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Cantorelli sings Henry Purcell

Sat 4 March 2017, 1:30 - 3:30pm
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Join us for a lunch time performance of a selection of secular and sacred vocal music by Henry Purcell, performed by Cantorelli. Following the performance tea and coffee and cake will be available from our cafe.
Cantorelli is a group of eight singers from Calderdale and Kirklees.The group has an extensive repertoire of mainly European sacred and secular choral music from the medieval to the present day and performs regularly in the area.

Details of our 2017 programme are on the way! In the meantime, sign up to our mailing list and be the first to receive news about our events, exhibitions and offers.

Daughters of Manchester: The Intriguing Story of the Jewsbury Sisters

Tues 7 March 2017, 6:30 - 8pm
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This talk by the novelist, JC Briggs, provides an introduction to the remarkable lives of Geraldine and Maria-Jane Jewsbury. Geraldine Jewsbury wrote six novels, wrote hundreds of literary reviews for The Athenaeum, and in the middle of the nineteenth century, was acquainted with some of the most famous writers and politicians of the Victorian Age. Her first novel, Zoe, created a sensation. One reviewer advised her to abandon her ‘foolish’ and ‘unwomanly course forever’. Her sister Maria-Jane’s life was short. She died in India at the age of thirty-three, yet William Wordsworth praised her ‘great talents’ and dedicated several poems to her. Join us to discover something more about these fascinating and often overlooked writers.

We are very pleased to welcome JC Briggs back to The Portico for one of her wonderfully humourous, insightful and entertaining talks. Briggs is the author of the Dickens and Jones mysteries, which feature the city of Manchester and place Charles Dickens in the role of private investigator.

Byron's Venice: The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy

27 April 2017, 6:30 - 8:30pm
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This talk celebrates the 200th anniversary of the composition of the final canto of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Beppo, in which Byron redefined and reinvented Venice for the rest of the nineteenth century and beyond. A host of writers, artists and tourists flooded into Venice in the wake of these publications, looking for the Byron's 'Sea Cybele, fresh from ocean', but what was so new about Byron's Venice? This talk seeks to offer an answer to that question.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception with complimentary Italian wine.

Dr Alan Rawes is Lecturer in Romanticism at the University of Manchester and Joint President of the International Association of Byron Societies.

This event is sponsored by The Byron Society.

Free Tours of The Portico

20 Feb & 9 March 2017, 1:30pm
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Guided tours start from Manchester Art Gallery as your guide will begin with a short history of the old Georgian streets in the vicinity, before moving on to The Portico Library for an in-depth exploration of its collection, curios and characters. Book asap as these tours fill quickly!

You will be led by the inimitable Ed Glinert, well-known guide from New Manchester Walks and author of the Manchester Compendium (Penguin).

Drawing Classes at The Portico

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
11:30am - 1:30pm

£10.00 Booking not required

Practice your drawing skills in one of Manchester's most inspirational environments. Advice and tuition available from the class leader, Greg Fenwick. Basic materials are provided and tea and coffee is included in the price. If you wish to bring your own materials please restrict these to pencils, chalks and charcoals.

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