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Welcome to the November edition of our email newsletter!

Firstly, many thanks to the now dissolved Ashley Road Residents Association, for their generous donation to us and other local charities! We are always appreciative of such generosity.

This month we have plenty of jazz concerts for you to chose from: Airlie Scott and The Hot Jazz Vagabonds, Way out West performing their The Age of Ellington concerts, The Red Stripe Band are returning to celebrate their 25th year in the business, and finally Jazz & Beer with Graham Hughes and the Sunshine Kings!

On Friday 5 November, Gigspanner are back at Riverhouse, ready to delight us with their music and high-energy, virtuosic performances which appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental.

Later in the month, the Narnia Adventure Walk will take us across the winter wonderland of Narnia, and who knows who we shall see!

Finally, we must make special mention of the final performance by Simon Watterton in his series of Beethoven's Sonatas. His concerts have been a monthly treat here at Riverhouse, and we hope that the last one - on Sunday 7 November at 4pm - will be a performance to remember!

Read on for details of these events and of our gallery exhibitions, and check our website for more - we look forward to seeing you soon!

The Riverhouse Team.

Lou Sanders - Work in Progress

Lou Sanders brings her surrealist style and high octane stage presence to the Riverhouse stage to try out some new material in this hour long work in progress show!

Lou is one of Britain’s fastest-rising and most original comedians. She is the champion of series eight of Taskmaster (DAVE) and other recent television appearances include The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS), Live at the Apollo (BBC), QI (BBC2), and Travel Man: 48 Hours in… (Channel 4)
 

Gigspanner - Walton Folk

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner are a unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre.
 
The trio was formed by Steeleye Span's legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, a musician who was much admired by the late author Sir Terry Pratchett, and who with typical lyricism observed "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow". 

8pm, Fri 5 Nov
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Simon Watterton - Beethoven Cycle

The cycle closes with Beethoven's final sonata offering, the transcendental C Minor op.111. But before that there's the high-jinx of the early sonata op.22, the warm-heart of the E Flat op.31 no.3 and the wonderful 'Les Adieux,' one of his most clearly programmatic works.

And to finish, that great C Minor sonata, as Beethoven bids farewell to the genre that he took from Haydn and Mozart and bequeathed to the entire Romantic generation to follow.

4pm, Sun 7 Nov
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Lunchtime Concert - Ashley Solomon (baroque flute), Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo) and Reiko Ichise (viola da gamba)

Three of the country’s leading early music musicians in a programme of music of French baroque music by among others Marais, Morel, De la Barre and Robert de Visée.

1pm, Wed 10 Nov
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Airlie Scott and The Hot Jazz Vagabonds

Accomplished Jazz Singer Airlie Scott is delighted to finally be back from touring, to play at the Riverhouse Barn with her beloved Hot Jazz Vagabonds' band, a hot jazz sandwich of French chanson, gypsy jazz tunes, Latin favourites, early vintage swing and exciting originals. 

Airlie Scott (Pronto Swing) on vocals together with cellist Shirley Smart (Melange), a jazz/world music specialist who has been described as “one of the best improvising cellists in the UK...” The JazzMann, plus the fiery but melodic playing of hot jazz guitarist Andrew Ruiz Palma (La Bouche Manouche, Bright Stars of Jazz) and guitarist/multi musician Peter Michaels (Pocket Caravan, Melange,The Matzoh Boys, Bhavaini) who's playing includes classical, flamenco and jazz influences and beyond.

8.30pm, Sat 13 Nov
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Way out West - The Age of Ellington (as part of EFG London Jazz Festival)

Since his first composition in 1918, Duke Ellington’s influence on jazz, and particularly on writing for his ‘instrument’, the jazz orchestra, has been one of the constants in the development of the music.

Way Out West staged more than 700 concerts from 2004 to 2020, and this pair of concerts marks Way Out West's return to active promotion in a celebration of the greatest influencer in jazz composition, Duke Ellington.

4pm & 7.30pm, Sun 14 Nov
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(if you wish to see both concerts you will need to book separate tickets)
 

Mock Tudor Comedy Club - Friday 19th November

Chris McCausland, Joanne McNally and Stephen Bailey is our star-studded line-up - don't miss this one.
No, really, don't!

Strong language and adult themes - not suitable for ages below 16

8pm, Fri 19 Nov
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The Narnia Adventure Walk

​A magical outdoor interactive theatre experience for all ages at Riverhouse Barn!

Step through the wardrobe into Narnia...
And meet the characters from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe!

This is an outdoor event, please dress for the weather!
Performances last 45 minutes

From 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm
Sat 20, Sun 21, Sat 27,
and Sun 28 Nov

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The Red Stripe Band

The Red Stripe Band are thrilled to be celebrating their 25th year in the business and return to Riverhouse to celebrate at one of their favourite gigs in the calendar.

The band will be playing an entertaining mix of boogie woogie, jive, and rock n roll classics as well as their own songs.
Be ready for on and off stage antics in an engaging and ever moving show!

8pm, Fri 26 Nov
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Jazz & Beer - Graham Hughes and the Sunshine Kings

Graham has been leading bands for over 20 years, appearing with them at leading festivals and clubs up and down the country in this time.
He is also in demand as a featured soloist and sideman in many bands, performing with Keith Nichols, The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, the Passadena Roof Orchestra, Enrico Tomasso, TJ Johnson and many others.

The Sunshine Kings is a band that explores predominantly the music of the 1920's and 30's, although Graham likes to put his own twist on many of the songs

12noon, Sun 28 Nov
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Classes at Riverhouse - Woodcarvers

Come along every other Saturday morning to have a look at what our friendly, informal group of woodcarvers are up to!

You can join in too, and attempt any project you wish - the only limitation are the tools we have, size of wood, and your imagination!
Some wood is available but it would be better if you brought your own.  Lime is an excellent wood to carve but an old post can be just as good. 

Every other Saturday from 10am (next classes Sat 30 Oct, Sat 13 Nov)
Book online or drop-in on the day
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Exhibition - Elements Redefined

Surrey Guild of Craftsmen members are selected professional craftsmen and designer-makers of contemporary and traditional applied arts.

Sarah Downton's clever use of colour is enhanced by the luminosity of glass.
Caroline Ingram specialises in high-end enamelled designs, mostly vessels but also some pictures and welcomes commissions.
Elizabeth Campbell says her work is an exploration and celebration of colour. She makes decorative vessels as well as beautiful jewellery
Martin Tyler's ceramic work is often influenced by designs seen on his travels.
Nancy Shafee designs in handmade felt and recycled materials making both decorative items for the home and fashion accessories.

Other members' work on display encompass leather, glass, jewellery and mixed media

Wed 3 Nov to Sun 21 Nov
Opening times: 10am to 4pm 

Admission FREE
No need to book

Exhibition - Coming Together

Coming together, whatever the weather, outside on walks was the only way to stay connected during much of 2020 and 2021.

Being able to see friends and family, or just being able to go to the theatre and many other getting together events is celebrated in this exhibition by Patsy Fraser.

The exhibition consists of many cut out silhouettes and their shadows which are thrown against the gallery walls.
Shadows are often thought of as the less tangible side of a human being, perhaps the quintessence of a persons character.
So in this exhibition shadows are used to exaggerate the emotional and longed for coming together of the community.

As the exhibition progresses, the community will be invited to contribute their own silhouettes and it will gradually transform into our 'Snow Queen' themed Christmas exhibition.

Wed 24 Nov to Sun 5 Dec
Opening times: 10am to 4pm
Admission FREE
No need to book
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