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July 2019

APPRECIATING SHAKESPEARE: MUCH ADO

July 26th at 18:30 to July 28th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

An odd couple tricked into falling in love as we know they should; probably the funniest part Shakespeare wrote for his company's comedian; a pantomime villain to hiss; songs, dances, disguises, back-chat, and enough suspense to tingle without depressing us. With a course and Saturday's outdoor professional performance (included) in Higham's glorious setting to bring out the magic. Hugh Parry (Wales - www.highamhall.com/hugh-parry) Residential: £245 Non-residential: £178

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August 2019

YOU THE JURY

August 23rd at 18:30 to August 26th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* After listening to and discussing the evidence with fellow jurors, you will be able to pronounce your verdict on four separate, real-life murder cases, which occurred between 1900-1975, chosen for the insights they can give us on our judicial system and social history. Come equipped with pen, notebook and open mind... A late summer Bank Holiday treat - open to all! NEW TUTOR: Diane Janes (www.highamhall.com/diane-janes) SPECIAL PRICE (3 nights for the price of 2) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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September 2019

BRITAIN IN THE SIXTIES

September 3rd at 18:30 to September 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Change and contradiction: Swinging London never reached Hartlepool, Mary Quant had little impact on Burnley. It was Black and White Minstrels v Cathy Come Home, optimism v fear of nuclear annihilation, industrial decline v social progress, freedoms v Mary Whitehouse. For many of us it was the decade of our youth. What does it look like now fifty years on? (The image here is of the inhabitants of Higham in the 1960s, who were pupils when it was Higham School…

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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC OF ITALY: A HERITAGE UNDESERVEDLY NEGLECTED

September 6th at 18:30 to September 8th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

From the Gabrielis and Monteverdi, through the 18th-20th centuries, music of Rome, Venice and Nice evolved from lone instrument to piano to larger ensemble. Enjoy non-operatic works by Corelli, Vivaldi and Rossini and unjustly-neglected figures such as Cristofori, Marcadante and Martucci, ending with Respighi for some scenic orchestral description. Julian Williamson (London www.highamhall.com/julian-williamson) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166ital

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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN FRENCH

September 8th at 18:30 to September 10th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For Intermediate and Advanced french speakers to develop confidence and fluency in a friendly, structured but fun atmosphere. Activities: communication games, discussion, reading and listening to authentic French resources: press articles, excerpts from radio, TV, films and songs. "Formidable!" Dominique Pluskwa (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/dominique-pluskwa) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 (Also 14 June)

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YOGA AND WALKING: LATE-SUMMER

September 9th at 18:30 to September 13th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A perfect mix for all! Sessions of hatha yoga (posture, breathing, relaxation) offset with optional guided 3-5 mile walks amongst the peaceful northern fells. Feel more supple and relaxed. Now ends with lunch on the last day. Courses run Spring, Mid- and Late-Summer. Gill Hunter with Alan Hunter (www.highamhall.com/gill-hunter) Residential: £438 Non-residential: £309 (inc. Field Trips)

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SHAKESPEARE’S VENETIAN PLAYS: RACE, RELIGION AND SEXUALITY IN OTHELLO AND THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

September 13th at 18:30 to September 15th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Both plays feature outsiders due to religion, race, social status, gender or orientation. 400 years on, such issues are still topical. Join us to discuss Shakespeare's exploration of such themes - and why Venice is the backdrop. Clare Smout (W. Midlands www.highamhall.com/clare-smout) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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EXPLORE THE LAKES – ANTIQUITIES AND TRADITIONS

September 15th at 18:30 to September 20th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Minibus Field Trips (with a little walking) exploring sites of the Lake District: ancient churches, stones, crosses, Arthurian, Roman and Viking locations; each tells a fascinating story. Includes Muncaster, Hadrian's Wall, Gosforth Cross, a Roman Fort and Maryport’s Senhouse Museum - and we hope to also ride a little train! Where feasible, we'll have hot lunch out! Dr. Geoff Doel with Fran Doel, MA (Kent www.highamhall.com/geoff-fran-doel) Residential: £525 Non-residential: £363 inc. Field Trips, Admissions and Lunches, exc. Refreshments out

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VERDI’S RIGOLETTO, IL TROVATORE AND LA TRAVIATA

September 15th at 18:30 to September 17th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Following what he described as his "galley years", Verdi produced from 1850-53 a trio of operas, universally popular, then as now. Peopled by memorable characters such as Sparafucile, Azucena, Violetta, driven forward by direct and heart-warming melodies. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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SOLWAY FIELD TRIPS: HISTORY AND BEAUTY

September 20th at 18:30 to September 23rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A journey through time visiting less well known heritage sites on the Cumbrian Solway coastal plains. See ancient places of worship, once thriving seaports, forgotten estuary crossings. Explore the sweeping Solway coastline and abundant wildlife habitats. Hear Solway stories. A mix of indoor and outdoor venues with some short off-road walks so dress for weather and walking. Fiona Stoddart (Solway Connections www.highamhall.com/fiona-stoddart) Residential: £358 Non-residential: £259 (inc. Field Trips and any lunches out)

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