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Iconic Biba – The Inside Story – Lorraine Neale

Iconic Biba – Report

Is it timeless and ageless? The inside story from Lorraine Neale (Chairman of The Friends of St Anne’s Church) who was privileged to have worked with Barbara Hulanicki, the founder, during this innovative time and continues to work with her today as her Managing Agent. Lorraine will brought along a few of her Biba Clothes that she wore in the 1970’s

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The Killing in the Consulate

Saturday 7th December 2019, St Anne’s Church, Kew

A talk given by Jonathan Rugman, the award-winning Channel 4 News foreign affairs correspondent, investigating the life and death of Jamal Khashoggi

‘When Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Consulate in Turkey on 2nd October 2018, he was expecting to pick up the documentation that would enable him to marry his fiancé, Hatice Cengiz. Little did he realise he was walking into a trap.’ Based on confidential sources dramatic new evidence and in-depth research, the BAFTA award-winning foreign correspondent, Jonathan Rugman, revealed what happened that day in extracts from his recently published book.

Jonathan really brought this episode in the Middle East to life for all of us listening that day but avoided any of the upsetting or distressing details. A very charismatic speaker leading us into the wider worldwide political connections which held us all spellbound.

This was another sell out event in association with the Kew Bookshop. Copies of Jonathan’s book were available for sale which Jonathan generously signed  adding  a personal dedication.

Jonathan delivering his talk

Christmas Traditions

A celebration of festive lore

Saturday 16 November 2019 at 11.00am (coffee served from 10.30am) at St Anne’s Church, Kew

“There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas” – Charles Dickens

Talk & book signing by George Goodwin, MA  FRHistS  FRSA. The traditions of Christmas seem to have a timeless quality when we first experience them as children, but, as George Goodwin shows, though many are very ancient, others are surprisingly modern.  In his highly-illustrated and witty presentation, George takes in the origins of the carol service, the role of St Francis of Assisi, the puritan fear of the mince pie and much more.

Tickets £20 available online to include coffee, a light lunch and a glass of wine.

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Van Gogh and Britain

Saturday 11 May 2019

Dr David Bellingham of Sotheby’s Institute of Art gave a fascinating and informative talk on the life and work of the famous artist with a particular focus on his time in London.

Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory

Saturday 6 April at 11:00 – Sold Out

A talk by Tate curator, Matthew Gale

To be followed by a light lunch (included in ticket price).  Coffee served from 10:30

Advance tickets for this event are now sold out – there is limited standing room if you wish to pay on the door.

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Note that the discount code is for the personal use of eligible Friends only and cannot be used to obtain further discounts when purchasing more than one ticket.

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Children’s Book Illustration

The Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration

Saturday 16 February 2019

St Anne’s Church, Kew Green

Susan gave us all a wonderful talk on Saturday 16 February. Her presentation skills and creative slides were superb and so displayed the fabulous passion Susan has for the subject. Taking us all back to how all these wonderful books started with these imaginative and inspirational authors was so interesting, evoking so many memories of our childhood learning and reciting the nursery rhymes.

It would be lovely if we could invite Susan back to take us through ‘part two’ expressed by many in the audience perhaps next Autumn or Spring 2020.

Susan Bailes speaking
Lorraine Neal presenting Susan with flowers

Piano Recital – Viv McLean

Saturday 16 March 2019 at 19:30

St Anne’s Church, Kew Green

A programme of well-known piano music by Chopin and Gershwin played by Viv McLean


Beethoven Sonata in C Sharp Minor Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”

Chopin        Nocturne in G Minor Op. 37 No. 1

Nocturne in E Flat Op. 9 No. 2

Scherzo No. 2 in B Flat Minor Op. 31

INTERVAL    Drinks & Nibbles served in the Parish Hall   (Donations gratefully received)

Chopin        Nocturne in E Minor Op. 72 No. 1

Nocturne in C Sharp Minor Op. Post.

Polonaise in A Flat Op. 53

Gershwin   The Man I Love

Rhapsody in Blue

About Viv McLean

Viv McLean won First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and has performed in all the major venues in the UK, as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan and the Northern Chamber Orchestra under the baton of such conductors as Daniel Harding, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch.

Viv plays regularly with the Adderbury Ensemble and has also collaborated with groups such as the Leopold String Trio, Ensemble 360, the Ysaye Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet and members of the Allegri and Tippett Quartets. Viv has appeared at festivals including the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Festival des Saintes in France, Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Cheltenham International Festival in the UK. He has recorded for labels such as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, Nimbus, RPO Records and future releases include a Gershwin cd for ICSM Records. Viv has also recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 as well as for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway and Poland.

“ Viv McLean revealed extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and muscles of steel hidden by fingers of velvet. He plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, this mystery of the moment.” Le Monde (Paris).

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