We arrange outings, usually by coach, to cultural events, normally within the North West region. At present the events are limited to concerts and ballet performances, but we are aiming to expand to include, opera, theatre and art exhibitions.
Members interested in attending any events should contact the coordinator (see the Newsletter for details) when they will be added to a circulation list for new trips.
Participation in particular trips must be booked and paid for in advance.
I try to arrange a variety of trips throughout the year but sometimes these have to be cancelled due to insufficient numbers. However, some prove to be extremely popular.
On May 23rd 23 of us went to the Exhibition of the First Emperor and The Chinese Warriors at the World Museum in Liverpool. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day and the Exhibition was amazing. Liverpool was able to attract the exhibition because it has the largest and oldest Chinese community in Europe. 30 years ago the exhibition was staged in London but more ‘warriors’ and exhibits were displayed at Liverpool.
As a bonus the World Museum is located next to Liverpool’s Central Library that has magnificent views across Liverpool from the roof terrace. The Walker Art Gallery is next to the Library so we were also able to admire art work displayed there.
On July 17th 21 of us are going to ‘The Theatre by the Lake’ to see Alan Bennett’s play ‘Single Spies’. This is about the infamous Cambridge graduate spies, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt.
Although several members wanted to go on a trip to The Hat Museum housed in a former hat making mill, where you are taken through the hat making processes, and the home of the author, Mrs Gaskell, in Stockport many were away on the chosen date and hence it has been cancelled. I might try for a date later in the year.
If you would like to be advised of future Culture Trips or would like to go to The Hat Museum please contact me by email or telephone.
Early in February, 21 members went to the Empire Theatre, Liverpool to see a performance of the ballet, Cinderella, performed by the State Ballet Company of Siberia. The ballet was very entertaining and at times amusing. The choreography was a mixture of classical and modern and the dancing was of the highest quality.
The trip to see ‘Miss Saigon’ was cancelled due to insufficient interest.
On Wednesday, 23 May, 26 of us will be going to The World Museum in Liverpool to see The Exhibition of China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors. It is the first time in over 30 years that such an exhibition has been showcased outside London.
I hope to be able to organise more trips during the year.
If you would like to be informed of future Culture Trips please let me know by email or telephone.
On Thursday, 26 October, 22 members enjoyed a concert at The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The programme was ‘The Hebrides Overture’ by Mendelssohn, the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Symphony No 4 by Brahms. Again the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra lived up to its excellent reputation – the music was superb.
The solo violinist, for the technically demanding Sibelius Concerto, was the Norwegian, Henning Kraggerud. Anyone who knows this concerto will be familiar with the theme of the 3rd movement, described by one critic as ‘a polonaise for polar bears’. The violinist was almost dancing with the music and several times turned completely to face the orchestra playing the same melody. It was an outstanding performance and the violinist and orchestra treated the audience to an encore.
Equally beautiful was the Hebrides Overture and the Symphony by Brahms.
On 4 November we went to see ‘The Threepenny Opera’ at The Octagon Theatre, Bolton. Members had mixed opinions about this production – some enjoyed it and others did not. The original play, a critique of capitalism by Bertholt Brecht, was based on John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera, and was first performed in 1928. This production, set in modern times, had been rewritten although its theme remained the same.
I have been asked to organise a day trip to the Elizabethan Globe Theatre, London. The trip includes the exhibition, a demonstration of Elizabethan clothing and a tour of the Globe and the archaeological site of the Rose Theatre on Bankside. This tour, on 20 February, including a cream tea at The Swan overlooking the Thames, costs £29. Travel is not included. Contact Ann if you are interested.