Five Concerts have been reserved as follows but this may change dependant upon the interest shown.

Details of each concert will be displayed on a poster in the Community Centre

Wednesday January 23rd - Philharmonia Orchestra.....Taking Bookings now!

Thursday March 7th - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Friday May 10th - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

As all concerts have to be paid for in advance, I must receive your payment of £35, One Month at the latest before the Concert date!

Cheques payable to ALTON U3A Classical Concerts, and sent to Steve Barnes at 35 Vicarage Road, Alton, GU34 1NZ or pay by BAC's - Details in Blue Book page 8

Our seats, which have proved popular, are easily accessible situated in the Choir area directly behind the Orchestra offering an excellent view of the Orchestra, Guest Instrumentalists and the Conductor.

NOTE: There is access by lift from the street level direct to the 2nd floor for those who find stairs a problem!

Enquiries/Reservations - Steve Barnes on 89116


Alton U3A visits the Royal Albert Hall for the annual John Rutter Christmas Celebration.

On a glorious if rather chilly morning (especially arranged by the organiser - how does she do it?), 50 members of our U3A set off by coach towards London to attend the John Rutter Christmas Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall.

With light traffic on the journey we made good time and as planned dropped off a number of travellers in Kensington High Street to allow them browse the shops and restaurants.

We then continued onwards to our destination and fortunately our driver was able to park next to the Albert Memorial and directly opposite the Albert Hall.

Dispersing in search of places to eat we all made our way back in time for the 3pm commencement of the Celebration concert.

A wonderful two and a half hours of music ensued comprising orchestral pieces, choirs and communal carol singing ensued before it was time to exit the Hall and join over 2,500 concert goers as they attempted to locate their coaches.

Amazingly all 50 of us were accounted for in a record half an hour before we were ready to travel homewards.

The more regular visitors amongst us were unanimous in agreeing that this years Christmas Celebration was the ‘best ever’!


Report of the Concert on December 1st

Twenty two members of the U3A Classical Concert Group travelled to the Anvil in Basingstoke on December 1st, to attend a Concert consisting of works by Stravinsky, Walton and Shostakovich given by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Sadly the concert hall was less than half full, (the worst attendance I have seen in the several years that I have been going! SB). Possibly the programme was not to everyone’s taste and the nearness of Christmas were factors.

Those that did attend however were treated to a splendid evenings music given by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – possibly one of the best in the country and conducted with the passion and skill by Kirill Karabits who is in his Tenth year as their Conductor whilst only 41 years of age.
A highlight of the evening was the Walton Cello Concerto with Johannes Moser as the masterful young German/Canadian soloist.

The highlight of the evening for me was the Symphony no.1 by Shostakovich which really demonstrated the complete mastery of the orchestra with particular reference to the large percussion section – Wonderful!.

The ‘goodnight special extra’ was a delightful rendition of Tahiti Trot, Op. 16, which is Dmitri Shostakovich's playful 1927 orchestration of an arrangement of "Tea for Two" from the musical “No, No, Nanette”.

Sorry you missed this concert?? Why not shake off the January poste Christmas blue’s by booking to attend our next outing on January 23rd when the Philharmonia Orchestra will be playing Finlandia by Sibelius, Revel: Piano Concerto in G and Sibelius: Valse triste, Symphony no.1

For more details see the poster in the Community Centre, but HURRY as there are only a few seats remaining!
Bookings / Information contact Steve B on 01420 89116