May and June lectures

We have been working hard at TASW but unfortunately we missed our update for May, so this message is for May and June.e

On 12th May we welcomed Carole Pettipher for her lecture “The Ups and Downs of the Impressionists along the Seine”. Unfortunately, we had to curtail the lecture as, sadly, one of our members became unwell and an ambulance was called. Fortunately, it was not required in the end and the gentleman concerned recovered sufficiently to make his way to A&E and, after some time, was allowed home.

Carole Petipher has kindly offered to repeat her May lecture on Zoom for us shortly, and we are exploring dates and times with her. A very generous suggestion. We will let you know as soon as this has been confirmed.

We would also like to apologise for the continuing sound problems, hopefully to be resolved before next month’s lecture.

We look forward to welcoming you to our 9th June lecture “Fashion, Fury and Feminism : Women’s Fight for Change” when our lecturer will be Tessa Boase. When Tessa told the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds she wanted to write their early story, they refused to let her visit their archives. To a former investigative journalist, this was a challenge she could not resist….this lecture shines a light on the intriguing story of women’s love affair with plumage – and of the brave eco-feminists who fought back on behalf of the birds. Moving from a polite Victorian tea party to egret hunt in a Florida swamp; from a suffragette ‘monster’ rally to a milliner’s dusty workshop, you’ll be taken back in time to a world where every woman of every class wore a hat.

Arrangements are now well in hand and tickets (£50 each) are on sale for the Visit to Highclere Castle on 13 July (contact: Val Woolford – 01932 252007 or val.woolford).

We look forward to seeing you soon.

APRIL UPDATE

14th april : DR JOHNSON AND HESTER THRALE, BLUE-STOCKING AND WIT — WITH CARICATURES OF THE DAY

On 14th April we will welcome Karin Ferdinand. Karin is known for her entertaining lectures on writers and diarists connected with the arts from the mid-18th to 19th century, and moving forward in time with Virginia Woolf. Extensive research into diaries and letters bring lectures to vivid life. Karin illustrates them with slides of contemporary pictures and portraits from varied sources.

In 1765, Samuel Johnson, aged 56, ill, lonely, living off Fleet Street among quarrelling dependents, was introduced to a wealthy brewer, Henry Thrale, and his witty and talented young Welsh-born wife, Hester. Their friendship would last 18 years, providing Johnson with hospitality and comfort. To Hester it brought the great stimulus of Johnson’s views on literature and life. She responded with plenty of her own. When Thrale died and Hester remarried to an Italian musician, Gabriel Piozzi, London society never forgave her. Nor did Johnson, telling Fanny Burnley “when I meet with one of her letters, I burn it. ”Nonetheless, Hester would lead a spirited and literary life in North Wales and Bath as “The Scandalous Mrs Piozzi”. With paintings, portraits and caricatures by Hogarth, Rowlandson, Reynolds, Richard Wilson, Francis Hayman and George Moreland.

21ST APRIL : SPECIAL INTEREST EVENT : CHINESE FORMAL & INFORMAL COURT COSTUME “A JOURNEY THROUGH & BEYOND THE IMPERIAL WARDROBE

On 21st April we will be holding a Special Interest Event (2 one hour lectures – 10.00 for 10.30) at the Riverhouse Barn. David Rosier will take us through Chinese Formal and Informal Court Costume (1644-1911). Tickets (£28) are available from Alison Lornie (01932 845372 or 07763 057728) and include coffee and biscuits.

The following invitation has been received from The Arts Society Richmond:

Please would you support our fundraising study morning on Zoom and YouTube on Tuesday 12th April at 10.30am, tickets £25. All proceeds will be donated to the British Red Cross, Ukraine Crisis Appeal. The speaker is Arts Society lecturer Dr Kathy McLaughlan. Please forward this email to all your friends and, if you are on an Arts Society committee, please forward it to all your members.

The study morning is an introduction to the 19th century Ukrainian artist Ilya Repin and the landscape paintings of Ukrainian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, Russian artist Ivan Shishkin and Lithuanian artist Isaac Levitan.

Get your ticket at https://tixoom.app/richmond/adzsdcpe. The Zoom and YouTube links will be emailed to you automatically. If we exceed our Zoom limit, you can always use the YouTube link because YouTube has no maximum numbers. The study morning will not be recorded.

10.30-11.30am. Lecture 1: Ilya Repin (1844-1930 born Chuhiv, Kharkiv province in modern day Ukraine). An introduction to this prolific and astounding realist painter, famous for his portraits and his genre and historical paintings.

11.30-12 Break

12-1pm. Lecture 2: An introduction to the stunning, thought provoking and awe-inspiring landscapes of Arkhip Kuindzhi (1841-1910 born in Mariopol in modern day Ukraine), Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898 born in Yelabuga, Russia), and Isaac Levitan (1860-1900 born in Kibarty in modern day Lithuania)

We are indebted to Kathy for giving her time free, to Arts Society Richmond member Jane Harrison for organising the study morning, and to Tixoom for waiving their fees.

Please buy your ticket now and support Ukraine, and please forward this email to everyone.

Thank you so much.

Richard Lebus, The Arts Society Richmond,

Tel: 020 8892 9696, Mobile: 07989 737582

March update

Our next live lecture is on 10 March when Alexandra Epps will talk to us about “Peggy Guggenheim”, the poor little rich girl who changed the face of 20th century art. Marguerite "Peggy" Guggenheim was an American art collector, bohemian and socialite. Born to the wealthy New York City Guggenheim family, she was the daughter of Benjamin Guggenheim, who went down with the Titanic in 1912, and the niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim who established the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Following the success of last month’s lecture we hope to welcome more members to All Saints Church Hall. Seats will be well-spaced for social distancing and masks available if required!

On 21 April (registration from 10am – start 10.30) we have our first Special Interest Event for almost two years at Riverhouse Barn. David Rosier, who spent 25 years working in Asia, will give two lectures entitled “Chinese Formal and Informal Court Costume (1644-1911). “A journey through and beyond the Imperial Wardrobe”. We will have a coffee break between the first and second lecture. Tickets will be available from 10 March (price £28) on sale at the lecture or from Alison Lornie (01932 252007). We hope to see you there.

February’s lecture and events in March

Welcome back!!

The Society held its first live lecture yesterday (10 February) in nearly two years and was delighted to welcome 74 members (two joining at the meeting) and three guests. There was plenty of room for social distancing with masks and sanitiser on hand !

It was good to see so many friendly faces again (once we had recognised them under their masks!). Nigel Bates, gave an excellent lecture – a performer for more than forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, a Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra as well as Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet, with an insight into the music chosen by choreographs, proving that the right composition with the addition of the right moves and right designs can create modern masterpieces and timeless classics.

Unfortunately, there was an issue with the visuals but as we now know what the problem is, we hope to resolve it for our next lecture on 10 March (“Peggy Guggenheim”).

We would like to thank all those members who so kindly volunteered to help the Committee with setting up and also serving the teas. We are very grateful.

Tickets for the Special Interest Event at Riverhouse Barn on 21 April “Chinese Formal and Informal Court Costume (1644 – 1911) – A journey through and beyond the Imperial Wardrobe” will be on sale next month. Two one hour lectures with coffee.

The Committee hopes you will join us.

February update

TASW Lecture, Thursday 10th February, 2pm

It’s Not Just Tchaikovsky

Welcome back to live lectures

We are delighted to invite you back to lectures at the hall of

All Saints Church, Queens Road, Hersham, KT13 5LU.

We will have hand sanitiser available at the door and we encourage people to wear face masks if they are able to do so. We are still looking for people to help with the screen and setting up the equipment.

Nigel Bates has been a performer for more than forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, including seventeen years as Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra and eight years as the Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet. He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC’s Maestro at the Opera and Pappano’s Classical Voices documentary series. He is a regular contributor to the printed and online content of the ROH. He has given lectures for over thirty years, including many arts societies and conservatoires in the UK and across Australia.

In March our speaker will be Alexandra Epps who will talk about “Peggy Guggenheim” and we will also be selling tickets for the Special Interest event on 21st April “Chinese Formal and Informal Court Costume (1644-1911) “A Journey through and beyond the Imperial Wardrobe with David Rosier.

We look forward to seeing you again and welcoming you back to All Saints Church Hall after more than twenty-four months!

JANUARY UPDATE

It is with much regret that we have to cancel our live lecture at All Saints Church Hall on Thursday 13 January. We were so looking forward to welcoming you once again after so long, but many members seem to be keeping away from events until the seriousness of Omicron is clear. Unfortunately, there are also some technical issues with running the event live, which have only just become apparent. Hopefully, all will be resolved well before out next lecture on 10th February (“It’s not just Tchaikovsky” with Simon Bates).

Please do join us via Zoom at 2pm on Thursday 13 January when Janet Gough will tell us “How to pick a Favourite Church”. As former Director of Churches and Cathedrals for the Church of England, Janet has chosen one church from every diocese to illustrate the incredible story of our churches bound up with the story of England over the last 1400 years and shares with the audience how they might select their own favourites, together with the many joys and some of the challenges in maintaining England’s extraordinary ecclesiastical heritage.

The link will be sent to you in advance of the lecture.

We trust you have received your membership card and sticky labels for 2022 but, if not, please let our Membership Secretary know (mailto:margaret.sale).

The Committee is very sorry – the decision to cancel was not an easy one to make.

JANUARY 2022 UPDATE

Happy New Year to all our members.

As we plan our first face-to-face lecture for some time, we hope you will be able to join us at All Saints Church Hall at 2pm on 13 January.

Janet Gough will tell us “How to pick a Favourite Church”. As former Director of Churches and Cathedrals for the Church of England, Janet has chosen one church from every diocese to illustrate the incredible story of our churches bound up with the story of England over the last 1400 years and shares with the audience how they might select their own favourites, together with the many joys and some of the challenges in maintaining England’s extraordinary ecclesiastical heritage.

We hope that everyone has received their vaccinations including the Booster. However, for the safety off all members please ensure that you wear a face covering. We will keep doors open for ventilation so suggest you wear warm clothing.

We trust you have received your membership card and sticky labels for 2022 but, if not, please let our Membership Secretary know (margaret.sale).

If you are able to offer any help with Teas/Coffee after the lecture, we would be extremely grateful. Margaret Wicks (margaret.wicks) has agreed to set up the rota and ‘replenish the larder’ but we do need help if we are to be able to offer members refreshments.

We hope you are all well and look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 13 January.

JANUARY 2022 UPDATE

Happy New Year to all our members.

As we plan our first face-to-face lecture for some time, we hope you will be able to join us at All Saints Church Hall at 2pm on 13 January.

Janet Gough will tell us “How to pick a Favourite Church”. As former Director of Churches and Cathedrals for the Church of England, Janet has chosen one church from every diocese to illustrate the incredible story of our churches bound up with the story of England over the last 1400 years and shares with the audience how they might select their own favourites, together with the many joys and some of the challenges in maintaining England’s extraordinary ecclesiastical heritage.

We trust you have received your membership card and sticky labels for 2022 but, if not, please let our Membership Secretary know (margaret.sale).

If you are able to offer any help with Teas/Coffee after the lecture, we would be extremely grateful. Margaret Wicks (margaret.wicks) has agreed to set up the rota and ‘replenish the larder’ but we do need help if we are to be able to offer members refreshments.

We hope you are all well and look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 13 January.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS from THE ARTS SOCIETY WALTON COMMITTEE

THE ARTS SOCIETY WALTON

We wish all our members a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year and hope to welcome you to our first 2022 lecture (details below) at All Saints Church Hall on 13 January – but this, of course, depends on any restrictions the government may impose in the meantime!

Janet Gough will tell us “How to pick a Favourite Church”

As former Director of Churches and Cathedrals for the Church of England, Janet has chosen one church from every diocese to illustrate the incredible story of our churches bound up with the story of England over the last 1400 years and shares with the audience how they might select their own favourites, together with the many joys and some of the challenges in maintaining England’s extraordinary ecclesiastical heritage.

We hope you have received your membership card and sticky labels for 2022 but, if not, please let our Membership Secretary know (margaret.sale).

A huge thank you to our volunteers who have assisted the Committee during these challenging times. If you would like to join us you would be very welcome.

Keep well and keep safe!

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.

Copyright The Arts Society Walton, 2017
Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), A View of Walton Bridge, 1754, by permission of the trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London