December 2021

From Tchaikovsky to Tin Pan Alley - Uplifting music for Christmas

The Arts Society West Cornwall
Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 19:30
Zennor Building, Penwith College
St Clare Penzance TR18 2SA

Seasonal celebrations begin with musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett sharing his selection of much-loved Christmas tunes. 

 This lecture will be held in the lecture theatre at the Zennor Building at Penwith College starting at 7.30 pm.

Expect an hour of the finest festive music from across the globe – his selections include sparking moments from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, a heartwarming ballad from Mel Tormé, something from Soweto, a heavenly chorus from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Leipzig, an illustration of the English carol tradition at its finest - and something more cynical from Eartha Kitt…


Mr Sandy Burnett

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. Combining engaging scholarship with hands-on expertise, he devises and leads cultural holidays all over the world, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, is a highly sought after double bassist on the London jazz scene, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.