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March Newsletter
Sunday 03 March 2019

Hello Everyone

You'll be pleased to know that we have one of our favourite lecturers coming to give the talk at our March lecture - Lois Oliver. Lois will be showing us Manet’s pictures of musicians and their audiences, ranging from major early canvases depicting itinerant gypsy musicians and Spanish dancers, through to paintings encompassing the full range of Parisian musical culture, from private performances to street entertainment, café concerts and the Paris Opera. Music was a constant theme in Manet’s life and art, and his wife, Suzanne Leenhoff, was a gifted pianist, holding regular musical soirées at their family home. And so Lois will also be playing recordings of some of the music that inspired Manet (including Spanish flamenco, Haydn string quartets, Wagner piano reductions, café songs, and opera highlights).

For those of you who've not attended one of Lois' lectures before, Lois has appeared on TV programmes for the BBC and Channel 5, as well as broadcasting on the BBC, for both Radio 3 and Radio 4. She is a keen violinist, and plays regularly with orchestras including the Endellion Festival Orchestra.  Lois studied English Literature at Cambridge University, and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. She worked at the Harvard University Art Museums before joining the curatorial team at the V&A and then the National Gallery, where she co-curated major exhibitions and a series of touring exhibitions. Currently Assistant Professor in History of Art at the University of Notre Dame in London, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute, she writes audio and multimedia tours for clients including the National Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Royal Academy and the Tate.

I shall also be selling tickets at this lecture for our June 5th outing to Stratfield Saye (the country home of the Duke of Wellington) and West Green House gardens (National Trust).  

Ticket price is £50, and this includes the coach journey, tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival, guided tours of the house (in small groups) and lunch (with food supplied by their farm shop). We will have the house & gardens all to ourselves. Then on the way back we will visit West Green House Gardens (National Trust) - entrance is free to members (if not it is £8). 

We will leave at 9:15am from King George V car park, arriving about 10am for tea/coffee and biscuits. Following the guided tours of the house, you’ll be free to have lunch and stroll round the gardens. We will then leave around 2:30pm, stopping off at the stunning West Green House Gardens, for a wander round and/or to enjoy a cup of tea.

We will leave the gardens around 4:30pm to finish our journey back to the KGV car park, arriving before 6pm.

If you would like to reserve tickets for this outing ahead of the lecture, please just email.

Of course, some of you will already be coming on an outing with us - this is on 28th March to Tate Britain and the Royal Festival Hall, and is an afternoon and evening outing, leaving at 1pm from the KGV car park, and returning by about 10:45pm.

Well, think that’s all the news for this month, so look forward to seeing on 13th March for the lecture

Shirley