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LEARN! LAUGH! LIVE!
During these difficult times there is still plenty to enjoy in the wide world of Arts. Lots of performing organisations and art professionals have shown huge creativity to provide us with access to theatre, concert halls, galleries, live music etc via the wonders of the internet. This newsletter aims to give you a few pointers to things that you might enjoy. You can of course still enjoy reading books and watching films on-line so we have included some recommendations in these areas as well.
I hope to produce this on a fortnightly basis during the lockdown.
Paula Dove Newsletter editor and Groups Co-ordinator.
Recommendations from Eileen Bravey, Galleries and Museums Convenor and Paula.
The National Gallery - see poster above - has lots of excellent resources on-line including virtual tours, great images of their collection and links to videos on their YouTube channel.
Signup on their website - https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/
If you missed the recent Tate exhibitions of Andy Warhol and Audrey Beardsley then you can go on a tour with the curators on-line.
There is also an excellent section on Anni Albers on the Tate website and how to weave like her - a great challenge for lockdown. Her exhibition at Tate Modern about eighteen months ago was absolutely wonderful.
The galleries and museum group is also running popular virtual fortnightly visits to Galleries around the world.
So far around two dozen of us, have visited Musee D’Orsay in Paris, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge and Courtauld Gallery in London.
Next visit on 2nd May will be to the MOMA in New York. Contact quickly Paula if you are interested in finding out about how to sign up for the trip, or to get info about how to do these visits by yourself.
Recommendations from Paula.
Classical music is well-represented on-line. For comprehensive list see-
Highlights include quarantine sessions from Orchestra of the Enlightenment.
Concerts from Berlin Philharmonic
London Symphony Orchestra has a huge range of clips and full concerts on its YouTube channel - Youtube.com/user/Lso/videos. They also stream a full-length concert from their archive twice a week.
Live folk and acoustic music are also in abundance on-line. A great place to look for live folk music is the Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/UK-Folk-Music-Lockdown-113743590277156
I am particularly enjoying Ciaran Algar’s daily collaborations with other folk musicians
Virtual festivals are very popular - catch the highlights from the Folk on Foot Frontroom festival website - https://www.folkonfoot.com
Please do consider donating to the musicians if you watch and enjoy a performance.
Recommendations from Paula, self-confessed theatre addict.
The National at Home, https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home continues to stream a high quality play every week. I am looking forward to watching Twelfth Night with Tamsin Grieg as Malvolia. The excellent production of Treasure Island is still available to stream until Thursday 24th April.
Another performance that I will be watching is Chichester Festival Theatre‘s production of Flowers for Mrs Harris a musical based on a story by Paul Gallico, available until 8th May.
For Lloyd-Webber fans you can watch a different production each week on The Shows Must Go on YouTube channel.
For something a little different how about watching the Bath Theatre Royal/Curve Theatre Leicester production of Joe Orton’s What the Butler saw.
For Shakespeare fans look at what is being offered by Globe Theatre - where there is a rolling programme with a different production every two weeks.
Please do consider donating to the theatres if you watch and enjoy a performance.