June’s Last Friday is Sonora Quartet

We’re delighted to welcome The Sonora Quartet to the library. Formed in 2022, Sonora is composed of four second-year RCM instrumentalists, Maria Noskova, Emily St Clair, Maya de Souza and Alex Boyd-Bench. Very enthusiastic and dedicated to chamber music, they have had coaching sessions and masterclasses with members of the Sacconi, Marmen and Pavel Haas Quartets, as well as with Krysia Osotowicz and Susie Mezaros within RCM; in addition, they have received external coaching at MusicWorks Sundays with Ralph de Souza (from the Endellion Quartet) and Catherine Manson and Michael Gurevich (from the London Haydn Quartet). They have performed at the RCM, St Mary Abbots Church and the Austrian Cultural Forum, and have also been lucky enough to have premiered and performed works written for them by fellow RCM composers, including ‘November’ and ‘Away’ by Asher Joyce and ‘Quiberee Bay’ by Rieko Makita. The Sonora Quartet was amongst three RCM quartets selected to play Van Bree’s Allegro for Four Quartets in RCM’s Super String Sunday 2023 alongside the Alkyona Quartet, and is one of three RCM quartets currently on the RCM String Quartet Platform. Recent repertoire includes Haydn Op.17 No.4 in C minor, Mozart K.428 in Eb major, Brahms’ String Quartet No.2 in A minor and Haydn Seven Last Words.

Head over to our booking website to secure your seat.

CrickleUkers Time Change

Due to popular demand, we’re extending the timing of the monthly Ukulele jam, CrickleUkers, by 30 minutes. From Friday 5 July, the sessions will start at 1900, rather than 1930. This will hopefully give all the beginners enough time to get a few chords under their belt before joining the main group in the front of the library.

Also, a reminder that we have about 10 spare ukes to lend out, so no need to buy one before coming along to have a go.

It’s also fine to bring snacks and drinks to share on the night.

Looking forward to seeing more of you there soon.


Walk and Talk Parents

A friendly, open group for parents with children. Meet outside the library at 1030 on Wednesdays for a walk and natter in the park, then finish up at the library from 1130 for a cuppa and a warm up if it’s cold No need to book – all welcome! The group would love some new members. Don’t be shy – come along and join the throng.

Cricklereaders May 2024 – A Man Walks Into A Room

In May, Cricklereaders are reading A Man Walks Into a Room by Nicole Krauss.

Award-winning American novelist Nicole Krauss first captivated readers with her groundbreaking debut novel Man Walks into a Room, a novel in which Krauss explores what it is to lose one’s identity and what it is to discover what makes us human.

Samson Greene has been missing for eight days when he is discovered wandering through the Nevada desert, ‘ragged as a crow’ and with no idea who he is. He is rushed to hospital where doctors save his life, but all his memories after the age of twelve have been permanently lost. Now, as he looks around the beautiful apartment he apparently shares with his wife and which is filed with all the souvenirs of a life well lived, Samson feels nothing more than a vague admiration.

In her first novel Nicole Krauss tells the story of a man suddenly liberated from the life he has made, disconnected from the people who have defined him. Withdrawing from a wife he has no memory of loving, Samson plunges weightless into the future. But when he agrees to participate in a revolutionary experiment, what he experiences a revelation of what it means to be human.

‘Krauss celebrates the anything-but-simple art of human connection’ San Francisco Chronicle

‘You’ll savour the last page – and be hungry for future work from this talented author’ The Washington Post Book World

Nicole Krauss is an American bestselling author who has received international critical acclaim for her first three novels: Great House (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011), The History of Love (Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger) and Man Walks into a Room all of which are available in Penguin paperback.

The group will meet on Sunday 19 May at 1030 in the library.

Absolute Beginners Drawing and Painting

Would you like to learn to draw and paint?

If you are a Rusty Returner or have not done any art since schooldays, join our NEW Tuesday sessions. No experience required!

Learn the basics from scratch – how to draw items and make them look 3D!

Take the mystery out of mixing colours – no more wobbly drawings or muddy paintings!

All materials will be provided for the first session. Francine, our very patient and experienced tutor will show you what you need for future sessions.

Tuesdays 9, 16 and 23 April (more dates to come)

12.15 – 2pm

£15 per session

Booking essential

To reserve your space and how to pay

Please email Francine@artsplashlondon.co.uk