Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Welcome to Riseley WEA

Riseley WEA is an adult educational organisation where we offer two sessions of lectures per year on a variety of cultural subjects - a Spring Term and an Autumn term.
With a history going back nearly twenty seven years, we have covered a wide variety of subjects, from history, architecture, music, art, film and many more.
All our lectures are delivered by tutors with extensive knowledge of their subjects and a great deal of experience in teaching interested and enthusiastic adults.
Everyone is welcome.

We meet in the comfort of Riseley Village Hall Lounge where we start each meeting with a welcoming cup of tea or coffee and biscuits.

Autumn 2015

From Les Misérables to the Belle Epoque
A Social history of 19th century France
David Price

Includes Haussmann's Paris, the Dreyfus Affair, The Commune; education and work for women, the peasantry and linguistic diversity; the notorious Courtesans; the Moulin Rouge and the Cancan; art and entertainment.
Further information here

Illustrated with film clips and photos

Riseley Village Hall 10 am refreshments for 10.15am lecture

Cost of the complete course is £48.00

Starting Wed 23rd September 2015 

Slav Opera
Peter Bleasby

Ten lectures illustrated with excerpts of opera's to be shown on our big screen with Hi Fi sound 

No thanks. All those bass voices, boring Russian History and interfering women!

Yes, but you also join Sadko on his escapades, spot the influence of Italian opera in Glinka, see Ruslan finally united with his Ludmilla, get a glimpse of the Plovotsian dances, thrill to the love duet from Smetana’s Dalibor,  get a Bartered Bride, growl at Pravda, cheer on Tchaikovsky against the Five (or vice versa), explore the importance of Pushkin, watch a bit of back stabbing for Prince Khovanschy, visit the Invisible City and see Moscow triumph against Napoleon (all on DVD) and afterwards make a note to see the new ROH production of Boris Gudonov at a cinema near you! And hear some of Dvorjak’s sequel Dimitry

Go on -give it a go!

Riseley Village Hall 2pm refreshments for 2.15pm lecture

Cost of the complete course is £48.00

Starting Tues 22nd September 2015