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
Booking Link

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

The course programme will follow the concert programme for the Blyth Centre lunchtime concerts.

The Thursday lunchtime concerts are free to attend.

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 30 September for courses starting in October   |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
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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 eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk 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 Friends of Imperial College 
  • 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

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 Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] 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

Although no credits are offered for this part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible students 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, bruno.bower@oriel.oxon.org

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.