What's on - June 2018

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  • James Henry Pullen – An Extraordinary Victorian

    Friday 1st June. Talk given by Kirsten Tambling of the Watts Gallery, Compton, on the life and works of James Henry Pullen (1835-1916) - a man who was institutionalised all his life due to his disabilities but was the creator of a range of imaginative and innovative works of which his fame is mainly linked to his scale models of ships. Held at Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond, TW9 2RE. Refreshments available. Talk starts 7.30pm

    Tickets £6 on the door or in advance at www.rhacc.ac.uk/events

    Portcullis Trust event

  • TTC Open Morning

    Hampton Hill Theatre throws its doors open from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm for members of the public to have a tour of the building and find out more about Teddington Theatre Club.  Come and have a look behind the scenes and after we show you round, have a cup of tea or coffee with members of the Club, who will be on hand to answer all your questions about the theatre and the Club - whether you want to find out more about taking part in our productions or attending our shows as a member of the audience. 

    Teddington Theatre Club event

  • 2 June 2018 - 9 June 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Joking Apart

    Richard and Anthea are the lucky couple who seem to have all the good fortune fall into their lap; yet in a very British way, they are thoroughly nice and eager to help their friends and neighbours. The only problem is that, with the best of intentions, they end up draining their independence and self-respect, in short sucking the life out of them.  Ayckbourn wrote Joking Apart as a response to critics who accused him of only writing about unhappy couples, and he has said the play is his personal favourite, which is quite an accolade.

    Richmond Shakespeare Society event

  • 2 June 2018Music/Gigs

    The Leipzig Connection

    The first of the three Teddington Summer Music concerts.  The concert will contain some of London's finest string players for a programme brimming with good tunes and rich lyricism.

    Tickets:  £14 and £12 (group booking discounts and 2+ concerts booked discounts will apply) from 0333 1212 300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk

    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 2 June 2018Music/Gigs

    Embraceable Ella

    Acclaimed jazz vocalist, Joanna Eden presents a loving tribute to her vocal hero - Ella Fitzgerald.  From A Tisket A Tasket, which brought Ella to fame in the forties with the Chick Webb Orchestra, to later songbook album classics like Cole Porter's Every Time We Say Goodbye and Gershwin's Someone to Watch Over Me, Eden mines the rich seam of Fitzgerald's unrivalled canon with humility, style and obvious deep affection.  Joanna is accompanied by her world-class band: Simon Brown - piano, George Double - drums and Arnie Somogyi - bass. "Marvellous!!" - Dame Cleo Laine.

    Tickets: £16 / £14 concs & LAC Members

    Pre-show supper available; £9.50 per person.

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 3 June 2018Music/Gigs

    Trumpeters' House: Museum of Richmond 30th Birthday Garden Party

    Celebrating the Museum’s 30th Anniversary and raising money to secure our future
    by generous permission of Baroness van Dedem

    Kindly supported by: Bhuti, Richmond Theatre, La Creperie Cinq Maisons, Turks Launches, Hummingbird Bakery, Graze,  Franco Manca, Tit Fer Tat and Petersham Nurseries.

    Come and listen to summer sounds from the Barnes Concert Band, playing a selection of musical arrangements of films, musicals, popular and classical music.

    Try your luck at our Champagne Raffle and Silent Auction to win prizes worth over £3000!

    Enter our Best Party Hat Competition—for children and adults. Children can have a go at creating their own party hat, and adults can bring a favourite from home. Mary Spiteri, the award winning milliner behind Tit fer Tat, will be taking a break from making hats for Ascot to judge the best hat competition.

    Find out more about the Museum and its history: handle Museum objects and children can dress up like a Tudor.

    Meet local societies and charities who have worked with the Museum over the past 30 years.

    Relax in this beautiful garden sipping on your drink of choice and enjoy a delicious cake (Please advise the Museum of any allergies or dietary requirements)

    Adults: £10, Friends: £8 Children aged 4 – 13: £5 , Under 4s: Free

    Tickets include a glass of wine or a soft drink, tea and cake. Donations welcomed for additional drinks and cake.

    Admission by ticket only – click here to buy your tickets. Also available from The Museum and Open Book, King Street, Richmond or on the day.    

    Museum of Richmond event

  • 4 June 2018 - 8 April 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals

    The Opposite Sex

    The Colour Noise Theatre Company presents The Opposite Sex by David Tristram. This raucous comedy uncovers marital infidelity between two warring couples during a chaotic dinner party, as the pasts of Mark and Vicky, Judith and Eric come back to haunt them. It isn't long before the air is thick with insults, black eyes and broken china! Starring Cait Chidgey and Paul Downey. Directed by Barney Hart Dyke.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • At Rest in Kew – Johann Zoffany

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

    It is 200 years since the death of Johann Zoffany, prolific painter of the theatre, conversation pieces, dramatic events of the French Revolution and a superb recorder of English society in Calcutta and Lucknow in the 1780s. Zoffany was born in Frankfurt and seventeen years later went to Rome to study with Masucci. He did not settle or succeed, however, until he arrived in Covent Garden in the mid 1760s, impecunious and working as a journeyman painter for Benjamin Wilson. In Wilson’s studio he met David Garrick who became his patron. Later he had the patronage of Queen Charlotte and she commissioned him to go to Florence to paint The Tribuna of the Uffizi. From the Royal Court he went to Bengal to paint remarkable images of Anglo-Indian life. By the end of the 18C Zoffany returned to London where he bought a house at Strand-on-the Green, near Kew Palace. He painted altar pieces for the local churches. He is buried at Kew where his tomb can still be visited.

    Lecturer's Profile
    38 years in education, 18 as headteacher, Frances Hughes is now a freelance lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery and for the National Trust. She is Secretary of the Shakespeare Reading Society (founded 1875), Chairman of the Irving Society and Chairman of the Henry Irving Foundation.

    The Arts Society Richmond event

  • 8 June 2018Choral/Choirs

    All Hallows Music Festival - Sérafine Chamber Choir

    London’s sparkling new ensemble sings a choral tapestry from Renaissance to Twenty-First Century.

    Tickets £12 (under-12s free; student/12+ £5): 020 8241 2345, on the door or online. www.trybooking.co.uk/DZQ

    All Hallows Church event

  • 9 June 2018Music/Gigs

    East Meets West - Teddington Summer Music

    This is the second of the three Teddington Summer Music concerts.  In this enticing programme, the sensuous and exotic sounds of the East are contrasted with two masterworks from the austro-German tradition.

    Tickets are £14 and £12 (ground booking discounts apply for 2+ concerts booked will also apply)


    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 9 June 2018Choral/Choirs

    All Hallows Music Festival - Choral and Orchestral concert

    Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Trumpets (Peter Athans and Daniel Crouch, solo)

    Bach: Suite No. 2 (Vanessa Morgan, solo)

    Handel: Coronation Anthems: My Heart is Inditing and Zadok the Priest

    Haydn: Te Deum.

    Tickets £15 (under-12s free; student/12+ £5): 020 8241 2345, on the door or online. www.trybooking.co.uk/DZQ

    All Hallows Church event

  • 9 June 2018Choral/Choirs

    A Musical Entente Cordiale: Renaissance and 20th-century music from England and France

    Listen to fine music written for the Catholic Church but which raised a few eyebrows when first written at All Saints Church, Kingston, on 9th June. The Royal Borough’s very own master musician John Bate will be conducting his Thames Philharmonic Choir in Fauré’s Requiem, which was dismissed by the resident curé of Paris’s famous Church of the Madeleine, where Fauré was organist, as an unwanted novelty, and a Mass by William Byrd that could have landed its composer in gaol. 

    William Byrd (c. 1540–1623) was the greatest figure among a dazzling array of highly gifted musicians of the English Renaissance. But his Mass for Four Voices, a melodious and unusually expressive example of Tudor music, was written specifically for illegal Catholic masses in the Protestant England of Elizabeth I and he could have been imprisoned as a recusant. It is a mark of Byrd’s brilliance that he won the admiration – and protection – of the Queen.

    Gabriel Fauré was partly moved to write his Requiembecause he found the funeral repertoire at the Madeleine not to be to his taste. “A combination of gently understated Gallic drama and heart-achingly beautiful melody,” is how conductor John Bate describes the work. A French music critic contemporary of the composer wrote: Fauré ‘works in quiet colours’... his work is ‘like a well-bred discourse.’ The comments apply equally to the composer’s Cantique de Jean Racine, written as a student when he was only 19. 

    Since its major refit a few years ago, All Saints has become a concert venue known for its excellent acoustics, staging and atmosphere. One of England’s most distinguished organists will be making the most of the church’s magnificent organ, built by acclaimed Danish maker Frobenius, with organ pieces by Byrd and his younger contemporary Orlando Gibbons, and the famous French 20th-century blind organist Jean Langlais. Stephen Disley is sub-organist at Southwark Cathedral, as well as a recitalist and accompanist with leading British orchestras. 

    The 90-strong Thames Philharmonic is an amateur choir based in SW London that performs to professional standards under the direction of John Bate, former Director of Music Performance at Kingston University. 

    Tickets: 07522 524081, online at www.thamesphilchoir.org.uk or at the door. 

    Thames Philharmonic Choir event

  • 10 June 2018Music/Gigs

    All Hallows Music Festival - Promenade Concert in the Cloister

    Local young musicians play chamber music for easy listening.

    Free - all welcome.

    Tea and cake stall.

    All Hallows Church event

  • ERISEID (About Strife)

    Eoin feels wronged when his long-term partner, Tim, is excluded from a family wedding back home in Ireland. What does it matter that they’ve just broken up? The problem, for his extended family, is that Tim is femme, fabulous and – worst of all – English. Eoin refuses to give in to their demands and begins his hunt for the most queer, inappropriate, disruptive plus-one possible.

    Presented by Airlock and written by John King, ERISEID (About Strife) takes the myth of Eris, goddess of Strife, who arrived uninvited at the wedding of Thetis and Peleus in Greek mythology, and maps it onto a family wedding in post-referendum Ireland.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 12 June 2018Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond Film Society – screening of ‘The Florida Project' (USA)

    Richmond Film Society's screening for the June 2018 Twickenham Festival is 'The Florida Project' (2017), the acclaimed US Indie drama, directed by Sean Baker.

    Set over one summer, the film follows the lives and adventures of a group of young children living in a budget motel near Disney World, whose often transient residents live a hand-to-mouth existence. It focuses, in particular, on a fearless, hyper-active and ebullient little six-year old girl, Moonee, and her loving but dissolute young mother, who is little more than a child herself. Whilst it addresses serious issues facing those living on the margins, the film is, at its heart, a wondrous and humorous child’s-eye view of the world, featuring outstanding naturalistic performances from first-time actors and, arguably, a career-best from the Oscar-nominated Willem Defoe as the world-weary and warm-hearted motel manager.

    The film garnered 58 awards worldwide and five-star ratings from The Guardian (“thrillingly vibrant”), the Telegraph (“hysterically rude, visually stunning”) and the Independent (“one of the best films made about childhood in recent years”).

    This screening is free to both current RFS Season 55 members and/or ‘early joiners’ for Season 56 – another reason to sign up. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3) and can be purchased on the night (cash only) or in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office (in person or by telephone on 020 8240 2399) or online at http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/

    Season 56 Membership - 16 Films for £40

    In recognition of the loyalty and support of our members over many years and the substantial growth in our membership and audience figures, particularly this Season, the Committee have decided to reduce the membership fee for Season 56 by one third from its current level of £60 and to extend the programme from 15 to 16 films. Accordingly, the cost of membership for next season will be £40, representing an unbeatable bargain of £2.50 per film. The concessionary seasonal membership fee for full-time students in Season 56 will be reduced from £35 to £25. Season 56 commences on 18 September 2018.

    Membership includes free admission to all 16 screenings, free admission to the Christmas party, input into future film selection and details of other local arts-related events through our affiliation with Arts Richmond.

    Films are shown at 8.00pm on alternate Tuesdays and are screened at The Exchange. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.

    For further information on membership enrolment or RFS generally, please visit our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk where a downloadable Membership Form is available, together with a list of the 22 films from which the final 16 will be selected for Season 56.

    You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RichmondFilmSociety/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Richmond_Film

    New members are always very welcome, so do please come along and join us at The Exchange.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 12 June 2018 - 13 June 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Dispatches:New Writing Night/The Angel Rails

    Come and see London's newest theatrical voices! On Tuesday 12th the OSO is hosting the second of its scratch writing nights, with seven short plays presented and read over the course of the evening, with opportunity for feedback from the audience and other writers. Some of the pieces have already been programmed, and this month we have a focus on local writers.

    On the second night, Wednesday 13th, there will be a rehearsed reading of The Angel Rails. This new play is currently being developed by the team behind The Cavalry Behind You, performed last year at the OSO, before transferring for a full run at The King's Head Theatre in Islington.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 13 June 2018Museum/Heritage

    Coach visit to Kelmscott Manor and Buscot Park

    Visit to 2 properties - Kelmscott Manor and Buscot Park in Oxfordshire.

    Buscot Park near Kelmscott Manor near Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8BU.

    For further details please contact the Programme Manager on tel. 020 8979 3089.

    Richmond Association for the National Trust event

  • 14 June 2018Museum/Heritage

    Visit to Southside House, Woodhayes Road, London

    Thursday 14 June 2018 please meet at 10.45 for 11am.

    Full address: 3 Woodhayes Road, London SW19 4RJ.

    For further details please contact the Programme Manager on tel.020 8979 3089, email: b.weisblatt@btinternet.com.

    Richmond Association for the National Trust event

  • Poetry Café

    Come and join us for a warm and friendly presentation of poetry and music.

    An Arts Richmond event

  • 15 June 2018 - 17 June 2018Visual Arts/Film

    2018 Korean Art Exhibition

    An exhibition of fine art, photography, Korean painting, crafts and contemporary art work selected by artists from the Korean Art Association. A vibrant collection that encompasses Korean traditions, culture, life style and landscape.

    Free Event

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 16 June 2018Music/Gigs

    Fred and Ginger

    Robert Habermann sings some of the fantastic songs Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers introduced into their films.  The show also covers the career of Astaire after Ginger left to develop her own career.

    Tickets £12 and £10 concessions from 0333 1212 300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk.


    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 16 June 2018Music/Gigs

    Thames Philharmonia - Sibelius: three great works

    Finlandia, a rousing musical expression of national identity, sets the scene for Thames Philharmonia’s celebration of the great Finnish composer, Sibelius. Talented young violinist Hee-jin Kwon, a rising star in her home country of South Korea, joins the orchestra as soloist in Sibelius’ hauntingly beautiful violin concerto. The concert will conclude with the composer’s uplifting Fifth Symphony, which progresses from an optimistic opening clarion call to an unforgettable triumphant finale.

    Tickets: £15 / £12 concs & LAC Members / £5 U16S

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 16 June 2018Choral/Choirs

    The Ripieno Choir | At the round earth's imagined corners

    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s (1848-1918) noble Songs of Farewell are a persuasive reminder of his significant contribution to the English choral tradition. The six ‘songs’ are a musical summation of his compositional life, reflecting his love of English madrigals and partsongs. Steadily increasing in length, complexity of choral texture (growing from four parts to eight) and emotional fervour – setting fine words by (among others) Thomas Campion, John Donne and from the psalms – the set has an intensity and power considerably greater than the sum of its six individual parts.


    Parry’s six ‘motets’ (for thus he or his publisher described them) are complemented by six motets by Renaissance masters. We celebrate twenty years of Ripieno concerts at All Saints, Weston Green, with music for the Feast of All Saints from Byrd’s Gradualia – which is scintillating even by his exalted standards. Byrd’s Spanish contemporary, Victoria, is likewise on sublime form with his Salve Regina and Regina coeli. However, his luxuriant eight-part writing is thrown into high relief by the often stark, simplicity of Josquin’s four-part masterpiece, Ave Maria - the first piece in the first-ever publication of such music (1502).


    Finally, we are excited to present the first performance of Adam Ockelford’s skilful arrangement of the traditional Scottish ballad Barbara Allen. Those who know their Wagner will recognise the musical fragments from which the accompanying voices are constructed and also their appropriateness. Non-Wagner fans need not worry though: the whole effect creates a beautiful song.

    The Ripieno Choir event

  • 22 June 2018 - 24 April 2018Visual Arts/Film

    Artists@Redlees Summer 2018 Open Studios andGallery

    During the twice yearly Open Studios, the Gallery at Redlees Studios is specially curated to  showcase new work by the resident artists. Pantings, drawings, sculpture, photography and ceramics will inspire you and entice you to visit the individual studios of over 30 artists and designer-makers, including the very popular jewellery and textile studio.
    Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of this creative community  and the home-made refreshments in the relaxing surrounding of these converted Victorian Stables in
    West London, with artists available to talk about their work or demonstrate their techniques.


    Redlees Studios event

  • 22 June 2018Music/Gigs

    An Evening of Romantic Songs

    In this evening of beautiful romantic songs, Ester Kosar (mezzo soprano) and Nigel Foster (piano) are going to perform the no so often sung song cycle of Biblical Songs by Antonin Dvorak along with Hector Berlioz cycle Les Nuits d'este.

    Tickets are £10 and £5 for concessions/students from 0333 1212 300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk

    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 23 June 2018 - 4 April 2018Music/Gigs

    Favourites of Stage and Screen

    The third of Teddington Summer Music concerts.  The Richmond Syimphonic Concert band returns to Normansfield Theatre with a programme of music which contains all the favourites of stage and screen.

    Tickets: £14 and £12 (group discounts and 2+ concerts bookred) will apply - 0333 1212 300 or www.langdondowncentre.org.uk

    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 24 June 2018 - 30 June 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals

    The Collector

    The Collector by Mark Healy, from the novel by John Fowles

    Directed by Sophie Hardie

    An enthralling edge-of-the-seat thriller about obsessive love

    Frederick Clegg became obsessed with Miranda Grey at first sight. The repressed, introverted, butterfly collector, at first merely admires the beautiful art student from afar. But then he wins the Lottery and buys a remote country house, planning to bring her there as his ‘guest’. Having abducted and imprisoned her, he soon finds the reality is far from his fantasy and their tense, claustrophobic relationship leads to a devastating climax.


    Teddington Theatre Club event

  • 24 June 2018Music/Gigs

    Violin Recital

    Hee-Jin Kwon celebrates her UK solo debut with wonderful music by Beethoven, Grieg, Ravll and Yuongio Lee.

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


    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 28 June 2018 - 30 June 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals


    A politically confused, perceptive and stingingly hilarious piece about how clueless we can all be about society, politics and birthdays. Set in a quintessentially middle-class garden shed, five young adults try to form a political party yet quickly get lost down a rabbit hole of buzz-words, political correctness and lemon drizzle cake. From the team that brought you the OSO Pantomime, Punk Rock and Sealed comes Party, a political satire packed with sincerity.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 30 June 2018Music/Gigs

    Sing a Song of Sixpence

    The Marble Hill Singers are returning to Normansfield Theatre for their ever popular summer concert in aid of the Down's Syndrome Association.  Join them for an entertaining programme of choral and piano music from childhood.

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


    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 30 June 2018Music/Gigs

    Kew Sinfonia Summer Concert

    Dvorak - Violin Concerto

    Bartok - Romanian Dances

    Kodaly - Summer Evening

    Dvorak - Czech Suite

    Soloist - Michael Foyle. Guest Conductor - Susanna Riddell. Leader - Cathy Schofield. 

    Tickets: £15, Students £6. Online: kewsinfonia.org.uk , reserve by email: kewsinfonia@gmail.com and at the door

    Kew Sinfonia event

  • 30 June 2018Choral/Choirs

    Bach to Bernstein

    Concordia Voices are performing a concert of music by Bach and Bernstein

    Bach: Jesu Meine Freude and Lobet den Herrn


    Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, and a medley from West Side Story and “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide

    Tickets in advance £12 from ticketsource.co.uk/concordiavoices

    Concordia Voices event

  • 30 June 2018Choral/Choirs

    A Night at the Opera - KCS Summer Concert

    We are hugely excited to spend ‘A Night at the Opera’ with two of today’s fastest-rising stars: Australian soprano Lauren Fagan, who has already sung leading roles at The Royal Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera Holland Park, and British tenor David Butt Philip, whose recent engagements have included The Royal Opera, Glyndebourne and English National Opera. They join KCS for an unforgettable evening of ravishing arias, duets and choruses, including music by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Dvořák and – naturally – Puccini’s Nessun dorma.

    Soprano: Lauren Fagan
    Tenor: David Butt Philip
    Piano: Leanne Singh-Levett
    Conductor: Andrew Griffiths

    Adults: £13 Concessions: £11 Under 18s: £5
    Box Office 020 8873 3040

    Kingston Choral Society event

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