Events

The Burns Club of London holds a number of special events in addition to the Burns Supper and our Annual General Meeting. Events are open to all and members are invited to bring guests. Booking is essential. If you'd like to join the Burns Club of London see 'How to Join'.

February 2019

Burns the Correspondent

 at The Caledonian Club

Following our very successful Birthday Festival Dinner, we look forward to weloming Dr Rhona Brown of University of Glasgow, who is currently editing Burns's letter for the OUP edition of his works and has some really interesting exchanges to tell us about, especially his responses to some well-meaning advice he received.  Burns was a great correspondent and his letters shed light on his character and on Scottish society in the Age of Enlightenment. They are almost all written in the standard English of the day, so none of us will have any difficulty in following Rhona's examples.

This is our annual William Will evening, for which we pay tribute to one of the most important figures in the 150 year history of our club by inviting a top class speaker to entertain and educate us.  Rhona's talk will undoubtedly do both.

The evening will also include songs and recitations and conclude with a hot buffet. 

Please reserve your place(s) by Wednesday 13th February, if at all possible, by downloading the flyer and submitting the booking form or by emailing the President (see contacts page).

March 2019

Lady Nairne: Scotland's Forgotten Songstress

 at The Caledonian Club

PlaidSong, a musical duo based in Perthshire, will tell the story of the life and times of Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne, and perform a selection of her excellent songs.  She lived from 1766 to 1845, so was a contemporary of Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg as well as of Robert Burns.  Many of her songs are well known, for example Bonnie Charlie (Will ye no come back again?) and Rowan Tree, but many who love these songs are unaware that it was Lady Nairne who wrote them.  We have a great story and wonderful music to look forward to.

The Caledonian Club

The venue for most events is:

The Caledonian Club has a dress code which requires gentlemen to wear jacket and tie.

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