Providence United Reformed Church


Lecture Series

There is a regular series of lectures on a wide range of subjects, ranging from modern history to philosophy, music and the media.

Tuesday 29th March 2022

‘A Secular Theology of the Psalms’ – Dr Jordan Dyck

In this lecture Jordan Dyck examines the Psalms through the eyes of Rabbi Martin Buber and discovers philosophies within that can enrich a secular as well as a religious audience.

Dr. Jordan Dyck is a Biblical and Classical language teacher, philosophy lecturer and board member of the Metropolitan Community Church of North London, based in London. He previously worked with dementia and end of life charities, and is now pursuing ordination with the aim of becoming an end of life chaplain for LGBTQ people. If you would like to know more about him, or would like some lessons in Ancient Greek, Hebrew or Latin, check out his webpage

Tuesday 26th April 2022

‘Musette: (the other) Royal Bagpipes’ – Dr Amanda Babington

This talk will discuss the Musette and its history, with extracts of music demonstrating the allure of its unique sonority. Amanda will demonstrate how the instrument works and, drawing on her own research, explain how a French instrument ended up in the West Highland Museum in Fort William (Scotland!).

Dr Amanda Babington is a Violinist, Recorder player and Musette player, specialising in historically informed performance. She is Artistic Director of Baroque In The North, and plays regularly with many of the leading British and European period-instrument ensembles, as well as with chamber ensembles AB24, Four’s Company and Aberdeen Early Music Collective.

Amanda is a Visiting Performance Fellow at Aberdeen University and Director of the University of Manchester Baroque Orchestra. She has given masterclasses at various universities and conservatoires in the UK, and at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga. Her debut solo musette album will be released on the Deux-Elles label in 2022.

A lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music, she has given talks at Göttingen Handel-Festival, The Foundling Museum, London, and Manchester Camerata. Amanda has published various articles on Handel, and her edition of Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and Dettingen Anthem for the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe was published by Bärenreiter in 2016. More recently, however, her research has focused on French Baroque music pertaining to the musette.

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