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18 Oct 2021 - We Are Amused! Victorian leisure – from parlour to the seaside, via the nursery

Join Betchworth Fine Arts Society on Monday 18th October 2021 at 2.30pm for We Are Amused! Victorian leisure – from parlour to the seaside, via the nursery.  Presented by Bertie Pearce.

Even though ‘work’ was the bedrock of Victorian progress and improvement, Queen Victoria’s reign saw the greatest upsurge in leisure pursuits ever witnessed. People earned more money and worked shorter hours than ever before and with the birth of the Railways and a desire to be health conscious it was a golden age for the art of entertaining oneself and being an amateur in the true sense of the word. Bertie’s talk celebrates a pre-television age when the ability to amuse and entertain was paramount.

Presented by Bertie Pearce, much loved Arts Society lecture
The lecture is free for members – do come as a visitor for £5. All you need is a PC, laptop or tablet, a comfy chair and your favourite tipple! To book your place please email Pat Frankland or call Pat on 01737 842028.

Location: Virtual - Via Zoom
Contact: See above details

15 Nov 2021 - The Genius of Antonio Stradivari


Join Betchworth Fine Arts Society
on Monday 15th November 2021 at 2.30pm for

The Genius of Antonio Stradivari

Presented by Toby Faber

Two hundred and fifty years after Antonio Stradivari’s death, his violins and cellos remain the most highly prized instruments in the world. Loved by great musicians and capable of fetching fabulous sums when sold, their tone and beauty are legendary. Every subsequent violin-maker has tried to match them. Not one has succeeded. How can that be? This lecture explores that central mystery by following some of Stradivari’s instruments from his workshop to the present day. Happily this coincides with a new film on general release ‘Falling for Stradivari’.

Toby Faber is a non-executive director of Faber and Faber and Chairman of its sister company Faber Music, but he spends most of his time writing, with two books published to date – one on the violin-maker Antonio Stradivari, the other on the Imperial Easter Eggs made by Carl Fabergé. He is a trustee of Yale University Press (UK) and an executive director of the Copyright Licensing Agency.

The lecture is free for members – do come as a visitor for £5. All you need is a PC, laptop or tablet, a comfy chair and your favourite tipple!

To book your place please email Pat Frankland or call Pat on 01737 842028.

Location: Virtual - Via Zoom
Contact: See above details

 

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