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Rick Mather, 1937 – 2013Posted by The Lyric, 30 April 2013
Jessica Hepburn, Lyric Hammersmith Executive Director:
‘Last week brought some very sad news: the death of the world-renowned architect Rick Mather. The Lyric has had a long-standing relationship with Rick that goes back well over a decade. In 2003, he completed a major remodelling of the theatre which reorientated our small front door on King Street to an impressive new entrance on Lyric Square which also included a new ticket office, street level café, rehearsal room and workshop space. And, over the last few years, we have been working together again on a major extension to the theatre which will create a range of new facilities for our work with artists and young people. The project, scheduled for completion in summer 2014, is testament to Rick’s unique skill at sensitively weaving together the new and the old and will form the creative heart of the regeneration of Hammersmith town centre. Rick will be sadly missed by all those who knew him and the Lyric staff offers its deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We look forward to continue working with his team at Rick Mather Architects who we know will remain inspired by his vision and honour his memory in their work.’
The Reuben Foundation WingPosted by The Lyric, 22 April 2013
We were thrilled to announce last week that the Reuben Foundation have become a major funder to our Capital Development project. The building's extension will be named ‘The Reuben Foundation Wing’ in recognition of their donation to the project. Members of the Reuben family joined Mayor Boris Johnson last week on a tour of the Lyric to see how the extension will benefit young Londoners.The Mayor commented:
'The Reuben Foundation is having an enormously positive impact on the lives of Londoners, as we have seen with its support for our own Team London Programme. This is a fine example of philanthropic giving, which is hugely important for our cultural institutions and it means the Lyric will be able to expand and sustain its excellent work for years to come.'.
The Reuben Foundation is a UK registered charity focused on making essential contributions to health care and education in the UK and worldwide. The Reubens said of their donation:
‘We are delighted and proud to support the Lyric Hammersmith in creating The Reuben Foundation Wing, which we hope will benefit all those young people wishing to learn about and gain experience in the creative industry for many years to come.’.
The Lyric continues to raise money through online giving on our website thanks to all our supporters’ generosity. If you want to be a part of this development for young people then please donate to this terrific cause here.
Boris at The LyricPosted by The Lyric, 10 April 2013
The Lyric was thrilled to welcome Boris Johnson today to show him the exciting developments happening to the building, and to meet some of our young people. He joined in with the rehearsals for LYC’S Mobile Phone Show and spoke to the team involved in our Peer Mentoring scheme. Later, taking a tour of the building, the Mayor was shown the redevelopments that are happening to create the UK’s first teaching theatre.
The project is part funded by The Mayor of London, who has invested £1million in the development. Mr Johnson commented:
'The Lyric is a cultural beacon for west London and a shining example of the continuing success our theatres have in attracting audiences and putting themselves at the heart of the community.'
We agree completely and cannot wait for all of the new facilities to be enjoyed by young people from across London. To achieve our aim we need your help so please do donate to our fundraising appeal if you can. You can donate online by clicking here or you can simply text Play06 £1 to 70070 to donate £1 to the fundraising total.