Courses – Cultural
The musical link with the Davies Sisters and emersion culture offered by Gregynog’s historic house environment means that this is an ideal location for adult education; with a fine art and furniture collection we create an atmosphere of cultural enrichment within beautiful surroundings.
Gregynog’s rich musical heritage – Holsts’ ‘O Spiritual Pilgrim’ was inspired by Gregynog after all enables us to stimulate an increasingly diverse audience.
We have a collection of fine pianos including a Bosendorfer, Broadwood and Steinway. The Rothwell organ, built to Walford Davies specification in 1923 and largely unaltered since, can be played by those who are sensitive to its needs!
A number of cultural events are held each year including the Gregynog Festival and ‘Holidays with Music’ where our famous Music Room, (with a seating capacity of 220) is used for classical concerts. Residential programmes are held in association with Mid Wales Opera and Nicolas Cleobury, the renowned conductor.
The Gregynog Young Musicians Concert encourages young talent. The Competition takes place in March with a Christmas concert in December, performed by the winner.
PAST CULTURAL COURSES
Aberystwyth University Summer School
Enjoy three memorable days of tranquillity and creativity. Many people treat their stay at Gregynog as their holiday. Imagine; no cooking, shopping and no commuting once you have settled into this peaceful environment.
For the last 14 years the Summer Art School held in association with Aberystwyth University has provided its lifelong learning delegates with a unique package focusing on the Sisters’ art collection, estate and gardens for its artistic inspiration. As one student wrote,
“The atmosphere at Gregynog is hypnotic and without the pictorial proof I have before me, I would think I had been dreaming.”
When the delegates arrive, the house lights up almost in celebration of the potential creativity the delegates are about to impart. The next morning learning starts in earnest and the grounds are filled with activity of artists setting up easels and coming to terms with the beauty of the grounds. The course moves a pace and those delegates who arrived stressed from life, depart creatively nourished and satisfied from their hard work.
Residential course fees are £350 to include tuition, accommodation and food. In 2015 the programme included;
Abstracting the landscape
Cover to Cover: The Altered Book
The Sister’s Influence: An Art History Course.
Understanding British Bats
For further details see:
6-8 February. Classical Music Weekend with Roderick Swanston – ‘Waving and Drowning, British Music and the First World War’
Roderick Swanston is a prominent lecturer, writer and broadcaster very much in demand. He has written and presented over a hundred programmes for the BBC such as The History of British Music. Gregynog is honoured to host this classical music study weekend.
On the brink of the four-year commemoration of WW1, this course will explore the effect the conflict had on British music before, during and after the War. The character and development of music between c1910 and the 1920s was much changed as the music of Elgar, Holst, Bliss, Vaughan Williams and others shows.
This weekend will explore the music written in connection with the war and its aftermath and attempt to use it as a mirror of the changing times and attitudes, and will include references to literature and art of the period. The weekend begins on Friday evening and ends after Sunday lunch with accommodation and all meals included. Cost £295/person. There will be a concert on the Saturday evening in the Music Room. Full programme available shortly. Day delegates are also welcome. Please contact us for programme details and prices.
The atmosphere at Gregynog is hypnotic and without the pictorial proof I have before me, I would think I had been dreaming.
Summer Art School student