Dates for 2020

Summer term 2020

  • May 17 (10.30-12.30 online)
  • May 24 (10.30-12.30 online)
  • Jun 7 (10.30-12.30 online)
  • Jun 21 (10.30-12.30 online)
  • Jul 5 (10.30-12.30 online)
  • Quiz

    Quiz questions from 18 April

    Who am I?

    1. I was unconventional and a bit of a rebel so if someone advised me to do one thing, I’d do the opposite. I wrote music using red ink. I had over 100 umbrellas in a collection, and wrote a part for a typewriter in one of my ballets.

    2. I was a 19th c composer, illegitimate son of a prince, took flute lessons as a child, was a cat-lover and a polymath, had my own laboratory aged 13, and as a trainee doctor composed a trio entitled ‘What Have I Done to Hurt You?’

    3. I wrote three novels as well as a full-length autobiography, and a great number of articles and letters-to-the-editor on a variety of subjects. My skill as a horseman was high enough for serious championship events and I was a connoisseur of cheese. I am enshrined in the Trapshooting Hall of Fame as one of the all time greats and even organized the first national trapshooting organization, a forerunner to today's Amateur Trapshooting Association.

    Musical Champions

    4. What were the three instruments in the last BBC Young Musicain competition in 2018?

    5. Who won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Final. Who came last?

    6. Dame Fanny Waterman, founder of the Leeds Internation Piano Competition, was born in which year?

    Musical quotes

    7. Which Thomas Hardy novel does this quote come from: “Joseph, depend upon’t, if so be you have them tooting clar’nets you’ll spoil the whole set-out. Clar-nets were not made for the service of the Lard; you can see it by looking at ‘em”.

    8. To which instrument was Frank Zappa referring: "The _______ is one of my favorite instruments. It has a medieval aroma, like the days when everything used to sound like that. Some people crave baseball...I find this unfathomable, but I can easily understand why a person could get excited about playing the _______."

    9. About which instrument do Hamlet and Guildenstern discuss in Hamlet, in which Hamlet says: It is as easy as lying. Govern these ventages with your fingers and thumb, give it breath with your mouth, and it will discourse most eloquent music. Look you, these are the stops. Guildernstern replies: But these cannot I command to any utterance of harmony. I have not the skill. Hamlet: Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play upon me. You would seem to know my stops. You would pluck out the heart of my mystery. You would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass. And there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak? 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, yet you cannot play upon me.

    Music and art

    10. 'The Great Wave' is a 19th century Japanese Woodblock print by who? Upon the front cover of the first edition of which orchestral score was the image used?

    11. The paintings by Viktor Hartmann inspired which large-scale work by which Russian composer? What was the work?

    12. L S Lowry inspired folk duo Brian and Michael to release a song in 1978 called what?

    Music and baking

    13.What is similar, and what is different, about the names of a) a famous Italian General (whose name inspired the invention of a biscuit made of currants sandwiched between two layers of biscuit dough), and an Italian virtuoso flute player and composer (1833-1905)?

    14. How many layers of coffee-syrup soaked sponge should there be in an Opera Cake? After which opera house was the ‘Opera Cake’ named, invented by Cyriaque Gavillon in 1955?

    15. What are the three main ingredients in a Mozartkugel?


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