Chairmans Newsletter

Chairman’s  Newsletter

The Arts Society Nottingham November 2020

Dear member,

Firstly, I hope that you are all staying in good health and keeping safe during our second period of lockdown.

I am very pleased to say that our online lecture season has got off to a good start. We had 89 logins for Sandy Burnet’s lecture in September and 159 for James Russell in October. Given that many members may be watching as couples, that is a very positive attendance.

We have 510 members and guests and new members are of course always welcome.

Study Days

These will now be FREE online via Zoom to all our members and we encourage you to join us. Nigel Bates will talk on Thursday 19th November about Tchaikovsky and The Nutcracker.  On 8th January the very popular Peter Medhurst will talk about music in Art. He will be providing a live performance using one of his historic musical instruments.

We will be reimbursing those members who had previously paid for this.


We encourage you all to keep an eye out for our emails (hopefully not in your junk folder) to keep up to date with our programme. We will remind you all one week before and also the day before each lecture/study day.

The AGM:

This was delayed this year. We are conscious of the need to hold this and will be exploring the potential for an online Zoom version.

Please continue to look through the monthly summary of events and information circulated by the National Arts Society. Stay connected with the Arts Society website where you can view online lectures and other features. For example, worth watching is “Hold Still” an online photo exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery.

It is also clear now that we will not be returning to Broadway for the remainder of this season. We remain optimistic that next season we can return there.

Ilanah Dance

Chair TAS Nottingham

The Arts Society is continuing to be active whilst we are mindful of Covid-19.

This message is intended to keep you informed on what The Arts Society (at National Level) is doing to try and fill the void whilst our activities are suspended, and to suggest some internet sites you may wish to look at to be able to continue enjoying some of the arts during this difficult period.

Please note that you may not be able to connect to the websites directly if you click on the addresses here, in which case, you should copy the address and paste it on your browser, or just type it in.

TAS have started a number of initiatives which you may find useful.

The first place to look is actually on The Arts Society website

From the menu select Arts, News and Features where there are a number of interesting articles. Whilst on the website you may like to register your email address so that you are kept up to date with the latest actions and facilities being offered by The Arts Society.

TAS New Initiatives for the Coronavirus Period:

There is a new website

Its objective is to provoke discussions amongst the entire population of committee

members and/or general members about the arts.

This will be launched and available to all members during the week commencing 6th April. There should be a general announcement but you may wish to keep an eye on the TAS website

TAS on YouTube

TAS has set up its own YouTube Channel which will enable Lecturers to deliver live or recorded talks. The first broadcast is scheduled for 7th April.

Type     The Arts Society      into the search option within YouTube.

Internet Arts Programmes

A number of art galleries, opera companies, orchestras and theatres are providing recordings of exhibitions and concerts either on their own websites and often on YouTube which I suggest you look at according to your personal taste. Some are listed below but I am sure there are many more.

The last three listed above can also be found on YouTube. Just enter the search mode and you should find them. They have a number of recordings on there, particularly the LSO, and you can choose almost any type of classical music concert.

BBC iPlayer has an Arts section listed in its categories and is well worth looking through for programmes you may have missed

Ilanah Dance

Chair, The Arts Society Nottingham