Zooming Through the Autumn
               On-line Courses
   September 2022 ~ December 2022

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Your Zoom Season Pass
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In order to make "Zooming Through the Autumn" on-line term as flexible as possible, we are again offering a single payment "season pass" which will entitle you to join any or all of the spring sessions below. The Spring Zoom Season Pass costs just £25 for members or £35 for non-members*.


* To pay for the lectures as a non-member select the arrow in the white box opposite to this text, then on the drop-down menu select the non-member price of £35, next select "Buy Lectures" and follow the prompts.


Note:- The non-member price of £35 means you get the Spring Zoom Season Pass and Guild Membership, entitling you to member discounted prices for all our other autumn and future spring term courses until the end of April 2022.


After receipt of payment you will receive a joining invite to each individual session which contains a session ID, password and internet link.

Note: These invites are usually sent out on the preceding day of each course.

Charles Halle & Democratisation of Classical Music
Tutor: Steve Millward

Wednesday 28th September 2022

10.00 am - 12.00 pm

At the start of the nineteenth century, social and political changes meant that what we now know as classical music was no longer the property of the elite.  The new middle class – and many in the working class – were now eager to hear the works of the masters.  The German immigrant Charles Halle made it his business to satisfy that need and in the process created an orchestra whose fame transcended Manchester and still flourishes today.

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Difficult People

Creina and Frank Vigon will lead a 4 week course – 2 sessions each (not sharing sessions) about ‘Difficult People’ in literature and Art/Politics

Creina Mansfield:

We often say that we need to sympathise with a novel’s central character.  But if this is true, why do novelists ever write about awkward, irritating or nasty people?  In 2 zoom lectures, Creina will talk about:

‘The Prince of West End Avenue’ (l944 by Alan Isler) & ‘A Confederacy of Dunces (l980) by John Kennedy Toole

Frank Vigon:

For his two sessions,  Frank  will look at Vladimir Putin and Enoch Powell

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The British Music Hall
Tutor: Steve Millward

Wednesday 16th November 2022

10.00am - 12.00pm 

Music Hall was the dominant form of popular entertainment in Britain from the mid-nineteenth century until the First World War.  Halls varied widely in size and glamour and attracted all echelons of society.  It is here we find the source of 21st century popular culuture.  Steve Millward will explore the origins and growth of the Music Hall, describe and discuss venues – both national and local – and explore the careers of some of its biggest stars.

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