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Who Fires the Canon?

A Study Day presented in collaboration by the Open University and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE).
London, Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall

The OAE are delighted to welcome the Open University for this annual Study Day and to join us for our evening concert, Saint-Saëns: Sounds for the End of a Century.


Location and Schedule.

The Study Day will take place at the Southbank Centre, London.

The schedule for the day is:

12.00pm – 1.00pm  Study Session I
1.00pm – 2.00pm  Lunch
2.00pm – 2.30pm  Music at the Open University Survey
2.30pm – 3.30pm  Study Session II
3.30pm – 5.00pm  Open Rehearsal
6.00pm – 6.30pm  Pre-concert talk: Saint-Saëns: reactionary or radical? by Robert Samuels (open to public)
7.00pm – 9.00pm (approx)  Concert


How to Book

The charge for the day is £5.00. This includes all study day sessions, and admission to the evening concert. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. The deadline for registrations is Friday 13 January 2023.

Step 1: Add 1 ticket for the Study Day to your basket (general admission)
Step 2: Choose CONTINUE SHOPPING and select SAINT-SAENS: SOUNDS FOR THE END OF A CENTURY from the list of events.
Step 3: On the seating plan pick a seat in PRICE BAND A, B, C or D (not Premium) and click STUDENT in the drop down list of price types.
Step 4: Click CHECK OUT to complete the transaction.

For help with booking please contact


Who is it for?

The Study Day is open only to Open University students registered on any of the following modules: A232 Music, Sound and Technology, A234 Understanding Music, A342 Central Questions in the Study of Music, the Certificate The Practice of Music Making (presented by our curriculum partner, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), or the MA in Music (A873 / A874). Students registered for the BA (Music) or the BA (Humanities with Music) and studying Level 1 modules are also welcome. Associate Lecturers in Music are also welcome to attend. ID may be requested.