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For One Night Only

Some of our finest tutors, a diverse range of engaging topics, and a light supper accompanied by glass, or two, of wine.

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Noel Coward: A Flamboyant Life

From the exemplar of jazz-age glamour to grand patriot and self-parody, Noel Coward was one of the greatest wits of his age. His sophisticated songs, his dressing gowns as daywear and his cigarette holder – cemented the image of Noel Coward in the popular cultural mind through most of the 20th century. Known for his slightly-scandalous plays and... [More]

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The German Renaissance Painters: Durer, Cranach the Elder & Hans Holbein

These German Renaissance painters are well known names – but how were they connected to the religious reforms of Martin Luther. Who travelled to London and produced many of the portraits we associated with the court of Henry VIII. Whose signature was a winged snake with a ruby ring. And who produced the much loved 1525 image of Cupid complaining to... [More]

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Raphael - A Re-Evaluation

One of the supreme artists of the Renaissance, Raphael’s work has assumed iconic status as the ideal expression of classicism in the 500 years since his death. We present an overview of his achievement – assessing his life, personality and his artistic work within the context of the lively Renaissance societies in which he lived in Urbino, Florence... [More]

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An Evening with Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky created some of the most well-loved music of the classical repertoire, including Swan Lake, the Nutcracker Suite and the 1812 Overture as well as his wonderful symphonies and concertos. Join us as we spend an evening exploring the life and music of this wonderful composer. No prior musical knowledge is necessary. This class... [More]

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The Overthrow and Execution of Mussolini

Mussolini was not in control of Italy from July 1943 when the fascist dictator and his Grand Fascist Council were arrested by order of King Victory Emanuel III. His execution by firing squad on the 28th April 1945 was a humiliating affair. His corpse and that of his young mistress Clara Petacci and other fascist leaders were hung upside down from a... [More]

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Fats, The Innovator and The Killer: The Kings of Rock Piano

Enjoy a retrospective of the three greatest Rock pianists from the origins of the genre. Fats Domino brought Blues and New Orleans Creole culture to early rock; Little Richard introduced the driving rhythms and falsetto yells copied by the Beatles and others; and The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis, was the first “Wild Man of Rock and Roll”. This class... [More]

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The History of the Ghost Story: from Homer to Susan Hill

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! Tales of one who has seen the dead have been part of storytelling from the time of Homer and Plautus, as “true stories” as well as the fine craft of literary manipulation, brimming with the terror of suspense and the horror of shock.... [More]

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