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Forthcoming lectures

Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig: The Christmas Oratorio of 1734/5 1st December 2022 at The Henley Rugby Club 10.45am, 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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William Bankes: The Exiled Collector and the Man behind the Creation of the English Country House Thursday 19th January 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Anne Sebba


William Bankes: The Exiled Collector and the Man behind the Creation of the English Country House
 
 
William Bankes was a 19th century collector of ancient Egyptian artefacts and Spanish paintings intended for his ancestral home in Dorset, Kingston Lacy.
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Favourite Paintings: Masterpieces from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts - in the Context of the Image of Black People in Art Thursday 16th February 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Leslie Primo


Favourite Paintings: Masterpieces from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts - in the Context of the Image of Black People in Art
This lecture will explore my personal favourite paintings from the rich and varied collection of paintings that make up The Barber Institute of Fine Arts Collection.
 
 
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The History and Art of the Catacombs of Rome and their Rediscovery during the Reformation Thursday 16th March 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Dr Geri Parlby


The History and Art of the Catacombs of Rome and their Rediscovery during the Reformation
This topic covers the origins of the Catacombs of Rome and the extraordinarily varied art that adorns them.
 
 
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From Downton to Gatsby: Jewellery and Fashion from 1890 to 1929 Thursday 20th April 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Andrew Prince


From Downton to Gatsby: Jewellery and Fashion from 1890 to 1929
For the series and film Downton Abbey, Andrew was commissioned to make many jewels for the main characters and this inspired him to create a talk based on this unique period.
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‘How daintily this Byrd his notes doth vary’: The Life and Music of William Byrd (1543-1623) Thursday 18th May 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm at the Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Peter Medhurst


‘How daintily this Byrd his notes doth vary’: The Life and Music of William Byrd (1543-1623)
2023 marks 400 years since the death of the great English composer, William Byrd, whose music is a marvellous blend of technical skill and emotional intensity (head and heart). 
 
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Secret Art in the Passport - How We Use it to Fox the Forger 15th June 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Martin Lloyd


Secret Art in the Passport - How We Use it to Fox the Forger
From the wax seal to the microchip, man has exploited the skill of the artist and artisan in his attempt to manufacture a forgery-proof document.
 
 
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Coffee - From Arabia to the Coffee House, The Art and History of Coffee Drinking 21st September 2023 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Christopher Bradley


Coffee - From Arabia to the Coffee House, The Art and History of Coffee Drinking
Long before cappuccinos and skinny lattes, all the world’s coffee traded through the tiny port of Mokha in Yemen.
Ethiopia is the traditional home of coffee
 
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The Art of Atonement: How Germany Commemorates WW2 19th October 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Angela Findlay


The Art of Atonement: How Germany Commemorates WW2
In the context of our World War centenaries, anniversaries and the current debate about statues and monuments, the subject of this talk is hugely relevant. In this country, relatively little is known about Germany’s complex post-WW2 process of ‘coming to terms with’ the atrocities of its recent past and the counter memorial movement that started in the eighties and continues to this day.
 
 
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With a Little Help from their Friends : The Beatles and their Artists Wednesday 8th November 2023 at 10.30am. Annual General Meeting followed by the lecture. Please note morning only. At Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Barry Venning


With a Little Help from their Friends : The Beatles and their Artists
This is a journey through the 60s in music and images, following the Beatles from the Hamburg Reeperbahn in 1960 to Abbey Road in 1969.
The Beatles in Hotorgscity, Sweden, in 1963
 
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Dickens and Christmas: Dickens was the first novelist to use the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ Thursday 7th December 2023. Our Christmas lectures at 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Jane Tapley


Dickens and Christmas: Dickens was the first novelist to use the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’
A Christmas version of his life and times. Dickens was often referred to as Jolly Old Christmas because of his highly popular short stories especially written for the festive season.
 
A Summary of 'A Christmas Carol'
 
He was also the first novelist to use the words Merry Christmas thus starting a trend that is still popular today.
 
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