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Courses & Workshops

Larger than Life: creating solo performance

Sat 29 Nov 2014, 13:00

The Centre for Solo Performance presents

Larger than Life: creating solo performance a workshop with Janice Perry

For performance artists, dancers, visual artists, philosophers, sociologists, mathematicians, poets, and others interested in creating new performance-based work.

Participants may bring in pieces that they are working on, or use this workshop to begin new work. We’ll develop short performance pieces that can stand on their own, be joined together to create longer inter-related pieces, or serve as a springboard for full-length monologues, plays or other performative work.

We’ll work in a collaborative atmosphere that encourages and supports risk-taking, using body, voice, text, and – if desired – traditional and/or digital media. Themes will be chosen by participants.

Perry’s teaching techniques are derived from her experience as a writer and performer, and participants are strongly encouraged to evolve their own, unique writing and performance styles.
Bring cameras, laptops, ipads, ipods, cellphones, cables, card-readers, dongles, pencils, paper and/or other media that you might want to use in creating new work.

Feedback from workshop participants:

“Whatever the word for “the opposite of risk averse” is, Janice Perry is it.”

“  …the whole experience was intense but made to feel like a safe environment, due to the strong but reassuring encouragement given by Janice throughout the process… probably the most quote-able phrase, ‘Let’s deal with the possibilities first and the restrictions second.”

“She got us acting painlessly. I never saw our progress evolving – but suddenly everyone was so much better. Then it got REALLY fun!”

“Really great! Janice is an excellent teacher and good at giving feedback supportively. I very much appreciated her refusal to fret over potential problems and her trust in the group and the process to resolve issues in due course. Overall Janice’s approach created a very safe & supportive environment in which to make work and take risks.”

“My experience with you has permanently changed the way I work.”

Workshop sizes are limited so early booking is recommended.

Workshop: £33. 1pm - 5pm.


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Sunday Concerts

Trio Petrus

Sun 30 Nov 2014, 18.30

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts present

Trio Petrus

Peter Fisher violin
Peter Adams cello
Peter Hewitt piano 

Haydn Trio in C major HobXV:27
Shostakovich Trio No. 2 in E minor Op.67
Schubert Trio in B flat D898

A chamber group of immense musical stature, Trio Petrus brings together three exceptional English chamber music players. Invited to return everywhere they play, the three Peters give world-class accounts of the Titans of the piano trio repertoire.

£9 tickets. Free entry for under-25s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Talks & Lectures

Thinking on Sunday: Has human prosperity peaked already?

Sun 30 Nov 2014, 11:00

The Conway Hall Ethical Society

Thinking on Sunday - Has human prosperity peaked already? with Hazhir Teimourian

Will the future bring only greater poverty and more turmoil? Is it too late for us to take preventive action? Do we have any real leadership in the world, or are we merely drifting? These questions sound hyperbolic and we must hope they will prove just that. But the signs are frightening. We are not reversing climate change and the population of the world, particularly in the tropics, continues to grow rapidly. Unicef predicts that there will be over one billion under-18s in Africa alone by the middle of the century, only 36 years away. If that extra population were to achieve a decent standard of living, the consequences for the climate would be dire. The prediction is that it will not achieve even a modest standard of living, one of the results being severe migration pressures towards the industrialised world.

Hazhir Teimourian believes that the underlying main cause of the present turmoil in Arab countries is large numbers of young people unable to find worthwhile jobs.  He hopes to be proved mistaken, so please come along and show him!

Hazhir Teimourian was born in the Kurdish country of western Iran in 1940 and has lived and worked in the UK as a commentator on the Middle East for decades, mainly with the BBC and The Times. He is the author of a detailed biography of Omar Khayyam, the eleventh century freethinker and poet who nearly succumbed to the lynch mob. He is writing a book with a professor of demographics at the University of Oxford to investigate these trends and has begun to consult some of the world’s top thinkers and scientists to aid him.

Entry £3, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

Doors 10.30. Tea, Coffee & biscuits will be available.


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Special Events

London Thinks - Ben Goldacre: I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That!

Mon 1 Dec 2014, 19:30

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

London Thinks - Ben Goldacre: I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That!

The very best journalism from one of Britain’s most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling "Bad Science" and "Bad Pharma" and his new book "I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That" - which is now an Amazon No.1 Bestseller.

The event will be chaired by Prof. Trisha Greenhalgh OBE.

In ‘Bad Science’, Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science. In ‘Bad Pharma’, he put the $600 billion global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. Now the pick of the journalism by one of our wittiest, most indignant and most fearless commentators on the worlds of medicine and science is collected in one volume.

Dr. Ben Goldacre is a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies, and more.
His first book “Bad Science” (4th Estate) has sold over 500,000 copies to date, is published in 18 countries, and reached number one in the UK non-fiction bestseller charts. Bad Pharma, is on bad behaviour in the pharmaceutical industry and medicine more broadly, and I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That! is about the complex world of bad journalism: it is now a top ten UK best seller.

Ben's books will be available to buy on the night. 

Prof Trish Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Health Care and Dean for Research Impact at Barts Hospital, and an internationally recognised academic in primary health care and a non-principal general practitioner in north London. She joined Barts and the London Medical School in 2010 to set up the Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit within the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health. 
Her many awards and prizes include Order of the British Empire for Services to Medicine, National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator Award, Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year Award and European Health Management Association Baxter Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Research in Healthcare Management.

Complimentary wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be available on the night too.

Tickets £15/£5 concessions and Conway Hall Ethical Society Members.

London Thinks is Conway Hall Ethical Society's monthly discourse on the big issues and problems of society in our age.


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Talks & Lectures

A ‘New Magna Carta’?

Thu 4 Dec 2014, 18:00

The National Secular Society presents

A ‘New Magna Carta’: time for a written constitution?

As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, has the time come for the UK to have a written constitution? And if so, what form should it take?

These issues will be discussed at a public event at Conway Hall on 4 December, by Graham Allen MP, chair of the Parliamentary Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, and Bob Morris, from the UCL Constitution Unit.

The speakers will set out the pros and cons and consider the possible implications for secularism.

The Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee has launched a major consultation into the UK's current and future democratic settlement, which could potentially lead to the constitution being codified in what is being called a 'New Magna Carta'. The committee have recommended three possible ways forward:

  • Constitutional Code – a document that doesn't have legal force, but which would set out the existing principles of the constitution and the workings of government.
  • Constitutional Consolidation Act – a document which would consolidate existing constitutional laws in one place.
  • Written Constitution – a document of basic law by which the UK would be governed, setting out the relationship between the state and its citizens.

Graham Allen, the Labour MP for Nottingham North, is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, and a high profile supporter of constitutional reform.

Bob Morris is a former Home Office career civil servant. At the UCL Constitution Unit. Bob Morris has worked on a number of ecclesiastical and royal issues, including their 2009 report on Church and State in 21st century Britain.

The event is free and open to all but attendees must either register online or reserve places by calling 020 7404 3126.


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Sunday Concerts

Bridge Quartet

Sun 7 Dec 2014, 18.30

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts present

Bridge Quartet

Colin Twigg violin
Catherine Schofield violin
Michael Schofield viola
Lucy Wilding cello

Haydn Quartet in D Op.76/5
Butterworth Suite
Dvorak Quartet in C Op.61 

Since their formation in 1989, the Bridge String Quartet have enjoyed a reputation as ambassadors for English music with their enterprising programming supported by excellent recordings. They have travelled widely to festivals in USA, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria and Kenya and have broadcast English music live on continental radio stations.

The Bridge Quartet have a diverse educational portfolio, developing varied links from Hounslow Community residency to an association with Kingston University. They are respected coaches of students and amateur chamber musicians and their recent courses in France, Holland and in this country have been very popular. Artistic collaborations include “Shared platforms” and “CamBRIDGE Connection Concerts” To support some of these projects, they gratefully acknowledge the support of the Bridge Initiative Trust “BRIDGE IT” (charity no. 1133156).

£9 tickets. Free entry for under-25s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Community

Sunday Assembly

1st & 3rd Sundays, 11:00

Sunday Assembly presents

London Assembly

Come along to sing SONGS, hear TALKS, share TEA and CAKE and enjoy COMMUNITY with 400 others. 

It's for everyone who wants to LIVE BETTER, HELP OFTEN and WONDER MORE.

Entry Free/Donation.

See you soon down there.


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Talks & Lectures

Thinking on Sunday -Should we spend billions looking into deep space?

Sun 7 Dec 2014, 11:00

The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Prof. Lucio Piccirillo

I will talk about big basic science projects and the huge tax payers money required, and in particular what is involved in setting up and running a large expensive space program, where there is no very obvious return to the man-in-the-street.

This is a very real and important question for humanity.  I will discuss and will present a personal view on the rationale of  why we should continue to make such investments in basic research and astrophysics and the consequences of this to the general public.

Lucio Piccirillo is Professor of Radio Astronomy Technology at the University of Manchester. Before arriving in Manchester he worked in the Netherlands, France, Italy and USA. His main scientific interests are in the field of cosmology - i.e. the study of the earliest moment of the Universe. His particular specialty consists in developing new technologies to build more and more sensitive astrophysical instruments.

Doors 10.30. Entry £3, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members

Tea, Coffee & biscuits will be available.


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Talks & Lectures

Martin Rowson's "The Coalition" Talk

Fri 12 Dec 2014, 19:30

The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Martin Rowson's "The Coalition Talk" 

"When you've got a vicious bunch of cut throats in power you need a cartoonist who is up for the evisceration.  Rowson's your man." - Mark Thomas

After the historic General Election of 2010, Britain ended up with a Tory-Lib Dem coalition government. While the media has reported onits highs and lows, no one has captured the cabinet's actions better than Martin Rowson, who has been documenting his own version of events in cartoons for The Guardian, The Mirror, The Morning Star and other publications. 'The Coalition Book' collects his best, most brutally funny and visceral cartoons from the last four years.

Cameron and Clegg take centre stage as we're reminded of some of the highlights of their term in power: phone-hacking, double-dip recession, riots, endless arguments about Europe - topics that will be central to the debate in the lead up to the next general election in 2015.  Rowson provides a full cast list of the principle players from the world of politics and the media, and a brief descriptive scene-setter to each cartoon.  Laced with Rowson's characteristically savage satire, 'The Coalition Book' is a political pantomime with a rottweiler's bite.

One of Britain’s best-loved cartoonists, Martin Rowson has contributed regularly to The Guardian, Daily Mirror, The Times, The Spectator, Time Out, The New Statesman and many other publications. He is also the author of several graphic novels including adaptations of The Wasteland, Gulliver’s Travels, and Tristam Shandy (SelfMadeHero).  His prose books include The Dog Allusion: Gods Pets and How to be Human, and the memoir Stuff. He lives in London.

Tickets: £5 Standard Advance, Free for Ethical Society Members. £24.99 with book pre-order (to collect on the night).

The Coalition Book will be available on the night for £20.


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Sunday Concerts

Pentagon String Ensemble

Sun 14 Dec 2014, 18.30

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts present

Pentagon String Ensemble

Lucy Jeal, Lucy Curnow - Violins
Martin Bloor - Viola
Pavlos Carvalho, Rachel Threlfall - Cellos

Pre-concert talk at 17.30:
Roderick Swanston.  Schubert's String Quintet: Old Bottles, New Wine 

Boccherini String Quintet in E Op.11/5
Beethoven Sonata in A Op.47 'Kreutzer', 1st movement (arr. for string quintet)
Schubert Quintet in C D956

Pentagon String Ensemble is a flexible string group consisting of players who have performed together for many years. Individually the members have performed as Principal players with orchestras including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Halle Orchestra and Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. As chamber musicians they have collaborated with such artists as Alfred Brendel, Thomas Zehetmair, Ruth Killius, Heinz Holliger, Christian Zacharias, the Soloists of the Philharmonia and the Soloists of the LPO.

Tonight’s programme brings our season to a perfect close with Schubert’s great String Quintet D956, considered by many to be his finest chamber work.

£9 tickets. Free entry for under-25s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)

Doors open at 17.00. Pre-concert talk at 17.30. Main Concert 18.30.


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