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Art and Music in Vienna

7 week course: 11th May - 29th June 2018

Our summer course explores the rich tradition of art and music in Vienna from the medieval period up until the early 20th century. We discover masterpieces of the city's great art collections such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Liechtenstein Palace and Belvedere, from Old Masters such as van Eyck, Rubens and Rembrandt to modern exponents of Jugendstil (the German/Austrian variant of Art Nouveau) and Expressionism such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. We learn about figures such as Teresa Ries and Broncia Koller, little-known today but highly successful and much admired during their lifetime. We also spend time discovering what drew illustrious composers and performers to the capital including Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, and how it became the musical capital of Europe.

We are delighted that Sandy Burnett will join us one week for a guest lecture on the Classical period, illustrated by musical examples by Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven. Sandy is one of the UK’s most authoritative broadcasters in the field of classical music and worked for BBC Radio 3 for over ten years. His many credits include the flagship breakfast programme Morning on 3, live Proms, concerts from the Edinburgh International Festival as well as countless studio broadcasts and interviews with classical music’s top artists.

2019 sees the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c 1525/30 – 1569) which will be celebrated by an exhibition dedicated to him at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, opening in October 2018. This will be the world’s first ever major monograph exhibition to the artist, and one of our lessons will explore the museum's own rich collection of Bruegel paintings and how they came to be in Vienna.

The course is structured thematically, and images are discussed within their economic, political and social context.

Art History in Focus’s courses are characterised by a relaxed and entertaining learning environment, which often allows for lively discussion. Lectures last two hours with a break for refreshments, and the talks are illustrated by high quality digital images.

Lectures are on Friday mornings and run from 11.15-1.15; doors open at 11.00. Please note our slightly altered start time

Please note however that 11 May and 8 June are afternoon sessions starting at 2.30 and there is a half-term (no class) on June 15th.


Further Information

Location and Directions
Churchgate House Centre
Downside Bridge Rd
Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3EJ.

To view a map of the Churchgate House Centre location click here

There is free parking at the centre, although if you are unable to find a space you can park in one of the nearby roads or in the pay and display car park on Hollyhedge Road. There is further free parking on the left just over the bridge on Downside Bridge Road.

The course is open for all to join. If you would like to attend please fill in the online booking form. If you would prefer to send a booking form by post please download a copy here.

We regret we are unable to offer refunds on unused course subscriptions, but your place may be transferred to someone else if you are unable to attend (please provide their name in advance, thank you)

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event.


  • Explore the city's greatest collections of art, from the Belvedere to the Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • Guest lecture on Viennese music with BBC's Sandy Burnett
  • Special lecture in anticipation of Vienna's blockbuster Bruegel exhibition later this year
  • Refreshments included



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If you have any questions regarding the course or booking please send us an email or
call on +44 (0)1932 267322

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