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19th Century Classical Song View details

This 5-week course will provide an introduction to the 19th century Classical Song, exploring the European "art song" genre, including the German 'lied' (Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Strauss) ; the French 'mélodie' (Berlioz, Fauré, Duparc, Chausson); and the Italian Art Song (Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti).

20C English Music Renaissance View details

The beginning of the 20th.century saw a flourishing of English music that had not been seen for over 100 years. Not only the big three - Elgar, Holst and Vaughan Williams - but many others added to the riches that appeared in orchestral, vocal, choral and chamber music of the period. This course will study in some depth this English musical renaissance, starting in 1899 with Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and tracing its development through the time of Edward VII, World War I, and George V, culminating in 1934 with the deaths of Elgar, Holst and Delius. Well-known works will be studied in detail, as well as an exploration of the lesser-known repertoire. It is hoped that students will end the course with a wider musical knowledge of this period and a desire to explore further this vast treasury of English music. Each session will include many audio/video extracts for listening enjoyment and discussion.

20th Century Art Movements View details

The 20th century saw a proliferation of new art movements, many of which still have the power to shock and provoke today. Explore the development of art movements such as Cubism and Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism and Pop Art through close study of the artists and the works that shaped the 20th century.

20th Century British Art and Design View details

British 20c art is as complex and contradictory as British history, responding to international art, retreating to the English landscape. Course themes include responses to the horror of WWI, quirky English Surrealism and elegiac Neo-Romanticism. We end with Lucien Freud’s painterly nudes and David Hockney in 1960s America.

20th Century London View details

This new course explores a momentous epoch in London's history which saw the death of Queen Victoria, huge social change and urban expansion. The Victorians had built railways and sewers; 20th century London created new tube networks and mushrooming suburbs, 'Metroland'. Along the Great West Road, 'hi-tech' industries developed such as Hoover. Ocean vessels embarked from massive new docks such as the King George V and, at the cutting edge of technology, passenger planes took off from Croydon and Heston airports. The BBC harnessed the airwaves to communicate directly with the peoples of the world. After the upheaval and destruction of two world wars, the old Victorian certainties gave way to the new challenges and protests of the 1960s. Traditional values were questioned and a new society emerged, characterised by youth culture, multiculturalism, and 'Swinging London'.

50,000 Years of Australian Art View details

From the rock art of Kakadu to the Sydney Opera House the “eye” of artists Aboriginal, European and Australian is fascinating to explore, deeply influenced by the landscape of this vast continent. We will explore the art of the first Australians - Aboriginal artists - past and present, the fatal impact of Cook and the first Europeans, the art of wool and gold in 19thc and Modern and Contemporary art and architecture.

A Beginner's Guide to Archaeology View details

Seen archaeological excavations in the news? Want to know more about how archaeology works? This course is for you. We will look at how archaeologists know where to dig, what methods they use, how they know how old something is, and more. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed.

A Beginner's Guide to Homeopathy View details

This term we will be expanding on previous work but new beginners are also welcome. We will be looking at some very big homeopathic remedies that you will recognise in your family members. We will also be looking at the fascinating idea of Miasms, and how big chronic diseases of the past can leave their mark.

A Beginner's Guide to Homeopathy View details

This course is an extension of last term although it is also suitable for beginners. We will continue to practice taking cases, learning new remedies and discussing health and disease issues.

A Brief History of the English Garden View details

This course explores the history of the English garden starting with the Roman villa garden through to the small modern garden today. The course will cover the following different periods of garden history: medieval, Tudor, Dutch, The English Landscape Movement, Victorian and 'Dig for Victory' garden. We`ll assess design, plants and famous gardeners for each period.