What's on - November 2017

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  • 14 November 2017 - 26 November 2017Visual Arts/Film

    Exhibition- Bob Aldous- "in the Poetry is the Painting: in Painting Poetry"

    You are invited to an exhibition of paintings and
    poetic text by the artist Bob Aldous.
    The delicate and beautiful artworks are executed
    on silk using delicate washes of watercolour, ink and
    acrylic. Accompanying the paintings are poetic text
    which examines the relationship between image and
    The show runs from the 14th - 26th November and
    accompanied with a series of poetry performances and
    Tuesday 14th November - Opening
    Wednesday 15th - 6.30pm Private view ( invite only )
    Saturday 18th - 3pm Poetry performance - Diamond Dancer.
    Sunday 19th - 3pm Talk and discussion- Abstraction and metaphor.
    Saturday 25th - 3pm Poetry performance- Songs of the heart.
    Sunday 26th - 3pm Talk / discussion- Emotion and states of water.
    For more information contact

    Kew Art Studio event

  • 14 November 2017 - 18 November 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    On St. Valentine's Day in 1900, a party of twenty Australian schoolgirls and two governesses set out from Appleyard College to picnic at Hanging Rock.  Some were never to return.

    Hanging Rock is a spectacular volcanic uprising of ancient rocks in the Australian plains under Mount Macedon.  "The rock is a nightmare, and nightmares belong in the past."  Or do they?

    This thrilling new play, adapted from the iconic book and inevitably referencing the famous film, is produced by Wild Duck Theatre in association with the OSO Arts Centre and the support of the BCA.  In the words of The Guardian, "this play will scare the pants off you".

    The bar will be open from 7pm so come early for a glass of wine and a light snack.  You can also pre-order a cheese board which will be ready on your arrival.

    Book tickets through http://www.osoarts.org.uk/ or https://billetto.co.uk/g/picnicathangingrock 

    Wild Duck Theatre event

  • 17 November 2017 - 19 November 2017Visual Arts/Film

    SPARKLE: Contemporary Craft and Gourmet Food Fair

    Your sparkling festive season starts here! See and buy a dazzling range of contemporary work from more than 70 designer makers including jewellery, glass, ceramics, stylish accessories and so much more, plus a mouth-watering selection of gourmet food. Hundreds of bright and bold gift ideas.

    Admission: £4 / £3 concessions / LAC members & U18s free

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 17 November 2017 - 19 November 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Handel's Hercules

    Richmond Opera (formerly known as Isleworth Baroque) will present a fully staged performance of Handel's opera Hercules, sung in English with baroque orchestra, at the lovely Victorian Normansfield Theatre.

    As Hercules returns home from yet another war, how will his wife Dejanira react to the beautiful princess Iole he brings as his captive?  Dejanira recalls she has a sure-fire charm to keep Hercules faithful forever ... but magic has a way of twisting the outcome.  Come and find out how it ends while listening to some to sublime Handel played on period Baroque instruments.

    Its a 3-night run over 17th-19th November, 7:30pm start every night.  All tickets are £17, available now at 0333-1212 300 or by booking online at https://langdondowncentre.org.uk/event/hercules-2/

    The Normansfield Theatre is in the Langdon Down Centre, Langdon Park, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9PS, and has parking.

    Richmond Opera event

  • 17 November 2017 - 19 November 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals


    Richmond Opera (formerly Iselwroth Baroque) presents Handel's Dramatic tragedy Hercules for 3 nights on Friday, 17th November, Saturday, 18th November and Sunday, 19th November.  Fully stages with orchestra.  Start times all evenings - 7.30pm.  Tickets are £17 and available from 0333 1212 300 or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk

    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 18 November 2017 - 25 November 2017Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond Art Society Winter Exhibition

    Winter Art Exhibition, including Painting, Prints, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics and Art Photography.

    Sat 18 November 2017 - Sat 25 November 2017 10am - 2pm

    Private View Sunday 19 November 12 - 2pm

    Free Entry

    Venue: Richmond Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RE


    Richmond Art Society event

  • 18 November 2017Choral/Choirs

    Mozart Requiem

    We begin our year with a work shrouded in myth and intrigue: Mozart’s remarkable Requiem. Commissioned by a shadowy stranger in mysterious circumstances, its dark, sombre palette suggests that the superstitious Mozart suspected he had been asked to write his own epitaph; the work was left incomplete on his premature death. In contrast, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers are anything but solemn – expect a riot of effervescent, joyful choral colour!

    Mozart: Requiem and Vesperae solennes de confessore

    Soprano: Harriet Eyley
    Alto: Ida Ränzlöv
    Tenor: Joel Williams
    Bass: Timothy Edlin
    with Kingston Choral Society and Thames Sinfonia
    Conductor: Andrew Griffiths

    Kingston Choral Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Josephine Baker Trust for the soloists in this concert

    Adults: £15 Concessions: £13 Under 18s: £5

    Box Office 020 8977 4801
    or online [ booking fee applies]

    Choir website address

    Kingston Choral Society event

  • 18 November 2017Choral/Choirs

    Monteverdi Vespers of 1610

    Monteverdi’s 1610 publication of music for a service of Vespers in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most investigated, argued-over and loved in the history of music. However, The Ripieno Choir's conductor David Hansell has studied the music and the scholarly arguments over many years, and is absolutely confident that he has ‘got it right’… at least on this occasion and with these performers

    All the music was written for performance during church services and sounds at its best when at least something of that context is re-created with the addition of instrumental music, simple plainchant and choral motets. Not only will The Ripieno Choir’s performance include these, but we shall also be using the full range of instruments specified by Monteverdi – balanced six part ensembles of strings and brass, supported by organ and one of the largest lutes in captivity.

    In our beautiful and relatively intimate venue you will be able to hear and enjoy them all!

    With Alexandra Stevenson (soprano), Lucy Cronin (soprano), Andrew King (tenor), Nicholas Hurndall-Smith (tenor), Paul Young (tenor), Thomas Humphreys (bass), Edmund Danon (bass), the Monteverdi String Band and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.

    £20; early booking discount price of £18 available until 5th November. £5 for under 18s; group discounts are available.

    More information and tickets can be found on http://ripienochoir.org.uk/next_concert

    The Ripieno Choir event

  • 20 November 2017 - 20 November 2017Literature/Talks/Walks

    Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond – A Talk by Anita Anand

    The Koh-i-Noor’s story is one of greed, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation which covers an impressive slice of south and central Asian history.In this fascinating talk in aid of the Museum, journalist, broadcaster (presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Any Answers) and local resident Anita Anand will reveal the true story of this infamous and controversial diamond as told in her recently published book Koh-I-Noor (Bloomsbury 2017), which Anita co-authored with William Dalrymple.


     The Koh-i-Noor was given, in 1849, by the ten-year-old Maharajah of the Punjab to the British East India Company in a formal Act of Submission to Queen Victoria. That official ‘British’ history of the diamond quickly became the accepted version. Anita’s talk will challenge this interpretation.

    Please note seating is not reserved

    Tickets: £10

    Available from Eventbrite, the Museum (Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue,

    Richmond) and The Open Book (King Street, Richmond).

    Museum of Richmond event

  • 20 November 2017 - 21 November 2017Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Shakespeare Schools Festival 2017

    Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival at Rose Theatre Kingston. Join us for an exhilarating evening of theatre, with a series of unique Shakespeare productions staged by local schools.

    Each night four schools will perform four different Shakespeare plays. Come and celebrate the achievements of our local schools while enjoying a wonderful evening of entertainment. You will see Shakespeare performed as you’ve never seen it before!

    The Shakespeare Schools Festival is the UK’s largest youth drama festival and enables over 1,000 primary, secondary, and special schools to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre. 35,000 young people will take to stages across the UK.

    So make sure you catch the festival as it heads to the Rose for two unforgettable performances!

    Tickets for this event go on sale on Wed 6 Sep.

    Rose Theatre Kingston event

  • 23 November 2017Literature/Talks/Walks

    Lecture on the Quest for Camelot

    Lecture on the Quest for Camelot by Lionel Beer.

    At the Vestry Hall, 21 Paradise Road, Richmond. Doors open at 2 pm for a 2.30 pm start.

    Members' tickets cost £3.50 and guests' £4.50.

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

    Richmond Association for the National Trust event

  • 25 November 2017Literature/Talks/Walks

    Normansfield Christmas Craft Fair

    Saturday, 25 November 2107

    11am to 4.30pm



    Ornaments, clothing, jewellery, cosmetics, gifts and decorations and many more handcrafted gifts.

    Home-made refreshments available throughout the day.

    A Children's Art Activity Table is open all day.




    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 25 November 2017 - 2 December 2017Visual Arts/Film

    Deck Your Walls: Walter Lindner - a retrospective

    Art collector Simon Hearnden curates this significant exhibition of works by the late Berlin artist Walter Lindner (1936-2007). A true master of his oeuvre, Lindner created wonderfully composed, graphic artworks, often with subtle humour, satire and great technique, evolved during a forty-year obsession. Following a successful taster showing of Lindner’s work at our recent Spring Art Fair, this exhibition is a not to be missed treat for artists and art lovers alike.

    Free Event

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 25 November 2017Music/Gigs

    Thames Philharmonia

    Brilliant young violinist SongHa Choi, winner of the Senior 2nd Prize and Senior Audience Prize at the Menuhin Competition London 2016, joins Thames Philharmonia to perform Prokofiev’s violin concerto no. 1 - a youthful, lyrical masterpiece, blessed with one of the loveliest openings in the concerto repertory.  The concert also includes Faure’s charming suite of music for the play Pelleas et Melisande, and a rare opportunity to hear the highly original second symphony of the late-romantic Russian composer Scriabin.

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

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 27 November 2017 - 30 July 2018Literature/Talks/Walks

    Baby Mindful

    Baby Mindful is a brand new FREE course of Mindfulness for bumps and babies.

    New parents and their babies (pre-walking), and soon to be parents and their bumps can join us in the calming gallery space on Mondays when it is closed to the public, where we will welcome you into a fully baby friendly space to:

    • Enjoy quiet, quality time with your baby to enhance bonding and promote calm.
    • Learn mindfulness techniques to promote relaxation for you and your baby and encourage you to feel calm and grounded here, and at home. 
    • Try mindful mark making techniques, and engage with the visual and emotional impact of the exhibitions.
    • Learn coping, calming and focusing techniques to help focus on the here and now.
    • Meet other local new parents – each session will end with a social lunchtime.

    Session dates:

    Monday 27th November (pilot session)

    Monday 11th December (pilot session)

    Monday 29th January

    Monday 26th February

    Monday 26th March

    Monday 30th April

    Monday 21st May

    Monday 25th June

    Monday 30th July

    Additional Information:

    • The gallery is fully accessible to buggies and there is free parking onsite.
    • There are baby change facilities on site and a calming feeding area will be available for those who would like one.
    • Tea and coffee will be provided.
    • Please bring a packed lunch if you would like to stay for the social at the end. Please note that the onsite cafe is temporarily closed.
    • Previous artistic experience, or experience of mindfulness is not necessary.

    Richmond Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery event

  • 28 November 2017Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond Film Society – screening of 'Letters from Baghdad' (UK)

    Voiced by Tilda Swinton, this documentary explores the extraordinary life of English writer, archaeologist, diplomat and spy Gertrude Bell. Openly critical of colonialism, Bell offered a counterpoint to typical British all-male power; and her views on the future of the Middle East were prescient.

    The Season continues with an acclaimed documentary on the life of Gertrude Bell. Tickets are available on the night for non-members at £6 (£4 full-time students). Film notes are provided and and audience feedback is obtained via response slips. All are very welcome. Please come along and join us.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 29 November 2017Museum/Heritage

    Christmas Cards

    Design and print your own Christmas Cards using lino cutting techniques. Indulge in festive creativity and a new found love of do-it-yourself winter decorations to take home or make as gifts!

    Booking is essential and places are limited. To book please call 02088316000 or visit our website www.richmond.gov.uk/arts

    The Christmas Cards workshop is £25, which includes all materials, and will be held in the Coach House at Orleans House Gallery.

    We have a 10% discount on our adult programmes for Richmond Card holders, so treat yourself to something creative this Christmas!

    Richmond Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery event

  • 30 November 2017Museum/Heritage

    Christmas Wreath Making

    Create a traditonal wreath and add that very special homemade touch to your Christmas! Indulge in festive creativity and a new found love of do-it-yourself winter decorations to take home or make as gifts!

    Booking is essential and places are limited. To book please call 02088316000 or visit our website www.richmond.gov.uk/arts

    The Christmas Wreath Making workshop is £45, including all materials, and will be held in the Coach House at Orleans House Gallery.

    We have a 10% discount on our adult programmes for Richmond Card holders, so treat yourself to something creative this Christmas!

    Richmond Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery event

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