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Buy tickets Left bank opera festival 2017

'English National Identity: Alfred, Arne and Contemporary Britain'

2017 programme


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Tuesday 29 August, 9 - 9.45pm


Join us after the first performance of 'Alfred' to take a look at the changes in English national identity from King Alfred, to Thomas Arne, right up to the present day.


We're joined by an expert panel to steer us through the fascinating (and sometimes tricky!) waters of national identity:


Julia Barrow is Professor of Medieval Studies in the School of History at the University of Leeds. She was educated at St Andrews (MA) and Corpus Christi College, Oxford (DPhil). Her research interests focus on bishops, clergy and charters of the earlier and central middle ages.


John Denham is Director of the University of Winchester's Centre for English Identity and Politics. John was the Labour MP for Southampton Itchen from 1992 until standing down at the 2015 General Election. He served as a Minister in the Labour Government for 10 years, including periods as a junior minister and Minister of State at the Social Security (pensions), Health and Home Office before resigning over the Iraq War. John returned to government, as Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and then Communities and Local Government.


Suzanne Aspden is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford.  She researches, publishes and teaches on opera, music, and cultural life in the 18th and 20th centuries.  She appears regularly on BBC television and radio.



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Tuesday 29 August, 'Alfred', 7.30pm - 9pm

Wednesday 30 August, 'Alfred' 7.30pm - 9pm

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