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The King of the Golden River – a new Ruskin musical at St Saviour’s?

In this bi-centenary year of Herne Hill resident John Ruskin, the Herne Hill Music Festival is hoping to include a musical based on Ruskin’s only children’s story in its programme.

John Ruskin

Professional composer Paul Ayres plans to turn The King of the Golden River by Ruskin (recently republished by Thames & Hudson with wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake) into a musical to be performed by St Saviour’s Primary School.

The King of the Golden River, republished March 2019

However, they need, quite rightly,  to pay a fee to the composer, and there are other costs of production as well.

The Festival organisers have already had generous support from the Herne Hill Society and  other business sponsors, but they are still short of £350.

 

So there’s a fund-raising campaign

If you can help celebrate John Ruskin and give the young performers from St Saviour’s the unforgettable experience of taking part in a musical, have a look at the fund-raising page and perhaps consider making a donation.

Exit: Burbage

This March sees the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Burbage –   artist, entrepreneur, friend of Shakespeare, and celebrated during his lifetime as the most eminent actor of his age.

Our neighbours in Burbage Road, built across the fields in late Victorian times to join Half Moon Lane to Dulwich Village (or vice versa), have launched a timely festival to commemorate Mr Burbage, entitled Exit:Burbage, with the first event (waiting list)  –  a guided Burbage walk between Shoreditch and the Globe Theatre  –  on 13 March, the exact anniversary of Burbage’s death.

Richard Burbage

They have created an excellent website and we can follow them on Twitter: @ExitBurbage

Parking in Dulwich Park

It’s outside our area of course, but quite a few of us drive to Dulwich Park, to visit either the Park or the world-famous Picture Gallery.

Dulwich Park

Now, as just announced on Twitter by the Dulwich Society, it appears that the London Borough of Southwark plan to start charging £2/hr to park in Dulwich Park and Belair Park.

It all sounds a bit rushed.  The decision is due to be determined this coming week, and will be followed by a 21-day statutory consultation. Read more here.

It’s probably not surprising that Councils take every opportunity these days to extract a bit more revenue like this (even if they then need to employ wardens to check that people have paid). It’s just a pity that alternative ways to get there, e.g. the P4, are so unreliable. And isn’t £2 per hour a bit steep?

Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Dulwich Park Friends are urging the cabinet member not to make a decision until they’ve had a chance to canvass views and respond. No doubt the Gallery will have a point of view too.

‘Messiah’ performance in All Saints Church

Handel’s great oratorio “Messiah” is being performed on Saturday 2 March at All Saints Church, Rosendale Road.  

This performance is in memory of the immensely popular Timothy Penrose, who was Musical Director at All Saints for 26 years, leading the choral music through the devastating period after the fire which destroyed the church in 2000.  He was also a celebrated counter-tenor, who appeared in over 100 recordings, singing with The Sixteen conducted by John Eliot Gardiner and with Pro Cantione Antiqua, among others.

7:30 pm, tickets at the door (£15 / £12 concessions)