A different set of talks are available for organisations such as Probus and U3A

       COVENT GARDEN - The Business of Opera & Ballet       

Ideal for a Probus meeting, this talk looks at the way the Royal Opera House juggles its various sources of income to produce world-class performances without going bankrupt.  With well over a £100 million turnover, the institution is the flagship of British performing arts and must balance old and new creativity whilst encouraging new audiences in every way possible.

       TROOP! - the music of Trooping the Colour        

There are more than a hundred words of command in the Queen’s Birthday Parade (better known as Trooping the Colour) and between many are pieces of music rooted in history.  Having once been a participant as one of the youngest members of the Band of the Scots Guards, Nigel is able to take a close look at the parade and to examine the background to the compositions.