Concert Club

All members of Farnham U3A are very welcome to join Concert Club which is for people who enjoy listening to live classical music. We organise trips to about eight concerts each year at various venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican in London and the Anvil at Basingstoke. We travel by coach from two pick-up points in Farnham – near the car parks at the Hart and Sainsbury’s Water Lane. For the London trips we try to arrive at the venue about an hour before the concert begins to allow people to have a meal beforehand if they so wish.

The concerts that we choose are intended to cover as wide a spectrum of music as possible – we try to vary the orchestras, venues and repertoire to please as many of our members as we can and they can select as many concerts (or as few) as they like. Please ask us if you require accessible seating – we are sometimes able to offer this.

We hold a coffee morning at the Maltings at the end of each Concert Club year to launch our next year’s programme, to ask for opinions on the current year’s concerts and as a social event.

We warmly welcome new members, so if you would like to join us please let us know your name, U3A number, telephone number and email address (our contact details are below). You will then be added to our mailing list. We invite bookings, normally about two months before each concert, by sending an email with a link to download the booking form.
Please don’t worry if you don’t have email or regular access to computer or printing facilities – if you send us your address we will send the booking forms by post but we ask you to pay a small annual charge (£6) to cover postage and stationery costs.

The organisers are Alison Boydell; Mary Cooper (Tel. 01252 728575); Juliet Evans. We have a group email address which is


Saturday 29 September 2018, 7.30pm at the Royal Festival Hall  London Philharmonic Orchestra  Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27, Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde.  Mezzo-soprano: Dame Sarah Connolly; Tenor: Stuart Skelton Piano: Mitsuko Uchida; Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.

Wednesday 24 October 2018, 7.30pm at the Royal Festival Hall  London Philharmonic Orchestra  Berlioz: Overture, Le Carnaval Romain, Canteloube: Selection from Songs of the Auvergne, Georges Bizet: Symphony in C, Gershwin: An American in Paris  Soprano: Anna Caterina Antonacci; Conductor: Enrique Mazzola

Saturday 10 November 2018, 7.45pm at the Anvil Orchestra and Choir of the Age of Enlightenment   Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Brahms: A German Requiem. Soprano: Elizabeth Watts; Baritone: James Newby; Conductor: Marin Alsop

Listen to Marin Alsop talking about this concert

Tuesday 4 December 2018, 7.30pm at the Royal Albert Hall  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.   John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration with The Purcell Singers and The Temple Church Choir .  Conductor: John Rutter.

Saturday 26 January 2019, 7.30pm at G Live   European Union Chamber Orchestra Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9, Chopin:Grand Polonaise and Andante Spianato, Tchaikovsky: String Serenade.  Piano: Noriko Ogawa; Director: Hans-Peter Hofmann

Thursday 14 March, 7.30pm at the Barbican   London Symphony Orchestra      Haitink at 90: Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Mahler: Symphony No. 4   Violin: Isabelle Faust; Soprano: Anna-Lucia Richter; Conductor:Bernard Haitink.  Read the Reviews

Saturday 11 May 2019, 7.30pm at the Royal Festival Hall  Philharmonia Orchestra             ​Beethoven: Overture, Egmont, Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, (Pathetique)   Violin: Viktoria Mullova Conductor: Paavo Järvi.  Review 1      Review 2

Sunday 2 June 2019, 7.30pm at the Royal Festival Hall  Philharmonia Orchestra Mendelssohn: Overture, The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave), Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4   Violin: Nicola Benedetti; Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado

This concert is now fully booked. If you wish to be placed on the reserve list please phone Mary Cooper: 01252 728575

Sunday 30 June 2019 Summer Special ,7.30 at the Royal Albert Hall : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.
R.Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra: Introduction; J. Strauss II: Blue Danube Waltz J.S. Bach, orch. Stokowski: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Beethoven Symphony No. 7: Allegretto; Williams: Star Wars®: Main Theme Holst: The Planets Conductor: Nick Davies