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The Art of Victorian Photography by Dr. Laurence Shafe @ Riverside Arts Centre
Jul 18 @ 8:00 pm

The invention and blossoming of photography coincided with the Victorian era and photography had an enormous influence on how Victorians saw the world. We will see how photography developed and how it raised issues concerning its role and purpose and questions about whether it was an art.


The photographic revolution put portrait painters out of business and created a new form of portraiture. Many photographers tried various methods and techniques to show it was an art in its own right. It changed the way we see the world and brought the inaccesible, exotic and erotic into the home. It enabled historic events, famous people and exotic places to be seen for the first time and the century ended with the first moving images which ushered in a whole new form of entertainment.


The talk is complementary to the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography’ at the National Portrait Gallery from 1 March to 20 May 2018.

The Shahin – A Taste of Indian @ The Shahin Restaurant
Jul 19 @ 12:00 pm

Local restaurant (since the 1960s) and BCA Best Chef & Restaurant 2017 regional winners ‘The Shahin Tandoori Restaurant’ presents a lunchtime demonstration and tasting workshop of Indian Cuisine.

Talk & A Film at Shepperton Studios – Into the Woods @ Shepperton Studios
Jul 19 @ 6:15 pm

Visit to Shepperton Studios with a talk on the history of the Studios followed by a glass of prosecco and canapés to precede a showing of movie musical adaptation of the Sondheim classic ‘Into the Woods’.

Sumeet’s Step2Step – Bollywood Dancing Workshop @ Riverside Arts Centre
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm

Enjoy a colourful world-class performance with a fusion of modern Bollywood styles followed by a chance to learn some of the signature moves in an interactive workshop run by celebrated professional duo Monica & Sumeet.

Carole Boyd & Lynda Chang – “La Dolce Vita” (with Coffee & Croissant) @ Riverside Arts Centre
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am

Our local radio star Carole Boyd with Lynda Chang at the piano will give another of their much loved programmes of Words and Music. This new miscellany will involve whimsical, tongue-in-cheek and musical observations about the Joys of Life.

Stage Left Project – Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti” @ Riverside Arts Centre
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm

Marking the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, Stage Left Project presents a barbershop rendition of classic Bernstein tunes followed by his 45m English-language opera ‘Trouble in Tahiti’.


Company associate and accompanist Laurence Panter (Tenor, piano, melodica) features as a member of the narrator vocal trio with Chiara Vinci and Tom Clarkson. It will also feature Baritone Alistair Sutherland and Mezzo-Soprano Sophie Goldrick, both highly sought-after performers and rising stars of the opera world. The show is directed by Amelia Cardwell of Frantic Assembly and produced by Hannah Deeble.

Piano Recital with George Harliono (with Cream Tea) @ Riverside Arts Centre
Jul 22 @ 2:30 pm

The 18 year old winner of The Grand Piano Competition in Moscow, The Royal Overseas League in London and the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in Utah and currently pursuing advanced studies at the Royal College of Music under Professor Vanessa Latarche, will play Beethoven‘s Appassionata sonata Opus 57, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No 6 and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka.

Riverside Jazz: The Beat Goes On (Mood Indigo Events) @ Riverside Arts Centre
Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm


Trudy Kerr – vocals
Sarah Moule – vocals
Simon Wallace – piano
Geoff Gascoyne – bass


The evening evokes the cool, stylish world of 1950s New York jazz, Mad Men, hipsters, hard-bop and beatniks. Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and the Beatles all drew inspiration from the freewheeling style of writer Jack Kerouac and the Greenwich Village ‘Beat Poets’ and their songs feature alongside some of the super-hip jazz of the era.


Sarah, Trudy, Simon and Geoff have all worked closely with 94 year old Bob Dorough and the late, great Fran Landesman, two key figures on the 1950s New York scene whose razor-sharp lyrics perfectly complement the vocalese of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross in a set which takes a joyful look at the legacy of the Beats.