Programme 2016-2017

2016

8th September
EVOCATION OF A LOST PARADISE: Schubert’s Last A-major Piano Sonata D.959
by Hugh Petter, Oxford, Visiting Lecturer and Pianist for Cunard, P&O Lines

6th October
SHAKESPEARE IN GERMANY: His Impact on the Age of Goethe and Beyond
by Dr. Ian Roe, Department of German, University of Reading (retd.) – preceded at 6.45 p.m. by our AGM

3rd November
A GARDEN OF DELIGHTS: Depictions of Paradise
by Dr. Jon Whiteley, Hon. Curator, Department of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

27th November
ADVENT PARTY 2.30 p.m. in The Church Room, Radley OX14 3JE. Stories, poems, music, poems, carols, and bring-and-share feast

2017

12th January
THE HURDY-GURDY: A Surprising Instrument and the Pan-European Revels Tradition
by Dr. Matthew Spring, Reader in Music, University of Bath Spa

9th February
POETS IN PARADISE: Eden vs. Arcadia from Shakespeare, Milton and Goethe to Narnia and Tom Stoppard
by Dr. Andrew Welburn, Former Lecturer in English Literature, New College, Oxford

9th March
THE NORTH SEA: Its Coasts, Islands and Land-reclamation, Shifting Boundaries, Changing Ways of Life
by Professor Hansjörg Küster, University of Hanover

6th April
THE MEMELLAND: On The Edge of East Prussia and Memory, from research into family history
by Karl Wallendszus, member, Abingdon Anglo-German Club

4th May
GOETHE’S VISION OF NATURE II: The Scientist Speaks
by Alexander Murrell, Head of Science, Wynstones School, Gloucester

1st June
THE GERMAN-SPEAKING WORLD TODAY: A Current Affairs Talk
by Werner Sabiers, Press Correspondent, German Embassy, London

29th June
PLANTING PARADISE: Origins of Garden Plants 1500-1900, Roses, Tulips, Cyclamen, Marigold
by Dr. Stephen Harris, Druce Curator, Oxford University Herbaria (followed by a guided visit to the Botanic Garden, Oxford on 8th July)