Come and enjoy on Christmas Eve the local Community Carol Service, with traditional lessons and carols that some would argue rival those at King’s College! Children encouraged to come dressed as a Nativity character (human or animal) - adults too if they want! Refreshments will follow.
The annual celebration put on by the local Joint Roads Committee of an hour or so of Victorian Christmas music and entertainment led by Anne Taylor.
Monika Maintz will chart the history of Wood Green, the well-known local Animals Charity, from its foundation 90 years ago to the modern animal welfare organisation it is today, re-homing thousands of pets every year. This talk will provide a clear insight into the charity, its objectives and the services it offers to the public.
Isy Mead, Head of Learning at the Story Museum in Oxford, explains the deep human need for stories – whether myths, fairy tales, airport novels, or the 10 o’clock News.
The brilliant young pianist Clara Balon, European Piano Teachers’ Association prize winner, will give an exciting piano recital of works by Liszt, Beethoven and Prokoviov.
Hugh Taylor (piano) and Tim Palmer (tenor) recite English songs from the early 20th century, including works by Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth and Denis Browne.
Philip Mead (piano), Alice Wood (contralto), and the St Augustine’s Singers present a programme of music on a nautical theme in aid of the RNLI – with a guest appearance of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band playing Malcolm Arnold’s Padstow Lifeboat.
To mark a week-end of all things nautical, Geoff Heathcock, a lifeboatman for 45 years and Cambridge organiser for the RNLI, talks about the future of the modern day lifeboat service in the British Isles, and in particular its current appeal at Wells next the Sea in Norfolk.
Stuart Clough, Senior Mechanical Engineer with Hybrid Air Vehicles based near Bedford, tells the fascinating story of the Airlander 10, the world’s largest aircraft whose maiden flight and subsequent accident made the news headlines during the summer.
Stephen Lawrence, well-known local musician, reflects on the many influences – pagan, folk, church, baroque, modern and post Soviet – that have shaped so much of the Russian music with which we are familiar and which we enjoy. Illustrated by live performances of some Russian songs.