2019-20 Programme

Bristol Anglo-Italian Circle
26th Programme 2019-20

Meetings are held at Henleaze Library, Bristol  October to May next up is on Tuesday 4th February
MONDAY 6th April
A day trip to be arranged by
Hilda Ball and David Bruce with an Italian theme and Italian restaurant in Bath
 details to be confirmed by email and via the website

  • Possibly Tuesday 14th April  
Ben Townsend on Maria Letizia Buonaparte, founder of a dynasty
Born in 1750 to a modest Corsican family and married at the age of thirteen, she was to become mother of thirteen children. All eight of those children who survived infancy were to become crowned heads of European states. She died in 1836, fifty years after her husband, and fifteen after her most famous son, Napoleon I of France.
Ben Townsend is an author and historian, born in Bristol, and educated in Wales. Now living in Italy, where he churns out books on the Napoleonic period.

  • further details to be confirmed by email and via the website)

Tuesday 12th May

Dawn Payne on Twinning Wells with Fontanellato – contrasts, connections
further details to be confirmed by email and via the website


Annual Italian-style Lunch and AGM
at the Rockhampton, GL13 9DT. Join us for lunch in Mike Britten’s lovely garden

July – Opera screening
in Millennium Square Bristol – details to follow.

PAST events
Tuesday 1st October
Rebecca Chellappah on singing Italian Opera as a Mezzo Soprano
Her opera roles include Marcellina in Mozart’s the Marriage of Figaro, and Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville and she  has sung Italian arias on the international concert  stage. Rebecca Chellappah holds a Masters in Music with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).
Tuesday 12th November
Richard Henderson on the Grand Tour and Rome in the 18th Century.
The rich and aristocratic young gentlemen from Britain and other North European countries headed south with their tutors for education, hedonism and to load up with the art of ancient and modern Rome for their mansions. They found a museum city, a  well established art (and fakes) market as well as brothels and other delights.
Tuesday 26th November
Christmas celebration lunch.
Tuesday 10th December Sylvia Dodd on Teaching in Rome.
St George’s English School, (St Georges International School), founded in 1958 as a day school, mostly for families working for the UN,
 some from Embassies, Cinecitta – the film studio - and from local families keen to have their children educated in English.
 Among 80 different nationalities was a Getty boy.
Tuesday 14th January
FILM night: Mediterraneo’, 1991 An Italian Language film (with sub-titles)
 "A group of Italian soldiers wash up on a deserted Greek island. Soon, they begin to forget about the war and pursue art, dance and the lovely women of the idyllic island"
Tuesday 4th February
Michael Britten
Reflects on Italian Medieval to Early Renaissance Literature and Poetry
A review of 13th to early 16th Century Italian literature and poetry that shows a period of immense creativity and development, with Dante, Petrarch, Ariosto, Lorenzo il Magnifico and many others producing works of great perception and beauty that still resonate and remain greatly appreciated today.

[deferred David Bruce on Joris Hoefnagel’s Italian Prints for Braun and Hogenberg’s Civitatis Orbis Terrarum.
In the 1580s as a proto ‘Grand Tourist’ Joris travelled to Venice, Rome and on to Naples. Born in Antwerp (1542), this Flemish painter, printmaker, illustrator and merchant, he is noted for his natural history subjects and topographical views and contributed significantly to the emergence of floral still-life painting ].