I have moved all annoucements of past events to a new page:
- Wednesday, 7 November 2012: The Nonsense Songs Of Edward Lear – A Song-Cycle By David Lawrence. The first performance of this work, composed to mark the 200th anniversary of Lear’s birth, is to take place in Cork, Republic of Ireland, on Wednesday November 7th. It will be performed by Eoghan Desmond (Baritone) and Colin Nicholls (Piano). Further details can be obtained from: David Lawrence, telephone 0044-1544-370330 (UK) or from Kay Desmond, telephone 00353-21487-5310 or 00353-86607-3645 (Ireland).
The work, which is about 90 minutes long, consists of settings of:
How Pleasant to Know My Lear
The Nutcrackers and the Sugar-Tongs
The Pelican Chorus
The Pobble who has No Toes
The Quangle-Wangle’s Hat
The New Vestments
Mr and Mrs Discobbolos (Parts 1 & 2)
The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo
Incidents in the Life of Mr Uncle Arly.
- Friday 14 September 2012 ― Sunday 19 May 2013: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Grisogorious Places: Edward Lear’s Travels exhibition.
- 20 September 2012 ― 6 January 2013: The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, will put on a display of its Edward Lear Collection. Details. There will also be a series of lectures about Lear: those for September are listed here.
- 12 October ― 17 November 2012: Happy Birthday Edward Lear, at The Concourse Gallery, Michael Andrews Building, Southampton Solent University, SO14 0YN.
- Sunday 14 October, 4.30 pm: Edward Lear will be featured on Radio 4’s Poetry Please. The programme will be repeated on Saturday 20 October and will be available via iPlayer on the RAdio 4 website.
- Wednesday 31 October 2012, 2-3 pm: Edward Lear and his Cretan Drawings, with Stephen Duckworth. Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
- Thursday, 1 November 2012, 6 pm. Edward Lear’s Lines of Flight, the 2012 British Academy Chatterton Lecture on Poetry by Dr. Matthew Bevis of Keble College, Oxford who will talk about Lear’s paintings as well as his poetry. The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH, phone: 0207-969 5200. Page.
- Friday 9 November 2012: Amblongus Pie: Dance, Music, Verse, and Song will include a contemporary musical setting and reading of Edward Lear’s “Nonsense Cookery” in honor of Lear’s 200th birthday. Julia Bentley, a Chicago based mezzo-soprano, accompanied by pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, along with members of the Lehrer Dance Company, will be performing. Dr. Ann C. Colley, SUNY Distinguished Professor, is literary advisor to the event. The concert will take place in the Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium in the Burchfield Penney Art Centre in Buffalo, New York.
- Wednesday 14 November 2012, 2-3.30 pm: Edward Lear: Zoology, Landscape, Nonsense and the Demon of Epilepsy, with Charles Lewsen. Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
- Friday 23 November 2012, 2-3 pm: Letters from the Lake District; Charles Nugent talks about two newly discovered letters written by Lear in the Lake District and how they shed light on his first major sketching tour. Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
- Tuesday 4 December 2012, 2-3 pm: Pyramids, Philae and Petra: Edward Lear’s Travels in the Near East, with Briony Llewelyn. Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
- 10 December 2012, 9.30: Charles Lewsen will be speaking to the Bristol Medical History Society about Edward Lear’s Epilepsy. The John Zorab Lecture Theatre, the Medical Education Centre, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.
- Friday 14 December 2012, 5-7.30 pm: In Conversation: Michael Rosen and Colin Harrison; the Story Museum’s Curator of Stories talks to Colin Harrison about the two sides of Lear’s art – his accomplished paintings of flora and fauna, and the nonsense sketches which accompanied his verses. The Story Museum, Oxford.