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Events and Talks 2018 -2019

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Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 8pm

Upton House School, 115 St. Leonard’s Road, Windsor SL4 3DF

Talk: The Fight for Cookham Commons 1790-1852. Keith Parry (Maidenhead Heritage Centre).

After thirty year’s research experience in the agrochemical industry, Keith ‘retired’ to develop his interest in history gaining a Diploma and then a M.Sc. in English Local History at Oxford University. He is a voluntary researcher for the Maidenhead Heritage Centre giving public lectures to various societies on the Centre’s behalf. He also answers queries to The Heritage Centre from the public.
He engages in academic study, giving lectures at Oxford University and to historical societies. His first history research publication appeared as part of The Historical Atlas of Oxfordshire.  He is now working on the history and maintenance of a number of early wooden bridges over the river Thames.

 Two events to Celebrate the Birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

The Old Court onFriday 24th May 2019 at 7.30pm

This event will take the form of ‘Desert Island Discs’ with Hugo Vickers acting as presenter. Ticket sales and prices have not yet been announced, but the Society will have an allocation.

A second event to be held at Holy Trinity Church on 27th August is well on its way and will be open to Society members and friends.

Details will be posted as soon as they become available so please keep an eye on our website.


Our popular Royal Albert Institute Annual  Music Event will be held in the Flitcroft  Room at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park.

This year the concert will feature the exciting young quartet Improviso and more details can be found below.


Fatima LahhamElin WhiteFlorence PetitJohan Löfving

Improviso is a dynamic young quartet who met at the Royal College of Music in London and have been exploring historically informed improvisation and 17-18th century chamber music together since March 2017. Since then some highlights have included performances at St James’s Piccadilly, the Wigmore Hall (as one of the Hall’s Chamber Tots ensembles), the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh, the Brighton Early Music Festival, and in a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme.


In 2018 they enjoyed two residencies, at Snape Maltings and at the Cultural Centre in Ambronay, France as well as performing in Pavia, Italy, as part of Ghislierimusica’s Barocco Fuori festival, in the Utrecht Early Music Festival as semi-finalists in the International van Wassenaer Competition 2018, and in the Festival d’Ambronay, France. In December 2018 they embarked on a mini tour of their new Christmas programme, taking it to the York Christmas Early Music Festival, and to venues in Oxford, Cambridge, and London. Improviso were selected as a beneficiary of the emerging project 2017-2018 (Emerging European Ensembles), were Brighton Early Music Festival Young Artists 2017-2018, are currently Live Music Now artists, and were selected for the Stroud Green Festival’s Young Ensemble Scheme.

In 2019 Improviso looks forward to a busy performing schedule in the UK and abroad, including concerts at St Martin’s in the Fields, St James’ Church Piccadilly, the London Festival of Baroque Music at St John’s Smith Square, the Buxton Festival, and the Brighton Early Music Festival.

Please join us for this very exclusive event and for a very entertaining evening.

Tickets are priced, as last year, at £20.00 for members of The Windsor and Eton Society and £22.00 for non-members and include a glass of wine.held