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December 17 newsletter
Saturday 02 December 2017

Hello Everyone

As a number of members have asked if we could have another outing combining an exhibition and evening concert, as per the very successful one we recently had in early November, I have put together a trip to London on 27th February, where we will have an afternoon visit to the Charles1 exhibition at the Royal Academy, followed by an evening Royal Philharmonic Concert at the Cadogan Hall. 

The exhibition, Charles I: King and Collector, reunites for the first time the legendary art collection of Charles I - this was sold off following the king’s execution in 1649,  and became scattered across Europe. This exhibition will reveal the astounding treasures that changed the taste of the nation, and includes over 100 works of art by some of the finest artists – Titian, Holbein, Dürer, Van Dyck and Rubens - ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings, and from exquisite miniatures to monumental tapestries. 

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Myths and Fairytales Concert brims with mythical imagery and incredible drama, as it brings together pieces such as Mussorgsky’s terrifying Night on Bald Mountain, Tchaikovsky’s wonderful Violin Concerto, performed by the immensely talented Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, Sibelius’ mesmerising Nightride and Sunrise and a delightful array of extracts from Khachaturian’s Spartacus Suite.

I have negotiated ticket prices for the concert and the exhibition, so that you effectively get the return coach fare for free (this would normally cost £17), and of course if you’re an RA member, you and a guest have free access to the exhibition.

We have two concert ticket prices, and so if you’re an RA member or going as a guest of an RA member, this outing costs either £37 or £42. If not, then there is an additional £16 for the exhibition entrance (this is a reduced rate - even lower than the Art Fund member rate).

We will leave at 1:30pm, and return to the King George V car park around 11pm. The coach will transfer us to Sloane Square around 5pm - so there will be time for a meal in one of the many restaurants there, or a shop in Peter Jones!, before the concert starts at 7:30pm. The ticket price I’ve negotiated also includes a free concert brochure (normal price £4), and I’ll hand these out to you at the hall before the concert starts.

Anyway, if you're interested in going on this outing, please just email me and I'll reserve tickets for you. We’ll be selling tickets at the January lecture, but if you wanted to send me your cheque beforehand to secure your ticket(s), just let me know when you email.

And of course if you joined us on the November outing to the Queens Gallery, and had your entrance tickets stamped, you will be able to go there again for the Charles II Art and Power exhibition - this  is on from 8 December until May. You will then be able to compare and contrast the art collections of these two monarchs, since the court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, from old master paintings to tapestries and spectacular silver-gilt furniture.

I have also been asked to organise another trip to the Royal Albert Hall - and so, reflecting The Arts Society's widening remit to include the theatre, I have reserved tickets for the Royal Philarmonic’s Best of Broadway Concert on March 14th, when we will be able to enjoy the glitz and razzamatazz of the best of shows from Broadway and the West End. The concert features music from stage shows including: LES MISERABLES, CHICAGO, EVITA, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, BEAUTIFUL, ANNIE, DREAMGIRLS, WICKED, 
…and many more,  with David Firman as Conductor, and vocalists Cassidy JansonAbbie OsmonAdam Garcia and Matt Henry.

We would leave about 5:30pm and arrive back at King George V car park around 11pm.

Again I have negotiated ticket prices, and the total cost of the outing is only £42 - the normal price of these concert seats is £45, so giving a saving of £18, as the return coach fare alone costs £15.

So, if you are interested in this evening outing, please also just email me, and I’ll reserve tickets for you. And if you’d like to secure them by sending me a cheque before they go on sale at the January lecture, just tell me in your email. 

I shall be sending out another newsletter about our December lecture, but hope it is helpful to have this early notification about these two outings  planned for the new year.

With best wishes