Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Home Event Calendar Summer Is A-Coming: Beltane …

Summer Is A-Coming: Beltane Celebrations in Great Britain

History; Culture & Tradition
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 60 mins
  • CAN I WATCH LATER? Yes! Sign-up and we'll email you a recording
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

Celtic people celebrated the festival of Beltane on the first of May to mark the halfway point between spring and summer.

Beltane is one of the few pagan festivals that survived the takeover of Christianity in Britain. Many of the old customs celebrating new life and fertility are still practised today, in the form of May Day, and other spring celebrations.

In this talk, we will explore May Day and Beltane festivals throughout Britain. Meet the Padstow Obby Osses, and dance through the streets of Helston. Learn about Green Man festivals, and Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Festival

Join Claire, a proud Celt and Bard of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids as she celebrates the arrival of spring.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (a recording will be available)
Claire Sanderson - Profile Picture.jpg

Meet the Host, Claire

Born and raised in Cornwall, Claire came to Cardiff to undertake a music degree at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

She graduated in 2003, with specialisms in recital, ensemble, performance practice, and 19th Century opera; her dissertation subject was Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Claire plays the viola in the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she has worked with performers including Brian Blessed and Michael Sheen, and also writes programme notes for the orchestra. For several years she was Principal Viola at the Harlech Orchestral Summer School, where she performed many major orchestral solos. In 2010 she played viola on the UK top 30 album Dirt by Kids In Glass Houses. Claire loves all kinds of music, and plays the violin in the Welsh Fiddle Orchestra; ukulele/banjolele and mandolin in Ukulele Wolves; and sings in Quaynotes Choir. She also plays the piano.

Claire believes passionately that music belongs to everyone, and especially enjoys bringing to life the stories of composers and their works.

More Information

What if I can’t make the event?

If a recording’s available for the event, you can still register for it and we will send you an email with a link to a recording shortly after it ends.

Will my camera be on and will I be visible to the other people?

Your camera and microphone does not need to be on for you to enjoy the event. The choice about whether to do this is completely yours.

How do I watch the live event?

Rest Less events are hosted on Zoom, a computer application that allows you to attend online events just by clicking a link. For detailed instructions, please go to our "FAQ" page, which you can find a link to in the nav bar at the top of the page.

How do I sign-up for and access the recording? (Recorded events only)

Book the event as normal (as if you are attending live). After the event ends you will automatically receive a post-event email with a link to the recording, as long as the event was recorded. You do not need to do anything else and there is no separate booking process for recordings only. Please note it can take up to 24 hours for Zoom to process recordings.

Reviews