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.
On Friday, 3 Feb. we went to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to a ‘Russian Superstars’ concert. Stravinsky’s dazzling Jeux des Cartes was written for a ballet choreographed by George Balantine and premiered in New York in 1937.
Rachmaninov’s 4th piano concerto was played by Tchaikovsky Competition winner, Daniil Trifonov. His playing has been described as phenomenal and he certainly lived up to the accolades. He received a standing ovation and, succumbing to audience demand, played a beautiful Russian melodic encore.
The final piece was Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony, first performed in Moscow in 1945. The composer wrote it in the USSR in the space of 1 month in 1944 when war was raging. He said that the music filled his soul. It certainly filled the souls of the audience. Such was the applause for a brilliant performance of this magnificent music that the orchestra was obliged to play an encore. With 2 encores in one concert we all left on a high.
On 12 April, 33 of us are going to ‘The Theatre by the Lake’ to see a new play about William Wordsworth. The setting is the Old Rectory in Grasmere. Wordsworth, beset with worries and with little income, has ‘writer’s block’ and Dorothy is at her wits’ end trying to inspire him.
On 25 May we are going to Harrogate. At the Mercer Art Gallery there is an exhibition of the paintings of Isobel Alexander whose work has been likened to that of Georgia O’Keefe. It is a day trip and members are free to spend the day as they please. It is open to all U3A members and their friends and family. See p.
We usually travel by coach from Kendal and I try to organise a variety of trips covering, plays, classical concerts, ballet, opera and art but whether these come to fruition is dependent on numbers in order to keep the cost as low as possible.
If you would like to join this group and be kept informed of possible Culture Trips please contact Ann by phone or email.
Unfortunately, due to illness which prevented me from travelling any distance, I was unable to arrange any culture trips since our trip to the theatre in June. However, as I am now almost fit again, on November 29th 19 members will be going to the Manchester Opera House to see Shakespeare’s ‘Loves Labours Lost’ acted by the RSC.
In 2017 I hope we shall be able to visit an art exhibition and enjoy at least one classical music concert plus more visits to theatres. It all depends on what is available within reasonable distance of Kendal.
If you enjoy opera, ballet, classical music, art and/or plays and would like to join us please contact Ann by email or telephone.
In June 18 members went to The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, to see ‘Lotty’s War’. It poured with rain so plans to picnic on the seafront were scuppered. However, the play was excellent and portrayed the deprivations suffered by the residents of Guernsey in the last war as well as the conflicting emotions and loyalties experienced during the period of German occupation.
I hope to be able to organise another trip before Christmas.