Lectures Membership year 2019/2020 Lectures start at 11.00am with coffee from 10.15am and are held at Victoria Hall, Oakham, LE15 6AH MESSAGE TO ALL MEMBERS (see Members News too) The May and June lecturers have been cancelled although we hope to secure them to deliver the same titles in 2022. Thursday 23 July 2020 in the Victoria Hall 11.00am. (We will have to inform you nearer the time whether we go ahead with this.) Alice Foster Italian Masters: Raphael 1483 – 1520 From his early years in Urbino, to Perugia under the tutelage of Perugino, Raphael's early work is characterised by clear drawing, a serene beauty and often an elegiac mood. Celebrated in Florence, he was invited to Rome by the Pope, where his mature work in the Vatican apartments shows heroic, larger than life figures in accomplished spatial settings. Raphael died almost 500 years ago and his work remains as fresh, and as moving as when the images were first painted. Alice Foster presents a profile of this great Italian Master, described by Giorgio Vasari as "a mortal god". Raffaello Self-portrait circa 1506 Click here to read more about the background to Raphael The August lecturer James Bolton is still booked to give his lecture about English Gardens on Thursday 27 August 2020, venue to be decided. 27 August 2020 James Bolton After Miss Jekyll: English Gardens of the late twentieth century and early twenty-first centuries The long shadow of the Arts and Crafts Movement has hung over English gardening for most of the twentieth century. The dominance of Miss Jekyll and the enduring popularity of gardens at Hidcote and Sissinghurst have proved to be an enduring legacy. There were always subversive undercurrents of alternative styles and influences which, as the new century gets into its stride, have gained a greater importance and momentum. Post-Modernism, rich in symbolism, has, in gardens like Portrack, Little Sparta and Througham Court, explored the worlds of literature and science; while plants, for centuries an abiding passion of English gardeners, have continued to cast their spells, with newly-discovered plants enriching gardens across the country. The New Perennial movement, originating in Europe, has allied itself to our increasing desire to go organic and the interest in woodland and wild-flower meadows to produce a freer, gentler style of painting, spearheaded by Tom Stuart-Smith, perhaps more in tune with the Twenty-First Century. Amanda Slater from Coventry, West Midlands, UK [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] Reading list: English Garden History, Tom Turner, Antique Collectors Club The Architect and his wife, Jane Ridley, Chatto and Windus Gardens with Atmosphere, Arne Maynard, Conran Octopus English Gardens in the Twentieth Century, Tim Richardson, Aurum Press followed by The Summer Lunch at Greetham Valley Golf Club prior booking required 24 September 2020 Ian Swankie Thomas Heatherwick: the modern Leonardo? The past decade has seen the meteoric rise of this extraordinarily versatile British designer with his acclaimed Olympic cauldron, the iconic new London bus and designs for a spectacular new HQ building for Google. Over the last twenty years the Heatherwick Studio has used an intriguing combination of curiosity and experimentation to produce a vast range of solutions to design challenges around the world. This talk looks at the problems presented, and the wonderfully creative ways in which Heatherwick and his team have responded. Glasshouses for the Bombay Sapphire distillery Andrewrabbott [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)] 22 October 2020 Jane Choy Thurlow Jacob Van Ruisdael, Master of Landscape Preceded by the AGM One of the most important contributions that Dutch 17th century artists made to art is the development of the landscape. Edward Norgate, an English visitor to Holland in the 17 century wrote landscape is a word borrowed by us from the Dutch, fittingly enough because landscapes is their own child. Jacob van Ruisdael is considered the greatest 17th century Dutch landscape artist. He looked at his contemporary environment but he also used his imagination to create dramatic scenes producing some of the most astounding landscape art works ever produced. His work influenced later artists. ‘It haunts my mind and clings to my heart’ wrote the English landscape artist John Constable after viewing a work by Jacob van Ruisdael. Seashore, Jacob van Ruisdael 1676 New membership year 2020/21 26 November 2020 Sarah Lenton Christmas at Covent Garden The London Christmas season was invented at Covent Garden. The first theatre on the site was the home of Harlequin and Columbine and 300 years on Harlequin and Columbine are still dancing in The Nutcracker. Most of what we now consider to be quintessential Pantomime – principal boy, fairy tales, transformation scenes and the dame, can be traced back to the operas and ballets put on at Covent Garden during its first 200 years. Panto has moved on to the Palladium, but you can still see its basic components in the seasonal operas and ballets the Royal Opera House puts on every year: Rossini’s Cenerentola (Cinderella), for example, or Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty or Ashton’s Cinderella. The repertoire changes every year and this lecture is up­dated to include current ROH Christmas offerings. Grimaldi in pose opposite an actor who was playing the part of a "pugilistic vegetable". Taken from the Christmas Pantomime "Harlequin Olio" which was staged at the Covent Garden Theatre in 1816. This watercolour drawing is by T M Grimshaw, who performed with Grimaldi from 1814 to 1823 at the Covent Garden, Sadlers Wells and Coburg theatres Re Sheduled from March Simon Seligman Debo Mitford, Devonshire Duchess and Housewife 1920 – 2014 Thursday 10 December 2020 in the Victoria Hall 11.00am Deborah Devonshire, the youngest of the Mitford sisters and wife of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, was hefted by marriage to one of Europe’s greatest treasure houses, Chatsworth. In the second half of the 20th century, in partnership with her husband, she imbued it with a spirit, elegance and sense of welcome that transformed it from being the worn-out survivor of decades of taxation, war and social change into one of the best-loved, most-emulated and popular historic houses, gardens and estates in the country. With responsibility for Lismore Castle and Bolton Abbey as well, no wonder her passport stated her profession as ‘housewife’. Along the way, she became a best-selling author and sell-out speaker, champion of the countryside, its skills, traditions, livelihoods and food, trustee and patron of numerous charities, businesses and good causes, and the most famous poultry keeper in the country. She met Hitler and Churchill, was a trusted confidant of the Prince of Wales, played her part as the steady heart of the Mitford sisters’ melodrama and was friends with a dazzling array of some of the brightest and most fascinating of her contemporaries, including President Kennedy, Evelyn Waugh, Oscar de la Renta, John Betjeman, Lucian Freud, Tom Stoppard, Neil MacGregor, Patrick Leigh Fermor and Alan Bennett. She said herself that charm was the hardest quality to describe in another person; hers lived in her unique turn of phrase, her stoic Mitfordian perspective on life’s challenges, her curiosity about everyone she met, her stylish beauty, quick wit and delight in all that life offered her. Debo had a lasting impact not just on Chatsworth but on everything she touched and everyone she met; I was lucky enough to work for and with her over more than 20 years and in this lecture I pay tribute to an astonishing life.
Web site designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training.
Lectures 2019/20 Membership Year MESSAGE TO ALL MEMBERS The May and June lecturers have been cancelled although we hope to secure them to deliver the same titles in 2022. Thursday 23 July 2020 in the Victoria Hall 11.00am. (We will have to inform you nearer the time whether we go ahead with this.) Alice Foster Italian Masters: Raphael 1483 – 1520 From his early years in Urbino, to Perugia under the tutelage of Perugino, Raphael's early work is characterised by clear drawing, a serene beauty and often an elegiac mood. Celebrated in Florence, he was invited to Rome by the Pope, where his mature work in the Vatican apartments shows heroic, larger than life figures in accomplished spatial settings. Raphael died almost 500 years ago and his work remains as fresh, and as moving as when the images were first painted. Alice Foster presents a profile of this great Italian Master, described by Giorgio Vasari as "a mortal god". Raffaello Self-portrait circa 1506 Click here to read more about the background to Raphael The August lecturer James Bolton is still booked to give his lecture about English Gardens on Thursday 27 August 2020, venue to be decided. 27 August 2020 James Bolton After Miss Jekyll: English Gardens of the late twentieth century and early twenty-first centuries The long shadow of the Arts and Crafts Movement has hung over English gardening for most of the twentieth century. The dominance of Miss Jekyll and the enduring popularity of gardens at Hidcote and Sissinghurst have proved to be an enduring legacy. There were always subversive undercurrents of alternative styles and influences which, as the new century gets into its stride, have gained a greater importance and momentum. Post- Modernism, rich in symbolism, has, in gardens like Portrack, Little Sparta and Througham Court, explored the worlds of literature and science; while plants, for centuries an abiding passion of English gardeners, have continued to cast their spells, with newly-discovered plants enriching gardens across the country. The New Perennial movement, originating in Europe, has allied itself to our increasing desire to go organic and the interest in woodland and wild-flower meadows to produce a freer, gentler style of painting, spearheaded by Tom Stuart-Smith, perhaps more in tune with the Twenty- First Century. Amanda Slater from Coventry, West Midlands, UK [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] Reading list: English Garden History, Tom Turner, Antique Collectors Club The Architect and his wife, Jane Ridley, Chatto and Windus Gardens with Atmosphere, Arne Maynard, Conran Octopus English Gardens in the Twentieth Century, Tim Richardson, Aurum Press followed by The Summer Lunch at Greetham Valley Golf Club prior booking required 24 September 2020 Ian Swankie Thomas Heatherwick: the modern Leonardo? The past decade has seen the meteoric rise of this extraordinarily versatile British designer with his acclaimed Olympic cauldron, the iconic new London bus and designs for a spectacular new HQ building for Google. Over the last twenty years the Heatherwick Studio has used an intriguing combination of curiosity and experimentation to produce a vast range of solutions to design challenges around the world. This talk looks at the problems presented, and the wonderfully creative ways in which Heatherwick and his team have responded. Glasshouses for the Bombay Sapphire distillery Andrewrabbott [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)] 22 October 2020 Jane Choy Thurlow Jacob Van Ruisdael, Master of Landscape Preceded by the AGM One of the most important contributions that Dutch 17th century artists made to art is the development of the landscape. Edward Norgate, an English visitor to Holland in the 17 century wrote landscape is a word borrowed by us from the Dutch, fittingly enough because landscapes is their own child. Jacob van Ruisdael is considered the greatest 17th century Dutch landscape artist. He looked at his contemporary environment but he also used his imagination to create dramatic scenes producing some of the most astounding landscape art works ever produced. His work influenced later artists. ‘It haunts my mind and clings to my heart’ wrote the English landscape artist John Constable after viewing a work by Jacob van Ruisdael. Seashore, Jacob van Ruisdael 1676 New membership year 2020/21 26 November 2020 Sarah Lenton Christmas at Covent Garden The London Christmas season was invented at Covent Garden. The first theatre on the site was the home of Harlequin and Columbine and 300 years on Harlequin and Columbine are still dancing in The Nutcracker. Most of what we now consider to be quintessential Pantomime – principal boy, fairy tales, transformation scenes and the dame, can be traced back to the operas and ballets put on at Covent Garden during its first 200 years. Panto has moved on to the Palladium, but you can still see its basic components in the seasonal operas and ballets the Royal Opera House puts on every year: Rossini’s Cenerentola (Cinderella), for example, or Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty or Ashton’s Cinderella. The repertoire changes every year and this lecture is up­dated to include current ROH Christmas offerings. Grimaldi in pose opposite an actor who was playing the part of a "pugilistic vegetable". Taken from the Christmas Pantomime "Harlequin Olio" which was staged at the Covent Garden Theatre in 1816. This watercolour drawing is by T M Grimshaw, who performed with Grimaldi from 1814 to 1823 at the Covent Garden, Sadlers Wells and Coburg theatres Re Sheduled from March Simon Seligman Debo Mitford, Devonshire Duchess and Housewife 1920 – 2014 Thursday 10 December 2020 in the Victoria Hall 11.00am Deborah Devonshire, the youngest of the Mitford sisters and wife of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, was hefted by marriage to one of Europe’s greatest treasure houses, Chatsworth. In the second half of the 20th century, in partnership with her husband, she imbued it with a spirit, elegance and sense of welcome that transformed it from being the worn-out survivor of decades of taxation, war and social change into one of the best-loved, most-emulated and popular historic houses, gardens and estates in the country. With responsibility for Lismore Castle and Bolton Abbey as well, no wonder her passport stated her profession as ‘housewife’. Along the way, she became a best-selling author and sell-out speaker, champion of the countryside, its skills, traditions, livelihoods and food, trustee and patron of numerous charities, businesses and good causes, and the most famous poultry keeper in the country. She met Hitler and Churchill, was a trusted confidant of the Prince of Wales, played her part as the steady heart of the Mitford sisters’ melodrama and was friends with a dazzling array of some of the brightest and most fascinating of her contemporaries, including President Kennedy, Evelyn Waugh, Oscar de la Renta, John Betjeman, Lucian Freud, Tom Stoppard, Neil MacGregor, Patrick Leigh Fermor and Alan Bennett. She said herself that charm was the hardest quality to describe in another person; hers lived in her unique turn of phrase, her stoic Mitfordian perspective on life’s challenges, her curiosity about everyone she met, her stylish beauty, quick wit and delight in all that life offered her. Debo had a lasting impact not just on Chatsworth but on everything she touched and everyone she met; I was lucky enough to work for and with her over more than 20 years and in this lecture I pay tribute to an astonishing life.
Web site designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training.