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Discover more about the music of the English Chamber Orchestra and enjoy discount ECO concert tickets

Info at a glance

  • Live online talks
  • Wednesdays 13:00 - 14:00
  • Tutor: Dr Bruno Bower
  • Fees - from £10 to £65

The Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication at Imperial College London is pleased to be partnering with the world-famous English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) to present a series of talks looking at the ECO's 2021-2022 season of concerts. 

Join us in this exciting new collaboration for an engaging journey through the repertoire for the ECO’s 2021/2022 season, to discover the background, context and history behind both the composers and the works being performed.

The concert talks will be led by Dr Bruno Bower, who will be known to many Imperial College evening class regulars for his popular Evening Class courses in classical music and opera. As well as being a highly experienced and knowledgeable tutor, Bruno will undoubtedly bring his joyous enthusiasm to the music.

The course consists of one talk a month, delivered live online, each lasting for one hour and is suitable for those with or without previous knowledge of music. The talks will be supported by images and plenty of audio and video clips, and of course there will be space for discussion as well.

For those who miss or cannot make any of the live talks, Bruno's lectures will also be recorded and available to subscribers to the lecture series.*

We are also promised the occasional visit from some of the composers of new musical works, with the opportunity to ask them questions about their music!

Course fees for all 9 talks

  • Members of the Friends of the ECO: £60
  • Imperial Students and Staff: £60 (Internal and Friends and Family rate)
  • Associate Rate: £60
  • External Standard Rate: £66

Members of the Friends of the ECO are also entitled to reduced rates on all other Imperial College (CLCC) adult education courses.

You can either book individual talks or for the entire lecture series.

To book any of the individual talks click here          To book the entire lecture series click here

10% Discount on Concert Tickets for ECO Concert Series

If you join this course you will also be eligible for discount tickets for the ECO concert series using a special discount code supplied upon enrolment.

Please enrol on the course of talks before booking ECO concert tickets as it will not be possible to apply the discount code after concert tickets have been purchased.

To book ECO concert tickets click here after you have enrolled on the course and received your discount code alongside the payment confirmation email.

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

*Recordings of the lectures will be available to subscribers to the lecture series until the end of June 2022.

Course Information

Course Programme

All talks take place online, starting at 1pm (13:00 hours) UK time and last one hour.

Recordings of the lectures will also be available to subscribers to the lecture series until the end of June 2022.

15 September 2021 - Book this talk

  • BARTOK Divertimento for Strings
  • BACH Violin Concerto in A minor
  • DVORAK Serenade for Strings, Op.22

13 October 2021 - Book this talk

  • VIVALDI Concerto for Violin & Cello in B flat Major, RV 547
  • STRAVINSKY Pulcinella Suite
  • STRAVINSKY Concerto in D for strings

17 November 2021 - Book this talk

  • HANDEL Messiah

15 December 2021 - Book this talk

  • BEETHOVEN Prometheus Overture
  • TELEMANN Concerto for Trumpet
  • HAYDN Concerto for Trumpet in E

12 January 2022 - Book this talk

  • BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G
  • TURNBULL World premiere
  • MOZART Symphony No. 35 in D

16 February 2022 - Book this talk

  • OFFENBACH Jacqueline’s Tears
  • MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
  • HAYDN Symphony No 49 in F minor, ‘La Passione’

16 March 2022 - Book this talk

  • BACH St John Passion

13 April 2022 - Book this talk

  • MOZART Piano Concerto No. 17 in G, K 453
  • SCHUBERT Symphony 5 in Bb Major

11 May 2022

  • To be confirmed

Programme may be subject to change with little or no notice.

Additional Reading

There is no set text or compulsory reading required for this course.

Course Fees and Enrolment

You can either book individual talks or for the entire lecture series.

To book any of the individual talks click here          To book the entire lecture series click here

SessionsMonthsStandard RateInternal RateAssociate RateBooking Link
9 sessions (full series) One a month  £66
Click here
Single sessions Various  £10
Click here
No early bird discounts apply to this programme of lectures.

 Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

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

Internal Rate

  • 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)
  • Individuals enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme
  • Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • 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 contact eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form

Associate Rate

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

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. 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 Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.


Your Tutor

Photograph of Bruno BowerDr Bruno Bower is a lively and enthusiastic tutor whose love of music is infectious. He is a musicologist, performer, composer, and music editor, as well as a highly experienced teacher. He has taught at Cambridge University, University of Surrey, Brunel University, and the Royal College of Music, and his innovative teaching methods have been recognised by Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Alongside his courses at Imperial, he currently teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

He has written and presented on subjects as diverse as Gilbert and Sullivan, John Cage, and Victorian polymaths, and he is the General Editor for critical editions of music by Peter Gellhorn and Norman O’Neill, as well as editorial consultant on the AHRC-funded ‘Music, Migration and Mobility’ project at the RCM. He is also the principal oboist of West London Sinfonia and the cor anglais player for Chelsea Opera Group.

Course Delivery Method: Live Online (Zoom)

All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.

All times stated are British Standard Time.

To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.


This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.

Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.

We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.

Term Dates

HoursMonthsAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 9  9 15 Sept - 15 Dec 2021 (4 months)* 12 Jan - 11 May 2022 (5 months)* n/a n/a
* This is a two-term course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 19th July 2021

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate 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 after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
  • The following email notifications are sent:
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working daysPlease treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Any Questions?

  • Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the tutor, Dr Bruno Bower at b.bower@imperial.ac.uk
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk

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.