This year’s group were all - bar one – beginners, or at least painters who hadn’t picked up a brush for a very long time. In fact, one of them was being gently and imaginatively tipped back into art: her husband had bought the course for her as a surprise Christmas present (what a legend!).
Susan Deas is a great 'de-bunker' of much of the seriousness and pomposity of musical appreciation. We went through pitch, rhythm, dynamics, melody, harmony, texture and form. Daunting? Not a bit of it. After years of never understanding musical structure, I started to appreciate the difference between major and minor, the role of different instruments, and even the real role of the conductor.