Avis Saltsman's & Ken Baldry's Talks - List of lectures available

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Avis & Ken have lectures available on.....

Modern Art



Family History


.....which they are willing to give to societies & U3As in the London area & on Cruise Ships.

The talks are given with images projected by a video projector (they can bring one if needed) or to a modern, flat-screen telly attached to their laptop computers. The music talks also have built-in examples &, if your premises does not have one, Ken can bring a decent portable speaker system.

If you would like them to give a talk, contact them by e-mail on this link or by telephone on 020 7359 6294.

As they are crumblies, they do not have travel expenses in the London Freedom Pass area & do not charge for talks. They have given talks to the University of the Third Age, two mental health charities, old peoples' clubs, clubs for the disabled & on cruise ships.

Most talks are available in one-hour versions () & many, also in three-quarter hour (cruise ship length) versions ().
Remember to leave time for questions when you pick a length!

Talks by Avis about early 20th Century Art

Paul Gauguin 1848-1903

The first major symbolist.

Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890

Expressionism and colour.

Paul Cezanne 1839-1906

Structure & analysis - the greatest of all?

Henri Matisse 1869-1954

Non-realistic colour for structure & emotion

The Fauves of 1904

Matisse & friends, the "wild beasts" of art


Picasso & Braque take Cezanne's structures to the limit

German Expressionism - Die Brucke

German Expressionism - Der Blaue Reiter

Paul Klee - Modernism can be Fun

Modernism can be playful, too.

Russian Modernists (two talks)

Several different but related movements on the fringes of Europe.

The Bauhaus, with Kandinsky

The hugely influential German University of the Arts, pure & applied.

The Italian Futurists

The recognition of a changing, mechanised, World.

The Vorticists

Britain's own contribution to the revolution in art in 1914-15

Austrian Expressionism - Egon Schiele

Anatomy & sexuality exposed. Some people may find some of the images in this talk very offensive, even pornographic. So, Ken does this Art talk.

Picasso until 1935

Picasso after 1935

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Mountain Talks by Ken


The Cross-Swiss Walk

Ken describes, with copious slides, his walk all the way across Switzerland from
Austria to France, all on foot. This talk extended from further East in Austria in 2009 & 2012.

Weisshorn from
Europa Hut

The Walk from Chamonix to Zermatt

The classic walk over many passes between these two famous mountain villages & when you get there....

Dom & Taschorn

Things to do in Zermatt

Walks & ski-ing you can do when you get there. No Alpine climbing needed.

Wilde Frieger

Plodding round the Stübaital

The walk from & to Innsbrück Airport round the Stübai & Gschnitztaler with no other transport apart from feet.

The Scafells

The Beautiful English Lake District

An introduction for 'beginners'

East from
Mischabel Hut

Summer in the Pennine Alps

An amateurish movie film of two weeks in Southern Switzerland
including alpine ascents of the Lagginhorn, Nadelhorn, Ulrichshorn & Balfrinhorner.

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Music Talks by Ken

Composer Life & Works talks (in order of birth date)

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - the Father of so much

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - the Dramatist

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - the greatest of them all

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and the Power of Song

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) and the Romantic Imagination

Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) - It's all about the Piano

Music as Love, Love as Music - Robert (1810-1856) & Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

A variant available as "Robert Schumann: Madness & Genius" for clubs interested in mental health matters.

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) - Superstar!

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) - a new concept of Opera

Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) - Lawyer becomes Composer

Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) - Better than you think

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) - Singer of the Song of Norway

Edward Elgar (1857-1934) - The Outsider

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) - Triumph over adversity

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) - Denmark's Greatest Composer

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) - The Last Romantic

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) - What makes an "English" Composer?

Arnold Schönberg (1873-1951) - the Father of 'Nasty Modern Music'

Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934) - Searching for Expression

Charles Ives (1874 - 1954) - American original

Bela Bartok (1881-1945) & Folk Modernism

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) - the Yurodivy composer

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Aspects of Music talks


Lesser known great Schubert Songs

A dozen brilliant songs not in the commonly-heard 'top 100' (out of 648) (not suitable for cruise ships)

Faust by

The "Faust" legend in Music

Excerpts from six composers & comparing Schumann & Mahler settings. List of works used on this link.

Josef Strauss

The Waltz 1815 - 1915

Excerpts from sixteen composers, revised Jan 2013. List of works used on this link.


Off the Beaten Track

Excerpts from 14 pieces that ought to be better known & Ken cannot live without. List of works used on this link.

King Arthur

King Arthur, fact, legend & music

Fact (as up-to-date as possible) & legend with musical settings for both. List of works used on this link.


They came to Spain

'Spanish' music by non-Spanish composers. List of works used on this link.


British Music of the Sea

Introducing 15 pieces of music about the sea by British composers. List of works used on this link.


Sea Music from Mainland Europe

15 pieces of sea-related music by non-British composers. List of works used on this link.


A History of Italian Opera

...from its beginnings in the late 1500s to today. List of works used on this link.


...about the First World War

A superficial history with the effect on composers & artists. List of works used on this link.


The familiar & unfamiliar by great composers with suitable slides. List of works used on this link.


My Life in Music

Music items related to my autobiography (not suitable for cruise ships). List of works used on this link.

Life after Reuters

An autobiographical talk about being fired, being one's own boss & an autonomous human being, free from wage-slavery.

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Genealogy Talks by Ken

Ken's Father's family ...with Suffolk views & notes about the Baldry Family History Society

Ken's Mother's family ...goes back to the Roman Empire! With many illustrations & two battle explanations.

History Talks

Pre-historic Britain to 2525 BC

Correcting some of the rubbish we were taught at school about us being woad-covered savages.

Britain from Stonehenge to 60BC

The Neolithic to just before the Romans came over.

Egypt to 1525BC

From the Stone Age to the New Kingdom.

The Fertile Crescent

From the Stone Age to Cyrus the Persian.

Egypt from 1525BC to 525BC

From the New Kingdom to the last native Pharaoh.

Early Greece to 479BC

From the Stone Age to beating the Persians.

The Phoenicians and Carthage to 264BC

The Jews

From 1,800BC to 4BC.

Greece from 479BC to Alexander the Great

From the Stone Age to beating the Persians.

Early Rome to 202BC

From the founding through into the Republic.

The consequences of Alexander the Great

From his death to 30BC in Syria and Egypt.

Rome from 202BC to 44BC

The Republic destoys itself.

Augustus from 44BC & the Empire to 37AD

The beginning of the Empire.

Romans and the Conquest of Britain

From Julius Caesar to Agricola's 'pacification' efforts.

Christianity until the end of the Western Roman Empire

Origins and history, including schisms and persecutions

Caligula to Nero. Rome from 37 to 64

Rome from 64 to 98

The Good Emperors and bad things 98 to 193

The Severans and anarchy. Rome 193 to 270)

The Roman Empire Recovers 270 - 368

The Fall of the Western Roman Empire

...from about 370 - 476AD

King Arthur

Fact, legend and Music, not quite the same as the Music talk version.

Dalriada and Alba

Scotland from after the Western Roman Empire to King David I

Dark Age England from King Arthur to 800

Franks and Goths

Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal after the fall of the Western Roman Empire until about 714AD

The Eastern Roman Empire from the Fall of the West to 628

Islam arrives

...from Mohammed to the fall of the Umayyads in 750AD

The Greek (Byzantine) Empire from 628 to 750

Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to 924

Italy from the Fall of Rome to 967

England from 800 until the Norman Conquest

Greeks and Arabs from 780 to 888

The Vikings from 792 to 1060

Venice to 1162

Spain from 759 to 1109

Greeks and Arabs from 888 to 1072

France from 920 & Holy Roman Empire to 1025

Forgotten Peoples

More about some peoples mentioned in passing in other talks:
Burgundians; Gepids; some other Germans; Lombards and the Normans in Italy.

The Normans in England from 1066 to 1135

From 1027 and 1st Crusade

Scotland from David I to David II

12th Century Part 1

After the 1st Crusade, Hungary, the Holy Roman Empire & the Byzantine Empire to 1146.

12th Century Part 2

The English Anarchy, Louis VII of France, 2nd Crusade, Spain & Portugal to about 1160

Holy Orders

Henry II of England

The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the 3rd Crusade

12th Century Part 3

Russia, Poland, Hungary, The Greeks, Venice, Iberia & England to 1199

The Worst Crime of the Middle Ages

The German Crusade, the German Civil War, the criminal 4th Crusade & Latin Empire, Hungary Bulgaria & King John of England.

Scandinavia, Spain & France to 1229

Points East

The rise of the Mongols, their conquests in Asia & invasion of Europe

More Crusades & the Holy Roman Emperor Friedrich II (in preparation)

Stewart Scotland from David II to James VI and I

The Thirty Years War 1618 - 1648  

A dreadful area of history not generally covered in British schools.

The North-West Passage

The fascinating search over nearly four centuries for a quick route to China.

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