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Cultural happenings at Keble

Monday 03 March 2008

Fifth, sixth and seventh weeks of Hilary term have been a cultural whirl: in Fifth week, Arts Week included a performance of Robin Wilson’s ‘Alice in Kebleland’, and an illustrated talk by Ian Archer on the history of the College based on work for the forthcoming book, Keble Past and Present. There were notable productions in the O’Reilly Theatre in Sixth and Seventh weeks: Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams and Fanshen by David Hare. Also in Seventh week, David Briggs gave an organ improvisation to the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House (Keble 1970), gave a fascinating talk about how he has turned the ROH round from disaster scenario to spectacular success, and Thomas Guthrie and David Owen Norris (Keble 1972) gave a highly innovative performance of Schubert’s song cycle, Winterreise. On Friday of Seventh week Paul Wee (3rd yr Law) gave a performance of Mozart’s piano concerto in A major with the Keble orchestra, followed by a performance of Karl Jenkins’s suite The Armed Man by the choral society. And we also had the Archbishop of Canterbury to preach. Phew!