This is our joint event with HDFAG and is in celebration of the NADFAS Golden Jubilee to explore the music, art and poetry surrounding the extraordinary St. Cecilia. The day will be led by Peter Medhurst who lectured to Nidd Valley in April 2017 on Vivaldi in Venice.
St. Ceclia is the patron saint of music and her feast day falls in the month of November. Traditionally, she is the inventor of the organ and just about every portrait of her from Raphael to Max Ernst shows her seated at the organ making music.
Peter Medhurst did his musical training at the Royal College of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg studying singing and early keyboard instruments. In addition to lecturing he has directed a wide range of choirs, vocal ensembles and instrumental groups, and adjudicated and given masterclasses for the British Federation of Music Festivals.
Held in St. Wilfrid's Church on Duchy Road (where our joint Church Recording team has also been hard at work) with coffee and lunch included. Peter Medhurst reveals over two sessions how this extraordinary woman became the patroness of music. He then goes on to variously perform, introduce and discuss the rich legacy of works she has inspired down the centuries from compositions by Handel and Purcell; paintings by Raphael and Waterhouse as well as the writings of Chaucer.
Full of interesting tales of the criminal art underworld, their origins, methods and corrupt dealers in the trade, including Bill, a handler of stolen antiques, a likeable rogue who provided invaluable information on other villains. We considered him to be a success story, as he turned his back on the antiques trade to become a professional chef. Nearly two decades later he was revealed as a prolific art forger. He was convicted along with his kitchen staff! An entertaining, informative and revealing 60 minutes.
Malcolm Kenwood is an experienced retired specialist police and private detective, investigating art and antique crime.
Formerly the Recoveries Director for the Art Loss Register which operates an international commercial database of stolen cultural property, he formed his own company and developed training programmes designed to educate law enforcement officers in all aspects of this area of criminal activity, undertaken in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Art and Antiques Unit at New Scotland Yard, London.
He has lectured to police conferences, customs officers, auction house staff, museum employees, Interpol and FBI.