The Arts Society Betchworth

Sadly, while the pandemic continues, the Society is unable to offer their usual monthly lectures in Betchworth Village Hall. However, our specially commissioned, on-line lectures by Zoom are proving extremely popular.

Our November Zoom lecture for members and visitors will be a memorable occasion.

Mozart, aged 7

Join us on Monday 18th November at 5.30pm for the next in our very popular series of virtual lectures.

By delving into letters, newspaper advertisements and eye-witness accounts, our lecturer Peter Medhurst will tell the story of Mozart up to the age of 10 years.  He will discuss and play a selection of works from these early years (including the very first piece to survive) to reveal one of the greatest real life musical dramas of all time.


When Mozart was in London in 1765, the newspapers reported that, for two shillings and sixpence, the public could hear him play at the Swan and Hoop, Cornhill on a harpsichord and upon it a handkerchief, without seeing the keys!

He was just nine years old at the time.

Mozart’s childhood was filled with tricks, adventure and experimentation and never before – or after – had there been a musical prodigy of such lasting genius and promise. 

The old adage travel broadens the mind was certainly the case with the boy and as he made his way around Europe with his family, performing in venues that ranged from taverns to palaces, his exposure to the musical centres of each country he visited set him up musically for the rest of his life. 

If you are not a member and would like to enjoy this absorbing, illustrated lecture you are invited to come as a visitor for £5.

Please email Pat Frankland or call Pat on 01737 842028. 

All you need is a PC, laptop or tablet, a comfy chair and your favourite tipple. We promise you won’t nod off!

For more information please visit our website.

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