Art, Architecture, Art History and Crafts





Music Appreciation


ENROLMENT FORM 2019-2020 2


Colin Davies is an architect who was until recently Professor of Architectural Theory at London Metropolitan University. He has many years of teaching experience and currently lectures in a variety of settings. A former editor of The Architects’ Journal and a regular contributor to architectural magazines worldwide, his books include: Thinking About Architecture, Key Houses of the Twentieth Century, The Prefabricated Home, High Tech Architecture, and A New History of Modern Architecture (Laurence King, 2017).

Judith Devons is an artist specialising in screen-printing and ceramics. As well as creating her own work for exhibitions and commissions, she greatly values leading workshops for children and adults at all ability levels. More information on her website:  

Esperanza Fernandez was born in Logrono (La Rioja) in Northern Spain, but settled in England at the age of 19. She has been teaching Spanish to adults since 1990 at Hendon & Barnet Colleges, Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute, Middlesex University, Knuston Hall, (a Weekend Residential College) and since 2006 has been teaching our popular Spanish classes at the HLSI.

 Vicky Ford is an experienced Pilates teacher who trained with BodyControl Pilates in London. She has been teaching for 9 years, and before this trained as a professional dancer. She regularly attends new courses and workshops to keep up this high level of training.

 Agnès Gatineau studied in Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris then in University College London. She has taught extensively French as a foreign language for over 20 years in a broad spectrum of Institutions and businesses. She also runs her own workshops and cultural tours. She has been the HLSI popular French tutor for over 10 years.

Martin Kelly has exhibited and sold artworks in Great Malvern, Pershore, Bath, Manchester, London and Sydney. He painted and built sets for theatres, photographers and trade shows in the 1980’s in London and in the 1990s in Sydney, and has also designed interiors for restaurants and private individuals.  He has taught art and design subjects and interior design since 2001 in a variety of adult education institutions, including the HLSI.

Yana Krizka has been teaching on the Creative Embroidery course at the HLSI since 2017.  She has a City and Guilds Certificate and Diploma in Embroidery and Design, and a City and Guilds Award in Education and Training.  Her work has appeared in various textile books and magazines, and she has been exhibiting in London since 2008.

Rachel Malik is a writer and a reader. Her first novel, Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize (2018) and she is currently working on her second book. In a previous life, she was a university lecturer in English Literature. She has teaching at HLSI for several years.

Misha Manoor is an experienced exercise instructor who has been in the fitness industry for almost thirty years. In addition to general exercise instruction she is also qualified to teach exercise to older adults from GP referrals.  She has been a popular HLSI fitness tutor since 2017.

Maria Marchitelli received a Foreign Languages Degree in Italy with 110/110 cum Laude. She has a Diploma in the Teaching of Italian from La Sapienza University, Rome, and an MA in Comparative Literature from University College London. She has taught at various institutions, including Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute, City Lit, LSE and UCL. Maria has been teaching at HLSI for over 10 years.  

Bettina Metcalfe is a dendrologist with a keen interest in observing and identifying trees in ornamental settings in historic parks and gardens. She is a professional teacher and has extensive experience of leading tree study walks. Bettina is an active member of the International Dendrology Society.

Vincent Milne has been teaching at the HLSI for several years and also currently teaches art at Hampstead School of Art and Mary Ward Centre. He has a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting from Goldsmiths College and several postgraduate qualifications.

Mark Patton is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and London, and the author of several published works of historical non-fiction and fiction. He has taught at the Universities of Leiden, Paris, Wales, Greenwich, and Westminster, and currently teaches for The Open University. He has been teaching at HLSI since 2010.

Gloria Posner has a BA in Foreign Language and Literature (Bologna), a Certificate in Further Education and a PGCE. She has taught at various institutions including Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute for over 10 years. She has been teaching Italian at the HLSI for the last three years and will be teaching Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Barbara Pöllet, born in Germany, has lived in England since 1996. She has a BSc in Anthropology and a Cambridge Certificate in Teaching German to Adults. She has taught German in a variety of institutions for more than 19 years, including City University and City Lit. She has been HLSI German tutor since 2017.

Isabel Raphael has a Cambridge MA in Classics and English, and has been teaching Latin, Greek and Ancient History for some 40 years. She is an experienced lecturer on a variety of Classics-based topics For the last 18 years she has run a popular class called Latin for Pleasure at the HLSI, and more recently Latin and Greek adult classes in Hammersmith also.

Laurie Taylor received her PhD in 2018; she currently teaches in the History of Art department at Birkbeck, University of London and writes for publications such as, Frieze, The Burlington Magazine, and Aperture.

Julian Williamson trained at the Trinity College of Music, London, after which his career has been as a freelance musician, largely split between work as a conductor and as a lecturer. He has directed concerts in all the major London Halls and has worked abroad on many occasions, including lecturing on opera in Verona. He has been HLSI’s very popular music tutor for some 25 years.

Short Courses

Courses are open to both members and non-members of the Institution.

HLSI members will have a priority period of two weeks before general Autumn enrolment and for any new courses starting during the year, including the Summer series of short courses. Continuing students enrolled in the Autumn Term will have priority for the following two terms.  

Forms for enrolment are available from the HSLI office or can be downloaded from

NB Step free access is only possible for courses marked *.  Please note that the staircase to the upper classrooms is narrow and steep and may be difficult to access for those with limited mobility.

Course fees given below are calculated according to the new, longer, term dates.

Payment can be made in cash, by cheque and by credit or debit card, either in person or by telephoning the HLSI office (020 8340 3343).

 Fee concessions:  Some places are available at 50% fee reduction for those on income based state benefits. Places are limited, and are allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please indicate on your enrolment form if you wish to apply or contact the office for details. You will be asked to supply evidence of your benefit entitlement.

 In exceptional circumstances refunds may be given at the discretion of the Education Committee. An application in writing must be sent to the Chair of the Education Committee via the office.

There is no insurance cover for students taking part in activities off the premises.

Students under 18 are not normally allowed to enrol.

The Education Committee reserves the right to cancel a course due to lack of support.

If a course is cancelled, fees for sessions which have not taken place will be reimbursed.


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