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Dr Rosamund Bartlett

Thursday 9th June 2022

The Culture of Ukraine

Whatever the future brings, there is no doubting the feeling that the Ukrainian nation is being reborn. But what do we really know about this country, the second-largest in Europe, which has struggled to be free for hundreds of years?  This lecture tells the Ukrainian story through the history of the shared culture which binds its proud people together. We will explore the sacred art and architecture of Kyiv, and its vital links to the Byzantine Empire, and consider the distinctive characters of two very different cities, Odesa and Lviv. We will also look at the rich folk culture of Ukraine's rural heartland, beginning with its music and the secret codes embedded in its ancient folk embroidery tradition, which have exerted a surprising impact on modern painting and contemporary haute couture.  Last but not least, this lecture promises to unravel the mysteries of wild cossack dancing and the myriad recipes for borshch.

Rosamund Bartlett is an acknowledged authority on the culture of Russia and its neighbouring colonies who has been travelling to Ukraine for over thirty years.  She is a biographer of Russia's greatest anti-war activist Tolstoy, and her annotated translation of Anna Karenina was published to acclaim by Oxford University Press in 2014.  She is also a biographer and translator of Chekhov, who had a Ukrainian grandmother, and grew up close to the border near the Black Sea.  Her edition of Chekhov's letters for Penguin Classics includes many written from his dacha in Sumy.  In 2008 she launched a campaign to rescue Chekhov's house in the Crimea, and remains a Trustee of the Anton Chekhov Foundation, a UK-registered charity.


This concludes the series of lectures organised by The Arts Society Taunton Evening.

Tickets can be purchased for indivudual lectures either through this box office or on the door. To become a member of the Society, or for further information, please contact 01823 412102 or email

Organised by

The Arts Society Taunton Evening

****Please note this is a change to the advertised lecture "The Painting Secrets of Freud and Bacon"****

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The Culture of Ukraine

Southern Sinfonia



Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen's Reign in

Great British Music

Southern Sinfonia, the professional Chamber Orchestra resident at Queens College, is thrilled to be back on the concert platform for a Platinum Jubilee concert to honour our wonderful Queen.

In celebration of Her Majesty's long reign of dedication and service to the United Kingdom, the orchestra will play music by famous British composers, including Elgar, Walton, Delius, Arnold and others.


Richard Smith, the Leader of the Orchestra, will be the solo violinist in a star performance of Vaughan Williams'  'The Lark Ascending', (voted the country's most popular classical work) and there will be music from the Coronation ceremony, Fantasia on Greensleeves and Banks of Green Willow.

Walton's film music from Henry V and Delius's  'On hearing the first cuckoo in spring' will feature too and there may even be a few 'Prom' style musical surprises!

So, please join us for a magical and joyful evening of great music performed by one of the South of England's finest orchestras'.

Friday 10th June, 7:30 pm

Queen's Theatre

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Jubilation - Southern Sinfonia

Taunton Festival of the Arts


A Gala Performance

Taunton Festival of the Arts brings to you their Gala Evening.

After 2 years of our young artists not performing on stage, join us and embrace their talent with a mixed bill of Music, Drama and Dance.

 Lets celebrate their talent together.

 Sunday 12th June 5 pm

 Queen's Theatre

Adults £7

16 and under: Free

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Performed by

Queen's College Middle School

Following ‘Treasure Island’, the Middle School returns in a spectacular Olivier Award-winning musical, HONK!

 George Stiles & Anthony Drewe, authors of the current West End ‘Mary Poppins’, made quite a splash with their heart-warming re-imagining of the Ugly Duckling fairy tale, modernised for all the family.  It’s such a delight that it even beat ‘The Lion King’ to the top awards when it first premiered in London.

With a live band, high-energy dances, amazing costumes and even some surprising onstage special effects, get ready for FARMYARD FUN!



Queen's Hall Theatre

Friday 24th June

7 pm

Sunday 26th June

 3 pm


Full price £15

Concessions £12

Family Ticket (4 seats) £44

*Queen's Members £10

*Queen's Family (4 seats) £34

* Any member of the Queen's community i.e. staff, parents, students, OQ.

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Somerset County Orchestra


Featuring Soloist


Elizabeth Hayley


Somerset County Orchestra are delighted to welcome back Elizabeth Hayley for a performance of Beethoven’s youthful first Piano Concerto. The theme of youthfulness is continued in Prokofiev’s moving suites from his ballet Romeo and Juliet, one of the movements known to all as the theme tune to The Apprentice.

The concert opens with Rossini’s William Tell Overture, another piece better known by its TV theme name, The Lone Ranger.

William Tell Overture - Rossini

Piano Concerto No. 1 - Beethoven performed by

Soloist Elizabeth Hayley

Suite No 1 & 2 from Romeo and Juliet - Prokofiev

3rd July

Queen's Theatre

3:00 p.m.

Tickets £12 Under 18 free

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Somerset County Orchestra July

Tamsin Alicia



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Master Class

Monday 1st August,

Wednesday 3rd

Thursday 4th &

Friday 5th


Class times: 9.00am –  3:30pm

Drop off times: from 8.15am – 8.50am

Pick up times: from 4.40pm –4:30pm

Age range: 8 – 12 years

Led by Tumie Ngakane

Tumie will lead you through this four-day course developing striking skills and physical fitness. You will acquire and develop movement skills, learn to communicate, collaborate and compete by selecting & applying skills & tactics. You will learn how to evaluate, recognise and improve your performance and gain & review an understanding of fitness and health.

Each day you will play a different sporting activity: net & wall games; striking and fielding games; evasion games and running & co-operative games.

Each day will see you challenged in five areas, speed, agility, power, anaerobic endurance & endurance and will conclude with teams competing in a fitness and health quiz


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Multisports Master Class 22

Adventure Activities

Master Class

Monday 16 – Friday 20 August

Class times: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Drop off times: from 8.30am – 8.45am

Pick up times: from 4.15pm – 4.45pm

Age range: 7 – 12 years

Our annual, adrenaline-pumped adventure course returns

for another year.

Led by Mark Neenan (Head of Outdoor Pursuits at Queen’s) and his team, you will learn the various skills required to complete a range of activities across Devon and Somerset including canoeing, rock climbing, tunnelling, orienteering, bushcraft and kayaking.

If you love the great outdoors, thrilling adventures, getting wet and muddy and also have plenty of energy, this is the ideal course for you!

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Adventure Activities 2022


Master Class

Monday 22nd August – Friday 26th August

Class times: 9.00am – 3.30pm

Drop off times: from 8.15am – 9.00am

Pick up times: from 3.40pm – 4.30pm

Age range: 9 – 16 years

During this amazing five-day course Joe Mann, Queen's Colleges' Head of Food and Nutrition will take you on an enthusiastic journey through the world of food and nutrition. You will be mastering culinary skills, putting together recipes and creating a different meal, dessert or baked goods each day, which you can then take home for tea.

Each day will be spent learning about the nutrition, whilst combining delicious flavours to create sumptuous dishes.

If you love food and enjoy cooking this course is perfect for you.

Bon Appetit!

*****Look out for our adult evening class on Friday 26 August.*****

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Cookery Master Class 22

Adult Cooking Master Class

Friday 26th August

Join Joe Mann, Head of Food and Nutrition at Queen's College, for an adult class on bakery skills such as bread making.

Price £30

7 pm - 9 pm

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School Office: +44 (0)1823 272559

School Office: +44 (0)1823 272559