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September 2019

  RESTORED TO GLORY The story of Clayton & Bell’s fresco decoration introduced with a video presentation by COLIN BROWNLEE Colin instigated and managed the restoration of previously hidden frescos inside St Leonard’s. Dating from 1864, the Victorian church is of national importance, reflected in the Grade 1 Listing. The magnificent decorative scheme was devised by the Reverend James Skinner, and executed by Clayton & Bell. The restoration has been executed by Donald Smith, a highly skilled craftsman. To begin and…

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   IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF EDWARD ELGAR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - PETER SMITH Peter leads a combined morning and afternoon walk around locations connected with the composer, Elgar, who lived in Malvern between 1891 and 1904. The morning walk goes north and returns to Gt. Malvern for a lunch break.  The afternoon walk, south, begins at 2pm and ends at 4.30pm in Gt. Malvern. Please wear appropriate footwear for pavements and common land with steps and inclines. The festival cannot accept…

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  Join us for this illustrated talk by Joseph Brand, covering the first half of this year's season. Lasting around 2 hours, the talk will be accompanied by recorded musical extracts and will give background information on the creators, performers and production associated with each opera. Joseph Brand's sixty-plus years of opera-going covers some 2000 performances and he has written, reviewed and lectured widely on the subject of opera.  His enthusiasm has taken him to performances throughout the UK and abroad,…

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  JAMES RUSSELL on ARTIST COUPLES OF NEWLYN & LAMORNA Based on an exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, this illustrated talk investigates what happens when two artists set up home together. Laura and Harold Knight are a prime example. A colourful and thought-provoking talk by a leading art historian, who won The Sunday Times Book of the Year award. Location: Colwall Village Hall. WR13 6EQ In association with The Friends of the Dame Laura Knight Society…

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  CARLY TINKLER & JEM WAYGOOD on COLOUR IN LANDSCAPE THOSE BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS In their illustrated talk, eminent consultants, Carly and Jem, explain the role that colour plays in the landscape. They introduce the practice of Environmental Colour Assessment and demonstrate its application through a local case study, Colwall School, which lies in the Malvern Hills AONB. Location: Colwall Village Hall.  WR13 6EQ Sponsored by Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty   The Autumn in Malvern Festival is…

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October 2019

  No Ashes year would be complete without An Evening With Boycott and Aggers and there’s nothing like a battle with the old enemy to bring out the belligerent best in our Geoffrey! The boys will be watching every ball and win, lose or draw, Geoffrey will tell Jonathan exactly what he thinks about the players, their performance and many other subjects in this brilliant, brand new show. As anyone who has been before knows, this show is so much…

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  SUMMOND BY BELLS BETJEMAN AT THE BEAUCHAMP The life and times of Sir John Betjeman recalled in prose, verse and music PAUL VAUGHAN - Narrator ROY MASSEY - Organ The church of St. Leonard at the Beauchamp Community was designed by the Victorian architect P.C. Hardwick in an early French Gothic style. The interior is exceptionally rich in design; the perfect ‘High Anglican’ location for this affectionate tribute to John Betjeman. Paul Vaughan was a BBC Producer and is…

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  STEPHEN COCKAYNE talks about THE LANCHESTER MARIONETTES IN MALVERN For period of 15 years, Foley House, Great Malvern, was home to the Lanchester Marionettes. In this illustrated talk you will meet Waldo and Muriel Lanchester, and discover the people, Places and puppets that encompassed their world, before during and after the Second World War. Steve Cockayne was born into a puppeteering family in North London. He worked for BBC Television, and is the author of Master of the Marionettes,…

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  Join us this year to explore the world at the microscopic level and to understand why 3D printing jelly could be a really important technique. Once again we have an exciting double bill, this year featuring the BBC One Show's resident scientist Marty Jopson and award-winning science communicator Scary Boots. Invisible Worlds Join us on a journey from everyday life, down into the realm of microscopical wonders. The adventure begins with things you can almost see, but soon you will find…

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  Presented by Speakers from the Edge 3x UCi Downhill World Champion, 3x UCi Downhill World Cup Champion, with 21 World Cup race wins and multiple podium positions, Greg Minnaar is unarguably one of the greatest mountain bikers in the history of the sport. In this brand new show, Greg takes audiences on the journey of his incredible enduring racing career and the story of his life, covering everything from the early days of riding enthusiasm to his rise to…

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