These are 18 movements, aligned with the breath, offer a sense of calm and wellbeing. Practiced regularly, greater flexibility, strength and lung capacity is achieved. Once learned, the left brain loses dominance and a meditative aspect comes to the fore as the practitioner relaxes more deeply into the movements
When the Church’s authority over thought was finally loosened, many people came to believe that knowledge of the world could be gained through reason alone. In philosophy this is known as rationalism. This was launched by Descartes, after whom the outstanding figures where Spinoza and Leibniz.
At the heart of all music is structure. This course will show how music is created from patterns, beginning with harmonic series, which are built up and varied in endlessly inventive ways by composers. These lectures will explore the structures of different kinds of music, from the works of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to the songs of Lennon and McCartney. This course will offer insights into how the elements of melody, rhythm, harmony and sounds itself are used, and how the art of music is both similar to and distinct from its sister arts.
In 1988, David Cross founded Cumbrian Lives, a project aiming to research and write biographies of interesting Cumbrians not yet included in the Oxford Dictionary of Biography. This course begins with an overview of famous Cumbrians, outlines the project of introducing 'new' names on the wish list of subjects and finally describing the process of writing biographies.
Are you interested in 'Classical Music' but perhaps are a bit bewildered by the huge variety of styles, names and terms?
This course will demystify the exciting world of this music by introducing and explaining how historical styles are divided into the categories of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern. Students will learn what to listen for and how to spot the musical fingerprints of many great composers, from Handel to Stravinsky. The fascinating relationship between music and history will be examined while the music itself will be made accessible for enjoyment by everyone in our own time. The course will also be looking at where music might go in the future, guided by both human imagination and technology.
From Basho to Kerouac, this half day course will explore the history of the Haiku form in both the Japanese and English traditions. We will discover the form's potential in the modern day to explore contemporary themes, and will conclude by writing our own Haiku and sharing them amongst ourselves.