Close up of a person playing a violin

Discover the people behind the music.

Information at a Glance

  • Daytime (Lunchtime Learning) Class
  • Tuesdays 13:00 - 13:50
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • 50 minutes taught time per week
  • Tutor: Dr Bruno Bower
  • Fees from £105 to £200
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus

The Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Arts is a place for people who want to make and enjoy the arts. Located at the heart of Imperial College, the Blyth holds weekly concerts, every Thursday from 13:00 to 13:45 during term time, open to everyone - students, staff and members of the public.

Now, the Blyth has teamed up with the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication to offer you the opportunity to learn more about the music you will hear at the Thursday concerts. On Tuesday lunchtimes from 13:00 to 13:50 Dr Bruno Bower will introduce you to the music being played the following Thursday lunchtime, giving you insights into the background of the composers, the times in which they lived, the influences on their work and what to listen out for in the concert.

If you cannot attend the Thursday concert you will still learn about some of the most interesting and powerful musical artists in human history, and be able to listen to their works in future with greater insight and understanding.

No previous study of music or music history is necessary to join the class.

Course Information

Course Programme

This programme is set by the parallel programme of the Blyth Centre Lunchtime Concert Series, which takes place at Imperial College on Thursday lunchtimes during term time. The programme is subject to possible change.

15 October

  • Introduction to Chausson Piano Quartet in A major Op 30 

22 October

  • Introduction to Haydn Sonata B Minor Hob.XVI:32
  • Beethoven Seven Bagatelles Op 33
  • Medtner Sonata C Major Op 11 No 3

29 October

  • Introduction to Shostakovitch String Quartet No 3
  • Freya Waley-Cohen Snap Dragon

5 November

  • Introduction to Haydn String Quartet Op 54 No 2 
  • Borodin String Quartet No 2

12 November

  • Introduction to Eastern European Jewish, Balkan and Gypsy music 

19 November

  • Introduction to Schubert String Quartet No 14 (Death & the Maiden) 

26 November TBA

3 December

  • Introduction to Schubert Piano Sonata in B flat major D960

10 December

  • Introduction to Byrd arr. Powell Sellenger's Round
  • Ives arr. Howey Variations on “America", 
  • Woolfenden Full Fathom Five, 
  • Trad arr. Jackson Shakespeare Songs, 
  • Copland arr. Hollings Selected Dance Episodes from "Rodeo"


7 January

  • Introduction to William Lawes Consort set in A minor
  • Matthew Locke The Flat Consort for My Cousin Kemble No 3
  • John Jenkins Fantazy in 5 parts
  • Locke The Flat Consort for My Cousin Kemble No 1 in C minor
  • Nico Muhly Slow: an In Nomine (2015) 

14 January

  • Introduction to Suk Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale
  • Britten Niobe for solo oboe
  • Thea Musgrave Niobe
  • Purcell See, Even Night Herself is Here
  • Elizabeth Maconchy Oboe Quintet

21 January

  • Introduction to Szymanowski Narcissus from Three Myths Op 30
  • Schoenberg Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment Op 47
  • Schubert Phantasy in C major D934

28 January

  • Introduction to Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor Op 25 No 1

4 February

  • Introduction to Bach, Stanford, Karg-Elert and Rheinberger

11 February

  • Introduction to Schubert String Trio in B flat D471
  • Beethoven String Trio Op 9 No 1

18 Februray

  • Introduction to Handel Piano Suite No 5: Air and Variations
  • Czerny Variations Brillantes Op 14
  • Chopin Variations on La ci darem la mano
  • Kalkbrenner Variations Brilliantes on a Mazurka of Chopin Op 120

25 February TBA

3 March

  • Introduction to Liszt Etude d'Execution Transcendante No 11
  • Debussy Harmonies du Soir
  • Debussy Etude No 1 Pour les Cinq Doigts
  • Debussy Etude No 11 Pour les Arpeges Composes
  • Messiaen Neumes Rythmiques
  • Liszt Francois Morel Deux Etudes de Sonorite
  • Liszt Un Sospiro

10 March

  • Introduction to Suk Elegie Op 23
  • Brahms Piano Trio in B Op 8

Additional Reading

There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text.

Your Tutor

Photograph of Bruno BowerDr Bruno Bower is a lively and enthusiastic tutor whose love of music is infectious. He is both an academic and a performer, having studied at Oriel College, Oxford, Birmingham Conservatoire, and King's College London.

Bruno completed his PhD at the Royal College of Music in 2016 with a thesis on nineteenth-century programme notes for orchestral concerts. He has written on subjects as diverse as Gilbert and Sullivan, John Cage, and Victorian polymaths, and he is also the General Editor for critical editions of music by Peter Gellhorn and Norman O’Neill.

Bruno currently teaches music history and analysis to first- and second-year students at Cambridge University, and he is the principal oboist of West London Sinfonia and the cor anglais player for Chelsea Opera Group.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 20  20  £200    (Early Bird rate: £180*) £115    (Early Bird rate: £105*)
£155    (Early Bird rate: £140*) 
* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October   |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the  before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  20 14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)* 6 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (11 weeks) n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the course tutor, Dr Bruno Bower,

If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.