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Chairman's June Newsletter
Friday 08 June 2018

Hello Everyone

I am writing to you a bit earlier than normal, as just wanted to check in with those coming on our outing on 11th June to West Dean gardens and Goodwood House, and confirm that the coach will leave King George V car park at 9:30, plus remind those using their HHA or 241 garden scheme cards not to forget to bring them! And if you have any queries about this outing please just reply to this email. 

In the meantime I hope you will be enjoying this sunny weather and all the colourful displays as those of our garden plants that have managed to survive this long cold winter come into flower again.

Our next lecture on 13th June is also designed to bring more colour into our lives. It’s called ‘The Scottish Colourists’, and our lecturer, Alice Foster, will show us how Scottish artists of the early 1900s discovered the use of strong light and bright colour whilst painting in France and then, on returning to Scotland, pioneered paintings with rich colour and exuberant brushwork. 

Their subjects included still life, people, places, and interiors, and their work was amongst the most admired of early twentieth century British artists, being exhibited in both Edinburgh and London. Sadly, S.J. Peploe, J.D. Fergusson, Hunter and Cadell are now largely forgotten. And Alice will tell us why.

Alice is a lecturer at the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, as well as lecturing regularly at the Ashmolean and the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.  

And talking of Oxford, I thought I should also do a reminder that we will be selling tickets at the June lecture for our outing there on 26th September. This outing is for a morning tea and tour at the Sheldonian Theatre, and a leisurely afternoon two hour walking tour of the artistic and archaeological highlights of the city, including a visit to one of the colleges. Between these two tours there will be free time for lunch, and/or for a visit to one of the many other places of interest - or for just going shopping! The coach will leave the King George V car park at 8:30am, and then, at the end of the day, return us to Effingham some time after 6pm.

The cost of this outing is £45, to cover the coach, the tour guide, and the tea & tour at the Sheldonian Theatre. Our tour guide comes fully recommended by two of our committee, having been on other Oxford tours with him.

 

I'm afraid we can only take 25 people on this outing, so if you would like to request tickets before the lecture, please reply to this email. 

But I also thought I ought to tell you more about the Sheldonian. It is an exquisite Grade I listed building, and is the official ceremonial hall used by Oxford University for their graduation ceremonies. lt was built in the 1660s, and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It also has a magnificent ceiling painted by Robert Streater during the reign of King Charles II. Plus you can climb the steps to the Cupola to enjoy one of the best indoor 360 degree panoramic views of Oxford.

I am sorry we have to start selling these tickets so far ahead, but this is because we don't meet again after the July lecture until mid October.

 

This is also why we will be selling tickets after the lecture for our outing on 27th November to the National Portrait Gallery, followed by an evening concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall, and for which we have to confirm concert seat numbers by 28th September.

 

This is an afternoon and evening outing, with the coach leaving at 1pm, and returning us to Effingham by about 11pm.

 

The exhibition is called ‘Gainsborough's Family Album’, and the concert is the the Liszt Piano Concerto No 1, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, with  the wonderful Alexander Shelley as conductor. 

 

The exhibition will feature over fifty works from public and private collections across the world, including a number of works that have never been on public display in the UK, and bringing together for the first time all twelve surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough’s daughters.

 

The exhibition's layout will also chart Gainsborough’s career from youth to maturity, telling of his rise to fame and fortune, and providing a unique insight into his private life and motivations.

Ticket price for the coach and concert is £43. And if you’re a member of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition entrance is free. If you’re an Art Fund member, the exhibition entrance is £7, making the outing price £50. If you’re not a member of either, then the group ticket cost for the exhibition is £13, making the outing price £56.

The actual concert seats alone would normally cost £40, so again this outing is a really good price. 

And, finally, before I finish, a reminder that we will be handing out our subscription renewal letters at the June lecture, including our leaflet for next year’s programme. It’s a really great programme, with Lars Tharp from the Antiques Roadshow starting us off with the first lecture of the year. Other lectures include Faberge, Hogarth, Manet, Lewis Carroll, and the Elgin Marbles, as well as a welcome return of one of our most popular lecturers, Peter Medhurst for our Christmas lecture.

Well, this is most probably more than enough information for one newsletter, so I look forward to seeing you on the 13th.

Best wishes

Shirley

Chairman