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Co-ordinator(s)Ann Quintilla & Sheila Halden

What we do

The Collins Dictionary definition of culture is: ‘Activities such as the arts and philosophy, which are considered to be important for the development of civilization and of people’s minds.’ Hence we organise trips to the ballet, opera, classical music concerts, theatres, art galleries, museums and exhibitions. Travel is always by coach from Kendal.

In August we will see Alan Ayckbourn’s play Dear Uncle at Keswick, and in November The Nutcracker in Liverpool. 

Also, in November, with the Memorable Experiences group, we plan to hear the acclaimed Sixteen Choir and Orchestra perform Monteverdi’s Vespers at The Bridgewater Hall.

For more information and to register for future trips please contact Ann or use the Contact Form.

See Events for other meetings which are open to all members.


Additional Trip

I am organising a Culture Trip to The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 14 May for an evening performance.

The concert is Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto played by Noboyuki Tsujii, the brilliant Japanese pianist, who is a favourite with the Liverpool audiences, and Manuel de Falla's 'Three Cornered Hat'. The conductor is Vasily Petrenko. 

Seats, costing approximately £25.00 each, would be in the mid rear gallery from which you have a commanding view of the orchestra and the acoustics are superb. Leg room, however, is limited. Travel would be by coach but, as yet, I do not have a price for that.

Because this concert is so popular tickets are extremely limited and therefore you must let me know very soon if you would like to join this trip. Please do not submit your name unless you are absolutely certain you can come on this trip.


January 2020

3 trips have been organised in the first 3 months of 2020. Two of these are ballets.

On Sunday, 9 February , we are going to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to hear Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto and Bruckner’s ‘Romantic’ Symphony.

We shall be going to see Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed new ballet ‘Red Shoes’, based on the 1940’s film that starred Moira Shearer in the lead role, on 27 February.

On 17 March we will be seeing ‘Giselle’ at the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Although all the places for these events have been taken, I can accept your name as a reserve if anyone ‘drops out’. Contact Ann by phone or email:

Please note that Culture trips have to be booked a few months in advance of the trips so if you would like to be informed of forthcoming trips please let me know.

Wishing all Culture Trip members a happy and healthy 2020

December 2019

I am organising a trip to see the Matthew Bourne ballet, Red Shoes, at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, on Thursday, 27 February 2020. It is a matinee performance and seats will be in the circle.

This ballet is an adaptation of the film that was produced in the 1940/50s starring Moira Shearer and Robert Hoffman. When I was about 7 years old my mother took me to see it at the cinema and I know several members also saw it when they were young.  There is a chance to see it again at the our next Classic Films meeting on 2 January,

Matthew Bourne's choreography/production has received rave reviews and I believe it has also received an Olivier Award. If you love ballet this is an event not to be missed.

If you would like to join this trip please contact Ann Quintilla by email ( or phone as soon as possible so that I can reserve the seats.

October 2019

Co-ordinators: Ann Quintilla

Sheila Halden

In November there are 2 Culture Trips.

The first, on 15 November, is to hear Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Donald Potter, Memorable Experiences, has taken over the organisation of this joint trip.

Then on 27 November we are going to see ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool.

Sheila is organising a trip to the magnificent St George’s Hall, Liverpool, on 18 December, to hear Charles Dicken’s great-great-grandson tell the story of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the concert hall where Dickens gave his ‘penny readings. If you would like to join this trip please contact Sheila.

Then on Sunday, 9 February, we shall be going to a matinee performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to hear Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto, ‘The Emperor’ and Bruckner’s 4th symphony, ‘The Romantic’. There are a few places available. Contact Ann if you would like to join us.

September 2019

Please note that Culture Trips can only take place if there are sufficient numbers to make it viable.

On Wednesday 18th December, Gerald Dickens, the gt-gt-grandson of Charles Dickens will be telling the story – ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Concert Hall, of St George’s Hall, Liverpool from the stage where Charles Dickens gave his ‘penny readings’.  Gerald Dickens is an actor and story-teller whose renditions of his gt-gt-grandfather’s works have received standing ovations.

This is a matinee performance commencing at 2.00 p.m.  Tickets cost approximately £20.00 each. Coach travel is extra.  If you are interested in this event, please contact Sheila Halden.

Hear Beethoven’s magnificent 5th Piano Concerto in E flat major, ‘The Emperor’, and Bruckner’s 4th symphony, ‘The Romantic Symphony’, at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall at 2.30 p.m. on Sunday, 9 February.  ‘The Emperor’ concerto will be played by the Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son who was awarded 2 silver medals at the Tchaikovsky competition in 2011. 

Seats will be in the upper circle with a good view of the orchestra and soloist and with superb acoustics.  Approximate cost per person (inclusive of coach travel) = £39.00  If you are interested in this event, please email or telephone Ann Quintilla.

August 2019

In July, we went to The Hat Museum and Bramall Hall in Stockport.

In August we will see Alan Ayckbourn’s play ‘Dear Uncle’ at Keswick and in November, ‘The Nutcracker’, in Liverpool.

Also, in November, with Memorable Experiences, we plan to hear the acclaimed Sixteen Choir and Orchestra perform Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers’ at The Bridgewater Hall.

For more information and to register for future trips please contact Ann Quintilla.

June 2019



 at The Bridgewater Hall, Friday, 15 November, 7.30 p.m. performance

Approximate cost of tickets - £27.00 per person.

Travel will be by coach from Kendal. The cost of this is dependent on numbers.

The Sixteen Choir was established in 1979 and has achieved international acclaim, particularly for its interpretation of baroque music. It has close associations with the Bridgewater Hall.

Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers are a magnificent liturgical work that set a precedence for Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. This majestic, religious, masterpiece that has endured for over 400 years really must be worth hearing, especially when performed by such a prestigious choir and orchestra.

If you are not familiar with the music you can hear extracts on YouTube. Just type Monteverdi 1610 Vespers into your search engine.

If you would like to come on this trip please contact Ann Quintilla by email or telephone or use the Contact Form

May 2019

The Culture trips are becoming increasingly popular – I must be selecting events with wide appeal!

On 5 March we went to the Lowry to see Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’.  I am not a great opera fan but it was an extremely enjoyable production.

49 members are booked to go to see the Leonardo da Vinci drawings, from the Royal Collection, at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, on 1 May. That seemed to be opportunity not to be missed! Later that month we shall be going to the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester to see a production of ‘West Side Story’. Having seen this at a large London theatre many moons ago, and at the cinema, it will interesting to see how it performs in a much smaller venue.

On 26 June there will be a combined trip with Local History to ‘The Hat Works’, Stockport, and to Bramall Hall. The ‘Hat Works’ is the only museum in the country devoted to all the processes involved in hat-making. Bramall Hall is a Tudor mansion set in about 57 acres of gardens and grounds. It has recently been restored thanks to a £1.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Then on 15 August we shall travel to The Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, to see Alan Ayckbourn’s play, ‘Dear Uncle’ which is an adaptation of Chekov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’.

All of these trips are fully booked but I can accept names as reserves in case anyone ‘drops out’.

 I hope to be able to organise more trips in the autumn and welcome any suggestions.

If you would like to be notified of future CultureTrips please contact me by email or telephone.

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