Walton and Hersham

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Walton and Hersham


These special interest days take place at the Riverhouse in Walton and normally take the form of two lectures in the morning followed by lunch. A further lecture or discussion follows in the afternoon.

3 March 2009
Sarah Lenton
Opera, The Melting Pot of Culture

(Sarah Lenton is a lecturer and programme contributor for the Royal Opera House and the English National Opera as well as featuring on Radio 3 and Radio 4).

The day is based on programmes Sarah Lenton writes for the Royal Opera House. The morning sessions follow the development of opera from Monteverdiís Orfeo to John Adamís Nixon in China and the afternoon will include recent Royal Opera House successes (Verdiís Don Carlos and Humperdinckís Hansel and Gretel) to show how they are put on the stage.

22 September 2009
Ian Pickford of the Antiques Roadshow
A Silver Day

Identification Ė for this talk members are encouraged to bring pieces of silver or plate which are then identified and discussed.

Care and Conservation Ė A talk and practical demonstration to show the correct methods which should be used to maintain silver in the very best possible condition. Members are requested to bring pieces of silver in need of attention.

14 December 2009
(an evening meeting with supper)
Peter Medhurst
"We Three Kings"

Music, art, poetry and legends inspired by the Magi. The Bible gives us very little information about the wise men who came from the East bearing Christ the famous gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. However, by contrast, there is no shortage of music, poetry and art that has been inspired by these men, and Peter Medhurst presents a fascinating hour examining the impact of the Three Kings on the culture of later generations.

The Adoration of the Magi, c.1657
Style of Rembrandt van Rijn