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Sunday Assembly London

1st & 3rd Sundays, 11.00

The Sunday Assembly presents

The Sunday Assembly

The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that meets to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life. It’s a service for anyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more.

We (usually*) meet every first and third Sunday in the Main Hall.

The Assembly is free to attend, is run by volunteers but need donations to cover hall hire.

London Assembly - Loyd Grossman


Sunday April 6th Assembly: Loyd Grossman talking about Old Buildings

After starting a career in journalism with Harpers & Queen and the Sunday Times he was diverted into television where as a writer, presenter or deviser he was involved in a wide range of programmes including Through the Keyhole, MasterChef, Behind the Headlines, History of British Sculpture, Loyd on Location and Build Britain, He also wrote and presented a series, Composers at Home, for Radio 3.

London Assembly – Changing the World - Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson

Sunday April 20th Assembly – Changing the World: Mark Stevenson, incredible author of the Optimist’s Guide to the Future, brings his glass totally overflowing vision of the world to the Assembly, with his guide on how to make that happen. Mark Stevenson is an entrepreneur, author, ideas broker and public speaker.  
“Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason.” – Chris Anderson, TED Curator. Mark is the author of the critically acclaimed (and many times translated) An Optimist’s Tour of the Future, but he has also written for The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Economist, The Daily Telegraph, and The New Statesman. His key skill is an ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter.

(* Not always! - please check the website for up to date details of events, not the Conway Hall website please. They're too overworked already.)

About the Sunday Assembly:
Sanderson Jones (over enthusiastic, bearded) and Pippa Evans (musical, hilarious) will join their host of inspirational speakers to create a morning that is part-atheist church, part-foot stomping show.
Each themed event has songs, readings and a final address on that topic. No matter what the subject, the goal of The Sunday Assembly is to solace worries, give perspective and inject a bit more whizziness into your daily life.
The Sunday Assembly is the brainchild of comedians Sanderson Jones (international purveyor of The Comedy Sale) and Pippa Evans (BBC Radio 4, Live at the Electric, The Showstoppers) who discovered on one long car journey to a gig that they were both thinking about starting a friendly community gathering for like-minded people.
The Sunday Assembly has had a whole host of fabulous speakers, including Sandi ToksvigMarcus BrigstockeProfessor Richard LayardHadley Freeman and Arthur Smith.

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Courses & Workshops

MusicUpClose IV

22 April - 3 June 2014

MusicUpClose IV: Music from Within: The psychology of musicians, composers and conductors

Presenters and guest musicians will include Karl Lutchmayer, Richard Sisson, Tom Hammond, Bill Brewer, Fenella Humphreys, Kathryn Harries, Sian Edwards, Simon Callaghan, Andrew Zolinsky, Matthew Taylor and featuring sound collective in the grand finale. 

This series will provide illumination for anyone passionate about music, whether or not you have any previous knowledge! The interactive sessions will be presented in an accessible fashion, excluding unnecessary technical terms, and will allow the audience to ask questions and explore what goes on in the minds of players during rehearsals and performances.  The locations will be intimate and audience and performers will be – as the title suggests – UpClose. In addition, each session will feature eminent musicians as our guest presenters.

Session One: Inside the Violin

Tuesday 22 April 2014, 19.30

Presenter: Karl Lutchmayer

Guest Musician: Fenella Humphreys


Session Two: Inside the Voice

Tuesday 29 April 2014, 19.30

Presenter: Richard Sisson

Guest Musician: Kathryn Harries


Session Three: Inside the mind of a Conductor

Tuesday 6 May 2014, 19.30

Presenter: Karl Lutchmayer 

Guest Musician: Sian Edwards


Session Four: Inside the Piano

Tuesday 13 May 2014, 19.30

Presenter: Richard Sisson

Guest Musicians: Simon Callaghan/Andrew Zolinsky


Session Five: Inside the mind of a Composer

Tuesday 27 May 2014, 19.30 

Presenter: Tom Hammond

Guest Musician: Matthew Taylor


Session Six: Inside our minds: how do we respond to music?

Tuesday 3 June 2013, 19.30 

Presenter: Bill Brewer

Musicians: sound collective and Trinity Laban

All sessions run on Tuesday evenings, 19.30 - 21.30, and will once again be held at London's Conway Hall. 

Tickets for single sessions are £10 in advance and £12 on the day.

Single Ticket - Buy Now

Full season registration is £50.

A special single session discounted rate for schools at £35 for a teacher and up to 5 students can be bought from the link below.

Additional information - including the individual session themes, presenters and musicians will be released in due course.

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Pexava Salsa

Last Thursday Monthly

Pexava Salsa present
Pexava Salsa Social, with international championship competitors and professional teachers and performers. Salsa lessons, shows, club dancing and more!

The last Thursday of the month, your salsa weekend starts early! Experience an amazing central salsa venue with great salsa people. 

Fantastic, spacious wooden dancefloor, special touches provided by dancers for dancers, the best salsa DJs on rotation, regular shows, cheap soft drinks.

19.15-20.15 Intermediate/Advanced class: with Gil & Shelley (please note: classes are suitable for experienced salsa dancers only; please see our Pexava website for our beginners courses in other locations).

20.15-23.30 Salsa Social: Dance your socks off on a wonderful floor with lovely people! Shows at 22.30 for “Showtime events”.

Tickets: £8 on the door including free class.

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Talks & Lectures

Shaw and sexuality

Fri 25 Apr 2014,19.30

The Shaw Society presents

“Shaw and sexuality” –  Alan Knight

Alan Knight, the chair of the Shaw Society, will look at Shaw’s discussion of sexual relations in his plays, and considers the views of critics who have detected other less explicit strains in his work.

TICKETS: On the door £2 members £4 guests

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Tony Benn: Assessing his Legacy for the Left

Sat 26 Apr 2014, 14.00

The Socialist History Society presents

Tony Benn: Assessing his Legacy for the Left 

The Socialist History Society is hosting this seminar to assess Tony Benn's contribution to British politics; speakers will look at the historical roots of his commitment to socialism; his record in and out of office; some of the key causes he championed; and his role as a populariser of history. 

Speakers confirmed:

Lindsey German
Convenor Stop The War

Keith Flett (London Socialist Historians Group) – ‘growing more radical as he grew older' 

Dr Duncan Bowie (University of Westminster/reviews editor, Chartist magazine) –‘the roots of Tony Benn’s socialist commitment’ 

Prof Willie Thompson (Historian, former editor Socialist History) – Why regrettably the Benn project did not succeed 

Stefan Dickers (Library and Archives Manager, Bishopsgate) – Benn as archivist 

Jon Lansman (editor Left Futures/CLPD) - Setting the Standard - What the Left should look for in a Leader

Stan Newens (ex-MP, ex-MEP; President SHS) – Benn as a Parliamentarian 

Dr Kate Hudson (CND general secretary/historian) – Benn the peace and anti-nuclear activist

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Special Events

State of the Browser

Sat 26 Apr 2014, 10.00

London Web Standards presents

State of the Browser

State of the Browser is coming back this year to bring you the latest on the web standards front and talks on where the web is going.

Our speakers will inspire us with their magic and show off the potential of today’s web.

Daniel Applequist

Jake Archibald

Martin Beeby

Andreas Bovens

Fernando Campo

Borja Salguero

Dan Donald

Christian Heilmann

Ruth John

Yoav Weiss

For SOTB we will provide a light lunch for speakers on the day as well as, naturally, tea, coffee and other refreshments. We would also like any speakers who are in London the evening before the conference to come to a complimentary speakers’ dinner and we would be more than happy to buy you drinks on the evening after the conference.

This year our full-day conference is in the centre of town at the lovely Conway Hall. Maximum ticket price £30 – a great deal! (Concessions for students also available)

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Talks & Lectures

Sunday Lecture - The Idea of Israel

Sun 27 Apr 2014, 14.00

The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

The Idea of Israel: Ilan Pappé

A major new history of Zionism and Israel, by Ilan Pappé, renowned author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.

Since its foundation in 1948, Israel has drawn on Zionism to provide a sense of self and political direction. In this groundbreaking new work, Ilan Pappé looks at the continued role of Zionist ideology in the creation of Israel. Join him as he discusses the way Zionism operates outside of the government and military in areas such as the country’s education system, media, and cinema, and the uses that are made of the Holocaust in supporting the state’s ideological structure.

Pappé has been attacked and received death threats since his work exposed the truth about how Palestinians have been treated, and the gruesome structure that links the production of knowledge to the exercise of power. The Idea of Israel is a powerful and urgent intervention in the war of ideas concerning the past, and the future, of the Palestinian–Israeli conflict.

Doors 13.30, £5 in advance, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

(Entry is limited, so please book well in advance)

Tea & Coffee will be available.

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Talks & Lectures

Sunday Lecture - The Dead Sea Scrolls: Contours of Belief

Sat 27 Apr 2014, 11.00

The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Sunday Lecture - The Dead Sea Scrolls: Contours of Belief
Professor Philip Davies

The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in Palestine in 1947, are the only literary texts we have in Hebrew from the first century CE, when the sacrificial cult of Judaism ended, and different forms of Judaism took over, including the new religion of Judaism. The Scrolls contain texts of scripture and scriptural interpretation, as well as rules for sectarian communities. Of particular importance is the range of religious ideas that they betray, suggesting that the spectrum of beliefs at the time was much broader than was previously thought, and contains the seeds not only of orthodox forms of Christianity and Judaism, but of several strands of belief that lay on their fringes or were even hereticized. We still know very little for sure about the groups responsible for these scrolls, or their history. But we can use them to redraw the prehistory of Western (including Islamic) monotheism and its central problem, the origin and nature of evil. 

Philip R. Davies is Professor emeritus of biblical studies at the University of Sheffield. He was the Director for the Centre for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is the author of numerous books and articles on ancient Israelite history and religion, including Scribes and Schools (1998) in the Library of Ancient Israel. He is an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has written four books on the subject.

Doors 10.30, £5 in advance, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

(Entry is limited, so please book well in advance)

Tea & Coffee will be available.

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Sunday Concerts

Duo Concertante & Heather Tuach

Sun 27 Apr 2014, 18.30

Nancy Dahn violin
Heather Tuach cello
Timothy Steeves piano

Schubert: Trio in B flat D898
Dvořák: Trio in E minor Op.90 ‘Dumky’

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30

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Courses & Workshops

Language courses in Spanish, Italian, French, German and Brazilian-Portuguese

28 April - 10 July 2014

Lingua Diversa Group @ Conway Hall

Language courses in Spanish, Italian, French, German and Brazilian-Portuguese

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002.

They run lunchtime and evening courses from beginner to advanced level in: Spanish Italian French German Brazilian-Portuguese.

The next term will start week beginning 28 April and last for 10 consecutive weeks.

The fee is £130 for lunchtime and £185 for evening courses.

There are maximum 10 students in each group.

For further information or for a free assessment of your level please email or call Lucio 07939001575 Esther 07980686471.

To see a full list of courses please check the webpage.

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