The Pretty German Toy musing on the Christmas tree at Duke Street Baptist Church
Lecture, Tue 6 Dec 2016
Events at this Venue
|Tue 1 Nov||The Art of the Passport|
|Sat 5 Nov||Lucy Worsley talks about new book Eliza Rose|
|Mon 14 Nov||The men of the Alberts and the Poppy Project|
|Wed 16 Nov||General the Lord Dannatt: Boots on the Ground|
|Wed 23 Nov||Chris Mullin: Hinterland|
|Tue 6 Dec||The Pretty German Toy musing on the Christmas tree|
The Pretty German Toy-musings on the Christmas tree
The Christmas tree is arguably the most iconic aspect of our midwinter celebrations, yet how much do we actually know about its origins and history. Peter Medhurst delves into the past – as far back as the Book of Genesis – in order to tell the story of this remarkable ‘German toy’, as Dickens described it.
Music performed includes: Adam lay ybounden, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Elizabeth Postern, O Tannenbaum, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Holy Night – Adolphe Adam
Peter Medhurst was born of German and English parents, and did his musical training at the Royal College of Music where he studied singing, organ composition and music history. His work as a singer, pianist and lecturer-recitalist has taken him all over the world, and in the last few years he has toured New Zealand, Australia (twice) and South Africa (four times), and made frequent tours in Europe. Closer to home, he has presented events at the Barbican, St John’s Smith Square, and the Royal Festival, as well as directed presentations at the Wallace Collection, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A, linking the visual arts with the world of 17th & 18th century music making.
|Tue 6 Dec 2016|
Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
Students: Free, upon production of your student card.
- Christmas Events
- On-site light refreshments
- Public toilets