Friday, 3 April 2020


Riseley WEA is an adult educational organisation where we offer two sessions of lectures per year on a variety of cultural subjects - a Spring Term and an Autumn term.
With a history going back over thirty years, we have covered a wide variety of subjects, from history, architecture, music, art, film and many more.

Everyone is welcome.

New course starting Wednesday 21st September 2022

The Soul of Russian Music    

Marina Burrell

Russian 19th Century Music

How differently is Russian music perceived by Russians? What do they mean by soul in music? This course contains a continual element of surprise. Its PowerPoint presentations with visuals and extras take you on a fascinating journey with celebrated composers who faced the challenge of linking the European music language with Russian national traditions. You’ll find out how Tchaikovsky struggled with Fate, how Rachmaninov’s ‘four weeping notes’ revealed Russianness, how Glinka and the Mighty Five managed to transform the perception of Russian music in the world. Ex-students say: “The course was outstanding. Not only was the content fresh, new and meticulously researched, it was presented in a highly imaginative and creative way.

A course of eight lectures

Starting 21st September 2022
10.15am Riseley Village Hall

Cost of course £64.00

To enrol ring 0300 303 3464.  Course Ref C2228951
or click here  to enrol on-line