William Sterling

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    1. The Etruscans

      When: December 5 @ 11:00 am - December 12 @ 1:30 pm

      Discover the mysterious people who lived in Central Italy and ended up being enveloped by the Romans. The Etruscans are one of the more mysterious civilisations of Ancient Europe.  The Greeks and Romans are well  known but the influence of the Etruscans on them is less well known.  The course will look at the history… Read more »

    2. England’s Earliest Kings: 3 Alfred the Great and the Vikings

      When: February 13, 2022 @ 11:00 am - February 20, 2022 @ 1:30 pm

      After the Mercian supremacy Wessex became the dominant kingdom in the C9th.  One reason was the kings managed to have capable sons to follow them thus avoiding the succession struggles of the Mercians.  Another was the remoteness from the Viking attacks which concentrated on the North Sea coast targeting Northumbria and East Anglia and pushing… Read more »

    3. England’s Earliest Kings: 4 Athelstan King of All Britain

      When: March 12, 2022 @ 11:00 am - March 19, 2022 @ 1:30 pm

      Athelstan called himself “Rex Totius Britanniae” and should be better known as the first  king to truly be king of the whole of England and was also recognised as overlord in Wales and Scotland. We will examine how Athelstan’s father and aunt went a long way to expelling the Danes from England and how he… Read more »

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Ancient Rome and Celtic Britain

Ancient Rome and its encounters with Celtic Britain This course ran at the British Museum and City Lit on Saturday 8th December 2018. Britain was part of the Roman Empire for nearly 400 years from AD 43 to 410 but the association of the two civilisations went back a further century to Julius Caesar’s invasion… Read more »

Walmer Suite

Walmer Suite This suite of five short piano pieces were written or revised whilst I was teaching at a small school in Walmer, Kent.  The pieces are all suitable for teaching piano techniques.  I was the head of History at the school but also taught History of Music and Music Theory to the older pupils. … Read more »

Music and Art Inspired by Shakespeare 4

MUSIC AND ART INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE No. 4: The Scandinavian Connection To celebrate being in Scandinavian waters the art and music inspired by Hamlet will be examined. Finland’s greatest composer, Sibelius, was also inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.  Music – Sibelius’s “Storm” from Incidental Music for The Tempest.  We have already heard some Sibelius this week… Read more »