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An evening with Jane Glover

9 October @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are very excited to welcome Jane Glover to West Kirby to discuss her latest book, MOZART IN ITALY.

Join us on Monday 9 October, 7pm when we welcome the acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover to West Kirby, to celebrate the publication of her latest book, MOZART IN ITALY: Coming of Age in the Land of Opera.

Jane will be discussing MOZART IN ITALY with Freya Jarman, lecturer in Music at The University of Liverpool, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of the book.


At thirteen years old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a child prodigy who had captured the hearts of northern Europe, but his father Leopold was now determined to conquer Italy. Together, they made three visits there the last when Mozart was seventeen, all vividly recounted here by acclaimed conductor Jane Glover.

Father and son travelled from the theatres and concert salons of Milan to the church-filled streets of Rome to Naples, poorer and more dangerous than the prosperous north, and to Venice, the carnivelesque birthplace of public opera. All the while Mozart was absorbing Italian culture, language, style and art, and honed his craft. He met the challenge of writing Italian opera for Italian singers and audiences and provoked a variety of responses, from triumph and admiration to intrigue and hostility: in a way, these Italian years can be seen as a microcosm of his whole life.

Evocative, beautifully written and with a profound understanding of eighteenth-century classical music, MOZART IN ITALY reveals how what he experienced during these Italian journeys changed Mozart – and his music – for ever.


In Jane Glover’s long and hugely successful career as a conductor, she has been Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Artistic Director of The London Mozart Players, and, since 2002, is Music Director of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. She has conducted concerts and operas in Britain, the United States of America and across the world, and is especially known for her interpretations of Mozart. She is a regular broadcaster, with highlights including a television series on Mozart. She is also the author of Mozart’s Women and Handel in London. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2021 New Year’s Honours. She lives in London.

You can read more about Jane Glover, here.

This event is being held at West Kirby United Reform Church, Meols Dr, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 5DA

Tickets are £10 standard admisson/ £30 including a copy of MOZART IN ITALY/ £5 student concession admission. Copies of MOZART IN ITALY will be available to purchase on the night. Tickets are non-refundable, and if you can’t make the event but would like a signed/dedicated copy of MOZART IN ITALY please do get in touch, @westkirbybooks on Instagram & Twitter or by emailing hello@thewestkirbybookshop.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!


9 October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The West Kirby Bookshop
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West Kirby United Reformed Church
Meols Drive, West Kirby, CH48 5DA
West Kirby, CH48 5DA GB
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