• Henley DFAS

Forthcoming lectures

Betrayal: The Story of Samson and Delilah in Art and Music Thursday 16th June at Phyllis Court 10.45am repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Lois Oliver


Betrayal: The Story of Samson and Delilah in Art and Music
Erotic and exotic, the tale of the man who killed 1,000 Philistines armed only with  the jawbone of an ass but who was fatally unmanned by the wiles of Delilah has proved irresistible to artists and composers through the ages. Handel’s oratorio on the subject was an instant box-office smash, and later Saint-Saëns produced some of his most alluring and sensuous music for Delilah and the Dragon-worshipping revellers in his opera Samson et Dalila.
 
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An Artist’s Best Friend: The Dog in Art Thursday 15th September at Phyllis Court 10.45am repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Alexandra Epps


An Artist’s Best Friend: The Dog in Art
Dogs are man’s most loyal friend. They are often used in art, as in life, to project our ambitions and anxieties. From the poignancy of Landseer, Queen Victoria’s favourite animal painter; to the dachshunds of Bonnard and Picasso; the xolos of Kahlo; the whippets of Freud and many more, explore how dogs have provided inspiration, solace and companionship throughout artistic lives. 
 
 
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River Thames: Theatre of Pageantry and Pleasure Thursday 20th October at Phyllis Court 10.45am repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Joanna Mabbutt


River Thames: Theatre of Pageantry and Pleasure
London’s grandest thoroughfare for centuries, the Thames has hosted royal weddings and state funerals, fireworks and pyrotechnics, music and masques, coronations and Lord Mayors’ pageants, processions and civic festivities. Teaming with life and busy with shipping, the City’s life-blood has also been the playground of both royalty and the common man.
 
 
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The Art of the Cartoonist Venue: Town Hall (please note venue) Wednesday 9th November AGM at 10.30am followed by lecture (morning lecture only)

Lecturer: Harry Venning


The Art of the Cartoonist
Harry Venning has been a professional cartoonist for thirty years, during which time he has provided cartoons for several high profile UK publications (The GuardianRadio Times) as well as for countless more obscure titles (British Journal Of Wound Care).
 
 
He was awarded UK Strip Cartoonist Of The Year for his Guardian strip Clare In The Community, which he adapted into a Radio 4 sitcom.
 
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Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig: The Christmas Oratorio of 1734/5 8th December 2022 at Phyllis Court 10.45, repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Sandy Burnett


Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig: The Christmas Oratorio of 1734/5
Sandy Burnett’s close relationship with Bach’s music stretches back for decades; between 1997 and 2010 he directed a complete cycle of Bach’s sacred cantatas in West London.
 
Bach Haussmann
In this illustrated talk he explores how Bach brings the Christmas story alive in his Weihnachtsoratorium or Christmas Oratorio, written for Lutheran congregations in 1730s Leipzig.
 
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Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig: The Christmas Oratorio of 1734/5 Thursday 8th December 10.45am repeated 2.15pm

Lecturer: Sandy Burnett


Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig: The Christmas Oratorio of 1734/5

Sandy Burnett’s close relationship with Bach’s music stretches back for decades; between 1997 and 2010 he directed a complete cycle of Bach’s sacred cantatas in West London. In this illustrated talk he explores how Bach brings the Christmas story alive in his Weihnachtsoratorium or Christmas Oratorio, written for Lutheran congregations in 1730s Leipzig. An overview of Bach’s life and achievement precedes a close look at this magnificent work which draws on various forms ranging from recitative, arioso, aria, chorale, and instrumental sinfonia through to full-blown choruses which are infused with the joyous spirit of the dance.

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