Leconfield Lectures

Leconfield Lectures

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The Leconfield Lecture is named after the first Chairman of the British-Italian Society. Hugh Wyndham, who was Chairman for 12 years in the 1940s and 1950s, became Lord Leconfield in 1952. After Lord Leconfield’s death in 1963, Sir Ashley Clarke, then chairman of the Society, inaugurated this series of annual lectures in his honour. Ever since, the Leconfield Lecture has been the main event in the Society’s annual calendar, and has always been given by a speaker of particular distinction.

2016
The Beginnings of Global Opera
Dr Benjamin Walton
2015
The Ceramic Museum of Casteldilago
Sir Timothy Clifford
2014
Becoming a Musician in Renaissance Italy - or Not...
Dr Bonnie Blackburn
2013
The State of Italy
Mr Bill Emmott
2012
Travelling Texts, Eastern Approaches: Italian Fabulists and the 1001 Nights
Dame Marina Warner
2011
Italo Calvino
Prof Martin McLaughlin
2010
Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane
Dr Andrew Graham-Dixon
2009
Hadrian, the Eternal Emperor
Dr Paul Roberts
2008
Women in Power: Caterina and Maria De Medici and the Artemisia Tapestries
Dr James Bradburne
2007
The Giuseppe Garibaldi Bicentenary
Ms Anita Garibaldi & Prof Daniel Pick
2006
Puccini's Heroines
Sir Antonio Pappano
2005
Mazzini: Prophet of the Nation
Prof Christopher Duggan
2004
Melo and Drama: The Films of Luchino Visconti and the Music of Nino Rota
Dr Richard Dyer
2003
Herculaneum
Prof Andrew Walace-Hadrill
2002
Justice Italian Style
Mr David Willey