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For Members

The Story of Ipswich Theatres and Cinemas

Eric Thorndyke
Birkbeck Room

Tue, 19 Mar 19
14.00 - 15.00

£4. Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

The story of Ipswich Theatres and Cinemas through the ages, there have been more than you think!! From the days of the Hippodrome through to The Empire in the Buttermarket.
A social history of entertainment.

The Realm of the Polar Bear

Chris Parfitt
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 20 Mar 19
19.00 - 20.30

£15 (includes themed meal). Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

Another entertaining evening with our favourite traveller/speaker and themed meal.
An exploration by sea of the Norwegian islands of Svalbard which are 700 miles from the North Pole. We shall see something of their history and look at seabirds, wildflowers and mammals including, of course, the polar bears!

Menu available on request.

For All

Carmen (or how the French, and others, invented Spain)

Catherine Dell

Birkbeck Room, 15 Tavern Street

Sat, 30 Mar 19
9.30 am - 3.30 pm

Ticket (incl morning coffee and lunch): Member £21,Non-member £26

Spain was never part of the Grand Tour: its inns were primitive, roads rough, bandits real, food unappetising…But if mainstream travellers bypassed the peninsula, there were others – ranging from bible-peddling George Borrow to French poet Théophile Gautier – who found the lure of Spain’s unfamiliarity irresistible.
This study day, focusing on the 19th century, introduces some of these pioneer visitors, examines their experiences, and then explores how the illusion they created of ‘romantic’ Spain influenced contemporary art and music. Music which, of course, includes that supreme example of Spanish myth-making, Carmen.

Suffolk Book League: Author's Talk

Melissa Harrison

Reading Room

Thu, 04 Apr 19

Tickets from Suffolk Book League (£8, or £4 for SBL members) or may be bought on the door.

Melissa Harrison’s third novel, All Among The Barley, was published to critical acclaim in 2018. Her second, At Hawthorn Time, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year award, longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and was book a Book of the Year in The Telegraph. Her first novel, Clay (2013), won the Portsmouth First Fiction award.

More Experimental Mixed Media 7 - 'Integrating Media'

Steve Joyce

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 06 Apr 19
09.30 - 15.30

Tickets (including lunch) £28 (members), £33 (non-members).

This session will explore the process of layering media with an emphasis on the effects of the mark-making. Each technique redefines the last as it combines and refines the image. Learn how to refine and enhance your skills, and how to exploit the potential and limitations of all kinds of art materials as they interact and react with each other. Demonstrations and prepared examples will introduce the techniques and media and open tasks will help you explore your own picture making, using your preferred methods and media to create your own very distinctive pictures.
Suitable for all ability levels – these workshops introduce new methods each time so you can start at any point or build up on previous experience.
Please ask for the materials to bring list, some specialist materials will be provided and included in the price.

Suffolk Book League: Author's Talk

Tessa Hadley

Reading Room

Thu, 16 May 19

Tickets from Suffolk Book League (£8 or £4 for SBL members)or may be bought on the door

Tessa Hadley has written six novels: Accidents in the Home, Everything Will be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The London Train and Clever Girl. Her latest novel, The Past, won the Hawthornden Prize in 2016. Sunstroke, a collection of stories, was shortlisted for The Story Award. A second collection, Married Love, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor prize. Her story ‘Bad Dreams’ was shortlisted for the 2014 BBC Short Story Prize. Her new collection, Bad Dreams, was published in hardback in January 2017 and will be released as a paperback on January 25th. Her next novel, Late in the Day, will be published on February 14th. She teaches at Bath Spa University.

The Ever Turning Wheel of Fortune - Carl Orff and Carmina Burana

Emeritus Professor Chris Green OBE

Birkbeck Room, 15 Tavern Street

Sat, 22 Jun 19
10.00am - 12.30pm

Ticket(including refreshments): Institute/Trianon members £5.00
non-member £6.00

Who would have imagined that some dusty manuscripts stored in a European monastery would provide inspiration for Munich-born composer Carl Orff. It was to prove a decisive turning point in his career when, in 1937, Carmina Burana was first performed. The manuscripts included poems about fortune, spring, meadows, the tavern and courtly affair.
If fate and the ever-turning wheel of fortune are themes running through Carmina, then that just about sums up Orff’s career and personal life. He tried to win patronage from the Nazi SS, withheld his support for musical colleagues during the Second World War, and would be arrested by the Allies as a Nazi collaborator.
This talk will focus on his life, on Carmina and the impact the work has had on choral music – it is reckoned to be one of the world’s “loudest” pieces.