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21st October 2021 - A Panorama of Russian History and Culture

Whereas countries such as England and France could trace their origins back at least 2,000 years, Russia appeared very late on the international scene and it was not until the sixteenth century that Russia started to become aware of its cultural backwardness. For the greater majority of the population, the peasants, it was the folk element that was of great importance. During the reigns of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, Russia made huge strides, resulting in wonderful achievements in literature and music. The rise of the Soviet Union and the subsequent collapse of Communism are only some of the factors covered in this comprehensive talk.

An illustrated talk by Professor Gerald Seaman

2pm, Thursday 21st October, via Zoom.

Professor Seaman is a recognised world authority on Russian Music. A graduate of Oxford University, he studied in Paris and Leningrad, eventually becoming Professor of Musicology at the University of Auckland. Since then he has been on the Staff of Oxford University. The author of a History of Russian Music and books on Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, his talks are always informal, witty and informative.

If you'd like to receive a Zoom invitation and link

(priority will be given to regular members of the Group)

Regular in-person meetings are suspended until further notice.

The group traditionally has met once a month on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm. Meetings are conducted in English, and are held at the Downley Community Centre, School Close, High Wycombe, HP13 5TR.

For more information, and how to find us, see the Maps page.

Open to everyone

Anyone may join in. The "Club" is an open group and all are welcome. To keep things simple, there is no membership fee, and no other formalities, other than a small entrance fee to cover costs. However, you may be included on our email distribution list if you care to provide an email address.

Review some of our previous presentations

to be rescheduled - Personal experiences of Ukraine and the Soviet Union

This illustrated talk will take a light-hearted but factual look at life in the Soviet Union, in Ukraine and elsewhere, exploring some of the peculiarities and occasional craziness of Soviet life.The speaker, who has lived, worked and travelled across Ukraine for long periods during the last few years, will also talk about his own experiences in modern-day Ukraine - his travels, the people he has met, and what life is really like now in one of Europe's poorest countries.

An illustrated talk by Alan Taylor

2:00 pm, Thursday... to be rescheduled

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Future meetings: We would like to hear your thoughts and ideas for future activities. Tell us what you like, and don't like, and perhaps offer your experiences or expertise. Your input is an important part of our work to draw up a programme for the year ahead.