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Dance Happy Summer Camp (ages 5-14)

Dance Happy Summer Camp (ages 5-14)
Monday 21 – Friday 25 august 10am – 2pm £125 for the week

Summer Art Studio

Summer Art Studio! A summer holiday art workshop with Corinne Manches. 22-25 August.

Journey - Roger Reynolds Photography

Wednesday 23 August - Sunday 10 September 2017
An exhibition of Travel and Natural History Photography by Roger Reynolds FRPS FBPPA

MyBand (ages 11-17)

MyBand (ages 11-17)
Wednesday 30 august – Friday 1 September 10am – 4.30pm £120

Tutors: Marcel Pusey/Josh Breslaw. MyBand is a fantastic Song Writing, Playing, Performing, Recording holiday Course run over 3 days
Call Marcel 07881 584502. email marcel@bassistry.com

Sell Off (The Abolition of your NHS)

Thursday 31 August at 7.30pm
This film gives a fascinating insight into the current situation of the NHS from the perspective of doctors, nurses and senior health care professionals. 

The Silver Screen Film Club

Wednesday 6 Sept, 4 Oct, 1 Nov, 6 Dec 1.30pm
Part of the R C sherriff Trust’s elder’s Project, this is a monthly film club for people aged 60 and over.
FREE Entry

Poetry and Plonk

20 July (7.30-9.30); 7 Sep; 19 Oct; 16 Nov; 14 Dec 7.15-9.15
£5 per session

Popular, light-hearted monthly poetry event, complementing Riverhouse's extensive literature programme. Hosted and led by international poet and writer, Agnes Meadows.


Riverhouse Readers

Thursday: 7 Sep; 5 Oct; 2 Nov; 7 Dec 7:45-9:15pm
£5 per session

Open to all! Join our friendly group, read our chosen book of the month and meet to discuss it over a glass of wine!
Tutors: Rosie Boden and Val Woolford


alter ego Drama for Adults

Tutor: Caroline Dooley 

Tuesdays 8.30pm - 10pm
£10.50 per session paid termly 
Learn acting and performance skills through drama games and exercises, without the pressure of being in a production

Mama Vox (ladies singing ensemble)

Wednesday* 8.00pm – 9.30pm   *Not every Wednesday so contact Janet first to check!
Come and join this fun, relaxed group to hone your singing skills and rehearse towards occasional performances (optional!).

Call Janet on 07730 409648 / janetshell@talktalk.net

Royston Pike - Peking to Paris Relived by Sir Gerald Acher

Thursday 14 September 7.30pm
Sir Gerald Acher recounts and illustrates his adventures on this rally covering 10,000 miles in six weeks in a little 1932 Aston Martin 1 1/2 litre sports car winning the ‘Spirit of the Rally’ award.

Riverhouse Writers

Thursday:  14, 18 Sep; 12, 26 Oct; 9, 23 Nov 7:45 - 9:15pm
£30 (per term of 6 sessions) or £6 per session

Facilitator: Val Woolford 
Would you like to improve your power over words? Beginners welcome.  



Mock Tudor Comedy Club

Friday 15 September  8pm
Walton's original & best comedy club is back for Autumn with the cream of Britain's comedy talent!

Woodcarvers' Workshop

 Co-ordinator: Bernard Carr

Join our friendly, informal group of woodcarvers 
Saturday 16, 30 Sept; 14 Oct; 11, 25 Nov; 9 Dec; 10am - 12pm
£6 per session - all tools provided 

Photography Club for Beginners - Tutor Astrid McGechan

Saturday: 16, 30 Sept; 14 Oct; 11, 25 Nov; 9 Dec; 1 - 2.30pm
£65 (6 weeks)

The six sessions will cover the basics of photography, such as rules of composition, shutter speed, aperture, depth of field and the characteristics of light, and of course the setup of your camera. 


Now Here's a Funny Story!

Saturday 16 Sept - 8pm
Funny Story Productions is excited to be bringing this fun singalong show to Riverhouse, following sell-out London dates and hot from a recent run at the Edinburgh Fringe. 


Christine and the Stackyard Stompers

Christine and the Stackyard Stompers

Playing an exciting repertoire of 1920s classic jazz, led by Christine on trombone and vocals, the Stompers pay tribute to the jazz greats; like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Clarence Williams. They enjoy bringing back ideas from the more obscure bands and tunes of the period. “Classic jazz needn’t be boring”.

Sunday 17 September, 12.15pm

Mock Tudor Comedy presents 'Bite The Orange Four Eyes! Life As An Undercover Policeman'

Sunday 17 September  7.30pm
Another FREE! Work in Progress show at Mock Tudor Comedy Club, with John Brackenridge + SPECIAL MYSTERY GUEST!

Raise the Curtain - First Steps

Preschool children from 2 years 6 months
A first step towards parent-free, independent learning for pre-school children. These classes blend Drama, Dance and Singing to build confidence, improve social skills and encourage young imaginations to grow.

Monday 10-11am
£95 (10 weeks)   A two-week trial is available for new students.

Raise the Curtain - Baby Steps

Monday 11am - 12pm (6 months to 2 1/2 years)
​Adult and child attend classes together with specially selected and researched songs and routines.

Raise The Curtain (Preliminary Class)

Tutor: Janina Dexter
4 - 7 year olds
Exploring musical theatre for the younger child.  Sessions will include drama and singing.
Musical direction: Cassie Wadsworth.  Parent ‘watching day’ at the end of each term. 

Monday 4.00pm - 5.00pm 
£170 (10 weeks)  A two-week trial is available for new students.

After School Art Club Monday 4.30pm (8-11yrs)

Fun and inspriring art classes for children from 8 years old.

Monday 4.30pm - 6.00pm (8 - 11 years)
£80 (10 weeks) 

Monkey Theatre - Create a Scene!

Tutor: Jo Humphries

Monday 5.00pm - 6.00pm (7 - 9 years)
​Monday 6.00pm - 7.15pm (10 - 12 years)
Monday 7.15pm - 8.30pm (12 - 15 years)

£100 (10 weeks)
Learn how to act on stage, invent a drama and perform! Come to a free trial session (pay if you stay).
For more information: www.monkeytheatre.co.uk or contact: johumphries@gmail.com.

Riverhouse Hookers (Crochet Class)

Tutor: Merrian Holland

Monday 8-10pm, Tuesday 7:30-9:30pm
£50 (5 weeks), £90 (10 weeks) excluding materials. 



Tutor: Bonnie Mackintosh
Fusing glass to copper shows the wonderful colours and effects that can be achieved using a variety of enamelling techniques.

After School Art Club Tuesday 4-5.30pm & 5.45-7.15pm (8-11 years)

Tuesday 4-5.30pm & 5.45-7.15pm (8-11 years)
£80 (10 weeks) 
Fun and inspiring art classes for children from 8 years old.

Dance Happy - Adult Ballet Class

Tuesday, 5.15-6.15pm and 6.30-7.30pm
£85 for 10 weeks / £9 per session

Jo Freeman will help improve your core strength, posture and confidence through ballet.

Call Jo 07747592266 or email jo@dancehappy.co.uk for more info

Creative Stitch and Textiles - 12:30pm

Tutor: Claire Grahame

Wed 12.30pm - 2.30pm
£90 (10 weeks)
This class is designed to develop a 'fine arts' approach to the design of textiles. 

After School Art Club Wednesday 4.00pm - 5:30pm (5-7 years)

Wednesday 4.00pm - 5:30pm (5-7 years)
£80 (10 weeks) 
Fun and inspiring art classes where children from 5 years can experiment with various materials and techniques, resulting in great works of art!

Life Drawing

Tutor: Corinne Manches

In this class, Corinne will explore appropriate techniques and develop your skills in the art of life drawing.

Thursday 10am - 1pm
£100* (5 weeks)
*excluding materials and model fees

Call: 07767 403722 or email: crmanches@yahoo.co.uk

Barnarmy Streetdance (beginners) 4pm

Tutor: Tony Denton 

Thursday 4.00pm - 5.00pm (beginners)
£70 (10 weeks) 
Choreographer/tutor, Tony Denton, has worked with Ashley Banjo (Diversity) and ‘Chris and Wes’ (winners of Sky 1’s ‘Got to Dance’).  
For boys and girls from age 8.

Barnarmy Streetdance (intermediate) 5pm

Tutor: Tony Denton 
Thursday 5.00pm - 6.00pm (intermediate)
£70 (10 weeks) 
Choreographer/tutor, Tony Denton, has worked with Ashley Banjo (Diversity) and ‘Chris and Wes’ (winners of Sky 1’s ‘Got to Dance’).  
For boys and girls from age 8.

Creative Drawing Class

Thursday 8.00pm - 9.30pm  
£90 (10 weeks including materials)

Tutor: Melanie Paice/Claire Grahame

Our creative drawing course is open to all levels of experience and will encourage you to release your creative energy. 

Jewellery Making

Tutor: Sarah Levy

Friday 10.30am - 12.00am
£95 (10 weeks, tools provided, but materials will be extra)
Come and learn the basic skills of jewellery. Under Sarah’s guidance each student will have the opportunity to design and create a unique piece of jewellery.  
Email: sarahlevy37@yahoo.com

Jay Phelps Quartet - Jazz

Jay Phelps Quartet

Jay Phelps (trumpet); Rick Simpson (piano) Mark Lewandowski (bass); Moses Boyd (drums) Led by co-founder of Empirical Jay Phelps, the quartet is a group of young musicians dedicated to contemporary jazz music. 

Friday 22 September, 8pm
£15 / £6 students


Saturday Art Club 10-11.15am (5-7 years)

Saturday: 23 Sep; 7, 21 Oct; 18 Nov; 2, 16 Dec
10.00am - 11.15am  (5 - 7 years)
£7.50 (£40 termly) 
The Saturday Art Club students produce work inspired by the changing exhibitions in the Robert Phillips Gallery. 

Saturday Art Club 11.30am - 1.00pm (8 - 11 years)

Saturday: 23 Sept; 7, 21 Oct; 18 Nov; 2, 16 Dec 
11.30am - 1.00pm (8 - 11 years)
£7.50 (£40 termly)
The Saturday Art Club students produce work inspired by the changing exhibitions in the Robert Phillips Gallery. 

Lisa Kwei Band and Friends presents A Special Evening of Words and Music

Saturday 23 September - 8pm
Join Lisa and her special guest musicians, poets and actors for a special night of Music and Fun, all raising money for Parkinsons UK

Ninebarrow - Brunch Barnstormer

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike harding as sounding “damn fine”, by Seth Lakeman as “a fantastic duo”, and by Kate Rusby as “absolutely amazing”, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. 

Sunday 24 September  Doors open at 12 noon, gig starts at 12.15pm
£12.50 / £10.50 / U16 free

Story Café

 3.30pm Sunday 24 September - A Squash and a Squeeze, 3.30pm Sunday 26 November - Mrs McTats and her Houseful of Cats 

Sleeping Trees presents: Sci-Fi?

Friday 29 September, 4pm & 8pm
Touring Production by local lads Sleeping Trees

"Another physically elastic, impeccably scored and endlessly energetic trawl through genre's murky waters" **** Fest

“A company set to rocket to stardom” ***** Three Week

There and Back Again - An Odyssey

Follow CBeebies Patrick Lynch as he uses a pioneering mix of live cinema and theatre to take you on a thrilling ride across the magical world of ancient Greece.
​Age 6+ Duration 1 hour
​Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October 2.30pm


Balagan Cafe

Friday 6 October - 8pm
An eclectic new project, this group combines the worlds of jazz, world music and classical. 
"This is music for the ears, heart and feet" Royal Albert Hall
"An inspired string trio" Time Out 

African Day Craft Workshops

Saturday 7 Oct
10-11.15am (5-7 years)
11.30am - 1pm (8-12 years)

Incorporated with Riverhouse's Saturday Art Club

African Day Drumming Workshop

Saturday 7 October, 2pm

Learn the basics of African Drumming beats - drums provided or bring your own. Great fun for all ages.

African Day Dance workshop

Saturday 7 Oct, 3.15pm

Get moving with the Bantu Dancers – Adults and Children of all ages welcome.

African Open Day performance

Saturday 7 October 5.15pm

A high octane, super entertaining mix of African Dance and Music which will get you up and on your feet! 

Beethoven Chamber Music

Sunday 8 October - 3pm 
A rich and varied mix of chamber music by Beethoven

Lunchtime Concert: Morgan Szymanski (guitar)

Wednesday 11 October 1pm (12 for lunch)

Homage to Andrés Segovia


Dr Jonathan Foyle presents 'Anne of Cleves'

Thursday 12 October 7.30pm
Just a few years ago, a series of remarkable encounters threw much new light on the life and legacy of Henry's VIII's forth queen. 
Dr Jonathan Foyle, Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain and former Curator at Hampton Court and is a familiar face on numerous television series.
Tickets £12 (£10)


The Boneshaker

Friday 13 October 8pm
The Boneshaker are a London based five piece band currently causing a stir on the ‘New Speakeasy’ scene. They conjure up a heady cocktail of music from the roaring 20s and beyond!

The Handlebards present: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday 14 October - 8pm
Join the HandleBards’ all-male troupe, the world's first cyclng theatre company, for ‘a Midsummer night’s Dream’ as you’ve never seen it before! 

Frog Island Jazz Band - J&B

Frog Island Jazz Band now celebrating over 50 years, the band has appeared regularly at jazz clubs throughout the united Kingdom and Europe. They were given ‘honorary Citizenship’ of the city of new Orleans for services to the music of that city. always popular at Riverhouse.

Sunday 15 October, 12.15pm


Lucky Dip Disco

Sunday 15 October, Sunday 19 November & Sunday 10 December at 3.30pm
A retro disco party for children under 7 with their grown ups. Hosted by local award winning musician and DJ, Janek Schaefer.

Soul Food Cafe

Friday 20 October - 8m 
A relaxed evening of acoustic music and home cooked food from the Barn Kitchen. Good for the soul!

Luke Jermay - Sixth Sense

Saturday 21 October - 8pm
Jermay's awe inspiring intuitive abilities have gained him high profile fans such as Derren Brown, Dynamo and Uri Geller who all agree Jermay is astonishing

Harp and a Monkey

Harp and a Monkey
Songs about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists harp and a Monkey. 

The harp ‘n’ banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of trio harp and a Monkey is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance. Friends for decades, Martin Purdy, Simon Jones and andy Smith enjoy a fantastic rapport with their audiences and are proud to have never played anywhere and not been invited back. 

Sunday 22 October  Doors open at 12 noon, gig starts at 12.15pm
£12.50 / £10.50 / U16 free

Malija - Jazz

Mark Lockheart (saxophones) Liam Noble (piano); Jasper Høiby (bass)

This sophisticated, genre-bending trio is driven by a commitment to in-the- moment improvisation and collective musical banter. The band’s idiomatic sweep through bluegrass, tango, abstract grooves and shimmering landscapes is delivered with flair and playful abandon.

Friday 27 October, 8pm
£15 / £6 students


Carole Boyd and Lynda Chang present 'Seven Ages of Man'

Saturday 28 October, 7.30pm
Carole Boyd, (Lynda Snell, The Archers) and pianist Lynda Chang present a programme of words and music specially designed to complement Jacques’ famous speech from Shakespeare’s, “As You Like it” reflecting the seven phases of man's life, from birth to death. (Part of the Literary Festival Weekend)

David Le Page

Saturday 4 November - 8pm
Acclaimed violinist David Le Page will perform his own music composed in response to Klára Smith's artwork. The concert takes place in the Robert Phillips Gallery. 

Red Stripe Band

Friday 10 November 8pm
“Imagine a smaller version of the Jools Holland Orchestra without the annoying front man” Time Out
"Red Stripe's immediate rapport with the audience and quirky humour makes this show unmissable." Stephen Fry 


The Hits of Whitney Houston with Janine Johnson

The Hits of Whitney Houston featuring Janine Johnson

Riverhouse is proud to welcome back Janine Johnson for another magical evening. Janine has the voice, the soul and the power to take on the repertoire of one of the greatest soul singers of all time – no easy task! an evening of classic and timeless hits such as I Want To Dance With Somebody, Saving all My Love For You, I Will always Love You and The Greatest Love Of all. Exquisitely delivered by this wondrous soul diva.

Saturday 11 November, 8pm
£15, (£13)

George Huxley's Jazz Band - J&B

George Huxley’s Jazz Band
A renowned exponent of the soprano saxophone, George huxley leads this excellent band. Based in the Midlands, but always popular at the Barn, they make their annual visit to Walton.

Sunday 12 November, 12.15pm


Lunchtime Concert - Four Hands One Piano

Wednesday 15 November - 1pm
Alison Rhind (piano) Emily Segal (piano)
Expect plenty of great music, including works by Mozart and Schubert, from two fine musicians who play with love and humour.

Zara Beyounes (violin) Jeremy Young (piano)

Friday 17 November 8pm 

A welcome return for this outstanding duo a beguiling programme, showcasing some best loved works from the French repertoire.

RC Sherriff - Young Musician of the Year

Saturday 18 November 7.30pm
The Final of the 2017 Young Musician of the Year Competition

Half Day Silver Ring-Making Workshop

A perfect little gift for you or if you're feeling generous, someone else!

Sunday 19 November: 10am - 2pm 
£40 (all materials supplied including silver)

Tea and Memories Concert

Wednesday 22 November, 2.30pm
Open door concert for community groups and carers to join family friends and members of the general public for an afternoon of live music and a trip down memory lane.

The Harry and Chris Show 2

Friday 24 November 8pm
After last year’s sell-out run of their debut show in Edinburgh, Harry Baker and Chris Read bring their unique mix of comedy, melody, poetry and best-matery to Riverhouse!

Christmas Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Christmas Wine Tasting Evening
Saturday 25 November from 7:30pm 

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby - Brunch Barnstormer

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby
Cathryn Craig is from Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both performer and songwriter. She has sung with Shel Silverstein, Chet atkins, The Righteous Brothers and Jorma Kaukonen. her great-grandfather Jacob Sowder was recorded by Cecil Sharp and is featured in Sharp’s book ‘English Folk Songs From The Southern appalachians’. Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs and also with Mary hopkin, Joe Brown, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python.

Sunday 26 November  Doors open at 12 noon, gig starts at 12.15pm
£12.50 / £10.50 / U16 free

Tom Harrison Quintet

Tom Harrison Quintet 

Tom Harrison (alto sax); Percy Pursglove(trumpet) Robert Mitchell (piano); Conor Chaplin (bass) Winston Clifford (drums) 

 Harrison brings new life and attention to the jazz master’s melodic and spiritual musical legacy. "Melodic and imaginative ... soulful, bluesy alto" Matthew Wright, Jazzwise

Friday 1 December, 8pm
£15 / £6 students

An Evening with Sing That Swing

Saturday 2 December 8pm
We invite you to step back in time – to a time when the likes of Frank, Dean, Sammy, Judy and Ella were singing their sweet melodies....


David Malusa (piano)

Wednesday 6 December - 8pm
David has performed all over Europe and the USA and is performing, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Scriabin, Stravinski, Liszt and Chopin

An evening with Hannah Gordon - Christmas Cheer

Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm
Hannah Gordon and Martin Jenkins return to Riverhouse with their highly popular seasonal anthology of poetry and prose. Their programme features many much-loved favourites, as well as some new material and, for the first time, the additional pleasure of a guest appearance by singer Rosie Evans.

Enrico Tomasso - J&B

Enrico Tomasso’s Riverboat Shufflers
Here’s a band that breathes new life into the golden era of jazz with the cream of the classic jazz players around today. all masters of their craft creating new versions of old gems. Enrico on trumpet, with Colin Good, Piano; Martin Wheatley, Guitar; Graham hughes, Trombone; Richard White, Bass sax, Clarinet; and Trevor Whiting Sax and Clarinet with some sparkling vocals between them.

Sunday 10 December, 12.15pm

Lunchtime Concert - The Mellstock Band

Wednesday 13 December 1pm 
'When Icicles Hang'
A new Christmas show which combines traditional music for voices, fiddle, serpent, clarinet and concertina as well as extracts from Thomas Hardy

Hansel and Gretel

A musical theatre version of this classic brother and sister tale of adventure and magic where we’ll have you humming along throughout!