3rd April Music Auditorium

St Leonard’s School

St Andrews,

Scotland

Study Day

Paintings inspired by Music and Music Inspired by paintings

It has long been recognised that the worlds of the visual and aural arts link with extraordinary power when one medium inspires the other.  This study day, which spans over 600 years of the arts, analyses and discusses a range of related works, bringing together the music of Martinu with the frescoes of Piero della Francesca, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus with Respighi’s Trittico botticelliano, Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead with Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem, and Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie with the piano playing of Albert Ammons.

10.30 – 3.30

Information and Mrs I Constable 10334 473356

9th – 15th April Tour to Delft The Art of Vermeer and the music of the 17th century Low Countries

A week’s tour visiting art galleries, museums and private houses to explore the culture of the 17th century Low Countries

For full details click on the link below:

http://petermedhurst.com/tours/delft-9-15-april-2012/

 

Tour organisers: Travel Editions

 

Bookings may be made through Mrs Carol Knowles, telephone 01328 738766

or email: brian.knowles@homecall.co.uk

16th April Crofton Halls

Orpington, Kent

The Romantic Spirit: music and the arts of early 19th century Germany

 

It was largely due to the impact of the Napoleonic wars that Germany finally established an artistic and cultural identity and became one of the leading figures in the early 19th century Romantic Movement.  Peter Medhurst explores the effects that these wars had on writers, artists and musicians, including Goethe, Friedrich, Weber & Mendelssohn.

Music performed will include: excerpts from Der Frieschütz – CM von Weber, Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär – Weber, Die beiden Grenadiere – R Schumann, Bei der Wiege – F Mendelssohn, extracts from An die ferne Geliebte – L van Beethoven

2.00 pm

http://www.nkdfas.org/index.html

17th April East Dean & Friston Hall

East Dean, East Sussex

Lecture-recital

And so to Vauxhall . . . .

Drawing on period newspapers and diaries, digital images, and music in the Vauxhall Gardens’ repertoire, Peter Medhurst gives a vivid impression of cultural life at London’s first ‘South Bank’.  Music performed includes: The Lass with the Delicate Air – M Arne, Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind – TA Arne, Hornpipe for Vauxhall 1740 – GF Handel, Allegro from Organ Concerto in C – TA Arne (see recording below), Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill – J Hook, and Farewell to Vauxhall – J Lampe

2.00 pm

http://www.nadfassussexarea.org.uk

18th April Venue TBC Gainsborough & District DFAS, Lincolnshire

Study Day

Paintings inspired by Music and Music Inspired by paintings

It has long been recognised that the worlds of the visual and aural arts link with extraordinary power when one medium inspires the other.  This study day, which spans over 600 years of the arts, analyses and discusses a range of related works, bringing together the music of Martinu with the frescoes of Piero della Francesca, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus with Respighi’s Trittico botticelliano, Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead with Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem, and Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie with the piano playing of Albert Ammons.

Information from E van de Bos 01427 667047

19th April Sevenoaks Centre

Otford Road, Sevenoaks, Kent

Lecture

Vermeer – the musical pictures

The Dutch paintings of the 17th century, which show musical scenes are among the most evocative and best loved of the period.  However, the presence of music in the pictures of Vermeer and his contemporaries goes far beyond mere representation and appears to carry hidden and complex meanings that the viewer must attempt to decode, in order to get to the heart of the picture.  Peter Medhurst discusses in great detail Vermeer’s musical scenes and performs a selection of period songs and keyboard music to complement the pictures.

 

Music includes: Almande prynce ~ Anon, Il ballo del granduca ~ Sweelinck, Allemand ~ Steenwick, Rondo from Abdelazer ~ Purcell, Der Maj – Anon, Heere Keere ~ arr Valerius.

1.45 pm

Information M Blum 01959 526778

21st April All Saints Church

Hastings, East Sussex

Concert

From Byrd to Bach

The Occassionall Singers

conducted by Shirley Carey

with

Grace Constable – soprano

Anne Whiteman – mezzosoprano

Peter Medhurst – bass

 

7.30 pm

Tickets on the door at £8

23rd-30th April Tour to Berlin Music & Art in Berlin and Leipzig

Eight days exploring the musical connections of these two great German cities

See Tour tab above

Organised by Travel Editions

8th May Sarrat Village Hall

The Green, Sarrat, Herts

Lecture-recital

I am the very model: parody & satire in the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan

 

The operas of Gilbert & Sullivan are rich in contemporary satire and witty personal allusions. The lecture tells how each of the 14 operas, on which the partners collaborated, drew inspiration from the world in which they lived.  As a result, celebrities, politicians, social mores, manners, artistic taste, the class system – even Queen Victoria’s red drawing room at Windsor Castle – are poked fun at.

 

The lecture relates how the then first Lord of the Admiralty, WH Smith, became the model for Sir Joseph Porter KCB in HMS Pinafore, how Oscar Wilde inspired Bunthorne – the fleshly poet – in Patience, and how Gilbert himself was the model for the Judge, in Trial By Jury. 

 

11.00 am

http://www.rdfas.org.uk/

10th May Tarporley Centre

Tarporley

Cheshire

In the Wake of Handel

Lecture-recital

Peter Medhurst explores the works of the French sculptor Roubiliac, the paintings of Hudson and Denner, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the novels of Samuel Butler, the Crystal Palace, the chimes of Westminster, as well as compositions by Sullivan and Tippett, to assess the cultural influences Handel had on ‘a nation’, as he once wrote, ‘from whom I have receiv’d so generous a protection’.

1.30 pm

http://www.taddfas.org.uk/

15th May   Harold Study Day 1

Purcell: Ode for St Cecilia 1692

Mailing list members only

16th May Lecture Theatre

Hicks Building, Sheffield University

Lecture-recital

Venice in London: Venetian Influences on English Music and Culture

As the powers of Venice declined in the 18th century, many of its artists and musicians looked for work elsewhere and, perhaps inspired by the many young Englishmen on the Grand Tour, they set their sights on London. Musicians such as Galuppi and Alberti were joined by eminent painters such as Canaletto and Pelligrini, as this Venetian influence infiltrated London.

7.30 pm

http://www.hallamshiredfas.org.uk/

24th May Tower Theatre

NorthRoad, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, CT20 3HL

Lecture

Don Giovanni – Mozart’s Gothick opera

Long before the famous opera appeared in 1787, Don Juan prototypes had appeared in the realms of European fact and fiction.  However, it is Mozart’s Don Giovanni who has become the figurehead for all licentious lovers who meet with a sticky end.  Peter Medhurst plots the history of the opera, and the progress of the Don, to reveal why it is one of the most powerful and brilliant works ever to appear on the stage.

2.30 pm

Information: Mrs T Wallace 01303 260448

29th May   Harold Study Day 2

Beethoven: Fidelio

Mailing list members only

30th May St Peter’s

Limpsfield

Surrey

In the Wake of Handel

Lecture-recital

Peter Medhurst explores  the works of the French sculptor Roubiliac, the paintings of Hudson and Denner, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the novels of Samuel Butler, the Crystal Palace, the chimes of Westminster, as well as compositions by Sullivan and Tippett, to assess the cultural influences Handel had on ‘a nation’, as he once wrote, ‘from whom I have receiv’d so generous a protection’.

2.30 and 8.00 pm

http://www.nadfaseastsurreyarea.org.uk/soc_limpsfield.html

13th June Bolton by Bowland Hall

Lancashire

In the Wake of Handel

Lecture-recital

Peter Medhurst explores  the works of the French sculptor Roubiliac, the paintings of Hudson and Denner, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the novels of Samuel Butler, the Crystal Palace, the chimes of Westminster, as well as compositions by Sullivan and Tippett, to assess the cultural influences Handel had on ‘a nation’, as he once wrote, ‘from whom I have receiv’d so generous a protection’.

10.30 am

Information: Mrs B Smaler 01254 878572

14th June Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Churchill College

Cambridge

In the Wake of Handel

Lecture-recital

Peter Medhurst explores  the works of the French sculptor Roubiliac, the paintings of Hudson and Denner, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the novels of Samuel Butler, the Crystal Palace, the chimes of Westminster, as well as compositions by Sullivan and Tippett, to assess the cultural influences Handel had on ‘a nation’, as he once wrote, ‘from whom I have receiv’d so generous a protection’.

10.45

Information: Mrs J Ball 01638 720975

19th June Cley Hall

Cley, Norfolk

In the Wake of Handel

Lecture-recital

Peter Medhurst explores  the works of the French sculptor Roubiliac, the paintings of Hudson and Denner, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the novels of Samuel Butler, the Crystal Palace, the chimes of Westminster, as well as compositions by Sullivan and Tippett, to assess the cultural influences Handel had on ‘a nation’, as he once wrote, ‘from whom I have receiv’d so generous a protection’.

2.15 pm

Information: Mr D Paton 01263 838396

20th June The Playhouse

Epsom, Surrey

In the Wake of Handel

Lecture-recital

Peter Medhurst explores  the works of the French sculptor Roubiliac, the paintings of Hudson and Denner, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the novels of Samuel Butler, the Crystal Palace, the chimes of Westminster, as well as compositions by Sullivan and Tippett, to assess the cultural influences Handel had on ‘a nation’, as he once wrote, ‘from whom I have receiv’d so generous a protection’.

10.30 am

http://www.epsomdfas.org.uk/

21st June Riddell Hall

Deans Lane, Walton-on-the Hill

Lecture-recital

Music on the Grand Tour

In this lecture, Peter Medhurst takes a look at 18th century Italian music making – the composers, the performers, the musical forms and styles – and determines exactly what it was that drew the musical British travellers south, time and time again.

11.00 am

http://www.waltononthehilldfas.org.uk/

23rd June The Wilderness Club

Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent

Concert

 

Another Hat is Dropped

an evening of music by Flanders and Swan

 

with

Peter Medhurst (bass-baritone & piano)

Philip Salmon (tenor)

Although they met for the first time in 1948, it wasn’t until 1956 that Michael Flanders and Donald Swan started to perform their own songs in public as a double act. They did it extraordinarily successfully.  Peter Medhurst and Philip Salmon – another successful partnership – take a fresh look at the marvellous treasure trove of vocal pieces the creators left behind by presenting a handpicked selection of songs which will include Madeira M’Dear, The Gasman Cometh, Ill Wind, The Slow Train, and P** P* B**** B** D******

Information: Mrs F Parker 07828 944932

27th June St Mary’s Church

Church Road, Barnes, London SW13

South West London DFAS 40th Anniversary Celebrations

Peter Medhurst presents a programme of vocal and keyboard music drawn from the 16th to 19th centuries

7.00 pm

Information 020 8789 0047