Rother Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society

OUR new season starts on Monday, September 17 with a lecture to be given by Jeanne Dolmetsch LRAM entitled, Music & Manners: Life in 18th Century England

Manners and music transports us back to the 18th century, to an age of elegance and taste, wit and satire, extravagant fashions and complex code of manners. Daniel Defoe takes us to the magnificent Palladian Palace of ‘Cannons’, and we eavesdrop with Jane Austen on a musical evening at ‘Netherfields’.

We behold the fantastic toilette of the lady of fashion in Pope’s Rape of the Lock and are reminded by Lord Chesterfield of the importance of dancing the minuet with a good grace and air. Horace Walpole strolls round Ranelagh and James Macky seeks relaxation from portrait panting by playing the viola da gamba. These vivid accounts are complemented by the music of the period.

Jeanne Dolmetsch LRAM, is the granddaughter of Arnold Dolmetsch, pioneer of the Early Music Renaissance and was herself trained to play the recorder, viola and harpsichord. Jeanne then studied violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music and is a specialist in the interpretation and performance of 16th, 17th and 18th century music.

A popular lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts, her breathtaking collection of slides and recordings has been seen and heard throughout the country, on the continent of Europe and formed part of a NADFAS tour to Australia and New Zealand in August-September 2009.

Forthcoming Visits: Wednesday, October 24 – A visit to Spitalfields (by coach): A guided walk, followed by visit to Dennis Sever’s House and Church.

Tickets available at the above meeting.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to be included in any visit or require any further information, please contact the telephone number (or email address) below for further details.

We meet at the Arthur Easton Centre, in the grounds of St Michael’s Hospice, Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on the third Monday every month (except July and August) at 2.30pm. Visitors are always welcome (£5pp). For further details please telephone Glenis Malone on 01424 435629 or email glenis_malone@yahoo.co.uk.