Dulwich Chamber Music Festival - Gaudier Ensemble

The first Music Festival in Dulwich to be performed by the Gaudier Ensemble opens at St.Barnabas Church on Wednesday 29 September with a programme of quintets and an octet by Mozart, Francaix and Schubert. On the following evening will be works by Nielsen, Dvorak and Mozart. On the afternoon of Saturday 2 October the Festival will include A Children's Concert featuring a performance of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with narration. In the evening, the closing concert will feature music from Strauss, Mozart and Schubert.

The Gaudier Ensemble is made up of eleven performers, all soloists or principals of major orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia. They have a wide repertoire baroque to the present day. A number of the Ensemble live in Dulwich. The full programme of the Festival will be found in 'What's On' on page X.

Tickets - Evening Concerts £13 (incl a glass of wine with the performers after the concerts) Festival Pass £30 for all three evening concerts. Children's Concert £5

Tickets are available from the Box Office: 1 Court Lane Gardens, SE 21 7DZ (tel. 020 8693 3973) and also from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village

South London Gallery - Steve McQueen

Once upon a time 17 September - 7 November

Photographs intended to show aliens what life on Earth is like, and sent into space by NASA in the 1970's, are the inspiration for Once Upon a Time, a work by Turner Prize Winner Steve McQueen.

McQueen's installation at the South London Gallery involves the projection of 116 images, replicating those still travelling through space at a speed of 150 million miles per year on the Voyager space probes that began their exploratory journey across the universe in 1977. In the exhibition the artist explores the construction and representation of knowledge. The images chosen by Nasa, including a newborn baby, state of the art skyscrapers and fresh supermarket produce, portray a rose- tinted version of life on Earth where poverty, war, religous conflict and disease are notable by their absence.

Steve McQueen is a leading international contemporary video and film-maker. He won the Turner Prize in 1999 and was awarded an OBE in 2002. He has been commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to make a work in response to the current conflict in Iraq.

Free admission Tuesday- Sunday 12 - 6pm. Thursdays until 8.30pm. Closed Mondays 

Success for Dulwich Quilters

The Dulwich Quilters' Group Quilt, titled - 'Only God is Perfect' was chosen as one of the 425 juried exhibits at the American Quilting Society's 2004 show in Paducah, Kentucky in April. It was one of only three exhibits selected from the UK.

It is an original design by Group member, Ann Rutherford, using patterns and motifs from Middle Eastern rugs and kelims. The colour scheme is also taken from these traditional carpets. The proportions of the horizontal strips are based on the Fibonnaci series of numbers to ensure a balanced design. The appliqué is deliberately rough to reflect the haphazard quality of the kelims. Altogether, sixteen members of the Dulwich Group were involved in embroidering the quilt which took six months to complete.

The Dulwich Quilters are holding their 2004 Exhibition at the Old Library, Dulwich College on 6/7 November (see 'What's On in Dulwich')

The Dulwich Players present - The Man who came to Dinner

First produced on Broadway in the Thirties and later made into a film, The Man who came to Dinner is a hilarious comedy about a respectable family from a small town in Ohio who are plunged into chaos and disruption by the visit of a famous American journalist and broadcaster Sheridan Whiteside who accidentally slips on their doorstep and breaks his hip. His enforced visit totally upsets the family's routine and his complete disregard for their feelings causes mayhem.

With arrival of eccentric guests - a glamorous film-star and a Hollywood comedian, and gifts of cockroaches and penguins filling the house, the Stanley family are cast into despair. Will life ever be the same again? Will Sheridan Whiteside ever leave them?

This comedy by George S. Kauffman and Moss Hart will be performed at the Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 21-23 October at 8pm.

Tickets £6 from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village or the Box Office 020 8693 5327

Dulwich Picture Gallery - Quentin Blake at Christmas

Illustrator, Quentin Blake is a national institution and he was appointed the first Children's Laureate in 1999. The exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery looks at several aspects of his work. Welcome to Birdland surveys his longstanding enthusiasm for birds as a subject and his book illustrations range from Aristophanes' The Birds to John Yeoman's Up with the Birds! Added to this is his new collection of drawings, The Life of Birds. A Christmas Garland is a celebration of Quentin Blake's many encounters with the festive season including his illustrations for Dickens' A Christmas Carol and John Julius Norwich's The Illustrated Christmas Cracker. His latest picturebook, Angel Pavement has been described as 'a paean to the magic of drawing'.

Quentin Blake at Christmas 27 October - 16 January

Meet the Authors - new series of Gallery talks

In association with The Bookshop, Dulwich Village, the Friends of the Dulwich Picture Gallery are presenting a series of evenings when well-known authors will talk about their latest book and also meet the audience beforehand over a glass of wine. To launch the series in November is former resident and royal biographer Robert Lacey who chronicles key moments in Britain's history, from Chaucer to the Glorious Revolution in Great Tales from English History. Following later in the month is Roy Hattersley, whose major new appraisal of Edwardian Britain is his finest book to date. In The Edwardians he traces the history of the era from of the debauchery of the new king to the appearance of Lloyd George and Churchill on the political scene, from advances in science and technology to the rise of literacy. Hattersley depicts a changing Britain.

Four children's authors will talk about their new books at a 'Children's Book Festival' in September. Authors include Sally Gardner, Zizou Corder, Jeremy Strong and Caroline Lawrence

Full details of both these series can be found in 'What's On in Dulwich'

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