What's on - December 2017

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  • 1 December 2017 - 1 December 2017Visual Arts/Film



    1ST DECEMBER 2017; 5-9PM

    Sales of prints, paintings and other original work by local artists at a working studio. Join us for festive drinks, meet the artists and find the perfect Christmas gift!


    Kew Studio, St Luke’s House, 270 Sandycombe Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3NP


    Tel: 020 8332 2122

    Kew Art Studio event

  • 2 December 2017 - 3 December 2017Visual Arts/Film



    2ND-3RD DECEMBER 2017

    Sales of prints, paintings and other original work by local artists at a working studio. Pop in for coffee, meet the artists and find the perfect Christmas gift!

    DECEMBER 2ND – 3RD - 11am-6pm:  



    Kew Studio, St Luke’s House, 270 Sandycombe Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3NP


    Tel: 020 8332 2122

    Kew Art Studio event

  • 2 December 2017Music/Gigs

    Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHinE

    Roger McGough’s new show with LiTTLe MACHiNe features a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music. 2017 is a significant year for Roger as he turns 80 and its also 50 years since the publication of the iconic The Mersey Sound by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough & Brian Patten. Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but plenty of his characteristic wit and wordplay too. President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. ‘The patron saint of poetry’ - Carol Ann Duffy

    Age Guidance: 14+

    Tickets: Reserved seating: £22 adults / £17 U18s (£20 LAC Members)

    Unreserved seating: £20 / £15 U18s (£18 LAC Members)

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 3 December 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Chamberhouse Winds present The Snowman in Concert

    Back by popular demand, Chamberhouse Winds’ enchanting family friendly concert adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved story The Snowman, plus festive Christmas music. There’ll also be a Snowman drawing competition and a prize for the best festive hat! Ages: 3 yrs +, running time approx. 60 minutes

    Tickets: £6 children / £8 adults / £24 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children)) 

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 4 December 2017 - 27 December 2017Literature/Talks/Walks

    Tracy Borman & The Private Lives of the Tudors

    Historian, writer and keeper of Historic Royal Palaces, Dr Tracy Borman shares her knowledge of the Private Lives of the Tudors with members and guests of the Borough of Twickenham Local History Society's Alan Urwin Memorial Lecture.

    Twickenham (Borough) Local History Society event

  • 4 December 2017Museum/Heritage

    Lunch at and visit to Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks, Kent

    Lunch at and visit to Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0NT.

    For further details please contact the Programme Manager on tel. 0208 979 3089, email: b.weisblatt@btinternet.com.

    Richmond Association for the National Trust event

  • 5 December 2017Literature/Talks/Walks


    Drinks from 7pm. One-hour lecture at 8pm.

    Following the lecture, the committee invites you to stay for drinks and mince pies.

    The idea that the dead can return to haunt the living is ingrained in English imagination and part of our national culture.

    Telling the fascinating story of ghosts in English art and entertainment, this lecture draws on diverse and intriguing visual sources, including church wall-paintings, political caricatures, magic lantern slides and folk art. It explores what the changing appearance of ghosts reveals about them, and us.

    Lecturer's Profile
    Dr. Susan Owens was formerly Curator of Paintings at the V&A Museum where she specialised in British drawings and watercolours. Before that she worked for the Royal Collection as assistant curator of the Windsor Castle print room. She has curated numerous displays and exhibitions of drawings, and publishes and lectures widely on British art.


    The Arts Society Richmond event

  • 7 December 2017 - 7 January 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Alice in Winterland

    Alice has always been brought up to believe in wonder but her life takes an unexpected turn when she is sent to live with her stern auntie… until she is visited by a White Rabbit and propelled on a quest to save Winterland!
    Follow Alice to the magically curious world of Winterland, a world of ice and imagination, of mad hatters and cruel queens, strong-minded dodos and friendly knights. A world inhabited by the mysterious Bandersnatch and the terrible Jabberwock, a world that lies in the riffle of a pack of cards or in the lines across a chess board, where the impossible becomes possible…
    This dazzling festive new stage production is based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Step through the Looking Glass with Alice this Christmas and join her on this glorious adventure.

    The production features professional actors alongside members of the Rose Youth Theatre.

    Rose Theatre Kingston event

  • 9 December 2017 - 16 December 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

    The Wind in the Willows

    by Alan Bennett, adapted from the book by Kenneth Grahame

    Directed by Matt Beresford

    Join Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr. Toad in this festive family show!

    When Toad’s latest craze lands him in prison the Weasels occupy Toad Hall and plan to turn it into a Leisure Centre...

    Will Toad escape to reclaim the ancestral home? Will Mole, Ratty and Badger forgive him and come to his aid? Will Albert the horse EVER cheer up?!

    This timeless English classic is given a festive, musical twist in Alan Bennett’s charming adaptation. A perfect Christmas treat! Poop Poop!


    Teddington Theatre Club event

  • 9 December 2017Choral/Choirs

    A FEAST OF BAROQUE & Five modern carols

    Up-and-coming young singers are to star in a winter concert in the acclaimed music venue of All Saints Church, Kingston on 9th December.

    The concert will be a particular homecoming for bass Dan D’Souza as he is a former member of Kingston Parish Church Choir and pupil of Tiffin Boys School. He is singing with the Thames Philharmonic Choir and Thames Festival Orchestra in A Feast of Baroque & Five Modern Carols.  For Dan, though, the highlight will be a brilliant musical dialogue between bass and choir in Purcell’s O Sing Unto The Lord, which was one of the first pieces he sang as a treble at the age of 11. Dan pays tribute to his old Kingston school: “Tiffin was fundamental in my musical upbringing and if it weren’t for the support of the teachers there, I would not be in the career I am now.”

    Soprano Charlotte Hoather, also London-based, has a scintillating part in the concert, when she sings the glorious feature solos in Handel’s Laudate Pueri Dominum. Although music is Charlotte’s chosen profession, she has won national championships as a second-degree black belt in karate, and is an award-winning dancer. Both singers, together with tenor soloist Stephen Mills, and alto Beth Moxon, are supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, which helps talented singers trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in the early stages of their careers by matching them to engagements and paying half their fees. This arrangement enables charitable organisations such as the Thames Philharmonic Choir to afford top-quality singers at half price. The Choir is an amateur choir drawing members from Kingston, Richmond, Wandsworth and other south-west London boroughs that performs to professional standards under the direction of John Bate, former Director of Music Performance at Kingston University. 

    The concert’s Baroque works were composed by young men infused with the spirit of Italy. Henry Purcell (1659–1695), the genius of English Baroque, wrote O sing unto the Lord when he was 29. The anthem’s lively interplay between soloists, strings and choir echoes contemporary Italian music, though the style is unmistakably that of Purcell – brilliantly expressive and inventive. Giovanni Pergolesi’s potential for becoming a major figure of the Italian Baroque is evident in his masterly, harmonious and upbeat Magnificat, but he died in 1736 at the age of 26, only a few years after writing it. Handel (1685–1759) wrote Laudate Pueri when he lived in Italy in his twenties; the work is glitteringly Baroque, measured and magnificent.

    The Five Modern Carols are, of course, festive, as befits the season, but in complete contrast of mood to the Baroque works. Richard Rodney Bennett (1936–2012) was a brilliant jazz pianist and wrote film scores such as Murder on the Orient Express, as well as being a distinguished classical composer.  He kept his musical genres quite separate, however, and his carol settings are beautifully constructed in an immediately appealing, modern classical style.

    Thames Philharmonic Choir event

  • 9 December 2017Choral/Choirs

    Normansfield Christmas Concert

    Join us as we celebratethe festive season with the Voices of Lions choir, Larondina Dance Company and the Marble HIll Singers.

    All proceeds from this event are going to the Down's Syndrome Association.

    Tickets are £10 and available from 0333 1212 300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk

    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 9 December 2017Choral/Choirs

    Normansfield Christmas Concert

    Join us as we celebrate the festive season with the Voices of Lions choir, Larondina Dance Company and the Marble Hill Singers

    Tickets are £10 from 0333 1212 300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk

    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 9 December 2017Choral/Choirs

    Handel’s Messiah

    A performance by candlelight with period orchestra given by Twickenham Chamber Consort with Linden Baroque Orchestra, directed by Stephen Gregson.  

    Tickets from trybooking.co.uk/1938 or All Hallows Parish Office or on the door: Adults: £15.00, Senior citizens: £12.00, Children: £5.00.

    All Hallows Church event

  • 10 December 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Opera Encores

    Sunday, 10 December at 7.30pm

    Tickets|:  £15 and £12 from 0333 1212 300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk

    By popular demand, Commedia returns to present another entertaning guided tour through the evolution of opera.

    The evening is ilustrated with more popular highlights performed by a company of professional soloists accompanied by The Virtual Reality Orchestra.

    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 12 December 2017Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond Film Society – screening of 'The Other Side of Hope' (Finland)

    A poker-playing restauranteur meets a Syrian refugee just arrived in Finland. Kaurismäki creates a drama/comedy around Europe’s immigration issues in his characteristically lugubrious and deadpan style.

    Tickets on the night for non-members £6. The screening concludes the first half of Richmond Film Society’s season and it will be followed by the Christmas party. Half-season tickets for the remaining eight films of the season – commencing with ‘Paterson’ on 16 January – are available for £35.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 16 December 2017Choral/Choirs

    Carols by Candlelight

    Our ever popular festive start to Christmas week, with carols, seasonal music and words performed by Surrey Brass, local choirs and YOU! Come prepared to help raise the roof. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available but book early, it’s always sold out.

    Tickets: £13 / £12 concs / £10 Landmark members / £5 U16s

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 16 December 2017Choral/Choirs

    A Winter’s Night: Carols Old and New

    Cecilia McDowall’s festive cantata A Winter’s Night forms the centrepiece of our Christmas concert, alongside traditional carols for all to join in, a delicious selection of Christmas music from the Baroque to the present day, and a mountain of mince pies!

    William Vann - organ
    Kingston Choral Society
    Andrews Griffiths - conductor

    Kingston Choral Society event

  • 27 December 2017 - 29 December 2017Museum/Heritage

    Family Christmas Worshops - Museum of Richmond: A Victorian Christmas

    Discover how the Victorians re-invented the festive season – have a go at playing Victorian parlour games and making some delightful Victorian Christmas Crafts

    For children aged 5 to 11, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

    £4 per child (plus booking fee) : click here to book!

    Museum of Richmond event

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