Saturday tasters and workshops

One-day and two-day workshops offered at bargain prices throughout the year to introduce new topics, new tutors, and generally to whet appetites for courses to come!

Cost for each workshop = £5:00 per person

Saturday tasters and workshops – Spring and summer 2016

6 February 2016 10:00 – 1:00

Introduction to Opera Christine Shaw

Are you curious about opera but not sure where to start? Do you love Marriage of Figaro or La Traviata and want to hear more? Whether you know a little about opera or nothing at all, this session is for you.

Using the words, music CDs and DVDs we’ll look at the use of music to portray action, atmosphere, character and emotion.

This is a taster for a longer course that Chris will be offering: Opera – an irrational and exotic entertainment.

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5 and 12 March 2016 10:00 – 3:00

Philosophy: Rights and Responsibilities (1) and (2) Bettina Lange

People assume that rights come with responsibilities – not always : children and animals have rights but few if any responsibilities. Explore and discuss with the help of Philosophy.

Come and join two interesting and thought provoking workshops. We hope to welcome new learners, as well as familiar faces, so – please bring a friend along with you!

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19 March 2016 10:00 – 1:00

An Introduction to Marcel Proust Keith Hodgkinson

The workshop will begin with general chat about where people have got to and what we think so far. Keith will then give a Powerpoint presentation about the context of the novel: the Parisian background, Proust’s life, and the main locations in France.

We will then take tea with madeleine cakes of course, or coffee and biscuits – all free.

This should be followed by discussion of the general shape of the novel (genre, content etc.) and a look at the books themselves (Keith has a small collection).

Finally we will read from (photocopied) extracts, starting with the first fifty pages. We will focus on the first two volumes: 1. Swann’s Way and 2. Within a Budding Grove, both in translation.

We will be looking for style, meaning and perhaps a few laughs!

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30 April 2016 10:00 – 3:00

Conscience and Dissent in the First World War Kevin Brown

In 1916 men across Britain were faced with the choice to go the War – or not. Popularity for the conflict war had waned and 1916 saw the introduction of conscription for the first time. On this day-school we will examine local records and archives, to examine the lives of some people who dissented: their motivations, fears, determination and the outcomes.

What would you have done in their shoes?

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7 May 2016 10:00 – 3:00

Singing – a taster workshop Alex Reffell

BLURB to follow soon

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14 May 2016 10:00 – 3:00

 Bushcraft – a taster workshop Alex Wilby

A short, practical introduction to some elementary survival skills. We will look at building a shelter and safely lighting a fire and cooking outdoors; we will also learn the basics of woodland management with an expert, experienced and qualified Bushcraft tutor.

NOTE: the venue is yet to be confirmed; for further details call the Loughborough office.

This taster could lead to a longer course; for further details call the Loughborough office.

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25 June 2016 10:00 – 1:00

Music Hall, the People’s Choice Deb Tyler-Bennett

This session looks at how music hall, in Leicester and other places, proved inspiration to artists, writers, and people who recalled the acts long after the curtain had come down. Using memorabilia, and research, author Deborah Tyler-Bennett will also discuss how the halls have inspired her own writing, and how music hall can still prove inspiration for creativity.

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Cost for each workshop = £5:00 per person
We reserve the right to change titles, dates and other details subject to learner demand and staff availability.

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