Sunday 18th June
Monday 19th June: Big night in - BBQ & Garden Party
The conference garden party and BBQ will be held in the South Quad of Founder’s Building from 7pm until 11pm for delegates who have purchased a ticked in advance. Food will be served from approximately 7-9pm, so if there is a queue early in the evening, feel free to wait until a little later. Additional drinks can be purchased from the paid bar in Crosslands.
You can choose to attend one of two tours to learn about the history of Royal Holloway;
To join a tour, go to the meeting point in the South Quad of Founder’s Building at one of the following times:
- Founder’s Building history and Chapel tour
- Picture Gallery tour
Places are limited to 40 people per tour and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
If tours are full or you would just like to look around the chapel or picture gallery on your own, both will be open until 21.30. Information sheets are available from the conference assistants at the meeting point.
Lawn games and quiz
You can meet and mingle with other delegates by joining some of the lawn games which Royal Holloway students enjoy, or by forming a group to complete our quiz. See the conference app for further details.
Eleanor Rastall, soprano with Chris Barber, accompanist
Monday night’s entertainment, ‘We’ll Meet Again’, showcases popular tunes of the 20th century, offering a quirky and nostalgic look at the rich culture and history of the College since its founding in 1879. Performed by Eleanor Rastall, soprano, and Chris Barber, accompanist, and including favourites such as Summertime, Fly Me to the Moon and La Vie en Rose, finishing with the timeless classics A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square and We’ll Meet Again, the show revives the spirit of the ages through music to which generations of Royal Holloway students listened, studied, danced, and fell in love.
Eleanor Rastall studied singing at Trinity Laban and is now a free-lance singer, teacher and choir leader based in London. She performs regularly with Chris at the Musical Museum, Kew Bridge, and with Trio Literati in Yorkshire and beyond. Other recent highlights include A Merchant of Venice with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon; opera cabaret at Live at Zedeles, London; and soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem with choral societies in Yorkshire. Upcoming performances include Euridice in Gluck’s beautiful opera Orfeo in London and Leeds. www.eleanorrastall.co.uk.
Chris Barber, ARCM, is the Director of Music and Resident Organist at the Musical Museum Kew Bridge where he can regularly be heard performing on the Museum’s mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ for tours, concerts, silent films, monthly tea dances and a range of private functions. Dubbed the Mr Romance of the theatre organ because of his smooth romantic style of playing, Chris’s extensive and eclectic repertoire includes music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, popular and film music, and operetta and orchestral works, on both theatre organ and piano. His new CD of Spanish music will be available later this year. Chris can be contacted through the Musical Museum www.musicalmuseum.co.uk or via his website www.romanticorganist.wordpress.com.
Datchet Border Morris
Morris dancing is a traditional English dance dating back more than 500 years. The dance has evolved greatly over this time, and today can be classified into various styles depending on the region from which they originate.
On Monday night, we will be entertained by a group (or ‘side’, as groups of Morris dancing groups are known) based in Datchet, a village approximately 5 miles from Royal Holloway in borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Datchet Border Morris formed in 1961, so has been entertaining people locally and nationally for 56 years. They began as a Cotswold Morris side, meaning that their dances originated in the many villages and towns of the Cotswolds, a rural area of south central England famed for its outstanding natural beauty.
In 1991 they changed to a Border Morris side. Border Morris dances, which originate from the Welsh border counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, are more rustic and colourful than the dances performed in the Cotswold style.
The costumes worn by each Morris side are an important part of the group’s identity and tradition. Datchet Border Morris’s kit or costume is mainly black and red with the facial disguise being half black and half red. They wear bells on their legs and use long sticks, short sticks and handkerchiefs in nearly all their dances.
Since their formation in 1961 their main aim has been to have fun, enjoy themselves and entertain people. In this way they pride themselves on playing their part in keeping a very old English tradition alive and well.
DJ Jon Kutner
DJ Jon Kutner will be playing a range of British music from across the decades, including many songs that you probably grew up listening to. Jon has been a professional DJ for over 30 years and has been presenting music quizzes for over 25 years, so should be the right person to get us all on our feet!
Jon worked, during the 80s and 90s for the Mecca organisation and worked in many of their nightclubs arounds the UK. He ran his mobile disco concurrently, playing at a number of hotels in and around London. He is currently the resident DJ at Sopwell House (St. Albans) and Froyle Park (Alton, Hants).
As standard, Jon carries over 100,000 tracks of music to every function. As he says, ‘you never know what you might need!’ Additionally, he has co-written four music reference books in the last 15 years. For more information about Jon’s work, see www.jonkutner.com.
Tuesday 20th June: Big night out - Local area, Richmond or Central London
The ‘big night out’ is a free evening, giving you a chance to go out and explore the surrounding area. You could stay within walking distance of the university in Egham or Englefield Green, catch a train into the pretty town of Richmond upon Thames, or go further afield into Central London.
We recommend booking a restaurant in advance. It might also be easier to go out in smaller groups of 4-6, particularly as some restaurants struggle to seat larger groups at short notice. There is a list of local restaurants and a map on the app and website.
If you would like to meet other delegates wishing to visit the same location, there will be meeting points outside the Windsor Building between 17.30 and 19.30. Once a group has formed, feel free to head to your chosen destination and enjoy the evening at your own pace.
Please allow 15 minutes to walk to Egham station, 20-30 minutes by train to Richmond and 45-60 minutes by train to London Waterloo. Oyster cards are not valid from Egham, so please purchase a ticket. The last trains from London Waterloo and Richmond to Egham leave around 23.30.
This event will be self-funded on the day. Return off-peak train tickets cost around £9 to Richmond and around £14 to London Waterloo. Meals typically cost £15-25. If you have pre-ordered a meal on campus, you are welcome to join us at one of the local pubs or make use of Crosslands bar after your meal.
Local area (map)
The university is situated in the small town of Egham and is within walking distance of a limited number of restaurants and pubs in both Egham and Englefield Green. Why not go for a meal and then perhaps a pub crawl. Please note: Crossland bar on campus is also open on Tuesday evening.
Richmond upon Thames (map)
This picturesque town on the river Thames has beautiful views overlooking the river and an abundance of restaurants and bars to choose from. The journey into Richmond from the university campus consists of a 15-minute walk to Egham train station and a 20-minute train journey to Richmond. Most restaurants and the beautiful river views can be reached within about a 10-minute walk from Richmond station.
Please be aware that the last train back to Egham usually leaves at around 23:30.
Central London (map)
London Waterloo station is a 40-minute train journey from Egham station. Once at Waterloo it is a short, 5-minute walk to the London Eye and the South Bank from where you can see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. There are various restaurants and pubs nearby.
Please be aware that the last train back to Egham usually leaves at around 23:30.