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Sunday 20 June 2021
York House Society meeting
Members' Meeting, guests welcome
The guest speaker is Diana Wells, Archivist at St Mary’s Church, Twickenham https://www.stmarytwick.org.uk/
There will also be updates on York House Gardens and the Society's community garden, plus the Twickenham town centre and riverside redevelopment,
Guests are welcome. For details and the Zoom login, please contact the Hon Sec Susan Chappell at firstname.lastname@example.org
York House Society event
This Week’s Recommendation: I Wish
Title: I Wish
128 mins, language: Japanese
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
'I Wish' was the 717th film screened by RFS on 14th January 2014, receiving an audience rating of 89%.
It was in the list of top ten films of 2013 for both the Guardian and the BBC’s Film 2013. The following is an edited version of Peter Bradshaw’s review in the Guardian, published on 7 February 2013:
“Like Hirohazu Koreeda’s earlier movie 'Still Walking', this is a deeply considered Japanese family drama in the tradition of Ozu...... moving, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, often mysterious. The film is about the powerful imperative of family unity, but also about the inevitability, and even desirability, of families finally disintegrating and allowing everyone involved a painful kind of freedom.
The original title is Kiseki, or "Miracle", and a miracle is being longed for by two brothers, around nine or 10 years old: they are Koichi and Ryu, played by real-life brothers, from whom the director gets terrifically natural and relaxed performances. Their mum and dad have broken up; Nozomi has returned to live with her parents and taken a demeaning supermarket job in her hometown of Kagoshima... Meanwhile the father, Kenji, (Jô Odagiri) stays in Osaka, where he pursues the laid-back slacker lifestyle that so infuriated Nozomi, failing to hold down day jobs while in the evenings trying to be a guitarist in a band.
The difficult and upsetting thing about this arrangement – never fully discussed by anyone, adult or child – is that the warring parents have taken a child each: withdrawn, thoughtful Koichi has gone to his mother and grandparents; easygoing and smiley Ryu has gone to live with his dad. Clearly, this setup is a way the couple have found of signalling to others and to each other that the breakup is temporary; they are taking a break and sharing the childcare burden equally, though without fully considering how the children will feel about it. But as the days and months go by, Koichi can feel the situation hardening into permanence and, talking with his brother on his mobile, hatches a strange and poignant new plan: he has heard that the newly built bullet train lines create a supernatural energy at the point where the trains whoosh past each other. If the boys can just contrive to skive off school and make a wish at this focal point, their happiness can be restored…”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune - http://twickenhamtribune.com
The film can be streamed from from Curzon and BFI Player and the discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.
Richmond Film Society event
Bolder not Older - the Dance Company for adults 55+
The Bolder not Older dance company celebrates the artistic integrity of dancers 55+ and challenges preconceptions of what it means to be older. The company provides adults with opportunities to take part in weekly classes, to work alongside professional choreographers, and to develop and perform choreography. We produce three company classes a week in Hammersmith, Richmond and online. The classes are led by an exceptional team of teachers.
Orleans House Gallery
Class 1: 10.00-11.00
Class 2: 11.30-12.30
Thursday 27 May
Thursday 3 June
Thursday 10 June
Thursday 17 June
Thursday 24 June
Thursday 1 July
Thursday 8 July
Thursday 15 July
Thursday 22 July
Thursday 29 July
£80 per term
For information email: email@example.com
To book: www.bookwhen.com/dancewest
Two short plays by Bernard Shaw, directed by Artistic Director Paul Miller following his hugely successful OT productions of Shaw’s Candida, Misalliance, The Philanderer and Widowers’ Houses. The plays can be seen separately or together as a double bill.
In How He Lied to Her Husband, Aurora is concerned about what has happened to the poems written for her by her admirer, the impetuous Henry, and fears they may get into the hands of husband Teddy. Henry suggests they confess the truth and go to the theatre as planned… to see Bernard Shaw’s Candida. Then Henry arrives home.
Overruled sees two strangers fall in love at sea. Both married they decide they must part, but then are surprised to find their spouses at a hotel together. They’ve fallen for each other too. Do they stay together or swap?
Orange Tree Theatre event
Brass from the past
A virtual concert played on original Victorian instruments, an introduction to the instruments of the past. This is an online concert that can be watched at anytime and we would like you to share it with anyone in care homes, lonely or isolated. It was generously funded by crowd funding, please donate if you can.
simply visit https://www.queenvictoriasconsort.co.uk/virtual-concert.html
Queen Victoria's Consort event
In Flagrante Choir 2020
In Flagrante’s signature song has long been the uplifting Cat Stevens' song which starts “ If you want to sing out, sing out”, and this has kept us going during lockdown.
Over the past months, the number of choir singers has grown, our repertoire has grown and our hair has grown!
Nothing was going to stop us singing out, and we have kept going - either meeting face to face or on-line, under the direction of our amazing Musical Director,
Eamonn O’Dwyer (https://www.eamonnodwyer.com)
Rehearsals start with a warm-up, focusing on breathing techniques and unique tongue twisters to stimulate diction!
Eamonn works with a mixture of repertoire - short and sweet, old and new (often including his unique, glorious, musical arrangements) - revising each singing part and leading to a performance from the whole choir. Choir sessions resulting in on-line concerts have provided our weekly fix of fun. Singers are a very friendly bunch and new recruits - all ages, all voices - are most welcome.
If you can hum a tune, you can sing - a love of music is all you need …. does this sound like the start of a good song title?!
For the moment we will continue to meet on-line on a Tuesday night at 19.30 hrs.
If you are interested in having a go at singing please contact Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or have a look at our website
We would LOVE to hear from you 🎵
In Flagrante Choir event
In Flagrante Choir 2020
In Flagrante choir normally rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 19.30 - 21.30 hrs. Venue : St. Anne's Church hall, Kew Green TW9 3AA. All have been welcome to come along to meet, and sing with, the choir.
Singers have a great time working on a wide range of songs - a love of music and ability to hold a tune is all that's required! No audition.
However, since the "lockdown" we have been having a fun weekly choir session singing with our Musical Director, Eamonn O'Dwyer, on Tuesday nights at 19.30 hrs. You are most welcome to join this as we will be continuing through the summer months of 2020.
For further details on how to link in on Tuesday evenings, contact Cathy Jago on email@example.com
or our website https://www.inflagrantechoir.com
In Flagrante Choir event
Whitton Adult Community Singing
WHITTON ADULT COMMUNITY SINGING
Singing Safely for Enjoyment, Wellbeing & Health
We are meeting regularly online, 11.00 – 12.30 using Zoom, until we can return to the large, well ventilated Function Hall at the Whitton Community Centre, TW2 6JL
Every Saturday from 27th February to
27th March, then hopefully back at the Community Centre, every Saturday 11.15 -12.15 from 17th April and will continue through to 17th July
If you have never sung, or only sung a little, or would like to improve, or you just love to sing! Come along for a free trial session, enjoy the music and the friendly company
We learn to sing great songs from all genres and styles
This is a Singing Class for all adults
Please contact Loulla Gorman for full details:
New exhibition at Turner's House: 'Turner's English Coasts'
Turner‘s House Trust is delighted to announce its second exhibition of original works of art by J.M.W. Turner. The exhibition comprises eleven Turner watercolours and engravings, painted at a time when Turner was at his most popular and commercially successful.
Turner’s English Coasts focuses on Turner’s engagement with English marine and coastal subjects at a pivotal time in his career when he was living at Sandycombe Lodge, the house he designed and lived in between 1813 to 1826, at Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 2LR.
Guest-curator Christine Riding has deliberately selected works which underline the close relationship between Turner’s images of maritime Britain and contemporary print culture. The exhibition includes projects financed by professional engravers and publishers to those instigated by Turner himself. Some were commercially successful (the finished watercolours in the exhibition were and still are highly desirable to art collectors), while others were personal experiments. Crucially, it was through such projects – unprecedented in their breadth and quality – that Turner was to achieve an international reputation.
Turner’s House Trust are grateful to the Tate for the loan of these paintings.
Turner's House Trust event