artsrichmond June – Jubilee Special
June this year will indeed be glorious. Following May’s royal visit to Richmond Park and the Thames Jubilee Pageant on June 3 – with Richmond-built row barge Gloriana at the head of the processions – the borough continues to echo the national celebrations with an array of Jubilee events of its own.
Highlights include the exhibition Royal Connections at Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, which continues until June 17 (richmond.gov.uk/arts); the Strawberry Hill Jubilee Jazz Festival on June 3 & 4 (strawberryhillhouse.org.uk); special Jubilee weekend half-hour tours at Ham House, To Copy a King (June 2-5) (nationaltrust.org.uk/hamhouse); the Diamond Jubilee Flower Festival (June 13-16) at St Mary’s, Barnes; the Thames Philharmonic Choir Diamond Jubilee Concert of Music for Royal Occasions at St Paul’s Church, Wimbledon Park, on June 16 at 7.30pm (07522 524081); and the Royal Ballet School Diamond Jubilee Open Day, White Lodge, Richmond Park, on Jun 9 (020 8392 8440, option 7).
Away from royal fervour, Twickenham Carnival (June 17) is once again at the heart of the town festival (richmond.gov.uk/arts). Richmond Art Society’s Anglo-French show, French Connections, sees work by artists from the Fontainebleau Art Group alongside that of its own members at the Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington from June 22-24 (richmondartsociety.com), while the ARThouse Open Studios Festival returns from June 22 – July 1.
Back outside, artsrichmond will again be supporting the Orange Tree Theatre Gala Garden Party at gorgeous Trumpeters’ House, off Richmond Green, also part-sponsored by The Richmond Magazine. June 17 from 2pm (020 8940 3633).
Musical highlights include the Hampton Court Palace Festival from June 14-23 (hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com), with Liza Minnelli and Katie Melua among the stars. Also enticing is the Twickenham Choral Society Bach concert at the Landmark on June 30 at 7.30pm (020 8894 3231), and Richmond Orchestra’s Summer Concert on June 16 at St John the Divine, Richmond, with A Shropshire Lad by Butterworth among the fare (07989 974406). TOpS has one of its Cabaret productions at Twickenham Stadium, in the St George’s Suite, from June 24-27 (020 8866 4348). And don’t miss the acclaimed Barnes Choir, conducted by Andrew Charity, singing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at All Saints’ Church, East Sheen, on June 23 (barneschoir.org.uk).
For top drama, Richmond Shakespeare Society performs In the Club at the Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham, from June 2-9 (020 8744 0547); Barnes Charity Players A Tale of Two Cities at the Kitson Hall from June 12-16 (0800 612 5227); and Teddington Theatre Club Women of Troy, Don Taylor’s modern version of the great anti-war play by Euripides (June 6-9). That’s at Hampton Hill Playhouse (ttc-boxoffice.org.uk).
Finally, please support AgeUK Richmond upon Thames and the Barnes Green Centre by coming to the Midsummer Concert at St Mary’s, Barnes, on June 28 (7.30pm), which features the Finzi Quartet (email@example.com).