City of London Festival lectures

A series of lectures hosted by Gresham College as a part of the City of London Festival held annually in June and July.

Past Lectures In This Series
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Japanese Women in Tanka Poetry: from the 4th to the 13th Century

Ria Ulleri
Thursday, 6 July 2006 - 12:00AM
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Jiuta – an explanation of traditional Japanese music

David Hughes
Monday, 10 July 2006 - 12:00AM
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Goethe the Musician and his influence on German Song

Professor Richard Stokes
Friday, 20 June 2008 - 12:00AM
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The Question of Beauty in Architecture

Alain de Botton
Monday, 23 June 2008 - 12:00AM
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This Imperious Company - The East India Company and the Modern Multinational

Nick Robins
Friday, 27 June 2008 - 12:00AM
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The Last Mughal

William Dalrymple
Monday, 7 July 2008 - 12:00AM
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Mahler’s Heavenly Retreats

Keith James Clarke
Wednesday, 9 July 2008 - 12:00AM
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The Idea of the North

Professor Peter Davidson
Friday, 19 June 2009 - 12:00AM
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London’s Lost Rivers: The Hackney Brook and other North West Passages

Iain Sinclair
Monday, 22 June 2009 - 12:00AM
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Metamorphoses – The Terrible Beauty of Change

John Harle
Monday, 22 June 2009 - 12:00AM
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Out of the Wasteland: Hope for a greener world

Dr Richard Chartres
Tuesday, 23 June 2009 - 12:00AM
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Musical Morals and Moral Music: The artist and the environment

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Tuesday, 30 June 2009 - 12:00AM
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Burns the European

Iain Burnside
Monday, 6 July 2009 - 12:00AM
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The Songs of Summer

Chris Watson
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 - 6:00PM
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Adventures of Portuguese 'Ancient Music' in Eighteenth-Century London

Dr Owen Rees
Friday, 25 June 2010 - 12:00AM
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Sir Hans Sloane: 350 years of preserving history

Dr Robert Huxley
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 - 12:00AM
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The Poetry of Bees

David Harsent
Thursday, 1 July 2010 - 12:00AM
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Portugal and England, 1386-2010

Professor Thomas Earle
Friday, 2 July 2010 - 12:00AM
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A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

Dr Richard Chartres
Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 12:00AM
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Culture and Resistance: Indigenous Responses to a Globalised World

Michael Walling
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 - 6:00PM
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Birdsong and Music

David Matthews
Friday, 1 July 2011 - 6:00PM
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Emerging Markets and Climate Change

Dr Cameron Hepburn
Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 6:00PM
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Percy Grainger: Australia's greatest composer?

Professor Malcolm Gillies
Monday, 11 July 2011 - 6:00PM
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Voices of the Land: Nga Reo o te Whenua

Dr Richard Nunns
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 - 6:00PM
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Resetting the Human Compass: The Use and Value of the Arts

Sir Andrew Motion
Wednesday, 4 July 2012 - 6:00PM
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The Lost World of 1962

Dominic Sandbrook
Thursday, 5 July 2012 - 6:00PM
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Human Livelihoods Depend on Wild Flowers: Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank explained

Dr Robin Probert
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 - 6:00PM
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Trading Places and Travelling - Musical Legacies of the Hanseatic League

Dr Geoffrey Webber
Thursday, 12 July 2012 - 6:00PM
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The Plane Forest: Does the City have the Right Trees?

Hugh Johnson OBE
Monday, 24 June 2013 - 6:00PM
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Poetry of War

Gillian Clarke
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 - 6:00PM
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London-Derry Connections: The early years, 1613-1640

Dr Ian Archer
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 - 6:00PM
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The Tree of Life

Dr Richard Chartres
Monday, 1 July 2013 - 6:00PM
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Stravinsky, Britten and the Lure of the Classical Past

Professor Jonathan Cross
Tuesday, 2 July 2013 - 6:00PM
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Treaty-Making and International Relations

Professor Jack Spence OBE
Monday, 8 July 2013 - 6:00PM
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Faith in Women? The changing role of women and girls in the music and ministry of the church

Rev Lucy Winkett
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 - 6:00PM
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Britain's Relations with Korea: A Personal View

Sir Thomas Harris KBE CMG
Friday, 27 June 2014 - 6:00PM
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The Science of Singing

Professor David Howard
Monday, 30 June 2014 - 6:00PM
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The History of the Bowler Hat

Timothy Long
Wednesday, 2 July 2014 - 6:00PM
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The Queen's Commonwealth: Monarchy and the End of Empire, 1945-2011

Professor Philip Murphy
Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 6:00PM
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Sir Christopher Wren and the Rebuilding of the City Churches after the Great Fire of London

Dr Anthony Geraghty
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 6:00PM
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Replanning London after the Second World War

Professor Peter Larkham
Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 6:00PM
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The Benefits of Singing in a Choir

Professor Graham Welch
Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 6:00PM
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The History of Street Performance: ‘Music by handle’ and the Silencing of Street Musicians in the Metropolis

Dr Paul Simpson
Thursday, 9 July 2015 - 6:00PM
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Singapore at 50: Oil and Water - Inextricably Mixed

Lord Oxburgh
Monday, 13 July 2015 - 6:00PM