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

Other Subjects

.....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.

Early Greece to 479BC

From the Stone Age to beating the Persians.

The Phoenicians

From Canaan, Phoenicia and Carthage to 264BC.

The Jews (in preparation)

Early Rome (in preparation)

From the founding through the Republic.

Romans and the Conquest of Britain

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

The Roman occupation of Britain

From Agricola to the end of Roman occupation.

Christianity until the end of the Western Roman Empire

Origins and history, including schisms and persecutions

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 after the Western Roman Empire until William Wallace

Dark Age England

From King Arthur to 800AD

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 628AD

Islam arrives

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

Forgotten Peoples

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

The Greek (Byzantine) Empire

From 628 to 750.

Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to 924

From the arrival of this monster.


From the Fall of Rome to 967.

Greeks and Arabs - 1

From 780 to 888.


From 792 to 1060.


From 750 to 1109.

Greeks and Arabs - 2

From 888 to 1072.

France from 920 & Holy Roman Empire to 1002

England until the Norman Conquest

...from 800AD, through the Vikings to Harold II

Scotland from Wallace 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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