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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Mar 22

April 25th – Spring Concert – Brandenburg Festival Chorus – U3A Members Event Only

Step into spring … with The Vivaldi Gloria and other beauties!
The concert will be introduced and conducted by Robert Porter, the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London’s Artistic Director. The programme will include a selection of a cappella and organ favourites, and the ever popular Vivaldi Gloria. The Brandenburg Singers is a small hand-picked group drawn from the finest of the members of the 150 choirs that perform in the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London – the largest choral festival in the UK.

Seating is unreserved. There is a maximum of 2 tickets per booking.

Interval refreshments, including wine, available for a modest extra charge

Mar 22

May 1st – West End Sing Out for U3A Members Only!

Working with Louisa Ridgeway.
The Ambassador Theatre Group’s West End Creative Learning team has created this one day bespoke event to bring together up to 150 U3A members from across the UK to enjoy the experience of working together with a professional West End Musical Director.

The group will fill the auditorium of one of our West End Theatres with a series of songs from various West End musicals.  You’ll be taken through a series of warm-up exercises , spend time learning songs, working with the MD on vocal qualities, tone and harmonies in preparation for a recording of the pieces before the end of the day, a CD copy of which will be sent to you after the event.

Previous choir experience and the ability to read music is not necessary and the Sing Out is designed for all abilities and all voices.

The Savoy has various staircases without lifts so please wear comfortable footwear.


10.30am Doors open

11.00am Welcome. Warm up with Louisa Ridgeway and group begins to learn songs

12.45pm Sandwich lunch (included in ticket price)

1.20pm   Group continues working on songs, harmonies and solo lines

2.40pm   Break

2.50pm   Dress rehearsal

3.30pm   Recording of songs

4.00pm   Workshop finishes.

If there are insufficient bookings by 9th April the event will be cancelled and payments returned.


What’s the refund policy?

Should you be unable to attend we cannot refund ticket money unless we are able to offer your place to another U3A member if there is a waiting list.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We will have a list of attendees so do not worry if you do not have your ticket.


Mar 22

Surrey Study Days for April and May 2017

Fri Apr 21st Comfort & Convenience in the Country House
Presented by Professor Marilyn Palmer, U3A Member, Emeritus Professor of Industrial Archaeology, Leicester University
Spaces available
Fri May 19th Signs & Symbols – The Hidden Messages in Paintings
Presented by Val Woodgate

Surrey Network study days are open to members of all U3As in Surrey and the surrounding area. They are held in the Menuhin Hall, Stoke d’Abernon and normally start at 9.30am with registration and finish at 4pm. The fee, including coffee tea and biscuits, is £10, though a visitor who is not a member of a U3A will be charged £12.

Attendees should bring a packed lunch. Prior booking is essential and forms are available at the monthly meetings or from the Surrey Network internet site
There will be no Study Days for the holiday months of July and August.

Mar 13

Dec 9th River Cruise to Strabourg Christmas Market 2017

River Cruise aboard MS Serenity  9 December 2017 (shared holiday with Richmond U3A expressions of interest required by March 30th)
Each winter, the streets and squares of Strasbourg are illuminated with light as Christmas casts its spell on this beautiful French city. With festive stalls spread across several different areas, it is one of the largest and oldest Christmas markets in Europe, and has been voted the best for the last two years running. Before spending the day here, we explore the city of Mannheim, which also hosts its own market, and there’s the chance to join our optional excursion to Heidelberg in the Neckar valley, ensuring you have a truly magical break.
4 DAYS FROM £399
BY COACH Coach travel to the port from your local area Eurotunnel crossing from Folkestone Three nights’ cruise on a full board basis on our 4 star ship.
Day 1: UK – Mainz We travel to Mainz, where the Rhine and Main rivers meet, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard
Day 2: Mannheim We reach Mannheim in the early morning and have plenty of free time to enjoy the Christmas market. The city is located at the union of the Rhine and the Neckar rivers, and offers lots of sightseeing opportunities; the Mannheim Palace, a stunning baroque structure which now houses the university; the Luisenpark, noted as one of the most beautiful parks in Europe; and the Fernmeldeturm Mannheim, an impressive telecommunication tower complete with observation deck. However, the main attraction during winter months is undoubtedly the Christmas market – one of the largest in southwest Germany! Lunchtime sees us heading off on our optional excursion to Heidelberg for more Christmas markets. We set sail in the early evening, heading towards Strasbourg.
Day 3: Strasbourg Enjoy a full day in the remarkable city of Strasbourg. See the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a gothic masterpiece; the stunning Kammerzell House which dates back to the 15th century; the Petite France district with its beautiful riverside setting; and the Church of Saint-Thomas, an excellent example of Alsatian gothic art. The Strasbourg Christmas Market is said to be the oldest and largest in Europe, dating back to the 1570s. Voted the Best European Christmas Market for the last two years running, it is spread over 11 areas of the city and features a huge Christmas tree standing at almost 100 feet.
Day 4: Mainz – London We bid farewell to the captain and his crew and set off on the return journey to the UK


Main Deck£399.00
Middle Deck £439.00
Panorama Deck£479.00

Single Occupancy is available at £50% extra cost

Insurance £29.95 through the River Cruise Line

For more details contact Libby Barton
email libby.barton
or telephone 0208 977 9064


Mar 01

London Region Summer School August 1- 3 2017

Please click on the links to see the whole timetable and the booking details.