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28 March 2019Outing to Tate Britain and RPO concert at the Royal Festival Hall
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10 July 2017Summer visit to Highclere Castle, Gardens and Egyptian Exhibition.
28 June 2017Tosca at the Grange Opera, West Horsley Place
07 February 2017Pinchas Zukerman performs Beethoven with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
29 September 2016Guided Tours of House of Lords and Apsley House
23 June 2016A Visit to Kelmscott and Buscot Park
28 April 2016A Visit to Exbury Gardens
04 February 2016London Visit: Royal Academy and the Queens Gallery
19 November 2015Canterbury Cathedral tour with optional lecture on the Stained Glass Studio

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Outing to Tate Britain and RPO concert at the Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 28 March 2019

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

We will visit the van Gogh Exhibition at Tate Britain and then go on to an RPO concert at the Royal Festival Hall, where the wonderful Pinchas Zukerman will conduct and be the solo violinist for Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5 and Beethoven’s Symphony No.5.

The exhibition Van Gogh and Britain presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade, bringing together some of his most famous works from around the world – including ShoesStarry Night on the RhôneL'Arlésienne, and two works he made while a patient at the Saint-Paul Asylum, At Eternity’s Gate and Prisoners Exercising. They will also be joined by the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery.

Van Gogh lived in England as a young man for several crucial years. He fell in love with British culture, especially the novels of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. And he was inspired by the art he saw here, including paintings by Constable and Millais which are also featured in the exhibition. 

The exhibition will in addition look at the British artists who were inspired by Van Gogh, including Francis BaconDavid Bomberg, and the young Camden Town painters, showing how his vision set British artists on the road to modern art.

We will then leave the Tate about 5pm to go to the Southbank, where there are numerous restaurants for you to have a meal, some doing pre-theatre menus.

The concert starts at 7:30, and the ticket price includes a free programme (would normally cost £5). The concert is Vaughan Williams (Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis), Mozart (Violin Concerto No 5) and Beethoven (Symphony No 5), with the wonderful Pinchas Zukerman as conductor and solo violinist.  

The ticket price for the outing depends on whether you are a member of Tate Britain (free entrance to exhibition), the Art Fund (half price entrance to exhibition) or neither (concession group price of £20).

But because of the reduced price negotiated for the concert, you will effectively get the cost of the coach journeys to and from London, plus between the Tate and the Southbank, as well as the parking at KGV car park, for free. 

There are also two concert ticket prices - all are front stalls rows H to L - the slightly higher priced ones being more central.

So this gives the following range of ticket prices,  and if you want to reply to this email in order to reserve your tickets for this outing, please say which priced ticket you would like.

Ticket Prices:

If a member of the Tate: £45 or £52

If an Art Fund member: £55 or £62

If not a member of either: £65 or £72

Tickets will be on sale at the November lecture, but if you'd like to email to reserve a ticket please email