Music & Theatre

Sevenoaks u3a Recorders Group

You may have seen a recent article about the recorders group in our monthly newsletter.
As that article says : "
The final meeting was a grand “concert” when we played the sixteen pieces which we had learnt on the course. Whilst modesty prevents us blowing our own ‘trumpets’, if you would like a short, free, concert of our compilations then follow the link below."

The BBC Proms Season 2020
This finished last September. However, you can still view some of these performances and previous years performances on BBC iPlayer or hear them on the BBC Sounds app. See

BBC Symphony Orchestra
A performance of Gustav Holst's "The Planets" at the Barbican 100 years after its composition.

The Arts Society
A talk by Dr.Graham Jones MBE on the "
Music of the Caribbean" at

"Ludwig van Beethoven's Fit of Rage when his Third Symphony became the Eroica" - a talk by Sandy Burnett at
Further talks from the Arts Society can be found at

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On the YouTube channel you can see a performance of
Dido & Aeneas from Versailles at
On the same YouTube page ( you will also see reference to videos of other works by Bach, Gluck, Faure, Handel and Vivaldi.

Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli's Easter Concert was streamed from the empty cathedral in Milan. Go to
On the same YouTube page, there are also a number of short videos showing Bocelli singing individual pieces.

Filmed on Stage
Broadway shows filmed on stage include :

  • 42nd Street,

  • Hamilton,

  • Funny Girl,

  • Fame,

  • The King and I,

  • Les Miserables.

Go to

100 Favourite Symphonies selected by the virtual U3A

The symphonies are listed in alphabetical order, by the composer's first name - from Aaron Copeland to Zygmunt Noskowski. lick?u=b17de56aeb89bd212dd6b09d4&id=0c19fd5815&e=e46d42497f

Open University
Understanding Musical Scores
Introductory Course
- 12 hours study
Explore what's involved when musicians create a performance from musical notation in this free online course.

Open University
An Introduction to Music Theory
Introductory Course
- 8 hours study

Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. The course will introduce you to music staves, clefs, rhythmic and pitch values, rhythmic metre and time signatures.