Please read Chair’s Notices and Covid-19 Arrangements for up to date notices regarding the delivery of our Lecture Programme while the current Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Please also note that all our lectures are being presented via Zoom while the current pandemic continues and are NOT taking place at the Bronte Lecture Theatre of the University of Huddersfield.  Details can be found by following the links in the right hand column on this Home page under the heading “Forthcoming Events”. Thank you.

The Arts Society is a leading arts charity which opens up the world of the Arts through a network of local societies and national events.

With inspiring monthly lectures given by some of the country’s top experts, together with days of special interest, educational visits and cultural holidays, The Arts Society is a great way to learn, have fun and make new and lasting friendships.

Society Members and Affiliate Members can also become involved in worthwhile conservation volunteering projects in churches, museums, castles and stately homes. There are over 375 Societies throughout the UK and mainland Europe, as well as in Australia and New Zealand, so join us and discover all that The Arts Society has to offer.

The Huddersfield Society has a healthy membership of over 120 and welcomes new members throughout the year. 


Each year the society presents nine lectures and opportunities to learn and socialise further through days of special interest.  Our lectures take place on a Thursday from 19.30 normally in the Sparck Building, Firth Street, Huddersfield, with members getting together from around 18.45 onwards and notices, prior to the lectures, at 19.15. Currently, our lectures will be provided on line via Zoom.  For full details of dates and subjects of each lecture please click on the Lecture title under “Forthcoming Events” in the right hand column on this Home page where a rolling programme can be found.  Alternatively, to see the complete programme, view the page “Upcoming Lectures” which can be found in the drop down box by clicking on “Lectures” in the banner above and following the links.  The programme itself will be updated if new arrangements are made.  Details of Days of Special Interest and Visits can also be found on dedicated pages on this website although, under the current lockdown arrangements, these have not yet been finalised.

Our next Zoom lecture will be on Thursday 17th June at 7.30pm 

Professor Catherine Tackley

The age of Jazz in Britain.

What was the public reaction to jazz when it began to appear in Britain in the aftermath of the First World War?  What did early jazz sound like and how did British musicians learn to play in the style?  How did British artists and designers react to the new rhythms and colours of the music?

Following on from The Arts Society/Two Temple Place Rhythm and Reaction exhibition which Professor Tackley curated in 2018, this lecture explores how jazz arrived in Britain and the impact that it had on musicians, artists and the wider public.  The lecture is illustrated with examples of visual art, including works not shown in the exhibition, and recorded music examples.

Professor Catherine Tackley (née Parsonage) is a musicologist specialising in jazz.  She is currently Head of the Department of Music at the University of Liverpool, UK.  She has written two books – The Evolution of Jazz in Britain: c.1880-1935 and Benny Goodman’s Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert  and co-edited Black British Jazz: Routes, Ownership and Performance.

In 2018, Catherine curated Rhythm and Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain for The Arts Society, an acclaimed exhibition in London based on her research.  In recognition of this and her work with many other organisations, Catherine won ‘Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement’ in the University of Liverpool’s Staff Awards in 2019.  She is Musical Director of Dr Jazz and the Cheshire Cats Big Band


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