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Gresham College has been providing free public lectures since 1597, making us London’s oldest higher education institution.

This podcast offers all of the most recent lectures from our archive of over 1,800 lectures that are free to access or download from the Gresham College website.
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Gresham College has been providing free public lectures since 1597, making us London’s oldest higher education institution.

This podcast offers all of the most recent lectures from our archive of over 1,800 lectures that are free to access or download from the Gresham College website.
Visit us: www.gresham.ac.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/greshamcollege
Twitter: www.twitter.com/greshamcollege
Instagram: www.instagram.com/greshamcollege

    Complexity and the Law

    Complexity and the Law

    The Common Law was conceived as a thing comprising beautiful and simple principles.

    Has English law and procedure lost its way? Where are we to go in the 21st Century?

    A lecture by The Rt Hon Lord Justice Haddon-Cave

    The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:
    https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/law-complexity

    Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

    Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/greshamcollege

    • 50 min
    Private Palaces: The Mansions of the Marlboroughs

    Private Palaces: The Mansions of the Marlboroughs

    Due to the Duke of Marlborough‘s military genius and the crush that Queen Anne had on his wife, the duchess, the Marlboroughs were presented with two of the greatest houses of the age.

    Blenheim and Marlborough House encapsulate the architectural rivalries and ambitions of patrons and architects illuminating the febrile atmosphere of the last days of the Stuart dynasty.

    A lecture by Simon Thurley CBE

    The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:
    https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/marlborough-mansions

    Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

    Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/greshamcollege

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Barbican Centre at 40 - Past, Present and Future

    The Barbican Centre at 40 - Past, Present and Future

    Nicholas Kenyon looks back at the development of one of the most distinctive buildings of our time, shedding new light on its origins, looking at the changes across the years, and considers the thinking that will guide its renewal for the next 40 years.

    A lecture by Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE

    The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:
    https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/thomas-gresham-21

    Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

    Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/greshamcollege

    • 53 min
    England's Radical Reformation

    England's Radical Reformation

    England’s Reformation was supposed to bind the nation into a single ‘Church of England’. In fact the country was shattered into a kaleidoscope of religious variety. Amid the confusion, a few English people embraced radical possibilities: mystics turned religion into an allegory, separatists created democratic, self-governing communes, utopians explored ideas ranging from pacifism to full-blown revolution.

    This lecture traces how this radical edge of the English Reformation helped shape some of the most apparently secular aspects of the modern world.

    A lecture by Alec Ryrie

    The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:
    https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/radical-reformation

    Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

    Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/greshamcollege

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The History of Synagogue Music in London

    The History of Synagogue Music in London

    The Jewish communities of London have a rich musical-liturgical history, stretching back to the mid-17th century. This lecture will consider some of the main musical developments since then, beginning with the Sephardi and Ashkenazi synagogues which stood practically side-by-side in the City of London for 250 years.

    We will examine the birth of the Anglo-Jewish choral tradition, the split with the Reform movement and its musical consequences, and the new music brought more recently by immigrants from Eastern Europe and Arab lands.

    A lecture by Chazan Eliot Alderman

    The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:
    https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/synagogue-music-history

    Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

    Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/greshamcollege

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Russian Piano Masterpieces: Shostakovich

    Russian Piano Masterpieces: Shostakovich

    At one point in his life, Shostakovich considered the career of a concert pianist. He was talented enough to become a Soviet competitor at the international Chopin Competition of 1927, but he was struck down with acute appendicitis, and he had to leave with only a diploma rather than a major prize. Whether his pain and disappointment soured his relations with the piano we cannot be sure, it is astonishing that his piano music studiously avoids the virtuosity he had assiduously cultivated as a young performer. Almost all his piano writing is in some way experimental, conceptual, challenging the pianist to make sense of piano writing that often seems ungrateful, not unlike Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, which we heard in the first lecture of this series.

    Even so, Shostakovich’s monumental cycle of Preludes and Fugues stands at the very core of his output. Written “for the desk drawer” in his most difficult years, following a second round of official criticism, it often rejoices in the very “formalism” he was accused of. Following the example of J.S. Bach, Shostakovich offers us twenty-four strictly constructed fugues in all the keys, each preceded by a free-flowing prelude. The set takes us on a fascinating journey, beginning with near-pastiches of Bach, into a world where Russian folk song can meet Jewish cantillation, and where Baroque idioms meet modernism, with extremes of emotion that can rival any of Shostakovich’s symphonies.

    A lecture by Marina Frolova-Walker and Peter Donohue

    The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:
    https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/shostakovich-piano

    Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

    Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/greshamcollege

    • 1 hr 10 min

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