November update

We are writing to remind members of our forthcoming lecture (via Zoom) at 2pm on 2 December. This lecture is highly rated by other societies who have enjoyed Sandy Burnett – “from Tchaikovsky to Tin Pan Alley”. We are sure this will prove to be an exciting and enjoyable lecture to start the Christmas festivities. Expect an hour of the finest festive music from across the globe – his selections include sparking moments from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, a heart-warming ballad from Mel Tormé, something from Soweto, a heavenly chorus from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Leipzig, an illustration of the English carol tradition at its finest – and something more cynical from Eartha Kitt…

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End. Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. Combining engaging scholarship with hands-on expertise, for ACE Cultural Tours he devises and leads cultural holidays at home in the UK and all over the world, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, is a highly sought-after double bassist on the London jazz scene, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season. During lockdown he established an online Listening Club which meets weekly to listen to and discuss great works of classical music.

This is an additional lecture and not included in the annual programme. The cost is £10 per person. If you would like to attend, please contact Alison Lornie (alison.lornie or 01932 845372); She will give you details of how to make your payment and will reserve a place for you and, once your payment has been received, will confirm your reservation. A day or two before the event, a Zoom link will be sent to all participants.

This will be the final lecture for 2021 and, hopefully, the final Zoom lecture as we return to face-to-face lectures at All Saints Church Hall at 2pm on 13 January, 2022. Janet Gough will entertain us with “How to pick a Favourite Church”. This will be the start of a year of exciting and interesting lectures and we look forward to welcoming you all.

We are very sorry to announce the sad and untimely death of Peter Scott, husband of our President, Pamela Scott. Peter became ill during Lockdown and sadly passed away a few days ago. He was an extremely talented art historian, always jovial and often lectured to our Society, especially at short notice! He will be sadly missed. We send our deepest sympathy to Pamela and her family.

November update

As we approach the end of 2021, we will be our hosting our last Zoom monthly lecture for 2021. On 11 November, Simon Inglis will entertain us (via Zoom) charting the legacy of London’s rich, sporting and recreational heritage such as tennis at Hampton Court, Wembley, Wimbledon and Lords with his lecture “Played in London”. Simon is a British sports historian, architectural historian, writer and broadcaster, most notably about football and stadiums. We hope you will join us.

For our “Festive” Special Interest Event on 2 December (via Zoom) we welcome Sandy Burnett – “from Tchaikovsky to Tin Pan Alley”. We are sure this will prove to be an exciting and enjoyable lecture to start the Christmas festivities.

You should shortly receive your labels and programme card by post with an update of what is ahead in terms of Visits and Special Interest Events.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to All Saints Church Hall in January 2022. Our first lecture of 2022 on 13 January is entitled “How to pick a Favourite Church” with Janet Gough. Janet was the Church of England’s Director of Church Buildings and Secretary of the Church Buildings Council and Cathedrals Fabric Commission so has lots of experience to share with us.

We are now looking forward to 2022 and, hopefully, “business as usual”. If anyone is willing to assist the Committee – especially with afternoon teas on lecture days – please let a member of the Committee know.

Thank you for your continued support and we very much hope to see you early next year!

November update

As we approach the end of 2021, we will be our hosting our last Zoom monthly lecture for 2021. On 11 November, Simon Inglis will entertain us (via Zoom) charting the legacy of London’s rich, sporting and recreational heritage such as tennis at Hampton Court, Wembley, Wimbledon and Lords with his lecture “Played in London”. Simon is a British sports historian, architectural historian, writer and broadcaster, most notably about football and stadiums. We hope you will join us.

For our “Festive” Special Interest Event on 2 December (via Zoom) we welcome Sandy Burnett – “from Tchaikovsky to Tin Pan Alley”. We are sure this will prove to be an exciting and enjoyable lecture to start the Christmas festivities.

You should shortly receive your labels and programme card by post with an update of what is ahead in terms of Visits and Special Interest Events.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to All Saints Church Hall in January 2022. Our first lecture of 2022 on 11 January is entitled “How to pick a Favourite Church” with Janet Gough. Janet was the Church of England’s Director of Church Buildings and Secretary of the Church Buildings Council and Cathedrals Fabric Commission so has lots of experience to share with us.

We are now looking forward to 2022 and, hopefully, “business as usual”. If anyone is willing to assist the Committee – especially with afternoon teas on lecture days – please let a member of the Committee know.

Thank you for your continued support and we very much hope to see you early next year!

September Update

The Committee is delighted to welcome members back after a challenging time with lockdowns.

Tomorrow we have a Zoom lecture “A Garden like No Other : Edward James and Las Posas – a colourful lecture telling the story of Edward James and his Mexican garden, exploring the wider theme of the modern artist-gardener. Later this month, on 16 September, Linda Smith will entertain us via Zoom with two lectures “Great Tarts in Art”. (£10 tickets available from Alison Lornie on 01932 845372).

October is our AGM as well as a Zoom lecture “Undressing Antiques” with Mark Hill from The Antiques Roadshow”. Join us on the 14th October and please don’t forget to cast your AGM vote by post or via the website – https://www.theartssocietywalton.org/agm-voting-2021/)

This year we have been unable to produce our usual annual Newsletter due to the challenges we faced with lectures but we are now making strides to return to “business as usual”. The Committee (and our valued volunteers) attempted to bring you the 2021 lecture programme via Zoom and we apologise to those members without access to a computer. We look forward to welcoming you back! This is an update for the months ahead.

You will have received details of our lectures for the coming year in our Renewal pack (and on our website – www.theartssocietywalton.org) – and hope you will agree that Sue Hughes, our Programme Secretary, has produced a brilliant variety of talks on fascinating subjects with excellent speakers.

Alison Lornie is busy organising Special Interest Events, hopefully at Riverhouse, but there remain social distancing restrictions in place. As well as Sandy Burnett – from Tchaikovsky to Tin Pan Alley on 2 December (via Zoom – details already circulated), on 21 April David Rosier will talk to us about “Chinese Formal & Informal Court Costume (1644-1911) A Journey through & beyond the Imperial Wardrobe” and we are planning these two morning lectures at Riverhouse Barn.

Val Woolford has continued to work hard to arrange Visits for you to enjoy but the problem once again has been restrictions imposed by venues. However, it has been possible to arrange a tour and afternoon tea at Strawberry Hill House on 21 October 2021. Transport will be via coach leaving Hersham Green at 2pm and the cost will be £30 per person. Please email Val for further details (vmwoolford).

Our On-Line/Proxy Voting for 2020 Annual General Meeting proved successful and we will repeat this again on 14 October 2021 – it saves time for members, ensures that those unable to attend the lecture are able to vote and guarantees that the lecture is not interrupted! (https://www.theartssocietywalton.org/agm-voting-2021/).

Our programme card and sticky labels will be distributed before November in readiness for 2022.

Your Committee has decided that ‘live’ lectures will resume from 13 January 2022 at All Saints Church Hall, Hersham Green, assuming there are no further restrictions!

We look forward to welcoming you back, especially those members without access to computers or Zoom who were unable to join us during lockdown, and hope you will renew your membership and join us for Lectures, Visits and Special Interest Events (noted above). Notices continue to be posted on our website and Facebook page.

Thank you for your continued support which is very much appreciated.

July further update

We were sorry there were not more members attending our July lecture when Dr Laurence Shafe (past Chairman and our Webmaster) came to our rescue, owing to Peter Scott’s illness and incapacity to give his lecture “Painting at the Edge – British Artists’ Coastal Colonies”. We look forward to welcoming Peter in the future.

Laurence’s lecture was excellent and highly acclaimed by those members able to watch it. It is, however, available on You Tube. (The link is available on our website – sue.hughes) know if you were unable to log in.

There is no lecture in August, but we have two exciting Special Interest Events to offer in September and December (via Zoom).

The first one is :

“GREAT TARTS IN ART: High Culture and the Oldest Profession” LINDA SMITH

10.30 – 12.50 Thursday, 16 September, 2021 via Zoom (2 one-hour lectures with a 20 minute break)

This is followed in December :

“FROM TCHAIKOVSY TO TIN PAN ALLEY – Uplifting music for Christmas” SANDY BURNETT

2pm – 3pm Thursday, 2 December, 2021 via Zoom

The cost for each event will be £10 per person. If you would like to attend, please contact Alison Lornie (alison.lornie or 01932 845372); Alison will give you details of how to make your payment and will reserve a place for you and, once your payment has been received, will confirm your reservation. A day or two before the event, a Zoom link will be sent to all participants. At the moment we are not able to book the Riverhouse Barn for our usual Special Interest Events but very much hope to be able to invite you in 2022.

On 9th September we have a Zoom lecture “A GARDEN LIKE NO OTHER: EDWARD JAMES & LAS POSAS” and on 14th October, Mark Hill (Antiques Roadshow) presents “UNDRESSING ANTIQUES”, a persuasive introduction into buying antiques, and integrating and using them in today’s homes.

On 11 November, Simon Inglis presents “PLAYED IN LONDON”. Charting the heritage of London’s rich sporting and recreational heritage to life. Wembley, Wimbledon and Lords are known around the world but sports and games have always been played in London.

We do hope you will be able to join us. Meanwhile, we thank you for your support in these challenging times and look forward to seeing you.

Keep well.

July update

The weather has been somewhat changeable – but at least the roses are doing exceptionally well and we hope you are too.

We want to remind you of your next Zoom lecture on 8th July when our friend, Peter Scott, will look at our far-flung costal art colonies such as Newlyn, St Ives, Walberswick, Staithes and Cullercoats and their subsequent development in the twentieth century with “Painting at the Edge : British Artists’ Coastal Colonies”.

We would also like to remind you of our 9th September lecture “A Garden like No Other: Edward James and Las Posas”.This colourful lecture tells the story of Edward James’ Mexican garden.

In addition, on Thursday 16th September we are holding a Special Interest Event (via Zoom) with Linda Smith entitled “Great Tarts in Art”. This will be 2 one-hour lectures with a 20 minute break 10.30 – 12.50.

We are at present unable to confirm our future venue – Hersham Village Hall continues to be a Covid Test Centre. However, All Saints has undergone some refurbishment and continues to improve the facilities.

We hope to see you again soon.

June update

This Thursday, 10 June, we look forward to welcoming you to our Zoom lecture “Uncovering the Nation’s Hidden Oil Painting Collection”. Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac will be giving us an insider’s view of a project set up in 2003, to catalogue the UK’s national collection of 212,000 publicly-owned oil paintings. The link will be sent to members prior to the lecture.

In July Peter Scott will talk to us about British coastal art so do please make a note to join us.

There is no lecture in August – the summer recess – but we will be letting you have details of our September lecture as well as our Special Interest event “Great Tarts in Art”.

Our 2022 programme is well under way and we will be unveiling this in the next month or so when we send out renewal invitations.

Take care – we hope to see you soon!

May update

April was an enjoyable month for TASW when we welcomed Matthew Williams who talked about the history of “Highclere Castle” followed by our first Special Interest Zoom Event this year, with Ian Swankie who took us through “The Brilliance of British Architecture” from Sir Christopher Wren to the modern day. We are planning another Special Interest event on 16 September with Linda Smith and “Great Tarts in Art”.

In the meantime, we would like to welcome members to our fifth Zoom Lecture in the 2021 Programme year on 13 May, and the return of Gavin Plumley, who last visited TASW before “lockdown” in January 2020 to talk about Klimt and Mahler. The rating for his lecture was considered “Outstanding”. The Zoom link will be sent to members a few days before the lecture.

THE MAGIC OF PRAGUE: CZECH ART AND CULTURE.

As part of the Habsburg Empire, Prague was beloved of kings and princes. During the 19th century, however, the Czechs sought to reclaim the city for their own. Looking back at ancient mythology, they imagined a new future by means of art, architecture, literature and music. From Romanticism to cubism, the Czechs re-conceived various artistic movements in specifically patriotic ways. Looking at painter and decorative artist Alfons Mucha, artist Karel Svoboda and composers Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, this talk shows how the Czechs created a capital that was fit for a new independent nation.

Gavin Plumley a writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and contributing to newspapers, magazines and opera and concert programmes worldwide. Lectures widely about the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent talks include the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, the National Trust, the National Theatre, the British Museum, the V&A, the Southbank Centre, the Tate and the Neue Galerie, New York, as well as for history of art societies and The Art Fund.

We hope you can join us.

APRIL UPDATE

We are pleased to report that 74 members and one guest logged on to our Zoom lecture “Downton Abbey Revealed: the story of Highclere Castle”. It is disappointing that our proposed visit to Highclere did not take place because of the pandemic.

Our next Zoom lecture on 13 May is entitled “The Magic of Prague: Czech Art and Culture” with Gavin Plumley. As part of the Habsburg Empire, Prague was beloved of kings and princes. During the 19th century, however, the Czechs sought to reclaim the city for their own. This talk shows how the Czechs created a capital that was fit for a new independent nation.

Gavin Plumley visited us in 2020 to talk about Mahler and Klimt – the two Gustavs.

The link will be sent to members shortly before the lecture.

In the meantime, on 15 April the Society will host its first two-hour Special Interest Zoom event with Ian Swankie talking about “The Brilliance of British Architecture and Design”. We hope you have reserved your place!

The Committee hopes our members are keeping safe and well and we look forward to face-to-face lectures as soon as we are able.

Update – March’s lecture

We were delighted that some eighty members joined us on Zoom for our lecture last Thursday by Julian Halsby and we received several complimentary emails.

Our next lecture is on 8 April “Downton Abbey Revealed : the story of Highclere Castle” and the Committee hopes you will join us for an insight into the real history of the Castle and the Earls of Caernarfon.

Following that lecture do join us for our : SPECIAL INTEREST ZOOM EVENT – THURSDAY, 15 APRIL, 2021

10.30 – 12.50 (2 one-hour lectures with a 20 minute break)

£10 per person. Please contact Alison Lornie (alison.lornie or 01932 845372)

Please book your place by Friday, 9th April when you will be sent the Zoom link.

The Brilliance of British Architecture and design

Two lectures by Ian Swankie on the best of British architecture and design from a non-technical perspective, and with an emphasis on British talent.

Ian takes us on a journey around some of the finest buildings and introduces us to the talented people who designed them.

First lecture: The classical reinvented – The Legacy of Sir Christopher Wrenn

Second lecture: The Gleaming Spires of London 1066 – 2066

and he will sneak in references to the work of Thomas Heatherwick, who in some ways bridges the gap between the two.