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Library Lectures 2024


The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library will present a series of four lectures in Spring 2024.

All lectures will take place on Zoom, and will be priced at £5 each or £15 for the whole series.

Stephen Rowley
Sticks, Bells and Baldrics: Ball de Bastons – a Catalan tradition evolving with the times

Tuesday 16 January 2024 | 7.30pm

Stephen Rowley examines the history and contemporary survival of a Catalan dance form which has much in common with morris dancing, showing how the folk music and dance community can work together to ensure the continuation of tradition.

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Frances Wilkins
Seinn Spioradail: Sacred soundscapes of Scotland’s Highland and Island communities

Tuesday 13 February 2024 | 7.30pm

Frances Wilkins shares the findings of her project
on singing and belief in the Gaelic tradition of the West Highlands and Western Isles.

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Adèle Commins
Shaping and controlling tradition: Charles Villiers Stanford’s contributions to the preservation and reworking of folk melodies

Tuesday 12 March 2024 | 7.30pm

In the centenary of his death, Adèle Commins highlights the use of folk melodies in the music of Stanford, his involvement with the Folk Song Society, and his contribution to debates on folk music in education at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Nigel Tallis
Seeing music: George Scharf and the street musicians of London

Tuesday 16 April 2024 | 7.30pm

Nigel Tallis introduces the work of Bavarian expat artist George Scharf (1788-1860), which depicts the music and dance of Georgian London’s streets, and may hint at the origins of some of English folk culture’s traditional beasts.

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Watch selected past Library Lectures on YouTube