The Life and Songs of Franz Schubert – Special Interest Day with Elizabeth Muir Lewis and Nicolas Chisholm
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am

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Come and join us for a special interest day on the 26th July.  The special event will showcase the great composer and his wonderful songs (he wrote over 600) co-presented by Elizabeth Muir-Lewis and Nicolas Chisholm. This will be chance to follow the compelling life story of Schubert who came from obscurity to finally receive recognition as a brilliant composer who now sits alongside the greats.  The day will also showcase some of his exquisite repertoire of songs and the fascinating stories behind them.

Elizabeth and Nicolas will bring incredible insight into this brilliant composer.  Elizabeth, having studied Lieder in Vienna, learnt about the wonders of the great German genre of song with a particular focus on Schubert.   As both a singer and a lecturer, Elizabeth is ideally skilled to bring this wonderful realm of music to life.  Likewise, Nicolas is a fine and extremely versatile musician who has sung many of Schubert’s extraordinary song cycles.  Together they will ensure that you enjoy an enlightening day. An amazing journey that can be shared by all!


Coffee and Registration                                                                                  11.00am

First Lecture – the life and unfolding creativity of Schubert                  11.30am – 1pm

Break for lunch (not provided suggest Towner cafe).                               1pm – 2pm

Second Lecture – the songs of Schubert                                                     2pm – 3.30pm

Special Interest day ends                                                                                3.30pm


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The Great Exhibition by Dr Prasannajit De Silva
Nov 8 @ 2:30 pm


The Great Exhibition of 1851 (sometimes known as the Crystal Palace due to Paxton’s cast iron and plate clad structure) took place in Hyde Park from 1st May to 15th October 1851.The brain child of Prince Albert, its format, scale, profits and visitor numbers was unprecedented and proved to be the first in a series of World Fairs showcasing the very best of commerce and industry.

The Great Exhibition is widely regarded as a grand statement of Victorian technological prowess, but it actually took place against a background of widespread concern about the state of industrial design in Britain.  So, what were the real aims of those behind the Exhibition?  Why was it such a huge success at the time?  And what was its lasting impact?

Dr Prasannajit De Silva is an art historian, university lecturer and accredited Arts Society speaker.