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Poetry Readings with Jo Shapcott - 16 January
With 10 published books to her name, and as the twice winner of the National Poetry Competition, Jo Shapcott is one of the literary world’s biggest stars. Join her at the Watts Gallery for readings from her book Of Mutability, which was the recipient of the Costa Book Award in 2010. She will also be reading from her new collection, so this is an evening that is not to be missed. The event will take place between 7pm and 8pm.
Hail the New Year with hilarity at a choice of two Gag House Comedy Clubs. The Guildford club returns to The Back Room of The Star Inn, where John Robertson, James Alderson, Nick Dixon and Ruth Cockburn will be serving up an awesome evening of comedy. Meanwhile, making its Weybridge debut, Brooklands Gag House Comedy Club will also be at Brooklands Museum, where Mark Dolan, Susan Murray, Chris Stokes and Joe Hobbs will be waiting to have a have a laugh with you.
This month will see the popular Raymond Gubbay tour arrive at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre with a brand new show for 2019, Waltzing in a Winter Wonderland. Audiences will be transported back to the glittering romance of a 19th century Viennese ballroom, complete with dancers in glorious period costumes. The production will include versions of the Strauss favourites which have entertained theatre-goers for decades, including Blue Danube Waltz and Radetzky March, with John Rigby as conductor and Corinne Cowling as soprano. The performance will commence at 3pm.
G Live’s Guildford International Concert Season kicks off again for 2019 with the spectacular sounds of the European Union Chamber Orchestra in what promises to be a very special evening. The renowned Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa will breathe new life into Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, as well as performing Chopin’s Grand Polonaise and Andante Spinato. Audiences will also be treated to a performance of Elgar’s pastoral Serenade for Strings, before the evening is concluded with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful String Serenade. The performance will be at 7.30pm, but a pre-show talk will take place at 6.30pm.
Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers - 30 January - 2 June
From the early innovations of Anna Atkins and Queen Alexandra through to the work of figures like Dorothy Bohm, this in depth historical survey will celebrate the work of groundbreaking female photographers in Britain. In collaboration with Fast Forward Women in Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, the exhibition is part of an ongoing international campaign to bring female photographers to a wider audience and to expose discrimination within a male dominated environment. For photography lovers, this is a must-see.