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13 & 28 Nov – Handel and Hendrix in London

Join one of these outings and visit the homes of two famous musicians who chose to live in London and changed the music of their day.

Although born in Germany in 1685, by the time of his death in 1759 Handel was a famous Londoner. He was the first

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owner of 25 Brook Street and lived here from 1723 until his death. It was here that he composed Messiah.

The four restored rooms include his bedroom, composition room and the music room, where he rehearsed his musicians and singers and gave informal recitals for friends and neighbours.

23 and 25 Brook Street, © David Holt

Two centuries later Jimi Hendrix lived in the flat on the top floor of 23 Brook Street with his girlfriend, record player and guitar. The main room of his flat, where he entertained friends, rehearsed and wrote new music, has been restored to look exactly as it was in 1969. An exhibition introduces Hendrix’s place in the musical and social world of 1960s’ London.

● Wednesday, 13 November ● Thursday, 28 November

Meeting time: 10.15am
Meeting point: Waterloo Station, opposite Platform 1

Cost: £34 per person

From Waterloo Station we’ll take the Jubilee Line to Bond Street, from where it’s a short walk to Handel House. Our visit begins with a 30-minute recital at

11.15am, followed by a 75-minute guided tour. This covers Handel’s rooms and includes a short introduction to the Hendrix Flat. A few seats are available at different points on the tour. There is a lift but, as some of the wooden floors slope, this trip is not suitable for wheelchairs and may be difficult for those with mobility problems.

If you would like to join one of these outings, please complete the enclosed application form (one for each household or individual), and send it with your cheque for £34/£68 made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS), to Barbara Leach, 10 Seymour Gardens, Surbiton,

KT5 8QE. Tel: 020 8390 7738.

If you give your email address, all information will be sent by email. This will include any changes to timings, so please check your inbox regularly.

Application forms will come with your newsletter either in the post or via email.

12 Dec – Christmas Lunch at Heaver Castle

Visit the castle and see the beautifully decorated rooms, log fires and twinkling Christmas trees. Follow the Alice in Wonderland-themed Christmas trail through the grounds and enjoy a Christmas menu in the restaurant.

We’ll travel by coach in time to arrive at Hever Castle for coffee/tea and biscuits. There’ll then be time to visit the house and/or gardens before lunch at 1pm. This will be a three-course Christmas lunch with mulled wine or hot spiced

apple juice on arrival and tea/coffee afterwards. After lunch there’ll be more time to spend around the castle or in the gift shop until we leave at 4pm to arrive back home by about 5pm.


Meeting time/place:
● 9am Kingston: High Street, opposite

the Rose Theatre
● 9.15am Surbiton: Ewell Road, bus

stop Surbiton Telephone Exchange

Cost: £51 per person (includes entrance to the castle and gardens, morning coffee, three-course lunch with mulled wine and coffee, coach transfer and a tip for the driver)

If you would like to join this outing, please complete the attached application form and send it with your cheque for £51 per person made payable to Kingston U3A (GAS) and a stamped addressed envelope (if you do not give an email address) to: Gisela Zürcher- Feiss, 37 The Byeways, Surbiton,
KT5 8HT. Tel 020 8399 4990.

Application forms will come with your newsletter either in the post or via email.