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08 October 2019Tantrums and Tiaras
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09 July 2019Painter of Sunlight: Joaquin Sorolla
11 June 2019Food and Art through the ages
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09 April 2019Timurid Carpets and the Workshop in Uzbekistan
12 March 2019Wind in the Willows through its illustrations
12 February 2019AGM followed by lecture The Queen of Instruments. The Lute with old masters' paintings
11 December 2018Christmas Customs and Traditions
13 November 2018The Hands of Leonardo da Vinci
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10 April 2018"O for the wings of a dove" . The life of a cathedral chorister.
13 March 2018Power Propaganda and Men in Tights: English Art under the Tudors
13 February 2018Posters of the Belle Epoque
12 December 2017Viva Las Vegas
14 November 2017Inspired by Stonehenge
10 October 2017The Horse in Modern Art from George Stubbs to Mark Wallinger
12 September 2017The Art of the Joke
11 July 2017Capability Brown and the English Landscape
14 March 2017The Fine Art of Crime: Art Theft and Repatriation
04 February 2017Three Great Families and their Gardens

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Tantrums and Tiaras Nigel Bates Tuesday 08 October 2019

This lecture takes a look at life backstage at London's Royal Opera House and the tribulations and triumphs of working with The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet companies. We look at the way artistic inspirations, the people involved and the very special Victorian building all function together to create world-class opera and ballet in a unique environment.  Includes several performance video clips

Nigel Bates is the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for nearly forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House, including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra. He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC's Maestro at the Opera and Pappano's Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the printed and online content of the ROH.

He has given lectures for over twenty years, including arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.