November update

We are writing to remind members of our forthcoming lecture (via Zoom) at 2pm on 2 December. This lecture is highly rated by other societies who have enjoyed Sandy Burnett – “from Tchaikovsky to Tin Pan Alley”. We are sure this will prove to be an exciting and enjoyable lecture to start the Christmas festivities. Expect an hour of the finest festive music from across the globe – his selections include sparking moments from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, a heart-warming ballad from Mel Tormé, something from Soweto, a heavenly chorus from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Leipzig, an illustration of the English carol tradition at its finest – and something more cynical from Eartha Kitt…

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End. Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. Combining engaging scholarship with hands-on expertise, for ACE Cultural Tours he devises and leads cultural holidays at home in the UK and all over the world, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, is a highly sought-after double bassist on the London jazz scene, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season. During lockdown he established an online Listening Club which meets weekly to listen to and discuss great works of classical music.

This is an additional lecture and not included in the annual programme. The cost is £10 per person. If you would like to attend, please contact Alison Lornie (alison.lornie or 01932 845372); She will give you details of how to make your payment and will reserve a place for you and, once your payment has been received, will confirm your reservation. A day or two before the event, a Zoom link will be sent to all participants.

This will be the final lecture for 2021 and, hopefully, the final Zoom lecture as we return to face-to-face lectures at All Saints Church Hall at 2pm on 13 January, 2022. Janet Gough will entertain us with “How to pick a Favourite Church”. This will be the start of a year of exciting and interesting lectures and we look forward to welcoming you all.

We are very sorry to announce the sad and untimely death of Peter Scott, husband of our President, Pamela Scott. Peter became ill during Lockdown and sadly passed away a few days ago. He was an extremely talented art historian, always jovial and often lectured to our Society, especially at short notice! He will be sadly missed. We send our deepest sympathy to Pamela and her family.

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