Events

Dec
10
Fri
Whatever Happened to Christmas? by The Dowager Lady Crabtree
Dec 10 @ 2:30 pm

Whatever Happened to Christmas?

If you remember when we had tangerines at Christmas and made paper chains; when cards could be posted on Christmas Eve and were delivered on Christmas Day; when people knew the story of the Nativity and didn’t think “Frosty the Snowman” was a carol…and when the only thing you did early was make the Christmas cake…. you might identify with Lady Crabtree’s latest talk of a time when Christmas was special.

Lady Crabtree will air her views on the modern festive season; her loathing of “round robin” letters; cards that say,’ Happy Holiday’ and people who put up decorations in November. She will reveal some of the worst gifts that she has received and will share her tips for sending cards to people that you don’t like as well as how to dispose of unwanted items during December. With her wry humour and often poignant observations, plus the occasional monologue, Lady Crabtree will ask: Whatever happened to Christmas?

Tickets  for this event are now sold out, but I do have a short waiting list. If any ticket holder advises me that they will not be able to attend, we will offer the space to those on the waiting list.  Tickets will be emailed, unless a SAE is sent. For events at the Towner Art Gallery, tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

To book tickets, please download the ticket order form.

Ticket Order Form for Autumn 2021 Lectures.

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906.

 

Jan
14
Fri
Casts of Thousands of art works: British 19th century collecting of plaster casts by Dr Helen Rufus-Ward
Jan 14 @ 2:30 pm

 

Casts of Thousands: nineteenth century collecting of plaster casts

From the 18th century there was a widespread interest in collecting plaster casts of classical sculpture and important architectural monuments. Surviving collections (Cast Court V&A) reveals the scope of this collecting: medieval effigies, sarcophagi, carved gemstones, seals, bronzes, brasses, coins, medals, ivories and even textiles!  Helen has published two articles on this theme with another due out in October 2022.  It’s much more exciting that it sounds!

Dr Helen Rufus-Ward is a published art historian and university lecturer.

Tickets are available for this event. Please click the link below for a PDF order form, which can be filled in by hand and posted to Eastbourne Arts Circle with a cheque or card details.  Tickets will be emailed, unless a SAE is sent. For events at the Locker Room in the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre, which is being used by us while the Towner Art Gallery has the builders working inside,  tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

To book tickets, please download the ticket order form.

Eastbourne Arts Circle Ticket Booking Form SPRING 2022

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906. (Best time to call is after 5pm weekdays or anytime at weekends.)

Jan
28
Fri
An Orchestra in Sussex: The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra by Nicolas Chisholm MBE
Jan 28 @ 2:30 pm

The Brighton Philharmonic has been bringing amazing concerts to music lovers all along the South coast and beyond for almost 100 years. Some of the world’s greatest musicians have been associated with it during that time and it is now one of the last regional professional orchestras. Nicolas Chisholm relates how a local music teacher founded an orchestra for her son to conduct and such was its success that she was soon able to invite Sir Thomas Beecham to be President of it.

Nicolas Chisholm retired as Chairman of the Orchestra in 2019 just before the Pandemic, having steered it through six challenging years. He is therefore uniquely placed to talk about its development, its highs and lows.

Nicolas Chisholm was a choral scholar at St John’s College Cambridge where he graduated with a degree in Classics. After a spell in Chichester Cathedral Choir he became Head of Classics at Hurstpierpoint College, continuing to sing professionally throughout the South of England. Before retirement in 2010 he was Headmaster of the Yehudi Menuhin School for 22 years when he was awarded an MBE for services to music education. He is currently a governor of St Paul’s Girl’s School and Chairman of the Baroque Collective.

Tickets are available for this event. Please click the link below for a PDF order form, which can be filled in by hand and posted to Eastbourne Arts Circle with a cheque or card details.  Tickets will be emailed, unless a SAE is sent. For events at the Locker Room in the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre, which is being used by us while the Towner Art Gallery has the builders working inside,  tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

To book tickets, please download the ticket order form.

Eastbourne Arts Circle Ticket Booking Form SPRING 2022

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906. (Best time to call is after 5pm weekdays or anytime at weekends.)

 

Feb
11
Fri
Talent, Wit, Buffoonery: George IV’s life, loves and tastes by Dr Alexandra Loske
Feb 11 @ 2:30 pm

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

PLEASE NOTE: The date of this event is shown incorrectly in the EASTBOURNE ARTS CIRCLE magazine.

2020 marked the 200th anniversary of George IV becoming King (although he wasn’t crowned until 1821). He is arguably the greatest collector in British royal history, and we owe him much for the splendour and sparkle in the Royal Collection, as well as several magnificent and sometimes baffling buildings and interiors. Perhaps the greatest expression of his excitable and creative mind is his oriental fantasy palace, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Alexandra Loske will introduce this complex and much criticised of British monarchs, from his privileged upbringing to his difficult relationship with his father, to the influence of several strong-minded women on his tastes, including his mother Queen Charlotte and his sisters at Frogmore House. The talk will finish with a look at what has recently been happening at the Pavilion, such as the complete restoration of one of the most magnificent state rooms, a very special royal visit, and the temporary return from the Royal Collection of many of the original decorative objects that were in the building in in the 1820s but were removed by Queen Victoria in the 1840s.

Dr Alexandra Loske is a German-born art historian and curator at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton specialising in late 18th century and early 19th century European art and architecture.  Alexandra has lectured and published widely.

With regret, we must inform patrons that this event is now sold out. Please contact Sir Philip Anson for details of our waiting list. For events at the Locker Room in the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre, which is being used by us while the Towner Art Gallery has the builders working inside,  tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events, all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906. (Best time to call is after 5pm weekdays or anytime at weekends.)

 

Mar
11
Fri
Henry Purcell: his baroque music and the art of the time by Nicolas Chisholm MBE and Elizabeth Muir-Lewis
Mar 11 @ 2:00 pm

Henry Purcell by John Closterman

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

NOTE: Early start time of 2.00pm for this event.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) is without doubt one of England’s earliest and greatest musical giants. Nicolas Chisholm and Elizabeth Muir-Lewis will explore his life, times and music compositions revealing why his work is so glorious yet under appreciated.  To set Purcell into the context of the 17th century Helen Rufus-Ward will illustrate the richness of the art of the baroque period.  Clearly this is a period where music and art came together in such splendid harmony.

Nicolas Chisholm was a choral scholar at St John’s College Cambridge where he graduated with a degree in Classics. After a spell in Chichester Cathedral Choir, he became Head of Classics at Hurstpierpoint College, continuing to sing professionally throughout the South of England. Before retirement in 2010 he was Headmaster of the Yehudi Menuhin School for 22 years when he was awarded an MBE for services to music education. He is currently a governor of St Paul’s Girl’s School and Chairman of the Baroque Collective.

Elizabeth Muir-Lewis was a professional singer and later a conductor. Following graduation from The Royal College of Music, she joined Glyndebourne where she sang small parts and sang major understudies. Later, she went to Vienna on a Caird Scholarship to study Lieder at the Vienna Conservatoire. Her work took her to Europe, America and in the UK, including the BBC, The Three Choirs Festival, and numerous recital venues. She founded the Eastbourne Choral Society, conducting it, and taking it on three European tours. For six years she ran the “Camerata” recitals, In association with The Royal Academy of Music, where she is a judge and a trust set up by her finances The Richard Lewis Award annually. She was honoured with a, Hon ARAM and a Hon Fram by the Academy in recognition of her work for them.

With regret, we must inform patrons that this event is now sold out. Please contact Sir Philip Anson for details of our waiting list. For events at the Locker Room in the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre, which is being used by us while the Towner Art Gallery has the builders working inside,  tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events, all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906. (Best time to call is after 5pm weekdays or anytime at weekends.)

Apr
21
Thu
Patrick Keefe sings the glories of English Song, and popular operatic arias
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm

NOTE: Start time is 5.00pm

Come and join us at the Hydro to experience an exciting new star of the opera world before he debuts at Glyndebourne in 2023. This outstanding young baritone is a rising star in the operatic, oratorio and song world. His vocal achievements are impressive…..Holland Park Opera, won first prize in the Richard Lewis singing competition, second prize in the Pavarotti competition. He has sung with the BBC Symphony at the Barbican, and next year makes his debut at Glyndebourne.  Eastbourne Arts Circle are lucky to have this fine singer at the beginning of his career. A major event in our town.

Patrick Keefe graduated Oxford University with a Batchelor’s degree in Music and a master’s degree in Composition. He started a DPhil at Oxford but left as he was advised by music professionals to concentrate on his singing. He remains active as a composer, and he hopes to resume his DPhil in the future. He has performed in a great many prestigious venues, including performing with the BBC Singers and the London Symphony Chorus.

Tickets are available for this event. Please click the link below for a PDF order form, which can be filled in by hand and posted to Eastbourne Arts Circle with a cheque or card details.  Tickets will be emailed, unless a SAE is sent. For events at the Locker Room in the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre, which is being used by us while the Towner Art Gallery has the builders working inside,  tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

To book tickets, please download the ticket order form.

Eastbourne Arts Circle Ticket Booking Form SPRING 2022

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906. (Best time to call is after 5pm weekdays or anytime at weekends.)