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  • 1 April 2021 - 20 May 2021Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society’s Virtual Exhibition

    If the four walls of your home are starting to feel a little too familiar during these uncertain times, then why not escape on a virtual tour of Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society’s annual exhibition which is running on-line from Thursday 1 April until Thursday 20 May 2021.  

    You’ll be able to immerse yourself in some stunning landscapes, beautiful wildlife and some thought provoking portraits and street scenes from a photographic society which is one of the largest and oldest in the country.  Once again the work of GCSE and A level students at St. Catherine’s School for Girls in Twickenham will be going on display. 

    The show, which boasts over 300 images, is set in a 3D museum space, so visitors can explore the rooms independently or be guided around the exhibition. It’s free and can be accessed from a link on the society’s website:

    The society has around 120 members from beginners to professionals and new members are warmly welcome.  Email for details of how to join.Richmond & Twickenham PS’s annual and popular exhibition is normally held at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington and hopes to return there in 2022. And while no digital encounter can fully emulate the physical experience of visiting an exhibition, the virtual platform which RTPS has embodied, comes very close.

    Exhibition Navigation: The exhibition takes the form of a number of discrete rooms. this approach has been taken to facilitate the ease of navigation for the viewer.  There are four rooms to visit in total.  The Landmark, Charnock and St. Luke's rooms showcase the RTPS members' panels.  Each panel has an introduction to provide the viewer with an insight into the author's thinking, it is then followed with a panel overview to show the viewer the images in the author's desired layout and then finally, there is the opportunity to see each individual image close up.  The St. Catherine's room showcases the work of A level and GCSE students from St. Catherine's School for Girls in Twickenham.

    It is highly recommended the viewer takes the guided tour which takes the viewer around the rooms in the order designed by the curators. 


    Other RTPS Talks during April


    15 April - ‘London and Beyond’ with Matt Cooper, an award winning landscape and cityscape photographer who specialises in the photography of London.


    22 April – ‘Festivals of Papua New Guinea’ with Marilyn Taylor.


    The talks will run on-line via Zoom from 8 till 10 p.m. with a 15 minute break. 

    Prospective new members are warmly invited to log on to join us for one or two meetings before making a commitment to become a member. Just drop us an email at

    Richmond & Twickenham Photographic Society event

  • 1 April 2021 - 21 August 2021Choral/Choirs

    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 (

    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


    Or have a look at our website  


     We would LOVE to hear from you 🎵

    In Flagrante Choir event

  • 6 April 2021 - 27 April 2021Museum/Heritage

    JMW Turner's Sandycombe Years

    Talks will last 30 minutes followed by a Q&A. Tickets grant access to all 4 talks. Joining information will be sent on the morning of the event.

    Ticket price £15.

    April 6th - Turner’s House of Art: Turner at Petworth, by Andrew Loukes

    From 1827, the year after he sold Sandycombe Lodge, Turner visited Petworth House in West Sussex on an annual basis for the next ten years. There remain twenty paintings by Turner at Petworth, which is the largest collection of his oils outside Tate Britain. This talk explores the artist’s relationship with one of his favourite places, described by Turner’s contemporary John Constable as “that house of art”.

    Andrew Loukes has worked with public art collections for 30 years. He was the House and Collections Manager at Petworth House (the most important art collection in the care of the National Trust) for 11 years and previously was a curator at Manchester Art Gallery and Tate Britain. He has curated exhibitions on Blake, Constable and seven on Turner, including the recent exhibition ‘Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings’ at Turner’s House in 2020. Andrew is also a former trustee of the Turner’s House Trust. He is now Consultant Curator of the Egremont Collection at Petworth.

    April 13th - From the Sublime to the Ridiculous - Turner’s sense of scale, by Franny Moyle

    Moyle looks at Turner’s interest in scale, his ‘all seeing eye’, and how this relates to his world view. Taking a number of paintings executed during the ‘Sandycombe Years’ she will invite those joining the talk to look again at Turner’s work, to consider how he uses scale to express sublime beauty, what there is to discover in looking closely at the detail of his work, and how this may relate to his own spiritual beliefs.

    Franny Moyle is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster whose biography of Turner, The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. She is a trustee of Turner’s House.

    April 20th - Turner and the ‘Matchless Vale of Thames’ , by Catherine Parry-Wingfield

    For the great landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, the river Thames provided him with a huge source of inspiration, from his childhood in the early 1780s to the end of his life in 1851. He was particularly enthralled by the Arcadian stretch of the river as it winds past Richmond and Twickenham, where he chose to build his retreat, Sandycombe Lodge. This talk takes its title from the 18th century Richmond poet, James Thomson, whose work was still much admired many decades after his death, and whose verses were in Turner’s mind as he walked and sketched his way along Richmond Hill to capture the moods of the river and the famous view.

    Catherine Parry-Wingfield is an art historian with a long career in teaching and lecturing, specialising in the visual arts of 18th and early 19th century Britain and Europe. She was a trustee of Turner’s House Trust from its inception in 2005, and chair from 2013 to 2019, during which time she was actively engaged as a member of the conservation project team, particularly with the presentation of the interior. She has written two booklets, J.M.W. Turner, R.A. - the artist and his house at Twickenham and J.M.W. Turner and the ‘Matchless Vale of Thames’ (available from Turner’s House) and an article for The London Gardener, 2012, The Grounds of Sandycombe Lodge, J.M.W. Turner’s Country Retreat at Twickenham.

    April 27th - Understanding the Fine Print: Turner's Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England , by Nicola Moorby

    For almost his entire residency of Sandycombe Lodge, Turner would have been working on the print publication, Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England, his first major independent series of topographical views. This talk discussed the background and circumstances of the project, particularly focusing on the techniques and skill of Turner and his printmakers, as well as revealing the highs and lows of their professional collaborations.

    Nicola Moorby is an independent art historian specialising in British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Formerly at Tate Britain, where she managed the Prints and Drawings Rooms, she was a significant contributor to Tate's updated online catalogue of the Turner Bequest and has worked as a curator on several exhibitions. She has contributed to numerous publications on Turner, including as co-editor and author of How to Paint Like Turner (Tate Publishing 2010). She has appeared as an expert on television and radio, including most recently, Great Paintings of the World with Andrew Marr.

    Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

    Turner's House Trust event

  • 13 April 2021 - 27 May 2021Museum/Heritage

    Historic Garden Tours

    Historic Garden Tours

    Throughout April and May, 2021.

    Discover the fascinating history of what Horace Walpole, creator of Strawberry Hill House & Garden, called his "enchanted little landscape", set on the banks of the River Thames in Twickenham. You’ll walk across lawns where Pavlova danced, an elephant marched, and parties lasted long into the night – while at every turn a new vista of Walpole’s magnificent white Gothic castle will delight the eye as it has done for 270 years. No wonder he called Strawberry Hill his “land of beauties.”

    Tickets: Standard Adult £10 / Members & Patrons £8 / Student £8

    Tour Times: Tuesday & Thursday at 11am and Wednesday at 2pm throughout April and May

    Tour Length: 75 mins

    Book Now:

    Strawberry Hill House & Garden event

  • 15 April 2021 - 15 January 2022Music/Gigs

    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. 
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    Queen Victoria's Consort event

  • 23 April 2021Visual Arts/Film

    This Week’s Recommendation: Faces Places

    This Week’s Recommendation: Faces Places

    Title: Faces Places
    France, 2017
    94 mins, language: French
    Directed by JR and Agnès Varda

    Faces Places was one of the three fifth ranked film of Season 56, with an audience rating of 92%.

    Filmmaker Agnes Varda joins forces with JR, a street artist and photographer to roam the French countryside in his van. No ordinary van, it contains a camera capable of producing extraordinary photos to the delight and surprise of those who venture inside it!

    Sadly, the world learnt of Varda’s death on 29th March 2019, a few days before this screening. At that time, the editor of these notes was reminded that she directed the 1977 film, one he saw at university, 'One Sings, the Other Doesn't' (L'une Chante, L'autre Pas). That film that was instrumental in him becoming an international film fan and hence joining RFS in 1981 …  check it out.

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -
    The film can be streamed from Curzon and Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • Marble Hill House - Walk with a Doc at Marble Hill Park – A Virtual Event

    Join Dr Sonia Ghandi on an online lecture to explore the life of Henrietta Howard, countess of Suffolk and how Georgian healthcare compares to that of today.


    We will issue the Zoom link an hour before the session. Please note that booking for this event will close 24 hours in advance.


    Follow the link in the description above to book your tickets using our online system at:


    This is a free event with a suggested donation of £5. Find out more here.

    English Heritage c/o Marble Hill event

  • Marble Hill Movers - A Community Walk

    Come along to a community walk. Hosted by volunteers, come walk around the site and meet people and do as little or as much as you would like. Meet at the big old oak tree by the cricket pitch in Marble Hill Park at 11am


    Join for a short walk or a longer walk.


    Beginning Tues 19 April 2021 then every Tuesday at 11:00. Free.           

    English Heritage c/o Marble Hill event

  • Deception: How the Nazis Tricked the Last Jews of Europe

    Chris Hale - author, researcher, producer and filmmaker - tells the story behind his book Deception: How the Nazis Tricked the Last Jews of Europe on April 27th at 19.00 online.  £10 all proceeds go to charity.

    In the Spring of 1944, Nazi Germany occupied Hungary - and Adolf Hitler - ordered SS colonel Adolf Eichmann to organise the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz. And yet weeks after his arrival, Eichmann summoned Zionist rescuer Joel Brand to his headquarters in Budapest – and offered to ransom ‘a million Jews for hundreds of trucks’. The Germans flew Brand to Istanbul where he met with members of the Zionist Agency– who sent news of ransom offer to the Allies. Details of ‘Blood for Trucks’ soon reached the desks of American president Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill - and presented the Allies with perplexing dilemmas. Was it a ruse? So, a decision was made to scupper the SS ransom offer. Eichmann went ahead with deportations. Hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were murdered in Auschwitz. Had the Allies betrayed one of the last surviving Jewish communities in Nazi occupied Europe?

    For tickets please follow this link to Eventbrite (new window).

    The Portcullis Trust event

  • 29 April 2021Museum/Heritage

    Reviving the Pleasure Gardens

    How will Henrietta’s gardens grow?

    Henrietta Howard had pleasure gardens at Marble Hill, which disappeared into the Park over time. As part of the “Marble Hill Revived” project, English Heritage is restoring the 18th century gardens. Just how do you go about doing that?

    Come along to a free talk on Thursday, April 29th from 6-7 p.m. to hear the answers from Kate Slack, English Heritage’s Head Gardener at Marble Hill, who is managing the restoration. With the help of many photographs she will lead us through the history of the garden, the type of planting chosen, how she and her team are undertaking the current garden project, and what the future plans are.

    To book go to: What’s on – Friends of Marble Hill

    Friends of Marble Hill event

  • 30 April 2021Visual Arts/Film

    This Week’s Recommendation: Like Father Like Son

    Title: Like Father Like Son
    Japan, 2013
    119 mins, language: Japanese
    Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

    Like Father Like Son was the 736th film screened by RFS on 10th March 2015. It  was the fourth equal ranked film of Season 52, with an audience rating of 89%.

    Having received the shocking news that their six year old sons were swapped at birth, two couples must now decide whether to exchange the boys. A deft study of parenthood and social class.

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -
    The film can be streamed from BFI and Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.

    Richmond Film Society event

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