Music, Theatre & Cinema


Choir at Festive Tea

Leader: Francoise Geller, assisted by Jane Jessup on piano

This is a group for members who can sing in tune who are prepared to go beyond the singing under the skilful supervision of a professional.  Sheet music will be provided.   There is also a Music Theory Group starting in mid-Autumn for members who wish to understand sheet music notation. (See below)

  • Dates: Resuming on 18 September 2019
  • When: Wednesdays, fortnightly, from 5 – 6 pm
  • Location: Alyth, Alyth Gardens, London NW11 7EN
  • Number of places: 30

Classical Music Appreciation

Drawing of young woman playing celloFacilitator: Daphne Berkovi

A new, monthly, group who have a keen interest in classical musicIncludes periodic visits to prestigious venues such as: Royal Academy of Music, Wigmore Hall.  Recent visits are shown below.

Sunday 6 October – 11:30 Coffee Concert Kings Place

Tuesday 29 October 7pm Royal Academy of Music – free concert – Songs of the 20th Century with Sheku Kannah-Mason

If you are interested in joining please contact the facilitator via the Contact page

Modern Jazz Appreciation

Leader: Jack Berkovi

A monthly group that shares its interest in listening to and discussing modern jazz classics.  Please bring some of your favourite CDs if you wish.


  • Dates: 29 August, 19 September, 17 October, 14 November, 12 December
  • When: Thursdays  3.30 – 4.30 pm
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Location: Members’ homes
  • Number of places: 12

Music on the street where they Lived c 1920–60

Leader: Stan Clingman

Music from places where people lived amicably, happily, and in harmony; the American Songbook, the singers, and the great Jazz players. Their stories and their songs.

  • Start date: 15 October 2019
  • When: Tuesday 3.15 pm – 4.45 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Location: Leader’s home, N3 1BJ
  • Places: 14, currently full

Music Theory for Beginners

Leader: Jane Jessup

If you want to be able to read music, this new, 7-week course is for you! Learn how to understand and vocalise those dots on staves! Ideal if a member of the Choir group.

  • Start date: 16 October until 27 November
  • When: Wednesdays at 4.00pm – 4.45pm
  • Location: Alyth, Alyth Gardens, London NW11 7EN
  • Bring pencil and paper
  • Number of places: 12

Singing for Pleasure

Leader: Betty Mason
Assisted by pianist Maggie Gruenberg

Singing songs across the music genre, accompanied by a pianist. Sight reading although useful, not essential; just the ability to enjoy singing in a group. Lyrics are provided in advance of each session.  No auditions are required.

  • Autumn Term: starts 09 September 2019
  • When: Monday 5 pm – 6 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Location: Alyth Synagogue Hall, Alyth Gardens, NW11 7EN
  • Number of places: 30

Theatre Group

Leader: Sharon Cavendish

  • When: Theatre trips as arranged
  • Duration: Depends on the show
  • Location: London theatres
  • Number of places: No restriction on numbers; each show will have a set number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

Theatre visits. We benefit from group rates, but no transport is provided for West End and local shows; please make your own way there, or go in cabs with other members.

Now Booking

Tom Stoppard returns to the West End in 2020 for the world premiere of his most personal play yet, Leopoldstadt. Inspired by his own Jewish heritage and history, this passionate and heart-breaking drama follows one family’s journey across the tumultuous first half of the 20th century.

Leopoldstadt opens in January for a short run at Wyndhams Theatre, and tickets need to bought well in advance. Sharon Cavendish has tickets for Thursday 19th March at 2.30 in the stalls. The cost is £50.50 (face value £75).

How to book

  1. Send Sharon Cavendish an email (address is in the HGS U3A handbook) with your name, address, and the number of tickets you want (all members in your party must be members of HGS U3A).
  2. Pay the full amount by bank transfer to Sort code: 23-05-80 A/c number 25725018 using your surname as the reference followed by LEO.

How the Theatre group works

  • I provisionally book tickets for shows that I think people will be interested in through an agency that specialises in group bookings, or directly with the theatre for local venues.
  • There is a minimum amount of tickets that I need to sell to get the discounted rate, and that can vary from 6 to 20 depending on the show.
  • When I ask for the tickets they are allocated to me, on hold, for a set amount of time, and again that varies.
  • When the time runs out I have to pay for the number of tickets I have sold, so I need to have the money in the account by then.
  • Some of the deadlines are quite tight, so there is no time to ask who is interested, and wait to get enough interest before asking for payment. That means that on occasions, sadly there is not enough interest in a show, and the booking therefore has to be cancelled. I cannot get tickets just for those that have shown interest as they only sell to groups that meet the minimum number.
  • If this happens, I will email you to tell you, and ask for your bank details and the money is refunded to your bank account.
  • If you buy a ticket, and then can’t use it, I will try to sell it to another member, but there is no guarantee of this. If I do, I repay the money to your bank account.
  • I get the tickets at some point after the deadline (varies with venue) and when received I send them out to you in a bright pink envelope.

World Cinema

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Visits to specialised London cinemas to view and discuss films from across the globe. Venues including BFI, ICA, Curzon Bloomsbury, Institut Francais, and Phoenix cinema East Finchley

Monthly, normally at weekends.

Contact Leader to enrol.