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.
The Culture Trips are becoming more and more popular with 20 members adding their names to the list at the Open Morning. I aim to keep the cost of these trips as low as possible so that they are affordable to everyone.
On 1 October, 29 of us went to the Bridgewater Hall to a concert by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko who, until recently, was the resident conductor at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. We heard Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite followed by Rachmaninov’s 1st Piano Concerto. He composed the first movement when was 17 years old and later revised the entire concerto. It was played by Barry Douglas who won the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1983. Such was the audience appreciation for his performance that he played Tchaikovsky’s Autumn Song as an encore. The final piece was Rachmaninov’s beautiful Symphony No. 1.
Then 31 of us went to see the ballet Manon on 8 October at the Opera House, Manchester. Danced by the English National Ballet Company it was the first time it had been performed outside London in over 30 years. Kenneth McMillan’s choreography is technically demanding but, as usual, the ENB performed it to perfection.
Our trip to the opera La Traviata, at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, on 9 November, produced by the Welsh National Opera Company, was a fantastic experience enjoyed by all.
In March we are going to see Opera North’s production of The Magic Flute at The Lowry.
If you would like to join us on our Culture Trips email or telephone the co-ordinator.
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.