THE ARTS SOCIETY FARNHAM EVENING
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DateLecture
13 December 2017That Pretty German Toy: Thoughts on the Christmas Tree
22 November 201720th Century Glass: New Markets
18 October 2017Wedgwood, Catherine the Great and the Frog Service
27 September 2017Riviera Paradise: Art, Design and Pleasure on the Cote d’Azur in the 1920s and 30s
28 June 2017Three Great Families and their Gardens: a History of the Astors, the Rothschilds and the Sackville-Wests
24 May 2017Rick Mather’s Millennium Museums: Ashmolean, Dulwich and Wallace
26 April 2017Lawrence of Arabia: Excavating a Legend
22 March 2017Treasures of the Square Mile: 350 years of Art in the City of London
22 February 2017Toulouse Lautrec and the Cabarets of Paris
25 January 2017Imperial Purple to Denim Blue: the Colourful History of Textiles
14 December 2016Is Christmas in Good Taste
23 November 2016Photography as Fine Art
19 October 2016Paint Brushes at Dawn: Great Art World Feuds, Disputes and Rows
28 September 2016Thomas Heatherwick: The Leonardo da Vinci of British Design
22 June 2016Magnificent Mosiacs: Windows into the Colourful Roman World
25 May 2016Searching for Shakespeare: The Life and Times of our most Famous Playwright
27 April 2016The Japanese Tea Ceremony and its Utensils
23 March 2016Salisbury Cathedral: The Making and Un-making of a Masterpiece
24 February 2016Classic Ground: Renaissance Gardens of Italy
27 January 2016Captain James Cook and the Art of Exploration
16 December 2015The Punch and Judy Show (A Subversive Symbol from Commedia Dell’Arte to the Present Day)
25 November 2015‘The Big Apple: the Architecture of New York City’
21 October 2015‘The Gilded Stage: Social and Cultural History of Opera’
23 September 2015‘Painting with Light: A History of Stained Glass’
01 July 2015‘Beneath the City Streets – London’s Unseen History’
20 May 2015‘Botticelli and Florence: the creation of a Renaissance Enigma’
22 April 2015Japanese Costume and Textiles: Kimono from Courtly Robes to Contemporary Fashion
25 March 2015Shock! Horror! Probe! The Art and Artifice of 'Fleet Street'
25 February 2015Love, Power and Scandal - A Royal Jewel for Every Occasion
28 January 2015Banks, Burgundy and Piracy: The Fifteenth Century Artists of Bruges
10 December 2014Great Tarts in Art: High Culture and the Oldest Profession
26 November 2014Cooking for Kings: The Life and Career of Antonin Carême’
22 October 2014All done on Ginger Beer: the Creation of English National Opera, The Royal Ballet & the National Theatre by Lilian Baylis at the Old Vic
24 September 2014London’s Squares in the 17th and 18th Century’
25 June 2014Legend and Lustre – Jim Thompson and Thai Silk
21 May 2014Travels in Rajasthan with Rudyard Kipling: palaces and temples, Monuments and Forts and in the Land of the Kings
23 April 2014Unrolling a Secret History: ‘Chinoiserie’ and Chinese Wallpaper
26 March 2014Battle of the Giants: Matisse and Picasso
26 February 2014Clothes Maketh the Man - Tales from the Costume Museum
22 January 2014Westminster Abbey: Crown and Parliament
11 December 2013Unwrapping the Christmas Story – Paintings, Prose and Poetry
20 November 2013Meet Me at The Waldorf – the Extraordinary Story of Two Iconic Hotels
23 October 2013Life and Times of the Sundial – A perspective on Civilisation’s Most Enduring Timekeeper
25 September 2013Murder and Modernism: Walter Richard Sickert and the Camden Town Group
26 June 2013Wm Cobbett (1763-1835) Life & contemporary significance of Farnham’s Superhero
05 June 2013A Celebration of Dresden - Art and Architecture
15 May 2013Five Centuries of Blue and White – An International History
24 April 2013The Life Enhancing Garden – Art Appreciation in the Design of Gardens
20 March 2013The Genius of Antonio Stradivari
27 February 2013Adventures in Three Dimensions: Twentieth Century Sculpture in Britain

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That Pretty German Toy: Thoughts on the Christmas Tree Peter Medhurst Wednesday 13 December 2017

7.30pm START followed by a Christmas social

How much do we actually know about the origins and history of the Christmas tree?  Peter Medhurst delves into the past to tell us the story of this remarkable ‘toy’, as Dickens described it. The talk is illustrated throughout with music.

Peter Medhurst studied singing and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Peter appears in the UK and abroad as musician and lecturer, giving recitals and delivering talks on music and the arts.

Seasonal refreshments will be served after the lecture