusive of all meals and tuition except breakfast, which is included in the separate B&B price. Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking and we will be happy to accommodate. Meals are lovingly prepared on site by our cooks using fresh, local ingredients where possible.

B&B rooms are located in friendly family homes and are either within walking distance or a short drive away (5 – 10 minutes). Breakfast is the only meal served at the accommodation; all other meals are provided on site at Jackdaws.

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