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A Job Opportunity - a message from our Chair of Trustees.

The new decade begins with new developments at the Institute. But it is with regret that I must confirm that our General Manager Hugh Pierce will be retiring at the end of April after 14 years in post. There will be opportunities to say farewell and to wish Hugh well before he goes.

We are now looking for a new General Manager and if you or someone you know may be interested in the role, the job description and details about the application process can be found from this link General Manager Job Description

I wish you all a Happy New Year at this exciting time for the Institute.
Christopher Budd, Chair of Trustees

posted Tue, 07 Jan 20

New Complete Beginners Course for Budding Guitar Heroes

An (additional) new Evening Course – Guitar for Complete Beginners – has been added to the Institute’s Spring programme for Wednesday Evenings, commencing 15th January. For full details see Courses for All/View Courses/Music/Guitar for Complete Beginners, or contact us – 01473 253992,

posted Mon, 02 Dec 19

2020 Spring Term Programme

Our Spring Term programme of courses, talks, trips and other events is now published.

Please email us if you are not already on our mailing list and would like a copy.

posted Mon, 18 Nov 19


Below are a selection of up-coming events, click here to see more

Confessions of an Occasional Auctioneer

Stephen Poulter
Birkbeck Room

Tue, 18 Feb 2014.00 - 15.00

Tickets £4
Members may bring non-member guests to this event

As an auctioneer and online dealer in antiques, vintage items and collectables Stephen talks about the fascinating history of auctioneering stretching back thousands of years.

Using examples from the wide variety of furniture, pictures, ceramics and collectables he sells, Stephen introduces a fun quiz element in the second half of the presentation with the audience members being invited to identify unusual objects and to guess the value of other items.

Members Only
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Quiz Night

Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 26 Feb 2019.00-20.30

Tickets £5.50.
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

Make up a team of 4 or come on your own and join others on the night.
Book early to secure your place.
Wine and nibbles included.

Members Only
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The Life and Songs of Victor Jara

Dr Stephen Palmer & Alan Jones
Birkbeck Room, 15 Tavern Street

Sat, 29 Feb 2010.00am - 12.30pm

Ticket (incl. coffee/tea) Member £8.00
Non-member £10.00

Victor Jara (1932-1973) was a central figure in the political and cultural movement which sought to transform Chilean society in the 1960s and early '70s. Originally trained in dance and theatre - Jara became increasingly active in the 'Nueva Cancion' ('New Song') movement which arose as a reaction to the perceived dominance of US (and British) popular music in Chile in the 1960s. This had its roots in the folk traditions and instruments of Chile and of the Andean region more generally; and became more explicitly identified with the political protest movement that eventually saw Salvador Allende's Popular Unity coalition of forces take power in 1970.

By this time, Victor Jara was dedicating almost all of his creative energies to the cause of the people and, indeed, in the shape of 'Venceremos' ('We will win') provided the theme song for the revolutionary struggle. With Pinochet's coup on 11th September 1973, however, Jara was quickly identified, along with many other intellectuals, artists and political figures, as a threat to the new order and was murdered soon after in the Estadio Chile. This one-off session will look at Jara's life and songs in relation to the political and cultural events that often directly inspired them. The session will also feature performances, with piano accompaniment, of a selection of the songs.

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Courses for All

Our Evening Learning Programme of courses is open to the public, with discounted fees available to Institute members.

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Our latest course leaflet is now available to download.

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Members' Courses

Over fifty daytime courses are available to those who pay an annual Institute membership subscription.

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The Members' Programme, including courses and all other activities available to members, may be downloaded here.

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