The Arts Society Dukeries lectures

by | 24 February 2023 | Art, Hobbies, Retford

The Arts Society Dukeries’ next lecture is on Wednesday 1st March and will feature speaker Peter Medhurst on Vivaldi in Venice.

Vivaldi is the one baroque composer whose music is a direct reflection of the city in which it was composed. Listen to a Vivaldi concerto, and hey presto! You are transported directly to the heart of 18th century Venice.

The reasons for this are many: Vivaldi’s passion for colour displays the spectacle in his music; the unusual way in which Venice solved its problems with the poor and the homeless; Vivaldi’s health problems, and his eccentricities as a man and a priest.

Against the luxurious backdrop of 18th century Venice, and with musical performances, this lecture brings together the amazing world of Vivaldi’s music – music that is as intrinsically Venetian as the canvases of Canaletto.

The following lecture, on Wednesday 5th April, will be about great railway stations, evoking the spirit of romance and adventure with speaker Ian Swankie.

If you are interested in the arts in all forms, go along to a lecture and find out more. The Society meets at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton-in-Lindrick, S81 9AP. Tea and coffee are available from 10.00am, ready to start by 11.00am and lasting for approximately one hour. Free car parking is available. Members pay an annual subscription; visitors are welcome at a cost of £7.00 per lecture.

For further information on lectures, the June holiday, special interest days or the Society in general, phone Gill on 01909 540506 or email Gordon at, or visit