William Sterling

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  • Upcoming Events

    1. Figureheads, Ship Badges and Silverware – Nineteenth Century Classical References in the National Maritime Museum

      When: February 25 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

      Delve into classical myths used in naval related items by examining some of the NMM collection of C19th objects.  

    2. Orpheus – Life after Death

      When: March 3 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

      Unlike other Greek Heroes Orpheus was basically peaceful. He braved the Underworld and was one of the Argonauts. Ever since he has been a major influence for artists and composers. The Greek Myths surrounding Orpheus and the influence the story has had on artists and composers ever since. The story of Orpheus and Eurydice and… Read more »

    3. Life and times of James II / VII

      When: March 10 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

      Although his reign was one of the shortest in Britain James had a distinguished career before becoming king and an intriguing one in exile.  A Catholic convert he was doomed to fail in Protestant Britain. James was the second son of Charles I so not expected to be king until later in life when it… Read more »

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Shakespeare and Music

Shakespeare and Music I ran this course jointly with Rudy Sabor.  Taking a different play each week with students giving an outline of the plot, examining the contemporary music and music inspired by it by later composers for tone poems, operas, songs and other works.  I covered Anthony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King… Read more »

Joseph Haydn

Haydn and the English Although it happened late in his life Haydn’s association with the English had a huge impact on his music not least the 12 Symphonies, chamber and piano music he wrote for his two visits but his discovery of Handel’s oratorios on those visits had an enormous impact on his later choral… Read more »

Mass in G minor

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