LOCAL EVENTS FOR 2022
22 September to 11 December: Heath Robinson Museum: Scene through Wood offers a visual feast of the finest wood engravings of the past 100 years, and celebrates the extraordinary artists, past and present, who made them. Curated by engraver and artist Anne Desmet RA RE, this exhibition from the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum — home to one of the most extensive collections of wood engravings in the world — celebrates the founding centenary of the British Society of Wood Engravers (SWE). Wood engraving is a historic printing technique, notable for producing images of enduring artistic relevance with extremely fine detail and outstanding tonal range. Possibly the only art form to have originated in England, it was developed, honed and refined to extraordinary finesse by the naturalist Thomas Bewick (1753–1828). The exhibition begins by tracing the origins and early development of wood engraving including an early woodcut by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), who influenced the wood engraving of Bewick and William Blake (1757–1827). The majority of wood engravings produced in the nineteenth-century were reproductive, and it was only in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth- centuries that more artistic concerns were addressed. Founded in 1920 by leading artists including Lucien Pissarro (1863–1944) and John Nash (1893–1977), the SWE’s purpose was to promote wood engraving as a medium for modern artists. The greater part of the exhibition celebrates this founding centenary with a fantastic selection of fine art wood engraved prints from Britain, while also highlighting other artist-engravers whose work has influenced British engravers past and present. Wood engraving is now both an independent, richly creative art form and a versatile means by which commercial images can be crafted. Its enduringly popular commercial appeal is clear from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust, illustrated by Andrew Davidson (1958–) and Chris Wormell (1955–) respectively. Scene Through Wood also explores the medium’s continued and varied uses in commercial applications, from book illustration to advertising and fine lettering design. Tickets: prices range from free for students under 25 to £6 for adult. Entry to the special exhibition includes entry to the permanent exhibition. For more information visit www.heathrobinsonmuseum.org
8 October: Harrow Arts Centre: Harrow’s Angels at 4pm & 7pm at The Boiler House. This new play weaves together the stories of Lieutenant Abbie Sweetwine, who treated those injured in the Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash, and the modern paramedics who’ve followed in her footsteps. During the morning rush hour on 8 October 1952, three trains collided at Harrow & Wealdstone station, causing over a hundred deaths and hundreds of casualties. Sharing a hidden history from Harrow, ‘Harrow’s Angels’ celebrates today’s emergency workers and the actions of a black nurse who saved lives not only on the day of the crash, but through the example she set for the future. Tickets £10. For more information, contact www.harrowarts.com or call 020 3773 7161.
22 October: Harrow Apollo Male Choir: Concert for the Cardinal Hume Charity for the Homeless at 3pm at St Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, Love Lane, Pinner.
22 October: Harrow Choral Society: Autumn Concert – Songs of the Spirit at 5:30 – 6.30 pm at Parish Church of St Alban, The Ridgeway, North Harrow HA2 7PF. A varied collection of traditional choral music under the baton of the new Music Director, Sam Evans. The concert includes pieces by Elgar, Brahms, Wesley, Parry and Finzi to reflect an autumnal mood. Tickets: £10, free to under 18s. for more info and tickets visit, www.harrowchoral.org.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org ot call 07794 253463.
19 November: Harrow Apollo Male Choir: Concert for the Rukiga Charity at 8pm at the United Reform Church, Swakeleys Road, Ickenham.
11 December: HarrowApollo Male Choir: Festive concert at 3pm at Bentley Priory Museum, Mansion Drive, Stanmore.
17 December: Harrow Choral Society. Concert at Harrow School Speech Room HA1 3HP. The guest speaker will be Jane Asher. All details on the website in due course at www.harrowchoral.org.uk.