From royalty to slums with this season’s courses

COMPOSERS, slums and royalty all feature in autumn courses being run by Steyning WEA.

The educational association is running two 10-week courses, costing £79 each, and four half-day courses, for £15 each.

The long courses are Symphonies and their Stories, starting on Wednesday, September 25, and Scattered Squalor: Downland Homes, starting on Thursday, September 26.

The first explores composers from Haydn to Elgar and the challenges of the symphony, let by lively tutor, Robert Carrington, at the Jarvis Music Room, Jarvis Lane, Steyning, from 2pm to 4pm.

Tutor Geoffrey Mead contrasts 20th century seaside slums and the building of more affluent homes elsewhere in the second course, which takes place at the Catholic Church Room, Penlands Way, Bramber Road, Steyning, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

The first half-day course, The Genius of Britten, explores the composer’s use of orchestra, chamber music and the voice in his centenary year. The tutor is Robert Carrington, at the Jarvis Music Room on Friday, September 20, at 2pm.

Geology of the South Downs National Park will explore how the Downs and surrounding areas changed and developed over time. Led by Geoffrey Mead, the course is at Penfold Hall on Saturday, September21, at 2pm.

Joanna Wilkins, a specialist in 15th century history from the Sussex Archaeological Society, looks at the life and times of Richard III at the Penfold Hall on Friday, November 8, at 2pm.

Finally, Digging up Steyning takes a close look at what archaeologists have found in the town over the last 60 years.Judie English, a popular archaeology lecturer will also have finds on display at Penfold Hall on Friday, November 22, at 2pm.

Visit to book online, or call 0800 328 1060. Call 01903 816190 with any questions about the courses.