A Classical Music Crash Course : This course covers three hundred years of great classical music, from the first enduring opera, Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (1607), to the work that perhaps more than any other signalled the start of modernism, The  Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky(1913). Progressing through the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, Sandy discusses what role music played in each and illustrates how composers went about the process of shaping their works. The aim of the course is to give you a clear understanding of the essential elements of music in each era and to enable you to listen to classical music with fresh ears and greater understanding.

Lecturer : Sandy Burnett

After studying music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as musical director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of music presenters on BBC Radio 3. He enjoys a varied career that embraces broadcasting, conducting and communicating his passion for music. He regularly leads cultural lecture holidays, and is the author of The Idler Guide to Classical Music. There is more information at WWW.sandyburnett.com

 Day Special Interest booking form 

 THURSDAY 8th MARCH  2018 – Coffee will be served from 10.15am and the first of the three lectures will start at 10.45. the event will finish by 3.30pm.

MEDWAY HALL, The Angel Centre, Tonbridge

Cost for Lectures and morning coffee                                             £22.00

Cost for Lectures and morning coffee – plus Light Lunch                 £30.00


Please send the completed form, with your cheque and a stamped, addressed envelope, to

Mrs Helen Gilmour, 5, Stocks Close, Stocks Green Road, Hildenborough, TN11 8AY

Tel No 01732 835653   Hellie5@outlook.com

Booking non-refundable




What are Days of Special Interest?

The chosen subject is studied in depth, generally with three lectures interspersed by coffee and lunch breaks, a chance to socialise, meet the lecturer and discuss the subject informally.   Sometimes participants bring along relevant items for appraisal or valuation by the lecturer such as silver, porcelain or jewellery.

Days of Special Interest in Tonbridge are not limited to a number of people and  members may bring friends as long as places are booked.   Most Societies hold at least one Day of Special Interest (or Study Day) – per year.

Can I attend a Day of Special Interest?

Kent Area Days of Special Interest or Study Days  can be attended by any NADFAS member in Kent.   If there are spare places, guests may be taken, paying the same amount for their ticket.   However, these days are usually so popular that there is a waiting list.   Members enjoy meeting people from other DFAS in Kent.

Society Days of Special Interest (or Study Days) are normally open to members and their guests.

National Study Days are open to all NADFAS members.   These are publicised in NADFAS Review.   Some Area Study Days (eg Greater London) are also advertised and places can be applied for by members from any DFAS.