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  • Cafe Event: Leggings, Lycra and Lunch

    Join Scott for a fun aerobic session working up a sweat ready for a sociable healthy lunch. An hour of fitness to eighties classics - leg warmers optional!

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • Borough of Twickenham Local history Society

    Dr Helen Baker shares her knowledge of the Belgian Refugees in East Twickenham in WWI. All Welcome. Non-members and guests £2.50.

    Twickenham (Borough) Local History Society event

  • Masterclass with Bill Alexander ( RSC Hon Assoc Artist ) on March 2nd

    Rare opportunity for Masterclass with RSC Honorary Associate Artist

     

    Theatre director Bill Alexander (RSC Honorary Associate Artist) will lead a two hour Masterclass on ‘A Merchant of Venice’ at the off-West End Playground Theatre in London W10 6RQ.

     Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 2 to 4pm

    Followed by questions from the audience (30 mins)

    Bill began his career at the Bristol Old Vic and joined the RSC in 1977 where he was Resident and then Associate Director until 1992. He was Artistic Director of the Birmingham Rep between 1992 and 2001. Having directed ‘The Merchant of Venice’ four times (RSC, Birmingham Rep, LAMDA and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) it has become, by his own admission, an obsession for him.

    Acting students from Drama Studio London will assist Bill in the masterclass, which will focus on themes within the play. The Masterclass is for anyone with either a love of and interest in Shakespeare or for those curious to know more and see a master of his profession at work!

    We can also announce that Bill’s adaptation, a 90-minute, modern dress version, ‘A Merchant of Venice’, will be performed at the Playground Theatre in September. This is a new production by Shakespeare in Italy (incorporating Sharing Shakespeare)  www.shakespeareinitaly.org.uk.

    Tickets - £22

    Concession – (student, unemployed, over 60, under 26) - £15

    Teachers and lecturers go free when bringing a student group of 10 or more.

    Please contact the Box Office via boxoffice@theplaygroundtheatre.london to book

    For more information please email Mary Chater or Collette Parker at info@shakespeareinitaly.org.uk

    Sharing Shakespeare - Shakespeare in Italy event

  • Lecture on the English domestic revival: country house architecture of the late 19th century

    £5 payable on the door. No ticket needed.  Drinks from 7pm, one-hour lecture at 8pm.

    Lecture outline
    A renewed interest in English rural architecture and an anti-Gothic backlash led to the ‘English Domestic Revival’. Inspired by English farmhouse architecture and the work of Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren, a range of houses and public buildings were erected in the last decades of the 19th century by Norman Shaw, Nesfield, Lutyens and other architects of the late 19th century. 

    Speaker's Profile
    Our speaker, Christoper Rogers, read Geography at Oxford and taught Geography. Formerly he was Head of Geography at Downe House School Newbury. He became interested in country house architecture whilst at Oxford and he has lectured on the subject ever since. He has regularly led 5-day summer courses for Marlborough College Summer School. Chris also lectures for the National Trust.

    The Arts Society Richmond event

  • 3 March 2020Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond Film Society - Screening of ‘3 Faces’ (Iran)

    A fascinating road-trip from Iranian auteur, Jafar Panahi, depicting rural life in the remote Turkish-Azeri-speaking part of Iran.  An actress receives an upsetting phone video in which a provincial girl pleads for help but is it genuine ? She hitches a ride with Panahi to get to the bottom of the matter…En route, they have a number of amusing encounters but find themselves confronted with several diehard traditions.

    Winner of the Best Screenplay at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, ‘3 Faces’ is the fourth film made by Panahi during his 20-year filmmaking ban imposed by the government of Iran.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3). Tickets can be purchased  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/ (subject to a cap of 70). To ensure that you secure a ticket, pre-booking via The Exchange is recommended. A further 50 or so tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of the screening (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    For further information about RFS, our programme of films and membership, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk 

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 4 March 2020 - 22 March 2020Visual Arts/Film

    Seeing Sense: Judith North and Kate Proudman

    Seeing Sense introduces a new series of oil paintings and sketches which explore the place of perspective in contemporary painting. In the work, perspective is seen as a metaphor and symbol for how we place ourselves and the viewer in the painting.

    Judith North’s paintings often explore interior and exterior spaces. These spaces, rooted in the real world, are constructed from observation and memory. Her paintings move towards abstraction, as she rejects and conceals linear perspective, achieving depth without line or vanishing point. Her paintings instead use surface, texture and an application of many fine layers of paint and the play of light on matt and reflective surfaces to achieve depth.

    Originally an architect, creating space is an instinctive part of Kate Proudman’s practice.  She often works from written text – descriptions of architectural space and landscape – to create her work. The subversion of the perspective within the work is increasingly about the expression of a fractured viewpoint, the unknown position of the writer and the unknown qualities of the space.

    One Paved Court event

  • 4 March 2020Music/Gigs

    Jazz Concert with Adrian Fry

    An evening of fine jazz with top UK trombonist and arranger Adrian Fry. With Mark Aston (sax), John Pearce (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Eric Ford (drums). 

    Mark's Jazz Sessions - Strawberry Hill Golf Club event

  • 5 March 2020Music/Gigs

    Barbara Dickson with Nick Holland + support

    In these special acoustic performances Barbara and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level. The pair let the words and melodies take ‘centre stage’ as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on her folk roots, contemporary greats and some of her classic hits.

    Tickets: Reserved area £26 & £24 / Unreserved area £22.  A Landmark Fundraising Event

    Pre-show supper available £9.50 per person.

    Bookings:  Tel:  020 8977 7558, email: info@landmarkartscentre.org, visit www.landmarkartscentre.org

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 5 March 2020Museum/Heritage

    Visit to Pitzhanger Manor

    Visit to Pitzhanger Manor, Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 5EQ.

    Contact details: the Programme Manager on tel.020 8979 3834, email: wendyasim@btinternet.com

    Richmond Association for the National Trust event

  • Marie Lloyd (Stole My Life)

    “The Boy I Love is Up in the Gallery and I can’t even get a seat in the crowd”

    Nelly Power -  Principal Boy, Male Impersonator, Burlesque Act, and one of Victorian Music Hall’s biggest stars.  She was adored by an army of fans, owned properties and had a jewellery collection worth some £175,000 in today’s money.  And she lost it all thanks to several unscrupulous men and one very cheeky young lady.   Nelly’s personal Victorian melodrama includes tales of rescues at sea, the Victorian divorce laws and an early introduction to the “Queen of the Music Hall” Miss Marie Lloyd.

    We are thrilled to bring Nelly to  the Victorian parlour that it the lovely Tea House Theatre, just a short walk from Vauxhall station.

    Click here to visit the Tea House Theatre website and book your tickets.

     

    Blue Fire Theatre Co. event

  • 6 March 2020 - 22 March 2020Music/Gigs

    Barnes Music Festival 2020

    Our theme of Musical Journeys features a wide range of music which crosses boundaries both cultural and geographical. The festival has expanded to include thirty-five events at ten venues across Barnes with over nine hundred musicians taking part. The music spans orchestral, instrumental, choral, opera, jazz and film with performances from internationally renowned artists, emerging young talents and local groups as well as the involvement of all the schools in Barnes and further afield. We hope that the there is something for everyone, whatever your musical tastes.

    Barnes Music Festival event

  • Social lunch at St.Mary's Community Hall

    Social lunch at St. Mary's Community Hall, Hampton TW12 2EB, followed by a talk on - How to read the English Country Church (Pre Christian to the Tudors) by the Reverend Nicholas Henderson. 

    Contact details: the Programme Manager on tel.020 8979 3834, email: wendyasim@btinternet.com

    Richmond Association for the National Trust event

  • Roger McGough and Little Machine

    The 'must have' act at Literary Festivals, draws on 3,000 years of poetry; classic poems set to music and performed with energy, passion and humour.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • Tea Dance

    Strictly fun - try something new!  A social afternoon of Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing to the DJ's selection of popular dance tunes.  All levels of ability are welcome and a partner is not necessary:  Free dance lesson at 2.00 pm

    Tickets £8.50 includes a glass of Prosecco or tea/ coffee

     

    Musical Museum, Brentford 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

  • 7 March 2020Music/Gigs

    Thames Philharmonia - Rachmaninov 'Two and Two'

    Two beautiful works by Rachmaninov: his Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Yeseul Kim and Symphony No. 2. Rachmaninov conducted the 1908 premiere of his 2nd Symphony which, filled with wonderful musical themes, is particularly accessible to those who may be new to orchestral music. First performed in 1901, Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto is one of the most popular and recognisable piano concertos. We are delighted to welcome Korean pianist Yeseul Kim, winner of numerous international piano competitions including the Mauro Paolo Monopoli International Piano competition and the Maru International Concerto competition.

    Tickets:  Advance £16 (£14 concs) / On door £17 (£15 concs) / £14 LAC Members / £5 U16s

    Bookings:  Tel:  020 8977 7558, email: info@landmarkartscentre.org, visit www.landmarkartscentre.org

     

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 7 March 2020 - 16 February 2020Music/Gigs

    The Cloud Messenger: A passionate story written in Barnes

    The Cloud Messenger:  A passionate story written in Barnes

     

    In her fascinating book ‘Composers of Barnes’ Elly Oldroyd recalls ‘The blue plaque at number 10 The Terrace on the house where Gustav Holst lived between 1908 and 1913 is part of many Barnes residents’ daily life as they walk to Barnes Bridge station on their daily commute.  

    One of Britain’s most famous composer, the creator of the Planets, chose also to be a Barnes Resident.

    The five years Gustav Holst spent at 10, The Terrace were among his busiest and most productive years.   He was attached to no less than three schools at the time – as Director of Music at St Paul’s Girls’ School and at James Allen’s Girls’ in Dulwich, as well as Morley College for Working Men and Women near Waterloo – and he found time to produce an eclectic range of compositions, including an opera, choral music on themes taken from Sanskrit texts, an orchestral piece based on music he heard on a holiday in Algeria and two suites for military bands.’*

    What is perhaps less known is that Holst developed a fascination for Sanskrit poetry and literature; although he never converted to any religion, Hindu or otherwise, he was a romantic in search of beauty. Fuelled by his passionate love for his wife Isobel who he had just married, he was inspired by the story of the banished servant of the God of wealth pleading to a passing cloud to convey his love to the wife from whom he is separated.

    The Cloud Messenger is one of the last of a series of writings from a rich Hindu heritage which inspired Holst to create his own texts.  The work was completed by Holst at his home in Barnes in 1910.  The manuscript includes on the title page “10 The Terrace Barnes SW” in Holst’s own hand.

     

    The Cloud Messenger will be performed by the Choir of King’s College London and the Barnes Festival Orchestra in a new arrangement produced by Joseph Fort, Conductor of the King’s College London Choir.  The baritone will be Seb Johnson. 

    The new arrangement of this stunning piece - a chamber version of the orchestral part - has been recorded and the Delphinium Label CD will be launched at this concert.

    The Choir of King’s College London is recognised as one of the leading and most prestigious collegiate Choirs in this country and abroad. Their performance in last year’s Barnes Music Festival of the Rachmaninoff Verpers, in the words of those who were there, was a truly magical moment and one of the highlights of the 2019 Festival.    

      

       Barnes Music Festival - 7-22 March 2020

    • Thursday 19 March 2020 – 7.30pm at St Mary’s Barnes The Cloud Messenger - Gustav Holst - Tickets £15 at Chestertons Barnes or online at www.barnesmusicfestival.com

     

    *Eleanor Oldroyd (2016) Composers of Barnes; Barnes Music Festival.

     

    Barnes Music Festival event

  • 7 March 2020 - 22 March 2020Choral/Choirs

    Barnes Music Festival

    Musical Journeys
     

    The programme has now been released for the Barnes Music Festival in March 2020 with the theme Musical Journeys, featuring music crossing boundaries both cultural and geographic.

    We have put a special emphasis on the musicians and stars of Barnes!  We will see childhood Barnes residents return to their geographical roots.  The Opening Concert at St Mary’s on Saturday 7th of March 2020 introduces the theme with Hugo Ticciati who was born in Barnes - and his acclaimed ensemble performing a largely English programme taking us ‘Across the Universe’ with Britten’s Theme & Variations, and inspiring music by Roxanna Panufnik and Gustav Holst among others.  

    On the 10th of March, world-famous cellist Steven Isserlis who grew up in Barnes will guide us through his personal musical journey around the globe, and on the 16th of March Henry Chandler, acclaimed violist and Director of Music at St Mary’s Barnes - also born and raised in Barnes - will perform with pianist J-P Ekins – always a sold-out event!

    At St Michaels Martin Neary will conduct Bach’s B minor Mass. Completed only a year before Bach’s death, in 1749, it is one of the greatest compositions in musical history.  

    Our all-time favourite Alistair Mc Gowan returns with singer Charlotte Page with their special Coward Show Sincerely Noel whilst Howard Goodall presents his documentary on The Beatles, A Musical Appreciation.   

    Additionally, during the Festival there is the opportunity for young people living in the area to get involved in their own musical journey with the Barnes Young Musician of the Year Competition. The applications are now open! For detailed guidelines and the application form please visit the Barnes Music Festival website: www.barnesmusicfestival.com . The application deadline is the 10th of February 2020.

     

    Barnes Music Festival event

  • 7 March 2020 - 22 March 2020Choral/Choirs

    Bells and Queens

    The brochure of the 2020 Barnes Music Festival is out this month and packed with very exciting information.  The theme this year of Musical Journeys features a wide range of music which crosses boundaries both cultural and geographic. 

     

    The festival has expanded to include thirty-five events at ten venues across Barnes with over nine hundred musicians taking part.  The music spans orchestral, instrumental, choral, opera, jazz and film with performances from internationally renowned artists, emerging young artists and local groups as well as the involvement of all the schools in Barnes and further afield.

     

    There is something for everyone, whatever their musical tastes, from JS Bach to the Beatles.   

    Two original programmes caught our eye:  

     

    The Music of Bells

    Bell ringing was, at one time, indispensable to know the time, however, although no longer needed, has it has evolved into a much loved and unique tradition in Britain. The sound of church bells ringing is a common one, however the complexity of the sounds created is certainly understated. The demonstration of St Mary’s Bell Ringers explains not only why the ‘Music of Bells’ differs from other music and how the music can become more complex as the ability of the ringers increases, but also how the patterns are restricted by the way the actual bells move. ‘Change ringing’, as it is known, was developed in this country in the 17th century when mechanical systems enabled bells to be swung through 360 degrees and, as a result, could be controlled more accurately. The bells will be rung, and different types of music demonstrated. Listening to the bells will be a very different experience after this!

    The Queens’ Favourites  

    Framed by the favourite composers of two influential British queens, this programme sheds light on the rich dialogues between Austro-German composers and British musical life.  JC Bach (accompanied Sonata in D Major Op. 2/3), who settled in London and worked as Master of Music for Queen Charlotte, met Mozart (Piano Trio in C Major K. 548) in London and became an important influence in Mozart’s musical style.

    Mendelssohn was Queen Victoria’s favourite composer.  Invited to Buckingham Palace, he performed and composed for the young monarchs who were enthusiastic about his music and introduced it in this country.  Mendelssohn dedicated two symphonies to Queen Victoria – the Italian Symphony and the Scottish Symphony.  Less known is that Prince Albert was a committed and prolific composer himself, and in this concert two of Albert’s songs are arranged by the Linos Piano Trio and juxtaposed with Mendelssohn’s D minor trio Op. 49.    

    The Linos Piano Trio is increasingly recognised as one of Europe's most creative and dynamic trios. Drawing on the rich and varied cultural and musical backgrounds of its members. The Trio possesses an attractive, colourful and distinctive musical voice.

     

    Barnes Music Festival - 7-22 March 2020

    • 20 March 2020 – The Music of Bells St Mary’s Bell Ringers
    • 11 March 2020 - The Queens Favourites (Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn) – Linos Trio

    Barnes Music Festival event

  • 8 March 2020Choral/Choirs

    Teddington Churches' Singers and Consort Concert

    Following on from the amazingly successful performance of the Messiah in April 2019, singers from Teddington churches and beyond are coming together to perform Mozart's Mass in C minor  - this was first performed in 1783 and is considered one of Mozart's greatest works. The concert will also include performances of Handel's Zadok the Priest, Allegri's Miserere and Gabrieli's Sonata pian' e forte.

    Teddington Churches’ Singers will be performing with four first-class professional soloists and the Teddington Consort.

    The concert is in aid of the excellent Momentum Children's Charity which is based locally and supports children with cancer or life-limiting conditions and their families who live in Surrey or South West London.

    Ticket price: £15, under 16s free. Tickets from EventBrite (search EVENTS Teddington Churches) or on the door.

    All Hallows Church event

  • The Social History of Queen's Road, Richmond

    Charles Pineles will talk at this Joint event with the Museum of Richmond

    Richmond Local History Society event

  • Social history of Queen's Road, Richmond

    A talk by Charles Pineles, a joint event with The Museum of Richmond

    Richmond Local History Society event

  • Philosophy Club

    An evening of thought, questioning and debate

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 11 March 2020 - 15 March 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    The Monkey Picker

    A show following a naive Englishwoman as she becomes the unwitting victim of a scam involving a 'traditional Chinese tea ceremony'. Written by Alison Evans and Zhu Zhu.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • York House Society Meeting

    Speaker: Mark Driver, Rathfinney Wine Estate
    Guests and new members very welcome

    York House Society event

  • 14 March 2020Visual Arts/Film

    Learn From a Watercolour Master: John Piper

    John Piper (1903-1992) (who trained in Richmond!) was a painter, printmaker and set designer known for his atmospheric representations of churches, cathedrals and monuments. Whether new to watercolour or anxious to brush up your technique, these made-to-measure one-day workshops (10.00am-4.00pm) led by experienced tutor Pat Harvey at Cranebrook, her Twickenham riverside home, will speed you on your way! Tea, coffee and cold drinks provided. Suggested Donation:£45.00

    Please call Pat on 020 3643 6227 or email her at patkayharvey@talktalk.net for details.

    Saturday Watercolour Workshops event

  • 14 March 2020 - 15 March 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    The Monkey Picker

    A show following a naive Englishwoman as she becomes the unwitting victim of a scam involving a 'traditional Chinese tea ceremony'. Written by Alison Evans and Zhu Zhu.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 14 March 2020Music/Gigs

    Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - ‘On Reflection’

    2020 marks 25 years of making music together for Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, long established as one of the UK Folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships. To celebrate this milestone, they will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup ' Equation ' through to the current release 'Personae ' with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date. Twice Winners of 'Best Duo' - BBC Radio2 Folk Awards. “folk music for the modern age.” - The Telegraph.

    Tickets: Advance £16 / On door £18 / £15 LAC Members / £10 U21s

    Pre-show supper available £9.50 per person.

    Bookings:  Tel:  020 8977 7558, email: info@landmarkartscentre.org, visit www.landmarkartscentre.org

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 15 March 2020Visual Arts/Film

    Sunny (1941)

    Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz - a selection of musical films linked to the 1939 classic.

    Ray Bolger, the scarecrow Judy meets on the Yellow Brick Road also had a successful career in musicals.  Here he performs alongside the beautiful Anna Neagle, a circus performer who falls in love with a rich car dealer's son, against her family's wishes.  Look out for Bolger's amazing elastic legs.

    Tickets £7.50.  Concessions £6.00

    Films are preceded by a prelude on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

     

    Musical Museum, Brentford event

  • 15 March 2020 - 14 June 2020Music/Gigs

    Allegri Quartet

    The Allegri Quartet, in its 62nd year, is Britain's oldest chamber group. Founded in 1953 by Eli Goren and William Pleeth it has played a key role in the British musical scene, working with composers such as Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippett, Elizabeth Maconchy, John Woolrich, Peter Fribbins, Anthony Payne, James MacMillan, Matthew Taylor and most recently Alec Roth, resulting in new commissions and recordings.

    Programme is subject to change

    Orange Tree Theatre event

  • 17 March 2020Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond Film Society - Screening of ‘Woman At War’ (Iceland)

    An environmental activist wages her own private war against an industrial threat to Iceland’s remote parts. The heroine’s single-minded and bold crusade is, however, given an unexpected jolt and she is faced with a hard choice. A political and eco-action thriller with comedic and surreal overtones.

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3). Tickets can be purchased  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/ (subject to a cap of 70). To ensure that you secure a ticket, pre-booking via The Exchange is recommended. A further 50 or so tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of the screening (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    For further information about RFS, our programme of films and membership, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk 

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 17 March 2020Music/Gigs

    Barnes Music Festival: Listenpony New Music

    An innovative concert series programming new and old classical music alongside other genres, as part of Barnes Music Festival 2020

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • The Blockchain and Bitcoin

    Speaker: Dr Keith Bear, Centre for Alternative Finance

    Richmond Scientific Society event

  • 18 March 2020 - 20 March 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Cicada 3301

    A play about the human desire for purpose, community and the value of privacy in the 21st century.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • Lecture on the Amritsar massacre

    Lecture by Anita Anand on the Amritsar massacre.

    Venue: the Vestry Hall, 21 Paradise Road, Richmond

    Doors open at 2pm for 2.30pm start.

    For further details please contact the Programme Manager on tel: 020 8979 3834, email: wendyasim@btinternet.com

    Website: nationaltrust.org.uk/features/richmond-association

    Richmond Association for the National Trust event

  • 19 March 2020 - 21 March 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Annie JR.

    Annie Jr.

    Thursday 19th March 5.30pm & 7.45pm

    Friday 20th March 5.30pm & 7.45pm

    Saturday 21st March 1.00pm, 3.15pm, 5.30pm & 7.45pm

    Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

    With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

    This fifty minute production is ideal for families with children aged 4+

    https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/dramacube

    Hampton Hill Theatre event

  • 19 March 2020 - 19 March 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Script Room at Richmond Library

    Fouir new plays in the latest Script Room showcase from Optik Theatre. Plays by Tom Pauk, Tony Pipes, Russell Nichols and Stephanie Weston.

    Full staged script-in-hand performances creating a fantastic evening of exciting new work for the theatre.

    Full details and on-line booking (tickets £10) at www.thescriptroom.com

    Optik event

  • 20 March 2020 - 22 March 2020Visual Arts/Film

    The Contemporary Textiles Fair

    The Contemporary Textile Fair is back for another year, with over 70 exhibitors showing and selling quality handmade textiles, plus a special exhibition and talks by members of S.E.W (the recently formed Society of Embroidered Work). Check our website for further information on workshops and talks.

    Admission: £4 / £3 concessions / LAC members & U16s Free

    Bookings:  Tel:  020 8977 7558, email: info@landmarkartscentre.org, visit www.landmarkartscentre.org

     

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 21 March 2020Music/Gigs

    Spring concert, 66th season. Inspired by the Sea.

    Sibelius: The Oceanides op 73

    Bax: Tintagel

    Elgar: Sea Pictures  (soloist Ester Kosar)

    Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

    Hounslow Symphony Orchestra event

  • 21 March 2020Music/Gigs

    Barnes Music Festival: Harrodian School Jazz Group

    Join the budding jazz players from Harrodian School for a journey in the world of jazz, blues and pop

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 21 March 2020 - 21 March 2020Choral/Choirs

    The Solitary City

    Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah
    James MacMillan: Miserere

     

    More details to follow

    The Ripieno Choir event

  • 21 March 2020Choral/Choirs

    Kingston Choral Society sing Bach and Handel

    Handel – Coronation Anthems
    Bach – Magnificat

    In a scintillating evening of Baroque music, we contrast the virtuosity of Bach’s Magnificat with the opulent splendour of Handel’s Coronation Anthems – including the famous Zadok the Priest. For this musical feast, KCS is joined by an exciting quintet of young soloists from the Royal College of Music, and the superb period-instrument musicians of the Purcell Orchestra.

    Sopranos: Charlotte Bowden, Stephanie Hershaw
    Alto: Emily Sierra
    Tenor: Matthew Keighley
    Bass: Edward Jowle

    Kingston Choral Society
    With the Purcell Orchestra
    Conductor: Andrew Griffiths

    Tickets Adults: £16 Concessions: £14 Under 18s & full-time students: £8
    Box Office 07770 932912
    Online https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/quNlYRPgCOLU
    (Booking fee applies)

     

    Kingston Choral Society event

  • 21 March 2020Choral/Choirs

    Hampton Choral Society's Choral Workshop

    COME AND SING! Enjoy a different day!

    Take a day out of your busy routine ......... bring a friend/s!  

    Hampton Choral Society invites you to a Choral Workshop on Saturday 21st March at All Saint's Church, The Avenue, HAMPTON, TW12 3RG.  Led by our Musical Director,  Richard Harker.

    We will be working on Handel's Coronation Anthems, (OUP edition) and  singing Ave Verum - Mozart, Cantique - Faure, Panis Angelicus - Franck, Locus Iste - Bruckner and Beatus Vir - Monteverdi (all from the European Sacred Music book)

    The day will start at 9.30am - Registration, workshop and lunch for an hour to socialise.  The workshop will end at 2.30pm and will be followed by a short performance for family and friends.  No dress code.

    Singers tickets are £20,     Score hire is £3.

    Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.  Parking nearby and buses R70 and 111 pass close by.

    Please make payment by cheque, made payable to Hampton Choral Society  (Not HCS) with name/s, voice, if you need to hire a score,  telephone/mobile number and email address to be sent to:

    Hampton Choral Society, 26 Tower Road, Strawberry Hill. TWICKENHAM, Middlesex, TW1 4PE

     

     

    Hampton Choral Society event

  • 21 March 2020Choral/Choirs

    Handel's Messiah

    Concordia Voices, a local chamber choir based in Hampton Hill directed by Jack Apperley, will be performing Handel’s Messiah on Saturday 21st March at St John the Divine Church, Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2NA, at 7.30pm. The choir will be accompanied by the Chamberlain orchestra, professional soloists and continuo played by Paul Ayres.

    ​Tickets £12 (+ fee) in advance or £14 on the door.  See website for further details www.concordiavoices.org

    Concordia Voices event

  • 21 March 2020 - 22 February 2020Museum/Heritage

    Engineering and Technology Weekend

    See the Triple in steam both days plus a fascinating exhibition of items supplied by the volunteers on the themes of engineering and technology, and ride on the narrow-gauge railway.

    Kempton Great Engines Society event

  • 22 March 2020 - 22 March 2020Music/Gigs

    Elaine Delmar sings Gershwin & Porter

    After selling out her first appearance at the Orange Tree, one of the great British jazz voices of all time brings to Richmond her acclaimed interpretations of two of the greatest songbooks of all time, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

    Elaine Delmar will be performing classic arrangements of numbers including ‘S'Wonderful’, ‘Embraceable You’, ‘Begin the Beguine’, ‘Night and Day’, ‘Summertime’ and ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’, as well as taking a fresh look at some of the twentieth century's most iconic music.

    Elaine has long been established as a singer of the very highest calibre, with a voice and personality that have captivated worldwide audiences through her many stage and television appearances. She has worked on Broadway and in the West End, appeared at concert venues including the Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall, and made regular visits to jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s.

    "Among the multitude of good jazz singers in Britain, there is not one who can surpass Elaine Delmar" The Observer

    "One of the ageless, evergreen singing stars… she’s marvellous!" Michael Parkinson

    "Her style is a mixture of Broadway musical punch and jazz-inflected subtlety. She has the belting defiance of a torch singer at times and the knowing raised eyebrow rasp of a blues artist, but also a hushed, confiding intimacy where it is appropriate. It is a blend that invites the widest possible audience." The Guardian

    Orange Tree Theatre event

  • 22 March 2020Music/Gigs

    Spring Concert

    The first of Stoneleigh's two 75th Anniversary Concerts will open with Janacek’s Sinfonietta - quite simply one of the most exciting works to hear live in the concert hall.  The concert will close with Respighi’s Pines of Rome, with its final movement depicting Roman legions marching into the city along the Appian Way.  

    In between these two works, we are delighted to welcome internationally renowned soprano and Stoneleigh alumna Susan Gritton, who will join us as soloist in Ravel’s song cycle Scheherazade.   Our Training Orchestra will also be taking part in the concert, playing works by Mozart, Nielsen and Bizet.  

    Tickets £20/£15/£10 from the Cadogan Hall box office (cadoganhall.com)

    Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra event

  • 24 March 2020 - 28 March 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Blackadder in Barnes

    A show featuring three stage versions of episodes from the much-loved BBC TV series written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 24 March 2020 - 28 March 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Blackadder in Barnes

    Blackadder in Barnes features stage versions of three episodes from the much-loved BBC TV series written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. Follow Edmund Blackadder's trials and tribulations as he and Baldrick produce cunning plans to deal with all the obstacles which Percy, Melchett, Queenie, Nursey and a cast of thousands (well about ten, anyway) put in their way.


    Brought to the OSO by Barnes Community Players

    Barnes Community Players event

  • 24 March 2020 - 28 March 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    It Shoulda Been You

    IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU by Brian Hargrove (Book and Lyrics) and Barbara Anselmi (Music and Concept), Hampton Hill Theatre 24th - 28th March 2020.

    This modern-day musical comedy is fast paced and fun, filled with family rivalry, witty one-liners to make you laugh out loud and a few surprises along the way - the perfect wedding day!

    BOOK NOW to take advantage of our Early Bird Offer.
    Tickets £15/£13 conc. until 30th January, £17/15 conc. thereafter.
    Group discounts also available from 1st February. 

    Don’t miss out on the Wedding of the Year! Visit Box Office at bit.ly/BROStickets

    This Amateur Production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). Image by PND Photography.

     

    BROS Theatre Company event

  • 27 March 2020Visual Arts/Film

    Talk: "Out of the Ordinary"

    Textile art from mundane materials. Isobel Moore will talk about her inspirations and how she uses recycled and discarded everyday materials to create her textile art.

    Information which may be of help for visitors:

    Please arrive from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Giving you time to sign in, peruse our sales table, and library, and help yourself to coffee/tea. There will be a few news & notes before the talk. We are a very friendly group and you will receive a warm welcome.

    For info. your first visit to one of our Friday evening meetings is free!, second and third visits are £10.00 each and thereafter we ask you to please join our membership-a happy group of embroiderers & textile enthusiasts of all skill levels & ages (we also have a Young Embroiderers Group), with lots of fun and interesting activities on offer.

    Kingston & District Embroiderers' Guild event

  • 27 March 2020 - 16 November 2025Visual Arts/Film

    Joint Exhibition: Museum of Willoughby Allotment & Vicky Cooke Face Look Friends

    An exhibition bringing together two artists who like to categorise things, from facial expressions to found objects. Delve into the artefacts unearthed by the plotholders of Willoughby Allotments in the Museum of Willoughby Allotment. Dig into the lower reaches of Facebook’s tagged photos for a collection of candid expressions.

    This is a rare opportunity to visit the Small Artist Community situated on a sometimes sinking island on the River Brent. 1hour free parking in muti-storey car pak in Dock Road and access to island from Dock Road or bottom of Catherine Wheel Road TW8 8BD www.brentfordgallery.co.uk

     

    Brentford Gallery & Artists Studios event

  • 27 March 2020 - 16 November 2025Visual Arts/Film

    Joint Exhibition: Museum of Willoughby Allotment & Vicky Cooke Face Look Friends

    An exhibition bringing together two artists who like to categorise things, from facial expressions to found objects. Delve into the artefacts unearthed by the plotholders of Willoughby Allotments in the Museum of Willoughby Allotment. Dig into the lower reaches of Facebook’s tagged photos for a collection of candid expressions.

    This is a rare opportunity to visit the Small Artist Community situated on a sometimes sinking island on the River Brent. 1hour free parking in muti-storey car pak in Dock Road and access to island from Dock Road or bottom of Catherine Wheel Road TW8 8BD www.brentfordgallery.co.uk

     

    Brentford Gallery & Artists Studios event

  • 27 March 2020 - 29 March 2020Visual Arts/Film

    Joint Exhibition: Museum of Willoughby Allotment & Vicky Cooke Face Look Friends

    An exhibition bringing together two artists who like to categorise things, from facial expressions to found objects. Delve into the artefacts unearthed by the plotholders of Willoughby Allotments in the Museum of Willoughby Allotment. Dig into the lower reaches of Facebook’s tagged photos for a collection of candid expressions.

    This is a rare opportunity to visit the Small Artist Community situated on a sometimes sinking island on the River Brent. 1hour free parking in muti-storey car pak in Dock Road and access to island from Dock Road or bottom of Catherine Wheel Road TW8 8BD www.brentfordgallery.co.uk

     

    Brentford Gallery & Artists Studios event

  • 27 March 2020 - 1 March 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Der Fliegender Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)

    Performed by Rose Opera

    27 March at 7.30pm,  28 March 2020 at 7.30pm and 29 March 2020 at 2.30pm

    Tickets are £15 to £25 and on sale now from 0333 1212 300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk

    After their success of Idomeneo in 2019, Rose Opera perform at Normansful Theatre in March 2020 with The Flying Dutchman, written by Richard Wagner.

    A ghost captain (the "Flying Dutchman") is cursed to roam the seas forever, coming ashore only once every seven years.  Only if he finds a wife who loves him truly whilst he is ashore can he be freed from this eternal fate.  Senta, the daughter of another sea captain, wants to be his wife.  But she had previously pledged her love to another, with disastrous results for the "Flying Dutchman".  Come and see Rose Opera's new production of this early Wagner masterpiece.  Performed in German with English surtitles, featuring the Rose Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

     

     

    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 27 March 2020Music/Gigs

    JKL-Jazz play at the Gunnersbury Tavern Chiswick

    JKL-Jazz and two lovely singers will be  playing an exciting mix of jazz Latin ...... and maybe  a bit more. Why not come along early and grab some food from the bar ...... and make a night of it!

    JKL-Jazz event

  • Blackadder in Barnes

    A show featuring three stage versions of episodes from the much-loved BBC TV series written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 28 March 2020Choral/Choirs

    Teddington Choral Society Spring Concert

    Teddington Choral Society together with their Musical Director, Julian Collings, is delighted to announce its Spring concert coming in March 2020.

     

    Join us on March 28th at 7:30pm.

    At All Saints Parish Church, 14-16 Market Pl, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP.

    This year's concert will feature the powerful and moving Brahms Requiem in German. This composition is said to have been inspired by the grief Brahms suffered after the death of his mother in 1865. The premiere of the piece was a terrible disaster as the timpanist totally misread the dynamics and destroyed the whole music performance, we are looking forward to a flawless performance. 

    Brahms’s Requiem is one of the most celebrated and performed of his compositions. 

    The choir will be joined by the Soprano, Lisa Swayne and the Baritone, Hugo Herman-Wilson.

    The English Sinfonietta Ensemble together with our talented accompanist, Phil Culling, will also be joining the choir for this evening which promises to be both engaging and moving.

    Tickets: £15 (under 16 free)

    Tickets will be on sale online on eventbrite

    More information coming soon

     

    Teddington Choral Society event

  • 28 March 2020Choral/Choirs

    Twickenham Choral

    An evening of dramatic and emotional choral music: the first half interweaving opulent motets by the 16th century English composer Christopher Tye with pieces by the renowned Estonian Arvo Pärt – settings from St Matthew’s Gospel plus ‘Which was the Son of…’, Pärt’s jazzy list from Genesis of Jesus’s family tree. The second half of the concert returns to the Renaissance – Italy now – with an electrifying double choir masterpiece by Orlando Lassus.

    Tickets: £18 / £9 Full-time Students

    Bookings:  Tel:  020 8977 7558, email: info@landmarkartscentre.org, visit www.landmarkartscentre.org

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 28 March 2020 - 28 March 2020Choral/Choirs

    The Long Day Closes: A musical journey through a day

    The Music Makers of London, directed by Hilary Campbell, invite you to enjoy an evening of varied choral music including Richard Strauss's Morgen! and Lou Reed's A Perfect Day in collaboration with The Kew Choir, the workplace choir of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, directed by Sam Evans. ​Tickets £12.50 (+ fee) from Eventbrite or £15 on the door.  .................................................................

    Music Makers of London event

  • 28 March 2020Choral/Choirs

    Thames Philharmonic Choir - Beethoven Mass in C major, Mozart Solemn Vespers K339

    New Music Director Harry Bradford will make his Cadogan Hall debut on 28 March with Thames Philharmonic Choir. The occasion will mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth with a performance of his Mass in C major.  

    Written in 1807, the work was commissioned by none other than Haydn’s former employer, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy who, it is understood, was not too pleased with the result, probably in part due to his unfamiliarity with Beethoven’s slightly darker, richer harmonic and melodic language.

    Mozart’s Solemn Vespers of 1780 on the other hand depicts a simpler and characteristically vivacious emotional palette combining Mozartian wit and flare with sumptuous melodic lines, demonstrated most notably in the famous soprano aria Laudate Dominum.

    Harry Bradford became TPC's Music Director in September 2019, having already established a reputation for choral conducting with Genesis Sixteen and at Cambridge University.

    Soloists

    Katy Thomson: Soprano

    Jess Dandy: Mezzo-Soprano

    Magnus Walker: Tenor

    Niall Anderson: Baritone

    Conductor: Harry Bradford

    Thames Philharmonic Choir

    Thames Philharmonic Players  Leader Nandor Szederkényi

    Tickets: £30, £25, £20, £15

    Cadogan Hall box office: 020 7730 4500

    Online booking: www.cadoganhall.com

    Booking fees apply

    For more information about the Choir, go to: www.thamesphilchoir.org.uk

    Twitter: @thamesphilchoir

    Facebook: @Thames.Philharmonic.Choir

    Thames Philharmonic Choir event

  • 29 March 2020 - 8 December 2019Music/Gigs

    Middlesex Yeomanry Spring Concert

    Our next concert on Sunday 29th March 2020 will not only celebrate our move to Hampton High but also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Corps of Signals. The Middlesex Yeomanry is the only Yeomanry regiment to have been a founder member in 1920 and has a unique continuous 100 year record of service in the Corps culminating in the present serving unit, 31 (Middlesex Yeomanry and Princess Louise’s Kensington) Signal Squadron. Royal Signals soldiers are among the first deployed into theatre on operations, providing essential battlefield communications and information systems A Royal Warrant for the creation of a Corps of Signals was signed by the Secretary of State for War, Winston Churchill, on 28 June 1920. Six weeks later, King George V conferred the title Royal Corps of Signals.

    Middlesex Yeomanry Concert Band event

  • 29 March 2020Music/Gigs

    Len Rawle MBE at the Wurlitzer

    Len Rawle MBE has been at the heart of the UK theatre organ scene for many years and was featured on the very first episode of "The Organist Entertains".  He has played the Museum's Wurlitzer for concerts on many occasions and returns by popular demand to play a delightful selection of light music, Big Band numbers and West End Musicals.

    Tickets £15.00

    Musical Museum, Brentford event

  • Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind

    Tom Holland, historian, broadcast presenter and one of the leading writers on the Ancient World, talks about his latest book which explores the enduring effects of Christianity on Western thought. Followed by the AGM.

    Barnes Literary Society event

  • 31 March 2020Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond Film Society - Screening of ‘Rafiki’ (Kenya)

    A tender love story between two young women in Nairobi and the pressures they face from their families and society at large. Initially banned by the country’s film classification board (homosexuality is illegal in Kenya), the film became a cinematic cause célèbre in Kenya and internationally and went on to win multiple awards. 

    Members go free. Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3). Tickets can be purchased  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/ (subject to a cap of 70). To ensure that you secure a ticket, pre-booking via The Exchange is recommended. A further 50 or so tickets will be available to purchase on the door on the night of the screening (cash only) on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    For further information about RFS, our programme of films and membership, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk 

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 31 March 2020 - 4 April 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Life Changes

    A collection of short plays on the theme of love, lies and secrets.

    OSO Arts Centre event

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