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

Payment 2022
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 autumn sessions below. The Autumn Zoom Season Pass costs just £15 for members or £25 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 £25, next select "Buy Lectures" and follow the prompts.


Note:- The non-member price of £25 means you get the Autumn 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 2023.


All Zoom courses  in this term have been completed.

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 Hallé & 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 Hallé made it his business to satisfy that need and in the process created an orchestra whose fame transcended Manchester and still flourishes today.

This course  has been completed.

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Difficult People
Tutors: Creina Mansfield & Frank Vigon

Monday 3rd. 10th, 17th & 24th October 2022

10.00 am - 12.00 pm

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?  Creina will discuss three novels within which those unsympathetic characters play a central part.

For his part, Frank will look at actual awkward, irritating or nasty people.  The majority of these characters either possessed, or in the case of Putin, does possess all three characteristics

Monday 3rd October 10-12pm


Frank Vigon (2 hours)


Monday 10th October 10-12pm

A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES (1980) by John Kennedy O’Toole

Creina Mansfield (2 hours)


Monday 17th October 10-12pm


Frank Vigon (1 hour)

THE PRINCE OF WEST END AVENUE (1994) by Alan Isler (1 hour)

Creina Mansfield (1 hour)

Monday 24th October 10-12pm


Frank Vigon (1 hour)

THE BOOK OF EVIDENCE (1989) by John Banville

Creina Mansfield  (one hour)

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This course  has been completed.

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Lee Miller (1907-1977): Photographer and witness to the early 20th Century
Tutor: Kevin Harrison

Wednesday 2nd November 2022

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm

Born into a wealthy New York family, Miller chose to lead a highly unconventional life, knowing everyone that counted in the world of fashion and art.  She was a phenomenon: fashion model, judged by some as the most beautiful woman in the world; professional photographer, running successful photographic studios in New York, Paris and Cairo. She was one of the first journalists to record and awaken the world to Nazi atrocities in the camps. In her later years she married an Englishman and became a noted gourmet cook and writer.  A life well lived with passion and achievement.

This course  has been completed.

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The Battle of Waterloo 1815: A German Victory!
Tutor: Tim Cockitt

Monday 7th November 2022

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm

Waterloo in 1815 was a decisive battle, as it brought the Napoleonic wars to an end.  It was Wellington’s greatest victory, but also a “near run thing”.  Controversies continue to this day, including the claim that the battle is better described as a German victory.

The talk will cover the rise of Napoleon, the Waterloo campaign, and the significance and consequences of the battle.  Also included will be a mad Prussian General, that Abba song, false teeth, and more…..


This course  has been completed.

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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.

This course  has been completed.

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Vaughan Williams & Verse: A 150th Anniversary Celebration
Tutor: Rosemary Broadbent

Wednesday 23rd & 30th November 2022

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm 

Ralph Vaughan Williams was born in October 1872, and his 150th anniversary year is an appropriate time to celebrate one of his many achievements: his great sensitivity to setting English verse to music.  Art song of the nineteenth century had been dominated by German and French composers and their native poetry.  Vaughan Williams was a gentle advocate of all things English – although broad-minded enough to take lessons from both Max Bruch and Maurice Ravel.  His experiences as a collector of folksongs had an indelible effect on the sound of his music for the rest of his life.


The first session (Wednesday 23rd November) will explore the solo songs of his earlier years, centering on the ever-popular Songs of Travel (1901-1904), The second session (Wednesday 30th November) will examine the composer’s atmospheric setting of Shakespeare in the Serenade to Music (1938).  This work, borne out of the friendships of a long musical life, also sheds light on a philosophical tradition in music which travels back via Shakespeare to Renaissance Italy and even to Plato – yet it remains quintessentially English.


This course  has been completed.

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