On November 23rd many association members participated at "An Evening of English Song" concert held at Villa Wolkonsky performed by students of the Royal Academy of Music. The evening began with a welcome speech by Ambassador Jill Morris and special guest from the UK Minister of Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley.
A truly unusual event with a rich programme of pieces by John Dowland, Benjamin Britten, Thomas Campion and Henry Purcell, culminating with an outstanding performance of Brittens Cantile II: Abraham and Isaac.
Remembrance Day Memorial 2017
On Friday November 10th, Association Members, along with Commonwealth Embassies and their representatives, attended the yearly memorial for WW1 heros at the Commonwealth Cemetary in Rome. After a wet start to the day, the ceremony was embraced by poems and prayers read out by different participants including the children of St. Georges British School.
Pictured below are Amb. Jill Morris representing the British Embassy and Rosa Fusco vicepresident of the Association of British Expats in Italy, laying wreaths to honour the soldiers.
On the sunny morning of September 9th, association members were taken back in time as they strolled along the streets of the ex-Jewish Ghetto. Lead by Ferro Trabalzi, an Urban Sociologist and Professor at the American University of Rome, members were given an insight into life at the Ghetto, the hardship that often prevailed and how the Jews responded by their strong sense of community.
The tour continued to the Roman theatre, Teatro Marcello, where Prof. Trabalzi enlightened members on the fascist influence in restoring and preserving many of the Roman monuments that we see today. In his talk he highlighted the need to understand these buildings not only within their original Roman context but also how subsequent generations reworked Roman heritage.
Below is a list of our recent events:
Remembrance Day: November 10
Pub Quiz: October 30
Bonfire Night: November 4
Coffee Morning: October 14
Cultural Event - Walking tour of Ghetto: September 9
Film Evening: July 7
Money Matters: May 5
Cultural Event - Palazzo Doria Pamphili: April 8
Cultural Event - Santa Cecilia in Trastevere: February 24
Book Clubs: Held monthly
Social Aperitifs: Held monthly