3rd April The National Geographical SocietyExhibition Road. London SW7 The Kensington & Chelsea Women’s ClubLecture-recitalPaintings inspired by Music and Music Inspired by paintings

Peter Medhurst discusses a range of related works, bringing together the music of 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 am

https://www.kcwc.org.uk/

7th April The Leys School Theatre

Cambridge

CB2 7AD

Cams DFAS

Fingerprinting Beethoven

10.30am – 4.00pm

Peter Medhurst | presenter

Rob Norman | musical direction

Peter Medhurst | bass-baritone

Conrad Muck | violin

Rob Norman | violin

Dominic Moore | viola

Zofia Lodygowska | cello

Jeremy Limb | piano

The musical fingerprints of Beethoven are stamped firmly on all of his works and are as recognizable to the ear as, for example, the brushstrokes of Monet are to the eye. And yet, explaining why Beethoven sounds like Beethoven is a little trickier than might at first appear since he shared so many traits and similarities with the music of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and other contemporaries. With a first class team of musicians, the study day highlights the complexities and wonders of Beethoven’s music.

Tickets

CAMDFAS Members: Early bookings £30.Tickets can be purchased at our monthly meetings, or be reserved via email from Wendy Abbot at bedouins9@hotmail.com

GOGS Members early booking £30 from rodaj@me.com

Public Booking – reserved seating – from 1st January 2014 @ £35 from www.boxoffice.theleys.net

(£30 for Groups of 10 or more – contact rodaj@me.com)

8th April Durrent House Hotel

Heywood Road, Northam, North Devon

EX39 3QB

Lecture-recitalPaintings inspired by Music and Music Inspired by paintingsPeter Medhurst discusses a range of related works, bringing together the music of 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.

2.00 pm

Information: 01237 423773

9th April Dartington Hall

Dartington, Devon

TQ9 6DE

Lecture-recital & study afternoonPaintings inspired by Music and Music Inspired by paintingsPeter Medhurst discusses a range of related works, bringing together the music of 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 am & 2.00 pm

Tickets and information: 01803 782018

10th April Tarporley Centre

High Street, Tarporley, Cheshire

CW6 0AY

Lecture –recitalVermeer – the musical picturesThe 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.

1.30 pm

Contect: 01829 751613

11th April New Church House

St. Mary’s Welwyn, Herts

Study dayPaintings inspired by Music and Music Inspired by paintingsPeter Medhurst discusses a range of related works, bringing together the music of 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 am – 3.30 pm

http://www.welwyngardendfas.org.uk/outings2014.html

14th April The Lecture HallRAF Museum CosfordCosford, Shifnal, Shropshire

TF11 8UP

 

Lecture-recitalPaintings inspired by Music and Music Inspired by paintingsPeter Medhurst discusses a range of related works, bringing together the music of 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.

2.00 pm

http://www.wrekindfas.org.uk/Lectures/FutureCalendar.aspx

15th April Ashford-in-the Water Memorial Institute

Ashford, Bakewell, Derbyshire

DE45 1QA

Study dayPaintings inspired by Music and Music Inspired by paintingsPeter Medhurst discusses a range of related works, bringing together the music of 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 am – 3.30 pm

http://www.cavendishnadfas.org.uk/cdfas-studydays.html

16th April The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

G2 3NY

Lecture –recitalGlasgow Antique SocietyVermeer – 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.

1o.30 am

22nd April Amersham Festival

The King’s Church,

Raans Road, Amersham

HP6 6LX

Study dayThe English ConnectionIt is arguable that when Vaughan Williams discovered the little folk song ’Dives and Lazarus’ in 1893, he also discovered the key to unlocking his own musical genius, a genius that can not only be heard in his ’Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus’ of 1939, but also in ’A Sea Symphony’, ’The Lark Ascending’, and ’On Wenlock Edge’ – all works featured in this year’s Festival. On this study day, Peter Medhurst discusses and analyses these remarkable compositions – as well as other early 20th century English works – and shows how at a low ebb in British music, Vaughan Williams and his contemporaries once again put our native music back on the musical map of the world.

11.30 am – 4.00 pm

http://www.amershamfestival.org/event_14.04.22.html

1st  May Trinity Arts Centre

Trinity Street, Gainsborough

DN21 2AL

Lecture-recitalI am the very model: Parody and Satire in the Operas of Gilbert and SullivanThe lecture-recital explores how each of Gilbert and Sullivan’s 14 operas drew inspiration from the world in which they lived.

1.40 pm

http://e-voice.org.uk/gdfas/monthly-lecture-programme/

7th -13th May Tour to Delft Knole DFAS17th Century Art and Music in Delft with Peter MedhurstSix nights/seven days

http://petermedhurst.com/tours/delft-6-13-may-2014/

16th May Babbercombe Theatre

Babbercombe, Nr Torquay, Devon

Sea Fever

Sea Fever is an exploration of Music, Art and Literature which has been inspired by the sea. With 72% of the earth covered by the five great oceans, the world of the arts overflows with magnificent responses to the sea, ranging from Debussy’s La Mer and Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to Turner’s seascapes and Freddie Mercury’s Seaside Rendezvous.

So, with music to the fore, and with an outstanding team of musicians and readers, Peter Medhurst draws together the various strands of ‘sea inspired works’ from all areas of the arts, to present an unforgettable day, enhanced by Babbacombe’s and Torquay’s magnificent seaside setting.

Hosted and introduced by  Peter Medhurst | bass-baritone

The artistes

Hannah Gordon* | reader

Philip Salmon  | tenor

Linda Howarth | flute

Jeremy Limb  | piano

Tickets: £52.50 or £50 for groups of 10 & over, or £39.50 restricted view.

Box Office:  0333 666 3366 or 0844 870 0887 or online at TicketSource.

*acting commitments permitting

Promotion video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHxLoZq68ys

20th May Harold Road Study Day 1

The influence of Vivaldi on the Music of JS Bach

It was the publication, in 1711, of Vivaldi’s Twelve Concertos Op 3 that finally put the Venetian composer’s name on the musical map of Europe and established him as one of the greatest concerto writers of all time.  Interestingly, it was through the study and synthesis of these concertos that Bach brought his own music to an entirely new level, and as Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians observes: ‘ . . it was Vivaldi who exercised what was probably the most lasting and distinctive influence on Bach  . . . [drawing] from Vivaldi his clear melodic contours, the sharp outline of his outer parts, [and] his motoric and rhythmic conciseness . . . . The study day looks closely at Bach’s enormous debt to Vivaldi (and other Italian composers) and shows how Italian musical technique lies at the heart of what we recognise today as Bach’s distinctive German musical voice.

Works discussed include: Bach’s Italian Concerto, Violin Concerto in D minor, Concerto for Organ in A minor, Concerto for Four Harpsichords in Am, Arias from the Cantatas and The St Matthew Passion.

10.30 am – 5.00 pm

Mailing list members only

21st May The Harborough Theatre

Church Square, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

LE16 7NB

Lecture-recitalPatience: Gilbert & Sullivan’s aesthetic operaThe lecture examines the history, construction, reception and the contemporary satire found in Patience – arguably Gilbert and Sullivan’s most successful work.  There will also be a chance to hear a number of the arias from the opera sung live from the piano.

2.00 pm

http://harboroughdfas.org.uk/Lectures/FutureCalendar.aspx

26th May Freie Universität BerlinFritz-Haber-Villa, Faradayweg 8, 14195 Berlin, (U3 Thielplatz, Bus M11 Hittorfstrasse) Lecture-recitalI am the very model: Parody and Satire in the Operas of Gilbert and SullivanThe lecture-recital explores how each of Gilbert and Sullivan’s 14 operas drew inspiration from the world in which they lived.

8 pm Doors open for the sale of wine and soft drinks from 7.30 pm.

Berlin BRIDFAS

Enquiries to Ursula Fortune: Telephone: 030 / 833 71 63

11th June The Freight House

Bradley Way, Rochford

SS4 1BU

Recital

 

“The Course of True Love . . . ”

Peter Medhurst | bass-baritone & piano

Philip Salmon | tenor

 

Although Shakespeare once remarked of love that ‘it is an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken’ he also suggested that ‘the course of true love never did run smooth’.  Inspired by these ideas, Peter Medhurst and Philip Salmon present a mixed and varied programme of songs and duets that range from the 16th to the 21st centuries..

 

Music includes:  I saw My Lady Weep – J Dowland, A Dialogue upon a Kiss – H Lawes, Pious Celinda – H Purcell, Sweeter than Roses – H Purcell, She Never Told Her Love – J Haydn, O Mistress Mine – E Humperdinck, The Sally Gardens – I Gurney, Tell Me the Truth about Love – B Britten, Brush up Your Shakespeare – Cole Porter, The Bindweed and the Honeysuckle – Flanders & Swann

Thames Estuary DFAS Special Event

12th June Christ Church

Ireton Road, Colchester

CO3 3AT

Lecture-recitalVenice in 18th century London: Venetian Influences on English Music and CultureAs 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.

10.30 am

http://www.colchesterdfas.org.uk/

13th – 19th June Tour to Vienna North West Norfolk DFAShttp://petermedhurst.com/tours/vienna-13-18-june-2014-north-west-norfolk-dfas/

http://www.nwnorfolkdfas.org.uk/Tours/FutureTours.aspx

24th June Benenden Village Hall

The Street, Benenden, Kent

TN17 4DY

Lecture-recitalVenice in 18th century London: Venetian Influences on English Music and CultureAs 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.

10.45 am

High Weald DFAS

http://www.highwealddfas.org.uk/events-3/events-2/

25th June Mananan International Festival of Music and Arts

Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man

Dissecting PurcellIllustrated Lecture by Peter Medhurst

 

Musical Performance illustrated with digital images & scores

http://erinart9.wix.com/events#!mananan_festival/c1a4e

26th June Apsley Guise Hall

Woburn Lane, Apsley Guise

MK17 8RW

In the Wake of HandelLecture-recitalPeter 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’.

7.30 pm

Information: 01908 584009