Special Interest Days 2015

These days are held in Borwick and Priest Hutton Memorial Hall and are led by experts in their fields.  Subjects recently studied include: The Grand Tour, Be Your Own Art Detective; A Passion for Tea; Byzantine Mosaics; Artists and the Landscape; English Churches. These events have proved to be both popular and informative

Tea, coffee and a full lunch are provided as part of the days.Places for these events are usually limited, and therefore early booking is advised.

In 2015 we have two special interest days. 

 Wednesday 21 January 2015

Music Inspired by Paintings

Study day led by Peter Medhurst

Peter Medhurst was born of German and English parents, and did his musical training at the Royal College of Music where he studied singing, organ, composition and music history. He also studied singing and early keyboard instruments at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. His work as singer, pianist and lecturer-recitalist has taken him all over the world.

This study day, which spans over 600 years of the arts, analyses and discusses a range of related works, bringing together the music of Martinů with the frescoes of Piero della Francesca, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus with Respighi’s Trittico botticelliano, Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead with Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem, and Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie with the piano playing of Albert Ammons. It certainly  promises to be a sumptuous Study Day!

The study day is presented with digital images, video, recorded music and live examples sung and played at the piano.



Tuesday 10 November 2015


Study day led by Christopher Bradley

Chris Bradley has travelled extensively in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, initially as a civil engineer then as an adventure tour leader author and consultant. He is a writer, photographer, film-maker, lecturer and tour leader, specialising in the Middle East and North Africa. He has written and photographed the Berlitz Guides to Oman, Abu Dhabi, Libya, Cairo, Egypt Red Sea and Nile Cruising, as well as the Discovery Guide to Yemen. He has contributed to the Insight Guides to The Silk Road, Egypt and Travel Photography.

The Silk Road is the greatest trade route the world has ever known. As well as carrying precious goods, it was also the highway for expanding religions and new art forms. It connected the West and East by linking traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads, and urban dwellers from China and India to the Mediterranean Sea during various periods of time. 

This study day will guide you along the route from East to West in three sessions: China and the East, Central Asia and finally The Levant and Near East. Along the way you will see traditional murals, ceramics, statues, carpets, architecture, mosaics, tile-work, rock carvings and , of course, silk itself.