January 2017

The story of Gilbert and Sullivan

Peter Gravatt

Accomplished baritone Peter studied theology and philosophy at King’s College London. Following voice study at the Royal Academy of Music, he trained with Michael Maurel before singing in Florence with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and touring with the British Youth Opera.

He made his professional debut with the London Opera Players. With 80 operatic roles and 60 oratorios to his name, his talent, experience and exuberance are sure to add an extra dimension to the evening.

17th Jan

Baroque art and architecture in Italy

Professor Helen Hills

Helen studied History at the University of Oxford before turning to History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her doctorate study of inlaid marble decoration in Sicily later became her first book and thus began a career which now includes 7 books and over 47 articles.

Having taught both in the USA and Canada and subsequently at Keele and Manchester, Helen is now Professor of History of Art at the University of York.

24th Jan

Russia and Europe: What Next?

John Pilkington

Adventurous spirit, travel journalist and author, John has been called “one of Britain’s greatest tellers of travellers’ tales”. After the break-up of the Soviet Union he became one of the first Western journalists to report from the new Central Asian republics.

In 2015 with passions running high in Ukraine and the breakaway states of the Caucasus, John met people on both sides of these disputed borders and promises a talk full of intrigue with one or two surprises.

31st Jan

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