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Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom

Thu 7th Oct 2021

The Age of Jazz

Thu 7th Oct 2021 @ 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Image by jokoPix from Pixabay One hundred years ago a group of American musicians docked in London, bringing with them for the very first time one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: jazz, a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation. Drawing on his practical experience both as musicologist and gigging musician, Sandy’s talk touches on the disparate influences behind the emergence of jazz, and his musical illustrations range from the blues, ragtime…

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Thu 4th Nov 2021

Moorish Architecture – the legacy of a vanished kingdom

Thu 4th Nov 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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The Alhambra of Grenada, the Great Mosque of Cordoba and the Alcazar of Seville are the three most impressive monuments to the architectural creativity of the Moors in Spain, but there are many other examples worthy of mention too.  The classical origins that influenced the Moorish style are less well-known, but fascinating to explore, as is the unique interior decorative style developed by the Moors, which gives their architecture its beauty and exotic appeal – an appeal so strong that…

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Thu 2nd Dec 2021

Repton and the Picturesque

Thu 2nd Dec 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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The Picturesque was the final phase of the English Landscape Movement. Capability Brown’s serpentine curves, smooth lawns and clumps of trees were now considered insipid and dull by a generation with an enthusiasm for untamed nature and rugged wildness The aim was always to engender a pleasurable frisson of fear. Repton knew that this was all very well as theory, but his clients actually required practicality and, above all, beauty. Wildness was gradually tamed to become the formal gardens of…

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Thu 6th Jan 2022

In the Kingdom of the Sweets

Thu 6th Jan 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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The Nutcracker ballet has delighted audiences at Christmas for many decades yet it was deemed a failure at its initial performances. Based upon the current Royal Ballet production by Sir Peter Wright, this lecture takes a close look at how this well-loved ballet now takes its rightful place on stage and how the music of Tchaikovsky along with story-telling, design, dance and a little bit of stage ingenuity all come together to make the most magical escape for young and…

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Thu 3rd Feb 2022

The Mystery of Holbein’s Ambassadors

Thu 3rd Feb 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Hans Holbein the Younger, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons   Hans Holbein brought with him from mainland Europe to England both sophistication and skill, with far reaching consequences for this island's artistic development. His Ambassadors is one of the National Gallery of London’s greatest treasures, dating from a tradition in the arts when no object was without meaning and symbolism, practically all of which has been lost to the modern observer. This lecture considers the tempestuous circumstances of its creation…

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Thu 3rd Mar 2022

The Manufactured Woman: The Story of Pandora and how she has inspired generations of artists to imagine how and why women came into the world

Thu 3rd Mar 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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In Greek legend, Pandora was created with the express purpose of causing trouble to men which, by opening her box, she achieved. This lecture looks at the original sources for the story, draws parallels with both Eve in Genesis and Galatea in Ovid before showing how ballets, operas and plays from Coppelia to My Fair Lady and The Winter’s Tale to Educating Rita have developed the theme of a creation that runs out of control. Lecturer: Mary Sharp Mary is…

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Thu 7th Apr 2022

Bloomsbury Group: The Art of Vanessa Bell

Thu 7th Apr 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Avant-garde painter, designer, decorator, inspired colourist, mother and muse, Vanessa Bell was the warm heart of the Bloomsbury Group, once described by Dorothy Parker as “living in squares and loving in triangles”. This has perhaps lessened the fame of her work: this lecture asks the question - was Vanessa Bell the painter as radical as her sister, the writer Virginia Woolf? Lecturer: Julia Musgrave Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on to become a Chartered…

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Thu 5th May 2022

Peggy Guggenheim

Thu 5th May 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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The 'poor little rich girl' who changed the face of twentieth century art. Not only was Peggy Guggenheim ahead of her time but she was also the woman who helped define it. She discovered and nurtured a new generation of artists producing a new kind of art. Through collecting not only art but also the artists themselves, her life was as radical as her collection. Lecturer: Alexandra Epps BA MA Official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and…

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Thu 9th Jun 2022

Cancelled : William Beckford 1760-1844: Genius, Romantic, Notoriety

Thu 9th Jun 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Unfortunately we have to cancel this lecture at the request of the lecturer. We are working hard to replace it. As soon as we have a new lecture confirmed the details will appear here.

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Thu 7th Jul 2022

Most Popular Pictures in British Collections

Thu 7th Jul 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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This lecture will present the most popular paintings to be found in British collections – in reverse order from No. 20 to No.1, compiled from different polls conducted since 2005 (society members who recall Alan Freeman’s Pick of the Pops will get the idea!). As the list is counted down, there will be detailed discussion of some of the individual artworks, as well as reflections on why some artworks rate so high or low and why some don’t feature at…

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