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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 13 September 2011 Issue No.208



1.) Top 10 London events
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1. Top 10 London events

1 - Russian Virtuosi of Europe: Concerto Extravaganza - Outstanding young Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo teams up with the Principal Trumpet of the Lucerne Symphony, Philipp Hutter, and the critically acclaimed Russian Virtuosi of Europe for a concert full of spectacular chamber works, featuring two concertos by father-and-son Swiss composers, Arturo and Salomon Cuellar. 2 October. www.barbican.org.uk LAST CHANCE

2 - Faust - ENO raises the curtain on its 2010/11 Season, with a magnificent new production of Gounod's hugely grand and popular opera, Faust. This much anticipated new staging is co-produced with New York's Metropolitan Opera and directed by Des McAnuff, the multi-award-winning director of the smash-hit musical, Jersey Boys. He ingeniously re-imagines the great French composer's classic, which contains some of opera's biggest hits including the stirring Soldier's Chorus and the sublime Jewel Song and Golden Calf arias. ENO's Olivier Award-winning Music Director Edward Gardner conducts an acclaimed cast, led by Toby Spence, one of Britain's finest international star tenors. He is joined by Melody Moore (2009's heart-stopping Mimì in La bohème) as Marguerite, and Iain Paterson as the devilish Mephistopheles. From 18 September until 10 October. Buy tickets LAST CHANCE

3 - Great Classics: English Masterpieces - England's most popular composers and works are brought to you in this evening of strikingly powerful music. Experience the mysteries of Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations, including the stirring Nimrod, and the contrasting gentle lapping of the water on the shore and the mighty crashing waves of Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, all enhanced by the glorious surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall. 1 November. www.royalalberthall.com

4 - Treasures of Heavensaints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe - This major exhibition brings together for the first time some of the finest sacred treasures of the medieval age. It features over 150 objects drawn from more than 40 institutions including the Vatican, European church treasuries, museums from the USA and Europe and the British Museum’s own pre-eminent collection. It was during the medieval period that the use of relics in devotional practice first developed and became a central part of Christian worship. For many, the relics of Christ and the saints – objects associated with them, such as body parts or possessions – continue to provide a bridge between heaven and earth today. Relics featured in the exhibition include three thorns thought to be from the Crown of Thorns, fragments of the True Cross, the foot of St Blaise, the rib of St Peter, the breast milk of the Virgin Mary, the hair of St John the Evangelist, and the Mandylion of Edessa (one of the earliest known likenesses of Jesus). Until 9 October. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

5 - Phyllida Barlow RIG - One of the artist’s most ambitious exhibitions in the UK to date, ‘RIG’ features immense, new sculptures constructed in situ that respond to the architecture of the gallery. Inspired by the everyday objects of the city, Barlow has created a group of works that brings the cacophony of the gallery’s external surroundings inside. The urban congestion is ‘captured like something wild or feral’, says Barlow, and is evolved into a purely physical object, stripped of any symbolic context and resituated within the gallery. The verticality and mass of the sculptures, broken up by the staccato application of brightly coloured paints and draped fabrics, takes over the entire building from the basement to the attic. Until 22 October. www.hauserwirth.com

6 - Exhibition #4 - Hidden from view around our world, humble pockets of creativity bustle, dynamic studios where self-taught artists discover, form and make. The Museum of Everything invites you to discover Exhibition #4, over two hundred drawings, paintings and sculptures by international contemporary artists for whom creation is not just art, it is language. Experience the vast flying cities of Hans-Jorg Georgi, the voluptous female conspirators of Giovanni Galli and the oven-baked cameras of ceramicist Alan Constable - three of the artists in this, Britain's first ever survey of progressive studios from right across the planet. Until 25 October. www.museumofeverything.com

7 - London to Brighton Veteran Car Run - The annual November event attracts entrants from all over the globe and for the owners of these highly valuable Veteran cars it represents a rare opportunity to take their extraordinary automobiles on the historic 60-mile run from Hyde Park in central London to the seafront on the Sussex resort of Brighton. 6 November. http://veterancarrun.com

8 - Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism - This display explores photographs that make reference to themselves, other media and texts, and demonstrates how such Postmodernist approaches to photography have persisted for over 30 years. Spanning the mid-1970s to the present day, it shows work by some of the most influential artists associated with Postmodernism, such as Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince, alongside more recent work by Anne Hardy, David Shrigley, Clare Strand and others. Until 27 November. www.vam.ac.uk

9 - Picturing History: A Portrait Set of Early Kings and Queens - One of the largest and most important sets of portraits of early English kings and queens is displayed at the National Portrait Gallery for the first time in 36 years. The 16 portraits, from William I to Mary I, are usually on loan to Montacute House, Somerset, but have been brought to the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain research project. Between March and May 2011 these paintings underwent technical analysis including dendrochronology (tree-ring dating), infra-red analysis, x-radiography, paint sampling and microscopy. Prior to the research it was thought that the set comprised of at least two groups of portraits: the first painted in the 1590s, and the second thought to have been painted in the 1620s. However, dendrochronology has revealed that the wood used for the panels of all 16 portraits was felled at around the same date, making it possible that all the portraits in the set were produced around the same time, possibly as early as the 1590s. Stylistically it is clear that not all 16 portraits were painted by the same artist but the analysis has revealed that there are distinctive groups within the set that were produced by the same hand or workshop. For example, the portraits of Kings Henry I, Stephen, Edward II and John (three of which have distinctive crooked eyes) are almost certainly painted by the same artist. A number of other links between different portraits in the set have also emerged, such as similarities in the way in which some of the designs have been transferred onto the panels and the fact that several are painted on wood from the same trees. Until 4 December. www.npg.org.uk

10 - The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso - The exhibition presents highlights from The Courtauld Gallery's collection of Spanish drawings, one of the most important in Britain. Comprising some 120 works, the collection ranges from the 16th to the 20th centuries and features examples by many of Spain’s greatest artists, including Ribera, Murillo, Goya and Picasso. From 13 October 2011 until 15 January 2012. www.courtauld.ac.uk


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