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    Speaker Notes - SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2019

    Speaker names marked with an asterisk  *  are Dorridge U3A members

    Date:  Thursday 5th September

    Topic: Dad's Army - a history (including some local examples)

    Speaker: Ron Gallivan

    Ron is a retired Training Manager for an International Aerospace Company and the current Chairman of the thriving Redditch Military History Society


    Date:  Thursday 19th September

    Topic: Victorian Gardens

    Speaker: Dr John Page

    John is a retired Head of a University Language School, where he specialised in German and Politics. He is a former Secretary of Birmingham Group Alpine Garden Society and Convenor of the Rock and Alpine Garden History Study Group and has lectured in the USA for the North American Rock Garden Society. He has been RHS Yearbook Editor, also contributing articles on Tulips. He has travelled widely in search of plants, from the Rockies to Kazakhstan and New Zealand


    Date:  Thursday 3rd October

    Topic: If you could see what I can see when I play Cor Anglais

    Speaker: Louise Braithwaite

    Louise is a freelance Cor Anglais and Oboe player specialising in orchestral performance and opera with forays into other genres. She has been Principal Cor Anglais and Co-Principal Oboe with Orchestra of the Swan, a chamber orchestra based in Stratford upon Avon, since 2005.
    She has performed as a soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, including a live Radio 3 broadcast, and has had new Cor Anglais music commissioned for her by the orchestra through the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Performing Rights Society for Music.
    Louise’s performance portfolio also includes off-stage solo Cor Anglais and orchestral work with Longborough Festival Opera, guest Oboe and Cor Anglais playing with the English Symphony Orchestra, deputy and extra work with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and on-stage costumed performance and studio work with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
    Louise has just completed a five month, 74 performance contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company in John Vanbrugh’s Restoration comedy ‘The Provoked Wife’ at The Swan Theatre in Stratford. Working on this play involved making creative contributions to the development of 20 new pieces of music in workshops with the composer; rapid memorisation of complex new music and choreography; and rehearsing and performing as an integrated member of the acting Company.
    In a 25 year career Louise has performed everywhere from The Albert Hall for The Proms, to recording in an actual cupboard under the stairs, to playing in a garden in the rain for ‘The Archers'.


    Date: Thursday 17th October

    Topic: An Actor's Life for Me

    Speaker: Robert Lister

    Robert trained at the Rose Bruford College in the 1960s and has been a professional actor ever since. He describes himself as a ‘Journeyman-Actor’ and as such is a veteran of Provincial Theatre, West End appearances, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, the New Shakespeare Company and English Touring Theatre.
    His Television Credits include Peak Practice, The Bill, Crime Limited, Beowulf, Hustle and his own one-man show, Mr. Marie Lloyd.
    As an audio artist Robert has made countless radio dramas for the BBC on Radio 4, 4-Extra and the World Service. He also voiced the documentaries Waldheim and The Forgotten War, and was a regular contributor to Newsnight voice-overs. He plays Lewis Carmichael in The Archers.


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