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Dulwich Symphony Orchestra – Gala Summer Concert in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice

Dulwich Symphony Orchestra is a local, community orchestra of dedicated members who perform exciting repertoire at the beautiful All Saints Church, Lovelace Road, West Dulwich, SE21.

DSO’s summer concert on Saturday 8th July is a fundraiser celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of St. Christopher’s Hospice by Dame Cicely Saunders, with a charity reception after the concert with drinks and nibbles.

 Overture The Magic Flute
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3, Soloist: Leslie Howard
Dvorak: Symphony No.9 in E minor From the New World

Conductor: Leigh O’Hara, Leader: Paula Tysall

7pm, Saturday 8th July at All Saints Church, Lovelace Road, London, SE21 8JY, disability accessible. Ticket prices: £20 (with reception) £12 and £10 concessions. Under 16s free. West Dulwich or Tulse Hill rail stations – free on street parking.

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Tickets available on Eventbrite, search for ‘Dulwich Symphony Orchestra’

Photo credit: Ingrid Beazley

North vs South to make historic Pools anniversary

Swimmers from two of London’s most iconic open air swimming pools will compete in a mini gala organised as part of the 80th anniversary of their opening.

The celebrations start at 4.00pm Saturday 8th July at Brockwell Park Lido.

Art Deco landmarks, Brockwell Lido and Parliament Hill Lidos opened within a year of each other in 1937 and 1938 respectively.

Historically the two lidos had annual races pitching south London against north, up until the late 60s. On Saturday 8th July 2017 races will run 4:45pm – 5:15pm.

Mike Johnstone, aka Lido Mike, said:

“The 80 year anniversary is a great time to revive the north vs south London races. Come along and support your Lido team. We hope this will become an annual event in the London swimming calendar.”

North and South London swim teams will compete across a range of distances and strokes and competitors will be grouped by age.

The Great Wall of Stillness!

The Reception Team at Stillness Infants School in Brockley had been researching ideas for the outside space and wanted to make something bright and colourful for the children. The area is an extension of the classroom and as such any images needed to complement the curriculum clearly defining each learning space. We decided to create individual panels that would provide backdrops for the topics covered throughout the year. A rainbow scene for ‘Once upon a Tale’ a unit that covers traditional fairy tales, a map of the World for our unit on travel ‘On the Move’ treasure maps and landscapes of London for role play etc, which was 48 meres in length.

We had a limited budget to work with so wanted to be able to spend as much of the money we had on equipment, costumes and learning resources for the children.  Brock, father of Olive in Red class offered to help and organised with two other Dads, Neil and Lawrence to paint the scenes on the wall for us. Before the walls could be painted they needed to be treated with stabilising paint. Costing up the treatment and paint we looked at sourcing through community paint initiatives when Brock approached Whites Suppliers who kindly gave their assistance with discounted materials. Over the next six months the team came in to school each Saturday and Sunday to complete the walls. They also worked throughout the half terms managing to complete everything ready for the start of the Summer Term.

As a school we are completely reliant on parental contributions for things of this nature. We are delighted with the end result as it has not just impacted on the Reception children but also the nursery who see the walls from their classroom and the staff who look out from the staff room on to the walls.

We are very grateful for the effort that the team have put in and the generosity of Whites which, combined, made this project possible.

This article was submitted by Stillness Infants School and first appeared in the June 2017 issue of SE23 magazine.

Bizet’s Carmen comes to Herne Hill

Dulwich Opera Company are bringing Bizet’s classic tale of love and revenge to the Oak Room at Herne Hill School this July. This young and vibrant company have devised a brand new chamber adaptation of Bizet’s classic, which will be touring South East England this summer.

Featuring a cast of young professional singers making role debuts, sung in French with English surtitles, with international conductor, Jeremy Silver, directing the music from the piano.

The company is delighted to reunite the creative team behind their highly acclaimed production of Così fan tutte, which is headed by international opera director, Ptolemy Christie, and designer, Leah Sams. Between them, they bring a great deal of experience to the production, having worked for many of the major opera and theatre companies here in the UK and abroad.

Premièred in 1875, Bizet’s Carmen remains one of the most loved and performed of all operas around the world, and includes the famous Habanera, Toreador song, and Flower Song. Based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée, the opera tells the story of the fiery gypsy girl’s tragic love affair with the obsessive soldier, Don José.

Tickets are available in advance from – £21 / £19 Concesssions / £10 Under 16’s when accompanied by an adult.

Pets Corner: Working your dog’s nose

Last month we looked at the importance of play for pets. This time I want to focus on the dog and in particular his amazing sense of smell.

It might be said that a dog ‘sees’ through its nose. Humans are primarily a sound and vision species, we rationalise our environment using eyes and ears. For instance, we recognise people by how they look and sound. Not so dogs, they recognise each other primarily via a signature scent and use smell to make sense of the world around them. Dogs have 300 million olfactory receptors to our 6 million. They have a specialist smell analysis organ in the roof of the mouth and use tail wags to broadcast personal scent information from their anal glands. This is why dogs that go blind or deaf can actually adjust quite well, because their premier sense is still intact.

Our forefathers used dogs to hunt, track and forage – anything from truffles to an escaped convict was located in this way. Today we still employ the dog’s powerful scenting ability to locate missing people, for customs and excise work and for bomb detection. At Medical Detection Dogs in Milton Keynes exciting work is underway harnessing the dog’s nose to sniff out human cancers and to train diabetes and allergen alert dogs. This work is based on the dog’s ability to detect minute odour traces created by disease or changes in the environment. Dogs are able to detect tiny odour concentrations, around one part per trillion (the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic sized swimming pools), there is potential to detect diseases, such as cancer, much earlier than is currently possible.

While working dogs are encouraged to use their sense of smell many pet dogs are actively discouraged. Understandably owners do not want their pet shoving a nose into the crotch of a visitor or lingering too long at the pile of fox poo in the park. However, harnessing the dog’s nose in the right way can really add value to walks and exercise with the dog. The easiest way is to teach your dog a basic ‘find’ exercise.

Here’s how:

  1. Start with a handful of tasty treats. Toss one to your left, point and say “find”! Then toss one to your other side and cue. Repeat six times.
  2. Get your dog to sit and wait or have someone hold his lead or tether him. Walk 10 to 15 feet away and let him see you place a treat on the floor. Walk back to his side, pause, and point saying “find” encouraging him to go and get the treat. Repeat 6 times, unhooking the lead each time.
  3. Next, have your dog sit and wait, or tether him and ‘hide’ the treat in an easy hiding place. Walk back to his side, pause, and cue him encouraging him to go get the treat. Repeat 6 times.
  4. Again, have your dog sit and wait. This time hide several treats in easy places while he’s watching. Return to his side, pause, and cue him. Don’t help if he doesn’t find them right away. You can repeat the cue and gesture, but don’t show him where it is; you want him to work to find it.
  5. Hide the treats in harder and harder places: behind a chair leg or surfaces off the ground
  6. Finally, put him in another room while you hide treats. Bring him back in and cue him.

Now you can use ‘find’ to exercise your dog inside or outside. You’ll be amazed how tired your dog is after some nose work.

Leonie St Clair |www.londondogstraining

This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of SE22 magazine.