Art Activities You May Enjoy During Corona Virus Restrictions

There are so many ways to enjoy Art on the Internet.  You will find listed below some ideas with details and information on how and when to access them. The suggestions are regularly updated. They include virtual tours of exhibitions, some of which had to close early, which have been made available to watch on YouTube; The Royal Academy has a website which is worth exploring; it is possible to make a virtual tour of the Lascaux Cave and its paleolithic paintings. Do not forget also BBC iPlayer e.g. “Museums in Quarantine.”
We have given other suggestions which might interest you –  ways of watching theatre, ballet and opera.  (Once again these are free of charge though in some cases it is suggested you might like to make a donation.) Details are provided about dates and how long these are available – which can vary from one night to one week to two weeks or even longer.
‘The Arts Society Connected ‘ is a new site where you can join discussions and watch talks by our accredited lecturers.

 

Suggestions :

News from the art world, followed by suggestions (this week all but one are free) for art-related viewing available on the I/Net as well as for television programmes and programmes available on BBC iPlayer.

For the week beginning 15th September 

A. NEWS

1. Local

REMINDER:
ST  BARBE MUSEUM, Lymington

“Seasons” – opened on Friday 11th September (ends Sat Jan 9th 2021)

Seasonal change as portrayed by British artists over the last 100 years, including John Nash, Eric Ravilious, Laura Knight and Duncan Grant. Works are on loan from Tate, British Council and the UK Government Art Collection as well as from private collections.

REMINDER:
THE EIGHTH SOLENT MUSIC FESTIVAL – Thurs 17th to Sat 19th September 2020
St Thomas’ Church
Lymington

https://solentmusicfestival.com/
NOTE: to reserve the last few remaining gallery tickets email: 
hello@solentmusicfestival.com
Concerts will last one hour without an interval:  5 pm and  7.30 pm. Masks must be worn.

2. London and other Non-Local

BRITISH MUSEUM, London
Tickets are now on sale. NOTE:  Pre-booked timed tickets needed.
https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions-events
“Tantra – Enlightenment to Revolution” (Thurs 24th Sept to Sun 24th Jan 2021)
The Tantra philosophy, originating in medieval India, has been linked to successive waves of revolutionary thought from the 6th century to the 1960s.
“Arctic Culture and Climate” (Thurs 22nd Oct to Sun 21st Feb 2021)
The Arctic has been home to rich cultures for nearly 30,000 years. It is far from the inhospitable hinterland it is often imagined to be.”

ROYAL ACADEMY, London
Tickets are now on sale. NOTE: prebooked timed tickets only, even for RA Friends.
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2020
“Summer Exhibition 2020” (Tues 6th Oct to Sun 3rd Jan 2021)
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/tracey-emin-edvard-munch
“Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch – The Loneliness of the Soul” (Sun 15th Nov to Sun 28th Feb 2021)
Tracey Emin selects masterpieces by Edvard Munch to show along her most recent paintings.

BARBICAN CENTRE, London
https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2020/series/live-from-the-barbican
NOTE: See website for booking and future programme details.
A series of twelve concerts in front of a socially-distanced reduced audience.
Bryn Terfel with Britten Sinfonia: Live from the Barbican (8 pm Sun 4th Oct)
A personal selection of pieces that lie at the heart of his musical life: Bach, Finzi and Ivor Novello.

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AT CADOGAN HALL, London
Tickets are on sale for lunchtime concerts. See website for more details:
https://www.rpo.co.uk/whats-on/daterange/-?catids=140
“Spotlight Series – Brass and Percussion” (1.15 pm Wed 30th Sept)
“Spotlight Series – Wind” (1.15 pm Wed 14th Oct)
“Spotlight Series – Strings” (1.15 pm Wed 11th Nov)

GLYNDEBOURNE, Sussex
https://www.glyndebourne.com/autumn-events/
A series of socially-distanced indoor performances has been announced. Concerts are at 4 pm and 7 pm.
https://www.glyndebourne.com/events/in-the-market-for-love/
Offenbach’s “In the Market for Love” (Sat 10th to Sun 25th Oct)
https://www.glyndebourne.com/events/the-magic-flute/
Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (Sun 1st to Wed 25th Nov)
https://www.glyndebourne.com/events/glyndebourne-christmas-concert-2020/
“Glyndebourne Christmas Concert” (Sat 5th to Sun 13th Dec)
Opera highlights and yuletide classics.

SNAPE MALTINGS, Suffolk – Weekend Concerts
https://snapemaltings.co.uk/season/weekend-concerts-at-snape/
NOTE: See website for programme and booking details.
Short concerts for a small and socially-distanced audience.
Doric String Quartet (3 pm and 7 pm Fri 18th Sept) Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn
Katryn Tickel and Amy Thatcher (3 pm and 7 pm Sat 19th Sept) Northumbrian pipes and accordion
Julian Joseph (3 pm and 7 pm Sun 20th Sept) “One of the finest jazz musicians this side of the Atlantic.”B. VIEWING FROM HOMETHE KHUFU BOAT (42:29)
GOOGLE:  ‘Harvard YouTube Khufu Boat’
Dr Robert Brier, renowned Egyptologist, gives a lecture at Harvard University’s Museum of the Ancient Near East. Also known as the Cheops boat.  At 144-foot long, it is one of the oldest-known planked vessels from antiquity and was discovered in the late 1950s next to the Great Pyramid of Ghiza built by Khufu, the second Pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty. After being painstakingly pieced together, it was placed in a specially built museum nearby. Dr Brier discusses new theories about its use.NEW DISCOVERIES AT WADI AL-JARF –  King Khufu’s harbour on the Red Sea  2600- 2550 BC (1:12:21)
GOOGLE: ‘Harvard YouTube Wadi al-Jarf’
Dr Gregory Marouard, French archaeologist, gives a lecture at Harvard University’s Museum of the Ancient Near East.  Wadi al-Jarf is the oldest known harbour in the world. It was from here that the Pharaoh’s expeditions set out to collect exotic materials and precious products from the Southern Sinai peninsula and from the Land of Punt.RUSSELL-COTES Museum
https://russellcotes.com/event/battle-of-britain/
The Battle of Britain on Canvas” (50 mins) (2 pm Tues 15th Sept)
Zoom talk. Free of charge. To reserve a place see website for details.
Paris Agar, Senior Curator at Imperial War Museums (IWM), explores how artists documented, interpreted and responded to the Battle of Britain

OLD VIC  IN CAMERA – Update
https://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2020/old-vic-in-camera/faith-healer
“Faith Healer”, a play by Brian Friel (7.30 pm Wed 16th, Thurs 17th, Fri 18th, Sat 19th Sept, Sat also at 3 pm)
CLARIFICATION : Tickets went on general sale on Monday 7th September:  £10/£20/£30/£40. (£65 membership allowed priority booking of tickets. This information was unclear on the Old Vic website last week.)
The late Irish playwright’s mighty masterpiece, first performed in 1979. Starring Michael Sheen, Indira Varma and David Threlfall. Five performances will be live-streamed from an empty auditorium using Zoom. Book online. Link will be emailed with instructions.

BBC 2
“The Romantics and Us with Simon Schama”
2.3 The Chambers of the Mind 
(9 pm Fri 18th Sept)
Second in this new three-part series. How the Romantics retreated from public to take a journey deep into their own minds, pushing sometimes beyond the limits of sanity.

BBC iPLAYER
“Art on the BBC 1:2 The Many Faces of Picasso” (59 mins)
Art historian Dr David Dibosa explores six decades of BBC archives to discover how television has presented  “the godfather of modern art” over the years, both as the child genius who drew like a master and the adult who shattered all the rules. (Available until Thurs 1st Oct)
“Art on the BBC: 1:3 Michelangelo – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” (59 mins)
Art historian Sona Datta explores the BBC archives. This giant of the Renaissance was also one of the era’s most controversial personalities. (Available until Wed 7th Oct)

SISTINE CHAPEL, The Vatican, Rome
http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/cappella-sistina/tour-virtuale.htm
A virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel, including the ceiling completed by Michelangelo in 1512.  (Click on icon ‘360° Virtual Tour’ and scroll down to the grey bar at the bottom. Use the white arrows to navigate e.g. the arrow pointing up will tilt the image to show the ceiling. The image can then be ‘dragged’ and the plus sign used to enlarge the image.)

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA, London
https://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/death-venice-english-national-opera#
Death in Venice” (2013) With John Graham Hall, Andrew Shore and Sam Zaldivar.(Available until midday Fri 25th Sept)
Benjamin’s Britten’s passionate adaptation of Thomas Mann’s classic novella was his last opera. Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed staging elegantly combines unsettling music with evocative dance sequences and atmospheric sets.
The Independent:  “a flawless evening”; “I can’t imagine a more exquisitely achieved marriage of music, dance and design.”

THEATER AN DER WIEN, Vienna
https://operavision.eu/en/coming-soon
NOTE: Live streamed and free of charge.
Weber’s “Euryanthe”  (2018) (6 pm Fri 18th Sept)
Carl Maria von Weber’s rarely performed 1823 masterpiece.
NOTE: the website uses CET (Central European Time) so start times announced are one hour ahead i.e. 19:00 CET is 18:00 UK.

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York 
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 27’; click on name of opera available for free that day.

(NOTE: Performances are free online for TWENTY THREE HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).

WEEK 27 (Bel-Canto Favourites)
Monday, September 14 – Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”  (2010)
Starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo
Tuesday, September 15 – Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory” (2011)
Starring Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, and Juan Diego Flórez;
Wednesday, September 16 – Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment” (2008)
Starring Natalie Dessay, Felicity Palmer, Juan Diego Flórez, and Alessandro Corbelli;
Thursday, September 17 – Rossini’s “Cenerentola” (2009)
Starring Elina Garanca, Lawrence Brownlee, Simone Alberghini, Alessandro Corbelli, and John Relyea;
Friday, September 18 – Bellini’s “I Puritani” (2007)
Starring Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Franco Vassallo, and John Relyea
Saturday, September 19 – Donizetti “L’Elisir d’Amore” (2018)
Starring Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
Sunday, September 20 – Bellini’s “Norma” (2017)
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja, and Matthew Rose

WEEK COMMENCING 7th. SEPTEMBER
News from the arts world, followed by suggestions (this week all but one are free) for arts-related viewing available on the I/Net as well as for television programmes and programmes available on BBC iPlayer and Channel 4’s All 4 – on demand
 
A. NEWS
 
1. Local
HAMPSHIRE CULTURAL TRUST

Visit website for opening hours and details e.g. Christchurch: Red House Museum and Gardens;  Winchester: Westgate Museum, The Gallery and Winchester City Museum; Basingstoke: Basinghouse, Willis Museum and the Sainsbury Gallery.
NOTE: Fordingbridge Rockbourne Roman Villa is closed until Spring 2021.
TURNER SIMS CONCERT HALL, Southampton –  REOPENING October
Visit website for programme. First events listed for mid October. First classical music concert programmed for November.
THE REGENT CENTRE, Christchurch – REOPENING Thursday 12th November

https://www.regentcentre.co.uk/

NOTE: Box Office open 10 am to 4 pm Mon to Fri :  T. 01202 499 199
Use link to learn about Covid-19 safety precautions in place:
https://regentcentre.co.uk/article.php?sec=News and scroll down to 2:43 minute video.
NT Live “Present Laughter” with Andrew Scott (7.30 pm Thurs 26th Nov)
Recorded live from the Old Vic. Noel Coward’s provocative comedy.
 
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, Southampton
Currently ‘Musical Movies’ only.
Details of 2021 programme beginning in January available on website, including Birmingham Royal Ballet’s “Cinderella” in February and Welsh National Opera’s programme in April : “Faust”, “Il Trovatore” and “Der Rosenkavalier”.
 
NUFFIELD SOUTHAMPTON THEATRES (NST) –  NO NEWS
The website was last updated in May 2020 and states the administrators are seeking a buyer. No mention of the news in July 2020 that the Mayflower Theatre was being lined up to take over the theatre.
 
SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE – CLOSED
The theatre remains closed for live performances for the time being. Wiltshire Creative is working on plans for a phased re-opening of the theatre, as well as other projects outside its venues, beginning this autumn, working within current government and industry guidelines. It is hoped that this will include a programme of Christmas entertainment.
 
CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE  – CLOSED
The theatre remains closed for live performances. See website for future events.
2. London
V & A, London
NOTE: Timed pre-booked tickets.
“Kimono – Kyoto to Catwalk” (ends Sun 25th Oct)
The sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the kimono from 16th century to the present day.
The Telegraph **** “the simple garment that tells the history of Japan” ; Time Out ****
 
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, London
NOTE: Timed pre-booked tickets
“Ai Weiwei – History of Bombs” (until 24th May 2021)
Art work by the celebrated Chinese artist: incalculable destruction and our mind-boggling capacity to obliterate ourselves. 
Financial Times: “The dissident artist appears to take on the hypocrisy not  only of China but of the entire international system”; The Guardian *****
 
QUEEN’S GALLERY, Buckingham Palace, London
NOTE: Timed pre-booked tickets
“George IV – Art and Spectacle” (ends Sun 11th Oct)
George IV formed an unrivalled collection of art: delicate French porcelain, intricate goldsmiths’ work, elegant books and drawings as well as stunning paintings. His life seen through the art that enriched his world.
The Times: “He was hated but he had great taste”; Evening Standard ****: “After Charles I, the most discerning art collector among British monarchs”;
THE BRIDGE THEATRE, London 
The Bridge was founded in 2017 by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr (who ran the National Theatre together from 2003-2015). 
NOTE: The 900-seat theatre will provide 250 socially distanced seats.
“Beat the Devil” (ends Sat 31st Oct)
A Covid monologue by David Hare. Britain’s foremost political playwright recalls his experience of Covid-19, which he contracted in March.  He suffered apparently random symptoms when little was known about the illness. Starring Ralph Fiennes. 
The Telegraph **** “David Hare at his furious best.”
“Talking Heads” (Mon 7th Sept to Sat 31 Oct)
Alan Bennett’s series of monologues. Actors include Kristin Scott Thomas, Imelda Staunton, Lucian Msamati and Tamsin Greig. 
 
REMINDER
WIGMORE HALL, London – OPENS Sunday 13th September
NB: As audience numbers are severely restricted – initially to 56 seats – tickets will only be available by ballot to Friends of Wigmore Hall. Ballots will open approximately two weeks in advance of each group of concerts.
(NOTE: all concerts will be streamed on the website – see below for details.)
 
B. VIEWING AT HOME
TRAVELS WITH A CURATOR – CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN MUSEUM, Lisbon (16:13 mins)
GOOGLE: ‘YouTube Frick Gulbenkian Museum’
This episode is one of a series from The Frick Collection in Manhattan: ‘Travels with a Curator’. Curator Aimee Ng takes viewers on a journey to Portugal, to the home of this extraordinary private collection.
THE ROYAL ACADEMY, London
Scroll down to the very bottom to: ‘Related articles’. Click on ‘Inside the exhibition: Gaugin and the Impressionists’. (NB: this is as well as a much shorter video which lasts only 60 seconds.)
“Gaugin and the Impressionists –  Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection” (3:56 mins)
An introduction to the exhibition (which closes Sun 18th Oct).
NB Don’t forget to expand the screen by clicking onto the icon in the bottom right hand corner.
 
OLD VIC – IN CAMERA
NOTE: Tickets are now only available to Friend level and higher. £65 to become a Friend. Tickets £10 to £40.
Booking opens on Monday 7th September. Five (live-streamed) performances to an empty auditorium (Wed 16th to Fri 19th Sept)
“Faith Healer”
A play by Brian Friel. Starring Michael Sheen, David Threlfall and Indira Varma. Ever shifting exploration of the power of belief and the loss, love and struggle of life. Masterful and haunting.
BBC 2
“The Romantics and Us with Simon Schama”
1/3 Passions of the People (9 pm Fri 11th Sept)
New three-part series. The legacy of artists in 1800s France and Britain. In this episode, the historian explores how the French Revolution influenced British poet and artist William Blake and examines the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Théodore Géricault.
CHANNEL 4
“George Clarke’s National Trust Unlocked”
4/6 “Standen” (47 mins) (9 pm Sun 13th Sept)
NOTE: All episodes available on the on-demand channel All 4 – see  details below.
Six-part series about the National Trust during lockdown. George Clarke is an architect, television presenter and lecturer. Each episode covers several properties.  As well as Standen, the Arts and Crafts family home,  this episode also includes the gardens of the Victorian Gothic revival house Tyntesfield,
ALL 4 ON DEMAND
“George Clarke’s National Trust Unlocked” (each episode: 47 mins)
NOTE: to open an account no payment required; simply enter email address and create a (six letter) password.  NB once created, the password is not required again.  Search by clicking on magnifying glass icon in top right hand corner. 
1/6 Kingston Lacy, 2/6 Dunster Castle, 3/6 Cragside, 4/6 Standen,
5/6 Killerton, 6/6 Ham House
As well as Kingston Lacy, the first episode includes Hidcote Manor Garden, Holy Austin Rock House at Kinver Edge and Studland Bay.
 
BBC iPLAYER
“How to Get Ahead”
With writer, broadcaster and Newsnight arts correspondent Stephen Smith. First shown in 2014.
1. At Medieval Court (59 mins) (available until Thurs 17th Sept)
The Court of Richard II: the first truly sophisticated and artistic court in England
2. At Renaissance Court (59 mins) (available until Thurs 23rd Sept)
Renaissance Florence: the court of Grand Duke Cosimo Medici where some of the greatest painters, sculptors and craftsmen served.
WIGMORE HALL, London 
https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/  Click on ‘Watch our Live Streams’.
See website for programme details.
New Autumn Series 
Christian Gerhaher, baritone and Gerold Huber, piano –  Schubert and Berg (7.30 pm Sun 13th Sep)
All one hundred concerts will be live streamed free of charge on the website (and will be available for thirty days).
 
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
NOTE: “Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg” which ended on Sunday 6th September was the last opera of the Glyndebourne Opera Open House series.               
 
GARSINGTON OPERA AT HOME
Scroll down to blue button: “WATCH…” 
Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” (2017) (available until 25th Sept)
The Times **** The Financial Times ****
“Music for the eyes – Episode 1: Le Nozze di Figaro” (35.56 minutes)
Scroll down further to blue button: ‘WATCH MUSIC FOR THE EYES’
Introduced by Garsington Director Johnny Langridge: joined by Dr Imogen Tedbury – Art Historian.
A discussion of the arts in their broadest sense as seen in this opera: the rise of the middle class, gardens and ambiguity in many works of 18th century art, including as depicted in works by Chardin and Watteau.
                                                                                                                    THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York

GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 26’; click on name of opera available for free that day.

(NOTE: Performances are free online for TWENTY THREE HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).

 
WEEK 26 (French week)
Mon 7th Sept – Massenet’s “Manon”, starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Paulo Szot and David Pittsinger (2012)
Tues 8th Sept – Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette”, starring Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo, Elliot Madore and Mikhail Petrenko (2017)
Wed 9th Sept – Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust”  starring Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani and John Relyea (2008)
Thurs 10th Sept – Massenet’s “Cendrillon” starring Kathleen Kim, Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe and Laurent Naouri (2018)
Fri 11th Sept – Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien and Nicolas Testé (2016)
Sat 12th Sept – Berlioz’s “Les Troyens” starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Karen Cargill, Bryan Hymel, Eric Cutler, Dwayne Croft and Kwangchul Youn (2013) 
Sun 13th Sept – Massenet’s “Werther” starring Lisette Oropesa, Sophie Koch, Jonas Kaufmann, David Bizic and Jonathan Summers (2014)

 

WEEK COMMENCING 31ST AUGUST
 
News from the arts world, followed by suggestions for (free) arts-related viewing available on the I/Net as well as for television programmes and programmes available on BBC iPlayer.
1. Local
ST BARBE MUSEUM, Lymington

“Seasons” (Fri 11th Sept to Sun 10th Jan 2021)

Works by some of our leading artists over the last one hundred years.
“Scene through Wood – a century of wood engraving” (Sat 16th Jan to Sat 13th March 2021)
NOTE: This exhibition is currently at the Ashmolean Museum, in Oxford.
HARBOUR LIGHTS PICTURE HOUSE, Southampton
“Jonas Kaufmann: My Vienna” (90 mins) (Tues 1st Sept at 7.30 pm)
“A Night at the Louvre: Leonardo da Vinci” (from Wed 16th Sept*)
* NOTE: date to be confirmed
2. London
 
V & A Museum, London – extended opening hours
NOTE:  opening hours have been extended: 
OPEN: Thurs to Sun 11 am to 7 pm (previously until 3 pm) Closed Mon, Tues, Wed.
NB (free) timed tickets need to be booked.
Ground floor (Level 0) and Europe 1600-1850 (Level -1) are open as well as the main shop and garden. Other galleries, exhibitions, study rooms and the main café will open soon.
 
THE ROYAL ACADEMY, London
NOTE: timed tickets need to be booked including for Friends

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/the-making-of-an-artist-the-great-tradition

“The Making of an Artist: the Great Tradition” (ends Thurs 31st Dec)
Highlights from the RA collection. Does great art begin with studying nature or studying the great art of the past?
REMINDER:
“Léon Spilliaert” (ends Sun 20th Sept)
Visionary work from this Belgian artist from self-portraits to dreamlike scenes from the North Sea coast.
“Gaugin and the Impressionists – Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection” (ends Sun 18th Oct)
Includes sixty works from this Danish collection including Manet, Pissarro, Morisot and Degas. Many have not been seen before in the UK.
 
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London
NOTE: timed tickets need to be booked
“Artemisia” (Sat 3rd Oct to Sun 24th Jan 2021)
In 17th century Europe, when women artists were not easily accepted, Artemisia was exceptional. First major exhibition of her work in the UK.
REMINDER
“Nicolaes Maes – Dutch Master of the Golden Age” (ends Sun 20th Sept)
“Titian: Love, Desire and Death” (ends Sun 17th Jan 2021)

WIGMORE HALL, London –  opening on 13th September
and scroll down to:  ‘View the full list of concerts here’
New Autumn Series (from Sun 13th Sept to 22nd Dec)
100 concerts (including 28 lunch time concerts in association with BBC Radio 3). 
(NOTE: all concerts will be live streamed (free) to watch on the Wigmore Hall website.)
Initially numbers attending will be restricted to 56 people, 10% capacity, with the ability to move to 112 seats, as the season progresses. Many of the 200 musicians will travel to London from across the UK and Europe. Solo recitals, duos, trios and quartets and larger ensembles.
NATIONAL THEATRE, London – plans to reopen in October
“Death of England – Delroy” a new play by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams. A monologue performed by Giles Terera, who won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Aaron Burr in the original cast of the London production of Hamilton.
NOTE : Tickets will go on sale in September.
B. VIEWING AT HOME
 
YOUTUBE
GOOGLE: ‘YouTube Frank Lloyd Wright – Man who built America’
“Frank Lloyd Wright – Man who built America” (55 minutes)
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is probably America’s greatest architect. Few know of his Welsh roots, that shaped his life and world-famous buildings. A documentary made in 2017 with leading Welsh architect Jonathan Adams.
BBC FOUR
THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL: 2020 PROMS
Presented by Suzy Klein, broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall – without an audience.
(NOTE: the first concert was broadcast on Fri 28th Aug.  All concerts are being made available on BBC iPLAYER – see below for details – and as always every night at 7.30 pm on BBC RADIO 3.)
Evening of Baroque Music (8 pm Thurs 3rd Sept)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with violin virtuosi Nicola Benedetti and Alina Ibragimova.
Anoushka Shankar/Jules Buckley, Britten Sinfonia with soloist Manu Delaga (8 pm Fri 4th Sept)
The sitar virtuoso in a concert dedicated to his father Ravi.
BBC iPLAYER
THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL: 2020 PROMS – 28th August  to 12th September
Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall – without an audience this year.
“First Night of the Proms” (first broadcast on BBC 2 on Fri 28th Aug 2020) Including Aaron Copland Quiet City and Beethoven’s Symphony No.3
NOTE: All the concerts are being made available. For full details of programme see the website.
BBC iPLAYER
“On Camera : Photographers at the BBC” (59 minutes)
Drawing on the BBC’s rich archive, the documentary reveals the working practices, lives and opinions of some of the greatest photographers of the last sixty years. From Norman Parkinson to David Bailey, Eve Arnold to Jane Brown, Henri Cartier-Bresson to Martin Parr. Originally shown in 2017. (Available til Tuesday 22nd September)
 
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” starring Gerald Finley (ends 5 pm Sun 6th Sept) Captured live at the Festival 2011.

The Telegraph **** ,Opera Today “exuberant…joyful and uplifting”, Financial Times ** , The Independent ****

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 25’; click on name of opera available for free that day.
(NOTE: Performances are free online for TWENTY THREE HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
WEEK 25 (20th Century and Beyond)
 
Mon Aug 31st – Strauss’s “Elektra” (2016) starring Nina Stemme, Adrianne Pieczonka, Waltraud Meier, Burkhard Ulrich, and Eric Owens, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. 
Tues Sept 1st – Britten’s “Peter Grimes” (2008) starring Patricia Racette, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Anthony Michaels-Moore, conducted by Donald Runnicles.
Wed Sept 2nd – John Adam’s “Nixon in China” (2011) starring Kathleen Kim, Janis Kelly, Robert Brubaker, Russell Braun, James Maddalena, and Richard Paul Fink, conducted by John Adams.
Thurs Sept 3rd – Berg’s “Lulu”  (2015) starring Marlis Petersen, Susan Graham, Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, Johan Reuter, and Franz Grundheber, conducted by Lothar Koenigs.
Fri Sept 4th, Sat 5th – The Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” (2020) starring Angel Blue, Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Eric Owens, Alfred Walker, and Donovan Singletary, conducted by David Robertson. From February 1, 2020.
Sun Sept 6th – Thomas Adès “The Tempest” (2012) starring Audrey Luna, Isabel Leonard, Iestyn Davies, Alek Shrader, Alan Oke, William Burden, Toby Spence, and Simon Keenlyside, conducted by Thomas Adès.

WEEK COMMENCING 24TH AUGUST

News from the arts world, followed by arts-related viewing available on the I/Net (all but one of which are free) as well as programmes available on BBC iPlayer.

A. ARTS NEWS

1. Local

THE EIGHTH SOLENT MUSIC FESTIVAL – 17th to 19th September 2020
St Thomas’ Church
Lymington
https://solentmusicfestival.com/
https://solentmusicfestival.com/category/concerts-2020
Tickets £20, via Brown Paper Tickets only:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com
After much uncertainty, it has been announced that this much loved annual musical festival will be taking place this year. Measures being taken include concerts lasting one hour without an interval – the first one at 5 pm and the same programme repeated at 7.30 pm.
“Beethoven 250” – Sonata for Piano and Violin No 4 in A minor Op. 23;
Sonata for Piano and Cello in G minor Op. 5;  Clarinet Trio Op. 11 (Thurs 17th Sept)
“Vive la Musique” – Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano; Fauré:  Elegie; Ravel: Duo for Violin and Piano;  Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A  major (Fri 18th Sept)
“Pictures at an Exhibition” – Mussorgsky/Haywood: Three Pieces;  Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Sat 19th Sept)

2. Non local

SNAPE MALTINGS, Snape, Suffolk  – INDOOR CONCERTS
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Tickets online. Box Office 01728 687110.
Indoor concerts will be taking place once more.  There will be two short concerts every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a small and distanced audience. See website for ‘Upcoming Concerts’ for August. Details will be announced later for concerts in September and beyond.
“Joe Stilgoe” – Internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter, son of Richard Stilgoe. (Fri 28th Aug at 2 pm and 7 pm)
“LPO Strings and Antonio Pappano” – Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings; Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht.  (Sat 29th Aug at 2 pm and 7 pm.)
“Samuele Telari” – Award-winning accordionist performs Bach’s Goldenberg Variations.  (Sun 30th Aug at 2 pm and 7 pm). 

REMINDER
BRITISH MUSEUM, London – OPENING Thursday 27th August

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https://www.britishmuseum.org/
(Open Wed to Sun 10 am to 5 pm*, closed Mon and Tues.  NOTE: 27th and 28th Aug only: open 10 am to 3 pm*)
Timed tickets only need to be booked in advance.

DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY, London – NOT YET OPEN
https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/
Details of the planned full reopening in the Autumn have not yet been announced. In the meantime, it is possible to have a virtual tour of their recent exhibition and to listen to the curator give an introduction. See below.

B. ARTS VIEWING AT HOME

DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY, London
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https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/about/news-blog/2020/may/surrealism-in-britain-a-special-film-and-qa/
OR
GOOGLE
“British Surrealism: Curator Talk” (40 minutes)
Dr David Boyd Haycock gives an introduction to this exhibition for which he was the curator.  A virtual tour of the exhibition can be seen using this link:
https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/digital-events/2020/july/british-surrealism-virtual-exhibition/

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, USA
GOOGLE: ‘MFA Sargent watercolors YouTube’
“Sargent’s Watercolors: making the best of an emergency” (1:24:46)
Lecture given by Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings at the MFA. Around the turn of the 20th century, John Singer Sargent tired of the strictures of his portrait commissions and turned to watercolours. Many of these works are in America.

OLD VIC THEATRE: IN CAMERA – 3rd to 5th September 2020
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“Three Kings”
A new play by Stephen Beresford. Performances to an empty auditorium by the award-winning actor Andrew Scott have been rescheduled after his recovery from minor surgery.  Earlier bookings will be honoured. (Thurs 3rd Sept at 7.30 pm, Fri 4th Sept at 7.30 pm and Sat 5th Sept at 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm.)
Tickets available: £10/£30/£40. “Hilarious and heartbreaking: the unfathomable puzzle of human relationships.”

BBC iPLAYER
“Albion” (169 minutes )
Tragicomedy drama about nostalgia and national identity in this acclaimed production of Mike Barlett’s play,  filmed at the Almeida Theatre. With Victoria Hamilton and Daisy Edgar-Jones (available til 15th September).
Daily Telegraph **** “incisive and unforgettable allegory of our divided nation”; The Evening Standard **** “Victoria Hamilton gives a landmark lead performance.”

BBC iPLAYER
Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloody Mindedness – Concrete Poetry” 

Two-part series with Jonathan Turner Meades, the British writer, journalist, essayist and film maker on the subjects of culture, architecture and food, makes the case for 20th century concrete brutalist architecture. First shown in 2014 (available until 10th and 17th Sept).

GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
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http://www.glyndebourne.com/openhouse/ and click on image
OR
GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” (ends 5 pm Sun 30th Aug) Captured live at the 2009 Festival. A semi-opera woven around Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Exhilarating fusion of theatre, music and dance.
Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” (5 pm Sun 30th Aug to 5 pm Sun 6th Sept) Captured live at the 2011 Festival with Gerald Finley.
Daily Telegraph **** Financial Times ** The Independent ****

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 24’; click on name of opera available for free that day.

(NOTE: Performances are free online for TWENTY THREE HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).

WEEK 24 – Verdi Week
Monday August 24th – Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with Diana Damrau, Oksana Volkova, Piotr Beczala, Željko Lucic and Štefan Kocán (2013)
Tuesday August 25th – Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” with Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Stefan Kocan (2015) Wednesday August 26th – Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” with Sonya Yoncheva, Olesya Petrova, Piotr Beczala, Plácido Domingo, Alexander Vinogradov and Dmitry Belosselskiy (2018)
Thursday August 27th – Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” with Sondra Radvanovsky, Kathleen Kim, Stephanie Blythe, Marcelo Alvarez and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (2012)
Friday 28th – Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Florez and Quinn Kelsey (2018)
Saturday 29th August – Verdi’s “Don Carlo” with Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Eric Halfvarson (2010)
Sunday August 30th – Verdi’s “Falstaff” with Lisette Oropesa, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Paola Fanale, Ambrogio Maestri and Franco Vassallo (2013)

WEEK COMMENCING 17TH AUGUST

 
News from the arts world, followed by (free) arts-related viewing available on the I/Net as well as suggested television programmes.
A. ARTS NEWS 
 
NOTE: Boris Johnson announced new lockdown easing on Friday 14th August: from Saturday 15th August, indoor theatres and indoor music venues would be allowed to reopen with socially distanced audiences.
 
RUSSELL-COTES Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth
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“Beyond the Brotherhood: the Pre-Raphaelite Legacy” (ends 27th Sept). The influence on artistic developments including Realism, Aestheticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. Includes loans from Tate Britain, the V&A and the Royal Academy.
Pre-booked tickets only. (Open: Tues, Wed, Sat and Sun 10 am to 5 pm. Closed: Mon,Thurs and Fri.)
BEAULIEU SHAKESPEARE IN THE WOODS – London Touring Players
National Motor Museum
Beaulieu SO42 7ZN
Email: abbey@tackroomtheatre.co.uk
“Midsummer Night’s Dream” (20th to 31st August) Evening performances 7 pm to 9.30 pm, plus matinees at weekend)
“Romeo & Juliet” (26th to 31st August) Evening performances 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm, plus matinees at weekend)
NOTE Tickets must be booked in advance online. Adults £10 (+£1.37 fee).
Open air productions in the woods. The actors are world-class performers from the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and London’s West End. Bring own chairs with picnic or order chairs; refreshments available. See website for more details.
 
HARBOUR LIGHTS  PICTURE HOUSE, Southampton
“My Rembrandt”Wed 19th Aug, Thurs 20th Aug at 4 pm (1:37:00)
Financial Times: “Oeke Hoogendjik’s absorbing documentary….the unquestionable desire to own a Rembrandt.”
“Hansard” (Encore) – Thurs 20th Aug at 7.30 pm (1:48:00)
National Theatre production with Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings. A new play by Simon Woods captured live in 2019. Witty and devastating portrait of the governing class directed by Simon Godwin.
Whats On Stage ****; The Telegraph ***
Use link below to learn about Covid-19 safety precautions in place:
THE MARY ROSE,  Portsmouth – OPENING Monday 24th August 
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(Open: daily. Time slots from 10 am to 2.30 pm.)
NOTE: Online booking only. Tickets now on sale.
THE REGENT CENTRE, Christchurch – REOPENING IN OCTOBER (Booking open)
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“NT Live: Present Laughter” by Noel Coward – Thurs 26 Nov at 7.30 pm Captured live from the Old Vic in London. Andrew Scott won The Evening Standard Best Actor award in 2019 for his role as the vainglorious actor Garry Essendine
The Telegraph *****  “Bravura performances”;  The Times *****  “The show belongs to Andrew Scott”. 
Use link to learn about Covid-19 safety precautions in place:
B. ARTS VIEWING AT HOME
 
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London
“Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light”  (4:05 minutes) and (47:58 minutes)
GOOGLE: ‘YouTube Sorolla National Gallery’
A short four-minute tour of the exhibition, which was held from 18th March to 7th July 2019, followed by Curator Chris Riopelle’s introduction.
Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida was lauded for his incredible skill at painting light and colour but is little known outside his native Spain.
ROYAL ACADEMY, London
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“Anne Desmet RA – engraving angels” (06:32 minutes)
Watch artist Anne Desmet RA document the weekly progress on her newest wood engraving.
BBC iPLAYER
“Art, Passion and Power: The Story of the Royal Collection”
1.1 “Dangerous Magic” (NB only available until Sun 16th Aug at 1 am)
1.2 “Palaces and Pleasure Domes” (available until Fri 21st Aug)
1.3 “Paradise Regained” (available until Fri 28th Aug)
1.4 “Modern Times” (available until Fri 4th Sept)
Documentary with Andrew Graham-Dixon. (First shown in January 2018)
BBC iPLAYER
The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London have not taken place this year. Currently, seventeen past Prom performances are available to watch including:
Mahler’s 8th Symphony (2002) Sir Simon Rattle conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and massed choirs (available until first week of Sept).
The Bach Recitals (2015) Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova performs the first three of Bach’s notoriously demanding Sonatas and Partitas (available until mid Sept).
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
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http://www.glyndebourne.com/openhouse/ and click on image
OR
GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Brett Dean’s “Hamlet” (ends Sun 5 pm 23rd Aug) with Allan Clayton and Barbara Hannigan
Premiered in 2017, an award-winning re-imagining of Shakespeare’s most famous play. 

The Telegraph **** ; The Arts Desk “fascinating but flawed new opera”; The Independent ****
Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” (5 pm Sun 23rd Aug to 5 pm Sun 30th Aug) Captured live at the 2009 Festival. A semi-opera woven around Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Exhilarating fusion of theatre, music and dance.
The Telegraph **** “A riot of energy and colour’. The Arts Desk: “magical”, ” a deliciously English summer treat”
 
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York

GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 23’; click on name of opera available for free that day.

(NOTE: Performances are free online for TWENTY THREE HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).

 

WEEK 23
 
Monday August 17th – Puccini’s “Tosca” (2013) starring Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna and George Gagnidze.
Tuesday August 18th – Zandonai’s “Francesca da Rimini” (1984) starring Renato Scotto, Plácido Domingo and Cornell MacNeil
Wednesday August 19th – Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” (2017) starring Anna Netrebko, Elena Maximova, Alexey Dolgov, Peter Mattei and Štefan Kocán. 
Thursday August 20th – Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” (1991) starring Aprile Millo, Harolyn Blackwell, Florence Quivar, Luciano Pavarotti and Leo Nucci. 
Friday August 21st – Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” (2010) starring Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, Plácido Domingo and James Morris
Saturday August 22nd – Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (1988) starring Kathleen Battle, Rockwell Blake, Leo Nucci, Enzo Dara and Ferruccio Furlanetto.
Sunday August 23rd – Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”(1982) starring Judith Blegen, Frederica von Stade, Jean Kraft, Rosalind Elias and Michael Devlin.
WEEK COMMENCING 10TH AUGUST
 
News from the arts world, followed by arts-related viewing available on the I/Net (all but one of which is free) as well as suggested television programmes.
 
A. ARTS NEWS
 
THE ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, Oxford – REOPENING Monday 10th August
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(Open daily 10 am to 5 pm. NOTE: timed tickets, including for Members, must be booked in advance online.)
“Young Rembrandt” (Mon 10th Aug to Sun 1st Nov) This critically acclaimed exhibition had to close in March. The Telegraph ****
“Scene Through Wood” (Mon 10th Aug end date TBC)
Celebrating a century of of wood engraving. Marks the centenary of the Society of Wood Engravers. The most outstanding works in the museum and loans from private collections. (Free display.)
 
THE BRITISH MUSEUM, London – REOPENING Thursday 27th August
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(Open: 10 am to 3 pm on 27th and 28th Aug; 10 am to 5 pm from Sat 29th Aug. Wed to Sun. Closed Mon and Tues.)
NOTE: Booking opens on Wed 12th Aug. Free timed tickets must be booked in advance online. Huge demand expected.
Initially most ground-floor galleries will be open. Some upper-floor galleries will open on 21st Sept.
“Edmund de Waal’s library of exile” (27th Aug end date TBC).
Two exhibitions will open in the Autumn:
“Tantra – enlightenment to revolution”  (24th Sept to 24th Jan 2021)
“Arctic – culture and climate” (22nd Oct to 21st Feb 2021)
TATE MODERN, London 
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(Open daily 10 am to 6 pm) NOTE: Online timed tickets needed for all visitors.
“Steve McQueen”   (ends 6th Sept)
The first major exhibition of this artist in the UK since he won the Turner Prize in 1999, spanning film, photography and sculpture. The Telegraph **** ‘Poetry and profundity for those brave enough to seek it.’
“Dóra Maurer”  (ends 24th Jan 2021)
Works across all media by this Hungarian visual artist born in 1937. Conceptual photographic work, colourful graphic work and striking geometric paintings. Free display.
V & A, London
(Until 27th Aug: Open Thurs to Sun from 11 am to 3 pm. After 27th Aug: Open Thurs to Sun from 11 am to 7 pm)
NOTE: Free timed entry tickets must be booked in advance online.
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“Collecting Photography: from Daguerreotype to Digital” (ends Fri 4th Sept 2020)
“The Art of Relief Print-Making” (ends Sun 13th Sept 2020)
OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE, Greenwich – OPEN 
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https://ornc.org/our-story/royal-hospital/the-chapel/

(Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm: The Painted Hall and  The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul.)  NOTE: tickets need to be booked in advance online.
The Painted Hall has one of the most spectacular Baroque interiors in Europe. The ceiling and wall decorations are by British artist Sir James Thornhill (1675-1734). The Chapel altar piece is by Benjamin West (1738-1820) known as ‘the American Raphael’.
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY, London – OPENING IN THE AUTUMN
Plans are being drawn up for a full reopening in the Autumn. (See below: the collection can be explored online.)
COURTAULD GALLERY, London – REOPENING IN SPRING 2021
Major transformation project will make it possible to present a greater variety of works from The Courtauld Collection, which stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century. (See virtual tour details below.)
THE HOUSE OF ILLUSTRATION, London – REOPENING IN 2022
The King’s Cross site closed in March 2020, due to lockdown. The new redevelopment in Islington will begin in June 2021, with a tentative opening date of Autumn 2022.The name is being changed to ‘The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration’. It will be the largest art space in the world dedicated to illustration.
 
B. ARTS VIEWING
 
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, USA 
GOOGLE: ‘MFA Matisse for me it’s always new’
“Matisse: for me it’s always new” (1:28:36)
Lecture by Katie Hanson, Assistant Curator, Art of Europe. Matisse’s inventive techniques and his engagement with a wide range of sources, including the work of Courbet, Monet and Renoir.
 
OLD VIC THEATRE: IN CAMERA –  UPDATE Wednesday August 5th
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Andrew Scott is still recovering from minor surgery. All  performances to an empty auditorium of “Three Kings”  will be rescheduled.  Bookings will be honoured. New performances will be announced in due course.
Tickets available: £10/£30/£40. “Hilarious and heartbreaking: the unfathomable puzzle of human relationships.”
ROYAL ACADEMY, London 
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“Young Artists Summer Show 2020” Open exhibition submission for young people aged between 5 to 19 years. Browse the exhibition online.
NOTE: the exhibition will be displayed on-site at the RA in the Autumn.
 
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY, London
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The collection can be explored on line.
THE COURTAULD GALLERY, London 
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https://courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/about/3d-gallery-virtual-tour and click on ‘LAUNCH THE TOUR’

As stated above, the Courtauld Gallery will remain closed until Spring 2021. Click the screen, then hold and drag or use cursor keys on your keyboard to move around. To zoom in press the ‘a’ key on your keyboard, to zoom out press the ‘z’ key. Choose Room e.g.: Room 5 (Paul Cézanne) Room 6 (Degas, Renoir, Manet, Monet), Room 7 (van Gogh, Gaugin, Seurat, Picasso)
BBC iPlayer
“The Riviera : a History in Pictures” with Richard E Grant (first shown in 2013) Artists who have painted on the Côte d’Azur: Cézanne, Monet, Renoir and Matisse.
1.2 Painting Paradise (available until 24th Aug)
2.2 The Golden Era (available until 28th Aug)
BBC iPlayer
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” from The Globe Theatre in London (available until 22nd Aug) Recorded in 2013.  Renaissance costumes. With Roger Allam and Colin Morgan.
BBC iPlayer
“BBC Proms 2017: Chineke! Orchestra” (available until end Aug)
Katie Derham introduces a Prom from the archives that made history when Chineke! became the first British majority BME symphony orchestra ever to take to the Prom stage. Includes music by Dvorak, Handel and Rimsky-Korsakov. Features British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason (who won the BBC Young Musician award in 2016). Conductor Kevin John Edusei.
BBC iPlayer
Beethoven’s “Fidelio” from the Royal Opera House (available for 11 months). Shown on BBC 4 on 26th July 2020. With Lise Davidsen and David Butt Philip. Antonio Pappano conducts.
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
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GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”  (ends 5 pm Sun 16th Aug) David McVicar production. Captured live in 2005. With Danielle de Niese and Sarah Connolly.
Financial Times: “Handel returns in triumph to Glyndebourne.” The Telegraph: *****
Brett Dean’s “Hamlet” (5 pm 16th Aug to  5 pm 23rd Aug)) with Allan Clayton and Barbara Hannigan
An award-winning re-imagining of Shakespeare’s most famous play which premiered in 2017. The Telegraph **** ; The Arts Desk “fascinating but flawed new opera”; The Independent ****
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 22’ ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
WEEK 22
Monday 10th August – Puccini’s “Manon Lascaut” (2008)
Tuesday 11th August – Bizet’s “Carmen” (2019)
Wednesday 12th August – Verdi’s “Rigoletto” (1981)
Thursday 13th August – Puccini’s “Turandot” (2016)
Friday 14th August – Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” (2008)
Saturday 15th August – Puccini’s “La Bohème” (2014)
Sunday 16th August – Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” (1979)
 
WEEK COMMENCING 3RD AUGUST

 

News from the arts and theatre world, followed by arts-related viewing available on the I/Net (nearly all of which is free) as well as suggested television programmes.
 
A. ARTS NEWS
 

NOTE:  Boris Johnson announced on Friday 31st July that rules on face coverings would be extended from Saturday 8th August, meaning people would be obliged to wear them in indoor venues, including museums and galleries and that there would be greater police enforcement of mask-wearing.

1. Local
THE SALISBURY MUSEUM – REOPENED Saturday 1st August
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(For the first month,  open 11 am to 4 pm Thurs to Sun, Café open 11 am to 3 pm. Closed Mon, Tues, Wed.)
NOTE: no mention of pre-booked tickets but perhaps a good idea to check.
Opening hours will be extended in September. Admission fees abolished for a limited period. Entry will be via donation. Queuing system in front forecourt. Signed one way system with separate entry and exit points.
WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL 
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“Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation” (Exhibition reopened 1st August)
(Open: Mon to Sat 11 am to 3 pm; Sun 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm; ends 31st Jan 2025)  A spectacular three-level exhibition in the south transept: 1,000 years of history. NOTE: capacity has been reduced inside the cathedral and shop. Possible need to wait outside. Separate entrance and exit. Refectory and shop open. Loos currently closed.
 
SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY – REOPENING Tuesday 4th August
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(Opening hours initially: Tues and Thurs 11 am to 3 pm, Sat 11 am to 4 pm. Closed Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun)
NOTE: Pre-booked timed tickets needed. Face coverings recommended.
“In Search of a New World – Open Exhibition” (opening Sat 15th August)
Part of the Mayflower 400 programme to coincide with the anniversary of the date the Mayflower and her sister ship Speedwell left Southampton. Residents of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Dorset were invited to create artwork.
UPDATE
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE – Drive-in Screenings, Wareham
Previously advertised screenings at the Luna open air cinema at Lulworth Castle, Wareham of “La Boheme” and “Swan Lake” have been removed from the website.
NOTE: to check other open air venues:
2. London
THE HAYWARD GALLERY, London – REOPENED Saturday 1st August
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(Open Wed to Sat 11 am to 7 pm, Sun 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Mon and Tues) Shop and some cafés and restaurants open.
NOTE: pre-booked tickets with time slot; Members and Supporters go free but need to book time slot.
“Among the Trees”
37 featured artists invite us to see the natural world with new eyes.
 
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London
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“Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age”
(Ends Sun 20 Sept; open daily 11 am to 6 pm except Fri 11 am to 9 pm)
NOTE: Free admission but online advance booking only. From paintings of historical and biblical scenes to scenes of everyday life and portraits.
The Arts Desk: “Beautifully observed vignettes ….of the theatre of domestic life in 17th century Holland.” Apollo Magazine: “…elucidates the pragmatic choices by an artist operating in a fiercely competitive environment.”
ROYAL ACADEMY, London
“Léon Spilliaert”
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(Wed 5th Aug – Sun 20th Sept)
NOTE: Pre-booking essential even for RA Friends.
(Open: Wed to Sun 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Mon and Tues)
Enigmatic self-portraits to dream like scenes of the North Sea coast by Belgian artist Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946). His work is characterized by dramatic perspective and a quiet luminescence.
The Evening Standard: “a haunted life realized in atmospheric and deeply sensitive work.” The Daily Telegraph, Alastair Sooke ***
REMINDER
V & A, London – LIMITED REOPENING Thursday 6th August
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(Open: Thurs to Sun 11 am to 3 pm; from 27th Aug 11 am to 7 pm)
NOTE: The Museum is still free but pre-booked and timed tickets needed. Entrance by Exhibition Road and exit by Cromwell Road. The following galleries/rooms will be open: Buddhism (17-20 and 47f), Cast Courts (46-46b), China (44 and 47e), Europe 1600 – 1815 (1-7), Fashion (40); Islamic Middle East (42), Japan (45), Korea (47g), Medieval & Renaissance (50a-50b), Sculpture (21-27), South Asia (Room 41), South East Asia (47a-47c).
OPERA HOLLAND PARK, London –  Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th August
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“Hearts Delight” (6 pm Fri 7th Aug) An evening of light music and a journey through some of the most delicious comic operas from the Viennese, Parisian and London stages.
“Opera in Holland Park – Encore” (6 pm Sat 8th August) NOTE: Sold out – waiting list only.
“A Little Night Music” by Stephen Sondheim. Concert performance (6 pm 15th Aug) NOTE: Booking opens on Mon 3rd August.
REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE, London – OPENS Friday 14th  August
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Seventy live performances in August and September.

B. ARTS VIEWING

 
OLD VIC THEATRE: IN CAMERA –  ANNOUNCEMENT on Thursday 30th July 
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It was announced that Andrew Scott is in hospital “for minor surgery”. Some performances to an empty auditorium of “Three Kings” had to be postponed for a week and will now take place at 7.30 pm on Friday 7th, 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm on Saturday 8th August. (Bookings for previous Friday and Saturday will be honoured.)
Tickets available: £10/£30/£40. “Hilarious and heartbreaking: the unfathomable puzzle of human relationships.”
 
(NOTE: “Everything is going to be All Right” by Derek Mahon from ‘Selected Poems’. To listen to this short poem written in May 2020 read by Andrew Scott, GOOGLE: ‘Everything is going to be all right Andrew Scott’.)
 
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY
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Scroll down the page and click on arrow. To help navigate the exhibition, click on ‘read our handy tips’.
“British Surrealism: Virtual Exhibition”
The exhibition opened in March and closed three weeks later and is now available online.  Marking 100 years since the birth of the movement: over 70 eclectic works: Leonora Carrington, Paul Nash, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Ithell Colquhoun, Conray Maddox.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, USA
GOOGLE: ‘MFA Dutch Golden Age YouTube’
“The Dutch Golden Age – Contemporaries of Rembrandt and Vermeer” (58.08)
Lecture given by Jonathan Ribner, associate professor Department of History of Art and Archictecture, Boston University. Works by artists including Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch, Jacob van Ruisdael, Willem Kalf.
BBC FOUR
“The Treasures of Ancient Rome” : 3/3  “The Empire Strikes Back” (59 mins) (Tues 4th Aug at 10 pm)
Alastair Sooke charts the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. (Repeat)
BBC iPLAYER
“The Treasures of Ancient Rome” 
1/3 “Warts ‘n All” (available until Sat 22nd Aug)
2/3 “Pomp and Perversion” (available until Thurs 27th Aug)
BBC iPLAYER
“Bought with Love: The Secret History of British Art Collections”
With art historian Helen Rosslyn. The stories of the people whose enthusiasm for art, sense of adventure and wealth built Britain’s national collection and shaped the history of the art of the nation. (Repeat)
1/3 “The Pioneers” (available until  Sat 15th Aug)
2/3 “The Golden Age” (available until Sat 22nd Aug)
3/3 “The Age of the Individual” (available until Sat 29th Aug)
BBC iPLAYER
“BBC PROMS – 27th August 2017” 
(available until Tues 18th Aug)
City of Birmingham’s Symphony Orchestra with Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla who is currently Music Director of the CBSO. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Leonore Overture No. 3, Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. The concert opens with a world premiere by Irish maverick Gerald Barry performed by tenor Allan Clayton.
 
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET – Covent Garden, London
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GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
“The Sleeping Beauty” (ends Thurs 6th Aug) With Fumi Kaneko, Federico Bonelli
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
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GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” (ends 5 pm Sun 9th Aug) Captured live at the 2010 Festival. Designed by David Hockney, directed by John Cox. The Independent ****  “This production from 1975 is still widely regarded as the bench mark staging for this great but  difficult opera.”
Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”  (5 pm Sun 9th to 5 pm Sun 16th Aug) David McVicar production. Captured live in 2005. With Danielle de Niese and Sarah Connolly.

Financial Times: “Handel returns in triumph to Glyndebourne.” The Telegraph: *****

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 21’ ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
WEEK 21
Monday August 3rd – Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (2006) with Ying Huang, Erika Miklósa, Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, and René Pape.
Tuesday August 4th – Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” (2015) with Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Christine Rice, Vittorio Grigolo, and Thomas Hampson.
Wednesday August 5th – Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” (1995) with Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov, and Robert Lloyd.
Thursday August 6th – Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” (2016)  with Kristine Opolazis, Maria Zifchak, Roberto Alagna, and Dwayne Croft.
Friday August 7th – Wagner’s “Parsifal” (1992) with Waltraud Meier, Siegfried Jerusalem, Bernd Weikl, and Kurt Moll.
Saturday August 8th – Handel’s “Agrippina” (Feb 2020) with Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose.
Sunday August 9th – Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (2016) with  Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Serena Malfi, Paul Appleby, Simon Keenlyside, and Adam Plachetka

 

WEEK COMMENCING 27TH JULY
 
News from the arts and theatre world, followed by arts-related viewing available on the I/Net (nearly all of which is free) as well as suggested television programmes.
 
A. ARTS NEWS
 
ST BARBE MUSEUM, Lymington – EXHIBITION ANNOUNCED
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“Seasons” (Fri 11th Sept to Sun 10th Jan 2021)
The joys of the seasonal cycle as captured by some of our leading artists over the last 100 years, including Laura Knight, Graham Sutherland, John Nash and Ivon Hitchens.
CITY ART GALLERY, Southampton – STILL CLOSED
(NOTE: the 2020 biennial Open Exhibition “In Search of a New World” will be in a new digital format, launching in mid August.)
ROYAL ACADEMY, London
Click on or copy and paste into search bar: Gauguin and the Impressionists | Exhibition | Royal Academy of Arts
“Gaugin and the Impressionists” (Thurs 6th Aug to Sun 18th Oct)
NOTE: Pre-booking and timed slot essential, even for Friends of the RA.
Masterpieces from the Danish Ordrupgaard Collection. Sixty works many of which have never been seen in the UK before.
WALLACE COLLECTION, London
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Tickets now on sale. Pre-booking essential.
“Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company” 
(Wed 29th July – Sun 13th September)
Guest curated by renowned historian and writer William Dalrymple. The Telegraph **** Time Out ****
REMINDER
TATE BRITAIN/TATE MODERN, London – REOPEN on Mon 27th July
Click on: Tate Britain | Tate NOTE: Pre-booking and timed slot essential.
“Aubrey Beardsley”, (ends Sun 20th Sept). Largest exhibition of his drawings for 50 years.
Click on: Tate Modern | Tate NOTE: Pre-booking and timed slot essential.
“Andy Warhol” (ends Sun 15th Nov 2020) A new look at the work and art of the pop art superstar.
REMINDER
PALLANT HOUSE, Chichester – REOPENING Wed 5th August

Click on: Pallant House Gallery | Home

NOTE: Booking now open. Pre-booked tickets necessary.
“An Outbreak of Talent: Bawden, Marx, Ravilious and their Contemporaries” (Wed 5th Aug to Sun 1st Nov)

“Drawn to Nature: Gilbert White and the Artists” (Wed 5th Aug to Sun 15th Nov)

THE MINACK THEATRE, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall
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“The Soldier’s Tale” by Stravinsky,
“Stones in his pockets” by Marie Jones, two actors play many parts in bittersweet tale.
“Educating Rita” specially adapted for The Minack Theatre by author Willy Russell.
THE BRITISH MUSEUM – REOPENING LATER IN THE SUMMER
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“Edmund de Waal* library of exile”. Artist, master potter and author of ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’.(The installation will be on display on re-opening in Room 2.)
(* NOTE:  See also The Arts Society Summer 2020 magazine, page 17:  ‘Of Porcelain and Pilgrimage’. Edmund de Waal interviewed by Sue Herdman.)
Two major exhibitions are planned for Autumn 2020. Dates still to be announced:
“Tantra: enlightenment to revolution”
“Arctic: culture and climate”
B. ARTS VIEWING
 
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, USA 
GOOGLE: ‘MFA French Music 19th century YouTube’
“Listening in Paris – French Music in the 19th Century” (1:26:04)
Lecture given by Dr Elizabeth Seitz PhD, professor in music history at the Boston Conservatory. In the second half of the 19th century French composers strive to create a new kind of music.
THE OLD VIC, London – tickets start at £10
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NOTE: Booking opened online on 22nd July.
“Three Kings” (7.30 pm 29th July to 1st Aug and matinée at 3.30 pm on 1st Aug)
Old Vic: In Camera’ is a new artistic initiative. Captured live and streamed from the Old Vic Stage, performed to an empty auditorium. (Tickets will be capped at 1,000 for each performance.)
A new play by Stephen Beresford. “Hilarious and heart-breaking”. Starring  Andrew Scott (known for his award-winning role in the 2019 National Theatre production of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, for the half-hour monologue Sea Wall and also for his role as Moriarty in BBC television’s Sherlock.) 
 
BBC FOUR
“Egyptian Journeys 1/6: Secrets of the Tomb Builders”  (7 pm on 27th July)
Documentary by Dan Cruickshank (Repeat) NOTE: 2/6 to 4/6 will be shown Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.
BBC FOUR
“A History of Art in Three Colours: 3/3 White “ (12.40 am 7th July and afterwards on BBC iPlayer)
The last in this three-part series with Dr James Fox. (Repeat)
BBC iPlayer 
“A History of Art in Three Colours: 1/3 Gold” (available until 12th Aug)
“A History of Art in Three Colours: 2/3 Blue” (available until 19th Aug)
Documentary with Dr James Fox (Repeat)
BBC iPlayer
“Gaugin – a dangerous life” (59 mins) (available until 19th Aug)
Documentary first shown in December 2019. A 21st-century view of a 19th- century wild man.
 
BBC iPlayer
“Dames of classic drama at the BBC” (59 mins) (available until 3rd Aug)
From the archives : the early work and career of Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren.  (Repeat)
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET, Covent Garden
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OR
GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
Gounod’s “Faust” (ends Thurs 30th July) David McVicar’s production set in Second Empire Paris. Michael Fabiano, Irwin Schrott.
“The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” (Fri 31st July) Zoo Nation’s show is a take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. First created in 2014 for the ROH’s studio theatre.  The Independent in 2017 **** “The show’s sweetness and energy are irresistible.”
“The Sleeping Beauty” (ends Thurs 6th August) With Fumi Kaneko, Federico Bonelli
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
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GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Verdi’s “Falstaff”(ends 5 pm Sun 2nd August) Captured live in 2009. Richard Jones’s production updated to 1946. With Christopher Purves
Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” (5 pm Sun 2nd Aug to 5 pm 9th Aug) Captured live at the 2010 Festival. Designed by David Hockney, directed by John Cox. The Independent ****  “This production from 1975 is still widely regarded as the bench mark staging for this great but  difficult opera.”
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 20’ ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
WEEK 20
Monday 27th July – Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” (2011) Natalie Dessay, Joseph Calleja
Tuesday 28th July – Puccini’s “Tosca” (2009) Karita Mattila, Marcelo Alvarez, George Gagnidze
Wednesday 29th July – Verdi’s “Rigoletto” (1977) Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo
Thursday 30th July – Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” (2011) Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Alvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Friday 31st July – Dvorak’s “Rusalka” (2017) Kristine Opolais, Katarina Dalayman, Jamie Barton, Brandon Jovanovich and Eric Owens
Saturday 1st August – Verdi’s “Ernani” (1983) Leona Mitchell, Luciana Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes and Ruggero Raimondi
Sunday 2nd August – Wagner’s “Die Walküre” (2019) Christine Goerke, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jamie Barton, Stuart Skelton

 

WEEK COMMENCING 20th JULY 2020
 
News from the art world about reopening after the lockdown, followed by arts-related viewing available (free) on the I/Net and some suggested television programmes.
 
A. ARTS NEWS
THEATRE, MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE VENUES – from 1st August
“Theatre, music and performance venues can open with social distancing from beginning of August”, Boris Johnson has announced. Jon Morgan, the Head of Theatres Trust, has said it would not be economically viable to reopen with reduced capacity.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London – OPENING HOURS EXTENDED
From Wednesday 22nd July, the Gallery will be open daily from 11 am to 6 pm (previously 11 am to 4 pm), Fri 11 am to 9 pm.
NATIONAL TRUST – 7 Houses and 130 Gardens: OPEN
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Details given on how to plan and book visits:
Pre-booked timed entry tickets. NOTE: not all cafés and other facilities open, so check in advance. “The start of a careful and steady plan to reopen houses over the coming weeks.” Now open: Kingston Lacy (Dorset), Petworth (W. Sussex), Barrington Court (Somerset), Lyme (Cheshire) , Oxburgh (Norfolk), Packwood (Warwickshire) and The Argory (County Armagh).
WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, London – OPEN
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http://www.whitechapelgallery.org, Email: info@whitechapelgallery.org
Timed entry, pre-booked tickets. Nearest underground station: Aldgate East. (Open Tues to Sun 11 am to 6 pm, except Thurs 11 am – 9 pm. Closed Mon.)
“Radical Figures – Painting in the New Millenium” (until 30th August)
Ten contemporary artists from around the world.  The Daily Telegraph art critic Alastair Sooke: “an intoxicating experience”.
V & A Museum, London – LIMITED REOPENING 6th AUGUST
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(Initially open Thursday to Sunday 11 am to 3 pm; from 27th August 11 am to 7 pm.) NOTE: The Museum is still free but pre-booked and timed tickets needed; entrance by Exhibition Road and exit by Cromwell Road. The following galleries/rooms will be open: Buddhism (17-20 and 47f), Cast Courts (46-46b), China (44 and 47e), Europe 1600 – 1815 (1-7), Fashion (40); Islamic Middle East (42), Japan (45), Korea (47g), Medieval & Renaissance (50a-50b), Sculpture (21-27), South Asia (Room 41), South East Asia (47a-47c).
ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, Oxford – REOPENING Monday 10th August
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News announced 17th July. Tickets not yet available but pre-booked timed tickets will be needed. More details to be released later.
“Young Rembrandt” exhibition will reopen. Limited tickets.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, London – Ballet and Opera Drive-in Screenings
Screenings at Luna open air cinemas.
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Lulworth Castle, Wareham, BH20 5QS
9th August, doors open 8.45 pm, film 9.15 pm: “La Bohème”
16th August, doors open 8.30 pm, film 9.30 pm: “Swan Lake”
(Other venues from 26th July include: Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, Allianz Park, Tatton Park, Knebsworth House and Harewood House.)
THE GLOBE THEATRE, London – STILL CLOSED
After the Culture Secretary’s announcement that outdoor theatres can reopen, the theatre has said it will not be reopening as it is not economically viable to open to socially distanced audiences. (“The Tempest ” from The Globe is available on BBC iPlayer.)
SOUTH BANK CENTRE, London – CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 2021
Hayward Gallery and Royal Festival Hall and home to eight orchestras.
B. ARTS VIEWING
 
RYEDALE FESTIVAL ONLINE from 20th – 26th July
The Times newspaper describes the Ryedale Festival as “the jewel in Yorkshire’s cultural crown”. Superb musicians perform in beautiful Ryedale venues.
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https://ryedalefestival.com/ryestream/ and scroll down to Online Festival Events. Click on chosen event and then click on ‘play’ on video. To see details of the programmes click on ‘browse our Online Programme 2020 here’. NB: Remember to watch in full screen by clicking on icon bottom corner.
OR
GOOGLE: ‘Ryedale Festival YouTube’ and follow instructions above.
PROGRAMME: (NOTE:  each concert will be available on YouTube until 16th August)
Rachel Podger, Violin – Chapel of Castle Howard (Mon 20th 11 am)
Matthew Hunt, Clarinet with Tim Horton, Piano – Long Gallery of Castle Howard (Tues 21st July at 1 pm)
Anna Lapwood, Organ – St Michael’s Church, Coxswold (Wed 22nd at 11 am)
Abel Selaocoe, Cello – All Saints’ Church, Helmsley (Thur 23rd July at 6 pm)
Rowan Pierce, soprano with Christopher Glynn, piano – All Saints’ Church, Helmsley (Fri 24th at 9 pm)
Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin with Christopher Glynn, piano – All Saints’ Church, Helmsley (Sat 25th at 3 pm)
Carducci Quartet and Streetwise Opera – Great Hall Castle Howard (Sun 26th July at 6 pm)
PALLANT HOUSE, Chichester
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“Eric Ravilious – Wood Engraving” (Lecture: 55 minutes)
NOTE: although without images, this lecture might interest anyone intending to visit Pallant House, when it opens on 5th August, to see the exhibitions: “Drawn to Nature: Gilbert White and the Artists” and “An Outbreak of Talent: Bawden, Marx, Ravilious and their Contemporaries”.
 
THE BRITISH MUSEUM, London
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The museum is still closed but the website offers various ways to visit its collections online. For example: The Ringlemere Cup (Bronze Age)  is one of the oldest treasures discovered in the UK. Celebrating Rembrandt : the museum holds one of the most important collections of Rembrandt prints and drawings in the world.
BBC FOUR: “The Golden Age of Liners: Timeshift”
(Mon 20th July at 8 pm) With Paul Atterbury, specialist in art, architecture, design and decorative arts from the 19th and 20th centuries.
BBC FOUR: “The Treasures of Ancient Rome”: 1/3
(Thurs 23rd July at 11 pm ). Another chance to see this three-part documentary with Alastair Sooke, art critic of The Daily Telegraph.
BBC FOUR: “Art Passion and Power – The Story of the Royal Collection” 
(Thurs 23rd July at midnight.) (Afterwards on BBC iPlayer.)
Another chance to see this four-part documentary with Andrew Graham-Dixon.
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
(NOTE: This will be the last play to be streamed from the National Theatre.)
then click on: ‘Watch …’ (yellow writing at top of screen on left)
OR
GOOGLE: ‘National Theatre at home’ and follow instructions above.
“Amadeus” (ends 7 pm Thurs 23rd July) Peter Shaffer’s life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillan. The Daily Telegraph ***** “a riveting psychodrama”
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET, Covent Garden
Click on or copy and paste into search bar: http://roh.org.uk/streaming
OR
GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
“Romeo & Juliet” (ends Thurs 23rd July) Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan. With Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball
“The Sleeping Beauty” (Fri 24th July to Thurs  6th August) With Fumi Kaneko, Federico Bonelli
Gounod’s “Faust” (ends Thurs 30th July) David McVicar’s production set in Second Empire Paris. Michael Fabiano, Irwin Schrott.
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
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GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” (ends 5 pm Sun 26th July) Captured live in 2016. With Danielle de Niese, Alessandro Corbelli and Björn Bürger.
Verdi’s “Falstaff”(5 pm Sun 26th July to 5 pm Sun 2nd August) Captured live in 2009. Richard Jones’s production updated to 1946. With Christopher Purves
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 19 ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
WEEK 19
Monday July 20th – Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (2014) Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Christopher Maltman
Tuesday July 21st – Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” (1982) Eva Marton, Tatiana Troyanos, Richard Cassilly
Wednesday July 22nd – Verdi’s “Macbeth” (2008) Maria Guleghina, Dimitri Pittas, Zeljko Lucic.
Thursday July 23rd – Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” (2007) Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna
Friday July 24th – Verdi’s “Falstaff” (1992)  Mirella Freni, Barbara Bonney, Marilyn Horne
Saturday July 25th – Strauss’s “der Rosenkavalier”(2010) Renée Fleming
Sunday July 26th – Puccini’s “la Fanciulla del West” (2018) Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jonas Kaufmann

 

WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 13TH JULY 2020
 
Arts-related news about reopening after the lockdown, followed by arts-related viewing available (free) on the I/Net and suggestions for television.
A. ARTS NEWS – LOCAL, LONDON, E.SUSSEX, CORNWALL
 
(a) LOCAL
REMINDER:
ST BARBE MUSEUM, Lymington : OPENED LAST WEEK
(Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 4 pm) Café and shop also open.
“Open Sesame”  (ends 30th August) Open Exhibition
Young people up to the age of seventeen submitted artworks 20 cm x 25 cm in any medium they liked: a collage, painting or textile.
NOTE. Private sessions for those who are shielding or vulnerable before and after these times. Telephone 01590 676969 for details.
SALISBURY CATHEDRAL : OPEN
(Open Mon to Sat 10.00 am to 4 pm. Sunday open for worship only.)
Pre-booked tickets online for worship and visits. One way system for visitors. Bell Tower Tea Rooms open. Refectory and shop closed.
“Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavour”  – Works by Grayson Perry, Henry Moore, Antony Gormley, Eduardo Paulozzi.
 
WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL – PHASED REOPENING

Click on (or copy and paste into search bar) Cathedral Re-opening – Winchester Cathedral

Email:  cathedral.office@winchester-cathedral.org.uk
(Open to visitors daily from 10 am to 4 pm. The Refectory is open for refreshments daily 10 am to 4 pm. Public worship on Sundays at 8 am and Wednesdays at 12 pm.)
NOTE: “Kings and Scribes – The Birth of a Nation”: This exhibition is not yet open. Website says: check back soon for re-opening dates.
ROMSEY ABBEY
Click (or copy and paste into search bar) https://www.romseyabbey.org.uk/
Public worship resumed 12th July.
Music in Romsey AbbeyLunchtime Recital Programmes : Suspended.
 
RUSSELL-COTES Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth : OPEN
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Pre-booked tickets only. Open Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm) Collection of arts and artefacts amassed on the world travels of Sir Merton and Lady Russell-Cotes.
MOTTISFONT HOUSE and GARDEN : GARDEN ONLY OPEN
(Open Mon-Sun 10 am to 5 pm)
Book in advance for visiting the garden. Some restrictions and one-way routes, including in the walled rose garden.
THE SALISBURY MUSEUM : REOPENING LATE JULY
In the early stages of planning. Current plan is to reopen  in late July.
MOMPESSON HOUSE, Salisbury : CLOSED
National Trust 18th century town house, Salisbury Close.
ARUNDELLS, Salisbury : CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Prime Minister Edward Heath’s house in Salisbury Close.
SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY :  CLOSED
WILTON HOUSE, Wilton, Salisbury : CLOSED UNTIL EASTER 2021
Click on (or copy and paste into search bar)  https://www.wiltonhouse.co.uk/
Both the house and the grounds are closed until April 2021.
(b) LONDON
 
THE QUEEN’S GALLERY & THE ROYAL MEWS, London : REOPENING 23rd July 2020

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(Closed Tues and Wed. Open Thurs to Mon 11 am to 6.30 pm)
Timed pre-booked tickets only.
“George IV – Art and Spectacle” (until 1 November 2020)
(NOTE: also reopening 23rd July: Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh.)
V & A, London : CLOSED   
BRITISH MUSEUM, London : CLOSED
THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, London : CLOSED UNTIL 2023
NOTE: The NPG is closed until Spring 2023 for essential building works.
 
(c) EAST SUSSEX
 
GLYNDEBOURNE, Lewes – GARDEN EVENTS: SOLD OUT
Contact Box Office for returns. T: 01273 815000
Afternoon concerts (21st July to 9th August.) Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Out door opera (12th to 28th August.)  Part 1 London Philharmonic Orchestra; Part 2 Offenbach “Mesdames de la Halle” one-act French farce.
(d) CORNWALL
 
MINACK THEATRE, Porthcurno
Click (or copy and paste into search bar) https://www.minack.com/whats-on
NB Pre-booking essential. All shows scheduled for the 2020 season have been cancelled but a few ‘one man’ shows being rescheduled.
B. ARTS VIEWING
 
THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, London
“The BP Portrait Award 2020”
This year the Gallery received 1,981 entries from 69 countries. After digital and physical judging rounds, the final exhibition comprised 48 works, including the four prize winners. Images of each portrait with a commentary are on the website. A virtual tour of the exhibition is available.
WIGMORE HALL, London
GOOGLE: ‘Wigmore Hall YouTube’ and scroll down three rows to ‘Past Live Streams’
“Wigmore Hall’s lunchtime concert series”
(Still available to watch on YouTube)
Live recitals which ran throughout June (to an empty auditorium) featured artists including Alina Ibragimova, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough and Iestyn Davies. 
e. Fly through the Museum’s Sepulchral Chamber a
SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY
Virtual tour available:
“John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape”
John Hitchens was born in Sussex in 1940.The landscape of the South Downs has remained a major influence on his work: painting, found-object installations, sculpture and photography.
BBC FOUR
“Being Beethoven” 2/3 (Monday 13th July 9-10 pm)
Three-part series, then available on iPlayer for over a year
BBC FOUR
“Nigel Kennedy at the BBC”  (Friday 17th July  7-8 pm)
A compilation of the violinist’s performances from the BBC archive.
BBC iPlayer
“Apples, Pears and Paint – How to make a still life painting” (89 minutes)
(Available until early August)
A history of still-life painting from the earliest mural paintings found at Pompeii to the cubist masterpieces of Picasso. Another chance to see this documentary first shown in 2014.
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
Click on: National Theatre at Home while we’re closed | National Theatre on YouTube and NT Collection then click on: ‘Watch …’ (yellow writing at top of screen on left)
OR
GOOGLE: ‘National Theatre at home’ and follow instructions above
 Lorraine Hansberry’s powerful work: colonialism in S. Africa from all sides
“The Deep Blue Sea”  (ends 7 pm Thurs 16th July) Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece with Helen McCrory. The Daily Telegraph ****
“Amadeus” (from 7 pm Thurs 16th July at 7 pm Thurs 23rd July) Peter Shaffer’s life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillan. The Daily Telegraph ***** “a riveting psychodrama”.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET Covent Garden
OR
GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
“Romeo & Juliet” (ends Thurs 23rd July) Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan. Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball
Puccini’s “La Bohème”  (ends Thurs 16th July): Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano
Gounod’s “Faust” (7 pm Friday 17th to 30th July) David McVicar’s production set in Second Empire Paris. Michael Fabiano, Irwin Schrott.
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE

Click on:  http://www.glyndebourne.com/openhouse/ and click on image

OR
GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Budd” (ends 5 pm Sunday 19th July) Captured live at Festival 2010.
The Telegraph ***** :  “stupendous production”. Financial Times ****
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 18 ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
WEEK 18
Monday July 13th Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” (2016)
Tuesday July 14th Verdi’s “La Traviata” (1981) Cotrubus, Domingo
Wednesday July 15th Puccini’s “Turandot” (2009)
Thursday July 16th Berg’s “Wozzeck” (2020)
Friday July 17th Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” (2009)
Saturday July 18th Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” (2014)
Sunday July 19th Puccini’s “La Bohème” (1982) José Carreras
WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 6TH JULY 2020
 
Arts-related viewing available on the I/Net and television, beginning with news about art exhibitions reopening in London, as well as at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester and St Barbe in Lymington.
A. NEWS UPDATES
 
ST BARBE MUSEUM & Art Gallery, Lymington – REOPENING 7th July
(Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 4 pm)
“Open Sesame”  (7th July to 30th August) Open Exhibition
Young people up to the age of seventeen were invited to submit an artwork 20 cm x 25 cm in any medium they liked: a collage, painting or textile.
Private sessions for those who are shielding or vulnerable before and after these times. Telephone 01590 676969 for details.
 
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London – REOPENING 8th July
Open daily 11 am to 4 pm, Friday until 9 pm. Advanced booking only. Pre-booked time slots. Face coverings recommended. NB To visit the gallery, a choice of three Routes : A. Some of the earliest works; B. Domestic interiors; C.  From Venice to the English countryside.
“Titian – Love, Desire, Death”  (ends 17th January 2021).  The Telegraph *****: “seven paintings: blazing masterpieces, phwoar factor.” 
THE BARBICAN, London – REOPENING 13th July 
The Art Gallery and the Conservatory will reopen. Restaurants, cafés, bars will remain closed. Pre-booked online tickets with timed entry slots.
“Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography” 
Mon- Fri 11 am to 7 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am to 7 pm (ends Sun 23rd August)
 
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London – REOPENING 16th July (9th July for Friends of the RA)
Thurs to Sun 11 am to 4 pm.  Closed Monday to Wednesday. Courtyard café open. Pre-booking, timed entry. Face coverings essential.
“Picasso and Paper” (ends 2nd August)
“Gaugin and the Impressionists” (7th August to 18th October)
“Summer Exhibition” (6th October to 3rd January 2021)
TATE BRITAIN, London – REOPENING 27th July
Timed entry tickets will be available to book soon as well as guidance about visits.
“Aubrey Beardsley” (ends 20th September)
 
TATE MODERN, London – REOPENING 27th July
Timed entry tickets will be available to book soon alongside guidance about visits.
“Andy Warhol” (ends 6th September)
PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY, Chichester – REOPENING 5th August
Pre-booked tickets on the phone (tel: 01243 774557) or online. Booking opens on Fri 25th July (on Mon 20th for Friends). Open Tues-Sat 10 am to 4 pm, Sun/Bank Hols 11 am to 4 pm. Last entry 3 pm.
“Drawn to Nature: Gilbert White and the Artists” (Wed 5th Aug – Sun 15th Nov 2020)
“An Outbreak of Talent: Bawden, Marx, Ravilious and their Contemporaries” (Wed 5th Aug – Sun 1st November 2020)
“A Life in Art: The Muriel Wilson Bequest”  (Wed 5th Aug – Sun 1st Nov 2020)
B. ARTS VIEWING:
 
TATE BRITAIN, London
“Aubrey Beardsley” (7:19 minutes)
Room by room virtual tour with the curator.
NATIONAL GALLERY, London
GOOGLE: ‘YouTube Caravaggio life and style National Gallery’
“Caravaggio: his life and style in three paintings” (30:50 minutes) Curator of Later Italian, Spanish and French 17th C paintings, Letizia Treves guides you through his tumultuous life.
REMINDER:
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London
Two virtual tours still available:
“Picasso and Paper – Virtual exhibition tour” (39:21 minutes)
GOOGLE : ‘RA Leon Spilliaert Virtual tour Facebook’
“Léon Spilliaert – Virtual Tour” (22:30 minutes)
REMINDER:
LASCAUX CAVE, Dordogne Périgord (Highly recommended)
Explore these extraordinary Paleolithic wall paintings, estimated to be 20,000 years, old that cover the walls and ceilings of a complex of caves: Hall of the Bulls, The Bear, Red Cow Followed by Her Calf etc.
Click on MENU and click on:  ‘A visit to the cave’. As the tour begins, you will see white explanatory labels e.g. ‘The Unicorn Panel’. Click on the grey arrow to explore the panel; click on the eye symbol on each animal for a close up.  For more details, click again on MENU e.g. ‘The Parietal’ (term for art in caves) Art section explains raw materials, lighting used and techniques.
BBC FOUR
“Being Beethoven” New series 1/3 (Monday 6th July at 9 pm).
Three-part series to mark the 250th anniversary of  Ludwig van Beethoven’s death.
 
BBC FOUR
“Royal Opera House – the Reopening” (Friday 10th July at 7 pm)
A limited reopening at this stage. No audience.
BBC iPLAYER
“Talking Heads” by Alan Bennett
Twelve monologues available for eleven months.
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
Click on http://www.national.org.uk/nt-at-home, then click on: ‘Watch …’ (yellow writing at top of screen on left)
OR
GOOGLE: ‘National Theatre at home’ and follow instructions above
“Les Blancs” (Thurs 2nd July at 7 pm – Thurs 9th July at 7 pm)
 Lorraine Hansberry’s powerful work: colonialism in S. Africa from all sides
“The Deep Blue Sea”  (Thurs 9th July  at 7 pm – Thurs 16th July)
Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET Covent Garden
OR
GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
“Woolf Works” (ends Thurs 9th July) Choreography by Wayne McGregor. Award-winning triptych based on the works of Virginia Woolf, created in
2015.
“Romeo & Juliet” (10th to 23rd July) Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan
Puccini’s “La Bohème”  (ends Thurs 16th July): Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
OR
GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Strauss’s “der Rosenkavalier”  (ends Sun 12th July at 5 pm)
The Telegraph *** Easier on the ear than on the eye. WhatsOnStage*****
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 17 ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
Monday July 6th – Puccini’s “La Bohème” (2018) Yoncheva, Fabiano
Tuesday July 7th – Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” (1988) Marton, Pavarotti
Wednesday July 8th – Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” (2014)
Thursday July 9th – Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini” (2013) Westbroek
Friday July 10th – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin” (2013) Netrebko
Saturday July 11th – Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” (2019)
Sunday July 12th – Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” (1999)

 

WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 29TH JUNE 2020
 
Some encouraging signs that London museums and art galleries are planning to reopen, followed by arts viewing available on the I/Net and television.
News update !
THE WALLACE COLLECTION, London: REOPENING on 15th July
The museum has announced that it will reopen to the public on Wednesday 15th July.  (NOTE: 11 am to 3 pm. Tickets to be booked in advance.)
 
News update ! 
THE ROYAL ACADEMY, London:  
Not yet open but details of exhibitions have been announced:
“Léon Spilliaert”  will now continue to mid-September
“Gaugin and the Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection” will open and run until mid October
“Summer Exhibition 2020”  has been rescheduled for the Autumn
News update !
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London
Not yet open but some details of future exhibitions have been announced. (NOTE: timings may alter while schedules are being re-planned)
“Titian: Love, Desire and Death” (extended date still to be announced)
“Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age” (extended date TBA)
“Sin: Conversations with God: Copernicus by Jan Matejko”  (2021)
“The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael”  (rescheduled for  2022)
NB This exhibition is currently at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome: see below.
SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE, Rome
“Raffaello 500 : 1520-1483”   (12:56 minutes. English subtitles)
GOOGLE: ‘Walk through the Exhibit Raffaello YouTube’
Click on the icon in the bottom right corner to open to ‘Full Screen’

NOTE:  This exhibition is coming to London in 2022.

To mark the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death starting in 1520, working back in time to his youth: over 200 works from museums around the world. The exhibition reopened in June and will close on 30th August
BRITISH MUSEUM, London
“Germany: Memories of a Nation”  (26 minutes)
GOOGLE: ‘British Museum Germany Memories of a Nation YouTube’
Streaming a tour of the 2014 exhibition with the British Museum Director Neil MacGregor.
BBC FOUR (afterwards on BBC iPlayer)
“Art of Persia” 3/3 
(Monday 29th June at 9 pm).
Daily Telegraph *****5/5: “rare chance to gasp at Iran’s many splendours”
 
BBC iPlayer
“Looking for Rembrandt”
Three-part series first shown in April 2019.
BBC iPlayer
Benjamin Britten’sPeter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach” 
This landmark open-air production was filmed at the Aldeburgh 2013 Festival (available until 11 July)
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
Click on http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home, click on: ‘Watch …’ (yellow writing at top of screen on left)
OR
GOOGLE: ‘National Theatre at Home’ – then follow instructions above.
“A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” (until 2nd July). High-wire antics in an immersive, mould-breaking and role-reversal production, staged at the Bridge Theatre by Nicholas Hytner.
“Les Blancs” (2nd July at 7 pm until 9th July at 7pm) by Lorraine Hansberry: powerful work presenting colonialism in S. Africa from all sides
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET Covent Garden
OR
GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
BALLET
“Woolf Works” (until 9th July) Wayne McGregor’s award-winning triptych based on the works of Virginia Woolf created in 2015.
OPERA
Mozart’s The Magic Flute (until 3rd July) Production by David McVicar
Puccini’s “La Bohème” (3rd to 16th July): Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
OR
GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
“Ravel Double Bill” : “L’heure espagnole” et “L’enfant et les sortilèges” (2012) (until Sunday July 5th at 5 pm)
(The Telegraph: Four stars **** “Polished”; Financial Times “Pure Magic”.)
GARSINGTON OPERA
http://www.garsingtonopera.org, scroll down, click on blue label ‘Watch…’
OR
GOOGLE: ‘The Turn of the Screw Garsington Opera’; scroll past two Ads.
Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw”  (2019) (until December)
(The Times: Five stars *****, “hauntingly great show, brilliantly performed.”)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams’;  scroll down to ‘UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 16’ ; click on name of opera available for free that day.(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
Monday June 29th – Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment” (2019) 
Tuesday June 30th  – Wagner’s Die Walküre” (1989) 
Wednesday July 1st – Shostakovich’s “The Nose” (2013) 
Thursday July 2nd – Bizet’s “Carmen” (2014) 
Friday July 3rd – Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (2011) 
Saturday July 4th – Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” (1979) 
Sunday July 5th – Rossini’s “La Donna del Lago” (2015)
WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 22ND JUNE 2020
THE WALLACE COLLECTION, London
“Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company”
GOOGLE:  Wallace Collection Indian Painting YouTube. Click on 9:16 min video; scroll down to find PLAY FULL VIDEO
Curator William Dalrymple introduces the exhibition. There is also a room- by-room written description accompanied by images on the website.
BBC FOUR (afterwards on BBC iPlayer)
“Art of Persia” 2/3  (Monday 22nd June at 9 pm)
(Daily Telegraph ***** 5/5:“rare chance to gasp at Iran’s many splendours”)
The first part shown on Monday 15th June is now on iPlayer. A new three-part series filmed last year: Front Row’s Samira Ahmed goes to Iran to discover the origins of Persian culture, from calligraphy to architecture, in landscapes rarely seen by western visitors.

BBC iPlayer

“The High Art of the Low Countries” with Andrew Graham-Dixon

Another chance to watch this BBC4 three-part series.

CHALKE VALLEY HISTORY TRUST
1. Chalke Valley History Festival 22nd – 28th June 2020
Control and click on http://www.cvhf.org.uk
(Premieres nightly from 7.30 pm and then available thereafter.)
The festival has been cancelled but has been reorganized online in seven episodes with speakers, historians and materials from the archives.
2. “Salisbury Ancient and Modern” with Tom Holland (30 minutes)
GOOGLE Chalke valley history trust on Vimeo. Scroll down to Salisbury Ancient and Modern
To mark the 800th birthday of Salisbury Cathedral, the award-winning historian talks about the history of the area including its archaeological richness, going back thousands of years before Stonehenge.
 
THE GLOBE THEATRE
GOOGLE: Shakespeare’s Globe YouTube. Click on Video
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2013) with Michelle Terry (until 28th June)
NOTE: this is a far more ‘traditional’ production than the Nicholas Hytner one at the National Theatre (see below)
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
Click on: Watch…….(yellow writing at top of screen on left)
OR
GOOGLE: National Theatre at Home – then follow instructions above
“Small Island”  (until 25th June) Adapted from Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel  published in 2004 about the ‘Windrush’ generation.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream”  (from 7 pm on 25th June to 2nd July) High-wire antics in an immersive, mould-breaking and role-reversal production, staged at the Bridge Theatre by Nicholas Hytner 
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET
Ctrl + click on: On Screen – English National Ballet; click on What’s On and Scroll down to ON SCREEN
OR
GOOGLE English National Ballet YouTube Channel
 Manon” (from 24th to 26th June) Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET Covent Garden
Cntrl + click on www.roh.org.uk/streaming  Scroll down, click on appropriate Watch Now label.
BALLET
“La Fille mal gardée/The Wayward Daughter” (until 26th June)
Choreography by Frederick Ashton. With Carlos Acosta and Marianela Núñez
“Woolf Works” (26th June to 9th July) Wayne McGregor’s award-winning triptych based on the works of Virginia Woolf
OPERA
Mozart Magic Flute (until 3rd July) David McVicar’s production
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
OR
GOOGLE: Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne. Click on On Screen and then on appropriate image
A different opera every Sunday at 5 pm, available for one week..
Handel’s “Rinaldo” (until Sunday 28th June 5 pm)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
http://www.metopera.org and click on WATCH NOW on top image
OR
GOOGLE: Nightly Met Opera Streams – the Metropolitan Opera; avoid Ad for Opera North, click on second option and scroll down  to UPCOMING SCHEDULE  Week 15;  click on name of opera available for free that day
(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm (NY) and finish 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference,so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day.)
Monday June 22nd – Verdi’s “La Traviata “(2017)
Tuesday June 23rd – John Adam’s “Doctor Atomic” (2008)
Wednesday June 24th – Saint Saëns’s “Samson et Dalila” (2018)
Thursday June 25th – Massenet’s “Manon” (2019)
Friday June 26th  – Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” (1991)
Saturday June 27th – Massenet’s “Cendrillon” (2018)
Sunday June 28th – Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (2017)
Added on 15th June 2020 
 
NEWS UDATE! – THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London: Acquisition of first painting by Joaquín Sorolla 
The Drunkard, Zarauz (1910) by Joaquin Sorolla has been purchased for £325,000 with a legacy left by the architect David Medd. The acquisition follows the success of the gallery’s “Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light” exhibition in 2019, visited by more than 167,000 people.
NEWS UPDATE! – PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY, Chichester – Two exhibitions “on hold”
Pallant House is hoping to reopen “later in the year” with the current season of exhibitions that are “on hold” including: Barnett Freedman: “Designs for Modern Britain” and also “Drawn from Nature: Gilbert White and the Artists”– The natural world as seen through the eyes of Eric Ravilious, John Nash, John Piper and other artists
THE BRITISH MUSEUM, London
“Vikings Live”
OR
GOOGLE British Museum Vikings Live
(Scroll down to Premiers 27 May)
Virtual tour of the blockbuster 2014 exhibition “Vikings: life and legend”. Presenters Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes. Guests include the exhibition Curator and Neil MacGregor.
BBC FOUR (afterwards on BBC iPlayer)
“Art of Persia” 1/3
Monday 15th June at 9 pm
Three-part series filmed last year: Front Row’s Samira Ahmed goes to Iran to discover the origins of Persian culture, from calligraphy to architecture, in landscapes rarely seen by western visitors.
BBC FOUR (afterwards on BBC iPlayer)
Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain”
Another chance to see Simon Sebag Montefiore’s three-part documentary. Wednesdays at 10 pm then on BBC iPlayer.  Part 2 on 17th June.

BBC iPlayer – “British Painting 1910 to 1975”

Repeat of BBC4 three-part series with Art Historian James Fox (each part available for four weeks) 
 
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
The NT continues to stream online for free on Thursdays at 7 pm and then available for seven days.
“The Madness of George III” starring Mark Gatiss (until 18 June)
“Small Island” adapted from Andrea Levy’s Windrush novel (18-25 June)
YOUTUBE – Dance
“Le Cygne” (The Swan)
GOOGLE: Swans for Relief YouTube
6-minute film: 32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries perform Le Cygne variations sequentially; music by Saint-Saens, performed by cellist Wade Davis. (In support of Swans for Relief.)
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET
Control + click to follow link:  http://www.ballet.org.uk/onscreen
OR
GOOGLE English National Ballet YouTube Channel
Kenneth McMillan’s “Song of the Earth” (from 17th June for two weeks)
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET Covent Garden
Control + click to follow link http://www.roh.org.uk/streaming
OR
GOOGLE: Live streaming from Covent Garden
“Live from Covent Garden” (until 3 July)
First live performance since closing on 17th March. An empty auditorium. A celebration of ballet and opera.
BALLET
La Fille mal gardée/The Wayward Daughter”  choreography by Frederick Ashton. With Carlos Acosta and Marianela Núñez (until 26 June)
OPERA
Puccini’s “Il Trittico” (until 19th June)
Mozart Magic Flute (19th June-3rd July)
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
14th to 21st June – Samuel Barber’s “Vanessa”
 
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE, New York
GOOGLE: nightly met opera streams Week 14
Scroll down to WEEK 14 (and click on title of chosen opera)
Performances start at 7.30 pm (New York) and are available for 23 hours
Monday June 15th – Rossini’s “Armida” with Renée Fleming (2010)
Tuesday June 16th – Rossini’s “Semiramide” (2018)
Wednesday June 17th – Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” with Placido Domingo (2011)
Thursday June 18th – “Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” with Leontyne Price (1984)
Friday June 19th – Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” (2019)
Saturday June 20th – Philip Glass’s “Satyagraha” (2011)
Sunday June 21st – Verdi’s “La Traviata” Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, Thomas Hampson (2017)

 

Suggestions added on 9th June 2020
 
 
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London – NEWS UPDATE !
“TITIAN: Love, Desire, Death” –  Extended:   new closing date to be announced in due course.

(This was one of several exhibitions which had to close when lockdown was announced.) For the first time in over four centuries, the exhibition reunites all six paintings from Boston, Madrid and London in the Classical myths Metamorphoses series.

THE STAY AT HOME MUSEUM – (Still available and highly recommended)
Four excellent virtual tours of exhibitions lasting 25 minutes each available on YouTube.
GOOGLE: The Stay At Home Museum
1. JAN VAN EYCK (Episode 1)
2. BRUEGEL (Episode 2)
3. RUBENS (Episode 3)
4. ENSOR (Episode 4)
 
VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, London
Cntrl + click to follow the link  http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/pandemics-objects
OR
GOOGLE: V & A
Scroll down to:
Pandemic Objects” and click on Read More to learn about objects that have taken on a new meaning during the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
ART UK 
Control + click to follow the link http://www.artuk.org
OR
GOOGLE: Art UK
The Art UK website is the online home for every public art collection in the UK. Featuring 250,000 artworks.  It is well worth exploring.
One suggestion:
The Art of Hairdressing – a curation of twelve art works (e.g. Edgar Degas La Coiffure/Combing the hair) that capture the art of hairdressing at a moment when a visit to the hairdresser is uppermost in people’s minds…!
OR
GOOGLE: Art UK, click on Art UK/Home
Scroll down to CURATION “The Art of Hairdressing”.
NOTE: Click on each painting to enlarge
REMINDER – STILL AVAILABLE ON BBC iPlayer
The four-part series ‘Museums in Quarantine’ (available for several months):

1.1   Andy Warhol Exhibition at Tate Modern (four months)

1.2   Young Rembrandt at The Ashmolean (four months)

1.3   The Tate, London (ten months)

1.4  The British Museum (four months)
NATIONAL THEATRE, London
Control + click to follow link: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
OR
GOOGLE: National Theatre at home while we’re closed.
At the top, click on (yellow) writing e.g. Watch Coriolanus on YouTube for free
The National Theatre continues its weekly streaming every Thursday, available for 7 days
Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus”, searing political revenge tragedy, Tom Hiddleston (until 11 June at 7pm)
Alan Bennett’s “The Madness of George III” with Mark Gatiss (11 June at 7pm  –  18 June 7pm)
 
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET, Covent Garden
Control + click to follow link: http://www.roh.org.uk/streaming
OR
GOOGLE: Streaming ROH, scroll down and click on red label Watch Now
BALLET
“Romeo & Juliet Beyond Words” (5-21 June) Choreography Kenneth MacMillan, music by Prokofiev, A gripping film version.
Men at the Barre (9-25 June)
“La Fille mal gardée”/”The Wayward Daughter”  (12-26 June) Choreography Frederick Ashton with Marianela Nunez & Carlos Acosta
Live from Covent Garden (Saturday 13 June)
OPERA
Puccini “Il Trittico” (5-19 June)
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
Cntrl + click to follow the link http://www.glyndebourne.com/event
OR
GOOGLE: Glyndebourne Open House
Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte” (7-14 June)
 
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
Cntrl + click on http://www.metopera.org
OR
GOOGLE: nightly met opera streams
Scroll down to WEEK 13 (and click on title of chosen opera)
NOTE: performances start at 7.00 pm (New York) and are available for 23 hours
Time difference is four hours, so performances start at 11.00 pm (UK) and are available here util 10.00 pm next day 
Monday 8th June – Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” (2012)
Tuesday 9th June – Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” (2015)
Wednesday 10th June – Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” (2008)
Thursday 11th June – John Corigialano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles”(1992)
Friday 12th June and Saturday 13th June“At Home Gala”: 40 artists perform from their homes. (25 April 2020)
Sunday 14th June – Handel’s “Rodelinda” (2011)
Added on 2nd June 2020
PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY, Chichester
Listen to:
“Gilman’s influences: van Gogh, Gaugin and Cézanne”
Harold Gilman (1876 – 1919) was a British painter of interiors, portraits and landscapes and instigator of the ‘Camden Town Group’. Illustrations of his work on the website.
“Ivon Hitchens: Space Through Colour”
Painter of landscapes (1893 – 1979) and part of the ‘London Group’ of artists. Illustrations of his work on the website.
DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET
(Free)
“Mata Hari” (until 6th June)
“Grimm” (from 7 pm on 6th June for one week)
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
(Free)
Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”  (until 5 pm on 7th June)
Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte” (from 7th to 14th June)
 
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
(Free)
Google: Nightly Met Opera Streams – the Metropolitan Opera
Scroll down to ‘UPCOMING SCHEDULE – Week 12’
(NOTE: Performances are online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm (NY) and finish 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference,so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day. hours.)
June 1st – Bellini’s I Puritani (2007)
June 2nd – Berg’s Lulu (2015)
June 3rd – Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurdice (2009)
June 4th – Puccini’s Tosca (1978)
June 5th – Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel (2017)
June 6th – Verdi’s Otello (2015)
June 7th –  Massenet’s Thais (2008)
ADDED 28th May 2020
 
THE MUSEUM OF IMPRESSIONISM: 
GALAXIE DES IMPRESSIONISMES (in English)
Explore the works of over seventy artists from the Impressionist Movement (including in museums in the USA). These are organized under headings e.g. “Spanish Revival”, “Japanese Inspirations”, “The Soul of Scandinavia”,”The Nabis”, “Colour Unleashed” etc.
The website has been organized as a moving ‘Galaxy’. Click on START.  Click on TUTORIAL to see how to navigate by clicking on either the large ‘planets’ or the large ‘white diamonds’. (NB Click on each to enlarge.)
e.g. To explore Actually Impressionist“:  click on the appropriate large, white diamond in the Galaxy and click on SEE STORY.  (NB Click on the partial pictures on the edges to enlarge and click on small white arrow to see all the pictures on the page.) Then press NEXT – you may need to ‘drag’ the screen up in order to find this button at the bottom of the screen -to see Edouard Manet, then NEXT to see Edgar Degas and then BACK TO GALAXY and start again.
LASCAUX CAVE, Dordogne Périgord (Highly recommended!)
Explore these extraordinary Paleolithic wall paintings, estimated to be 20,000 years, old that cover the walls and ceilings of a complex of caves: Hall of the Bulls, The Bear, Red Cow Followed by Her Calf etc.
Click on MENU and click on:  A visit to the cave. As the tour begins, you will see white explanatory labels e.g. The Unicorn Panel: click on the grey arrow to explore the panel; click on the ‘eye’ symbol on each animal for a close up.  For more details, click again on MENU e.g. The Parietal (term for art in caves) Art section explains raw materials, lighting used and techniques.
Added 22 May 2020
THE ROYAL COLLECTION TRUST
Exhibition: “Painting Paradise – The Art of the Garden.” Explore online
Google: The Royal Collection Trust Painting Paradise
ADDED 21ST MAY 2020
 
BRITISH MUSEUM 2013 Exhibition: Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum
 
Google: Pompeii Live from The British Museum YouTube
90-minute broadcast exhibition now available on YouTube. Presented by Bettany Hughes and Peter Snow;  includes interviews with Mary Beard.
ADDED 19 MAY 2020
THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET
Scroll down and click on red arrow
OPERA
Verdi’s “La Traviata”  2009 with Renee Fleming, Joseph Calleja and Thomas Hampson(until 8th June)
Massenet’s “Cendrillon”  2011 with Joyce DiDonato (22nd May at 7 pm until 4th June)
Puccini “Il Trittico”  2012 (from 5th June at 7 pm)
Mozart’s “Magic Flute”  2017 (from 19th June at 7 pm)
BALLET
“The Cellist”  2020: choreography Cathy Marston (from 29th May at 7 pm)
“La Fille mal gardée” 2005:  choreography Frederick Ashton (from 12th June at 7 pm)

Discover Manet’s portraiture

Each week we’re closed, we’re coming straight to your inbox with a dose of art, inspiration and escapism.

This week, we take you behind the scenes of our exhibition, Manet – Portraying Life. Back in 2013, our Main Galleries were filled with the paintings of this enigmatic — and sometimes controversial — artist.

Manet’s portraits of friends, family and famous figures of the day give us a glimpse into 19th century Paris.

Discover more and find out what it takes to put on an exhibition like this, in this feature length film courtesy of Exhibition on Screen.

Test your knowledge

Quiz: great women artists

Katy Hessel of @thegreatwomenartists took over our Instagram last weekend for an art-inspired quiz. In case you missed it, we’ve put it on the blog too.

Perfect for your next pub quiz zoom?

Hear from the artists

Artists in Isolation: John Maine RA

John Maine talks us through the process of making a huge, stone sculpture for Salisbury town centre – and what happened when lockdown was announced in the middle of its construction.

In case you missed it

A virtual visit to Monet’s garden

Sit back and be transported to the water lilies of Giverny in this feature length documentary courtesy ofExhibition on Screen.

For a shorter trip, join curator Ann Dumas as she visited other Impressionist gardens here.

FROM 14th May 2020
 
  • A. ROYAL ACADEMY:
The website offers: Picasso from home – watch the tour
“Picasso and Paper Exhibition” – virtual tour (40 minutes)
  • C. THE ROYAL COLLECTION:
The Throne Room, The Grand Staircase and The White Drawing Room
  • D. NATIONAL THEATRE
Website offers: Click here to watch….
Every Thursday a different production (available for one week)
  • E.  ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
The website offers a different opera on alternate weeks starting every other Friday at 7 pm (available for three or four weeks)
  • F. ROYAL BALLET
The website offers a different ballet on alternate weeks starting every other Friday at 7 pm.
“The Winter’s Tale” (available from 1st May)
 
BBC 4 – AVAILABLE ON IPLAYER (NB for one month)
“The Beauty of Books”  1. Ancient Bibles 2. Medieval Masterpieces 3. Illustrated Wonderlands 4. Paperback Writer
  • The National Portrait Gallery

Explore the Collection on Line

Short Listed Artists Announced – BP Portrait Award
Virtual Gallery Rooms
  • Two documentaries on Johannes Vermeer, both on YouTube.
YOUTUBE
Google: Vermeer Master of Light Complete Documentary
Google: Johannes Vermeer Light Love and Silence Documentary
MORE SUGGESTIONS: 
 
Virtual Gallery: Prints and Drawings
Virtual Gallery: Oceania
Virtual tour: Renaissance masterpieces
Virtual reality tour of the Sainsbury Wing
 
‘This House’ by James Graham
(Streaming from 7 pm Thursday 28th May until 4th June)
A moving and funny insight into 1970s British politics
 

 

Residential Visit to Devon September 16th – 19th 2019

Members and partners from the Arts Society New Forest spent a thoroughly enjoyable 5 days exploring stately homes, gardens, churches and museums in South Devon.

The visits would have been most enjoyable anyway but were made so much better by our superb guide – Julia. Her vast knowledge was amazing and ranged from telling us about the countryside as we drove down to detailed information about the places we visited. She also ensured that we were all kept safe and comfortable. So a big thank you to Julia.

Our first stop was a very welcome  coffee and biscuits in Poundbury and then onto Cadhay House built in 1550 with a central courtyard and extensive grounds.

Our excellent guide took us through the family changes and showed us many of the delights of the house including this splendid fireplace… 
…with the detail in the corners……and the beautiful furniture built by the current owner-Rupert Thistlethwaite who is a nephew of the last of the William-Powletts.The last room we visited the beautiful beams had not been covered as in previous rooms

The gardens were also quite splendid

We then drove onto our hotel in Dartmouth with its beautiful views

The following morning we set off for Saltram House, the impressive Grade1 listed Georgian mansion House-the work of architect Robert Adam.Another excellent guide took us around, showing us the exquisitely designed rooms……with beautiful balanced and decorated interiors……and wonderful furniture……most of which was the work of Theresa  Robinson  –  the  wife  of  John  Parker  2nd.In the bedrooms we were surprised to see the oriental influence which was quite innovative at the time with the Chinese wallpaper so rare and valuable.

After a delicious lunch we set off for Antony. A National Trust house where the owners – Tremayne and his wife Charlie and young family, are still resident.

On the Wednesday we took the ferry to Greenway – the home of Agatha Christie. The beautiful sunshine made journey all the more enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The house was as it was when Agathe Christie lived there, complete with soft toys and dolls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And before we left it was good to relax in the garden and admire the view.

On our return to Dartmouth we had time to explore the town a little and found the church most  interesting.

On our final day we spent a glorious morning visiting the house and gardens at Kingswear – the home of the D’Oyley Carte family with  its  wonderful  art  deco  interior  and furniture.    The gardens were quite breathtaking with stunning views.

 

Penelope Chitty

 

 

                                                             An Introduction To Our New President 

 

 Penelope Chitty – Her Time with NADFAS  

1972.        New Forest Decorative and Fine Arts Society founded by Patricia Hallet

1974.        Penelope joined -New Forest DFAS

1975.        Penelope joined the committee

1976-7.     Penelope became Vice- Chairman and Church Recorder

1978-82.   Penelope became Chairman of New Forest DFAS

1980-82.   First Area Representative for the Wessex Area

1982.         Elected to the Executive Committee of NADFAS

1983.         Chairman of Areas sub-committee

1984-5.     Vice Chairman of NADFAS and became a guide in the private rooms of the  

                  Royal Academy            

1985.       Deputised for the National Chairman in May and June

1986-8.    Penelope became National Chairman of NADFAS

During her time as Chair of New Forest DFAS a small committee raised £7000 for the publication of a colour and black and white catalogue for Southampton Art Gallery. In 1981 it was decided to elect an area representative and Penelope was elected as the first Area representative for Wessex.

In 1987 Patricia Hallett launched her card game of the arts – consisting of 52 cards with 26 different paintings and the aim was to collect matching pairs. 

1977-2010.  Penelope was leader of New Forest Church Recorders

1989-1996.   She was Area rep. for Hampshire Church Recorders

Penelope’s Time as National Chairman

Although she did not officially take over the role until April 1986, Penelope had to deputise for Judy Waples in May and June 1985

May 8th.       Attended a NADFAS Tours Fundraiser at the Goldsmiths’ Hall -Fusing Forces

                     A fashion Show with Jean Muir

June 8th       West Wycombe’s 10th Anniversary Dinner at Phyllis Court, Henley 

June 9th.      Nottingham’s 10th Anniversary Supper at Newstead Abbey

June 14th     Patricia Fay Memorial Dinner at the House of Commons.

June 27th      Elizabethan Occasion at Lambeth Palace

 

Resume of Penelope’s  2 years as National Chairman

Penelope’s job was to chair the two Council meetings and the AGM, the Annual Directory of Lecturers meeting and  the lecturer selection sessions.

During her time as Chair there were 25 new societies set up and Penelope attended the inauguration of all of these. She also attended Area days and Special Days; one of these was at Biddulph Grange after the restoration of the amazing gardens ,where coincidentally her great grandfather had lived! She also attended the Painswick Rococco Gardens restoration.

Penelope also attended a variety of National Celebrations and NADFAS’s 20th anniversary at Christie’s with the Duchess of Gloucester. In fact Penelope attended 18 celebrations of 20th, 15th, 10th and 5th anniversaries with receptions, dinners and lectures.

She also attended several private views of exhibitions – the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, the Clore Gallery at the Tate, showing the complete Turner collection and the Francis Hayman Exhibition at Kenwood House and at all of these she was asked to make a speech. 

A busy lady indeed.

Our Dazzle Event at St Barbe’s Museum

A Dazzle Do

Our society celebrated The Golden Jubilee with a party in the newly re-furbished St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington on Monday 18th June 2018.

Members were invited to a private view of the current exhibition –

‘Dazzle – Disguise and Disruption in War and Art’

The lecture on June 11th on this theme was given to our society by Dr James Taylor, who curated the exhibition, and this evening provided a chance for members to see this unique event put on by the Gallery to commemorate the end of the first World War.

The Gallery was tastefully decorated in a variety of ‘Dazzle’ tapestries made by local people and music was provided by the FB Pocket Orchestra who played tunes appropriate to the era.

Members enjoyed a glass of wine during the evening and Chairman Sue Balfour presented a cheque for £500 to Don MacKenzie who gratefully accepted the donation on behalf of the Trustees of St Barbe,

The Arts Society New Forest visit to Madrid – April 2018

The Visit by The  Arts Society New Forest to Madrid Toledo and Segovia, Paintings and Palaces 22-27 April 2018
17 members went on this visit following a study day on Spanish Art given by Eveline Eaton. Our guide Mauricio was well versed in his subject and imparted a huge amount of information on the art of Spain , its history and culture. The tour was organised by our visits secretary Mike Witherick who unfortunately could not be with us, and Heritage Group Travel. The hotel and travel arrangements were excellent and even the weather was ideal for sightseeing. We visited the Prado, the Royal Palace, Toledo the home of El Greco, the church of San Antonio de la Florida renowned for its Goya frescoes, Segovia and its amazing 1st century Roman aqueduct, La Granja, and El Escorial. There was also free time to visit other places such as the Museo Sorolla and of course Guernica. 2 typical delicious Spanish dinners were included and we all had a fair amount of sherry and rioja to wash it all down.

The Visit to Winchester and Chawton House

Jane Austin Day 31st October 2017
A Day Visit.

We started the day in Winchester Cathedral, for a talk on Jane’s life, her family and her connections with Hampshire. Jane is buried in the Cathedral and there is a memorial to her adjacent to her grave. The new £5 note which bears her portrait was launched there earlier this year. During the visit we walked through the Close to the house where she spent her final days. There was time in Winchester for lunch, shopping and further exploration before leaving to visit her home in Chawton – now the Jane Austen House Museum. The rooms there are decorated and furnished as they would have been in Jane’s day and contain many items of memorabilia including the tiny table where she wrote many of her books and her turquoise and gold ring.

Jill Meakin Visits Organiser