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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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Special Events

George Ross Memorial Lecture - Faith, Hope and Charity for Humanists

Tue 27 Jan 2015, 18:30

Philosophy For All, Philosophy Now magazine and Conway Hall Ethical Society presents 

The George Ross Memorial Lecture - Prof Simon Blackburn
Philosophy Now Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. This year's winner is Noam Chomsky.

Join us for a joint event of Philosophy Now magazine and Philosophy For All. At 6:30pm Philosophy For All's annual George Ross Memorial Lecture will be given by one of Britain's best-known philosophers, Professor Simon Blackburn, on "Faith, Hope and Charity for Humanists".

The lecture will be followed at 8:30pm by the presentation of the annual Philosophy Now Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. This year's winner is Noam Chomsky, who (technology permitting) will join us by live video link from MIT.

Entry is Free. No booking required.


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Special Events

Rhinegold Live: Nicholas McCarthy

Wed 28 Jan 2015, 19:00

Rhinegold Live presents

Nicholas McCarthy

6.15pm drinks reception
7.00pm recital

Nicholas McCarthy is a one-handed concert pianist whose historic graduation from the Royal College of Music in 2012 made press headlines around the world. Nicholas has performed extensively throughout the UK in major venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, among others. Internationally, he has performed in the USA, South Africa, Kazakhstan and Malta. As a champion of piano music for the left hand, Nicholas fronted International Piano’s ground-breaking exploration of the genre for the magazine's July/August issue.

The concert will include original pieces for left hand alone, with transcriptions by Paul Wittgenstein and Nicholas himself.

"Mr McCarthy… now finds himself on the brink of a career as an international performer after astounding professionals and wowing audiences with his ability to play so seamlessly" –
The Independent, August 2012

Programme to include:

  • Scriabin – Prelude and Nocturne, Op.9
  • Schubert/Liszt (arr. Zichy) – Der Erlkönig
  • Bach/Gounod (arr. Wittgenstein) – Ave Maria
  • Haydn Wood (arr. McCarthy) – Roses of Picardy
  • Wagner/Liszt (arr. Zichy) – Fantasy on Tannhäuser

This concert is followed by a Q&A which will be conducted by Claire Jackson, Editor of International Piano magazine.

Nicholas McCarthy, piano 

Free: Reserve your ticket

Every ticket-holder will be guaranteed a seat and a drink; there will be a limited number of places available on the day on a first-come, first-served basis, but on-the-day seats do not include a complimentary drink. There are 150 pre-registered tickets available, and each ticket must be applied for separately.

Once registered, you will receive an email which is your ticket: please print this email out and bring it with you on the day.

Please only book a ticket if you plan on attending the event.

(Image credit: Nicholas McCarthy
© Raymond George Photography)


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Special Events

Corin Redgrave Memorial Lecture 2015 On Liberty

Sat 31 Jan 2015, 14:30

Peace & Progress presents

Corin Redgrave Memorial Lecture 2015: On Liberty

to be delivered by

Shami Chakrabarti

Entrance £8, £5 concessions (payable on door)

To reserve a place at this event please text or phone and leave a message on 07599 566 140 or email us at peaceandprogressevents@gmail.com

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty and tireless campaigner for human rights, will deliver the 2015 lecture in memory of Corin Redgrave.

In the introduction to her recently published best-selling book 'On Liberty' Shami writes:

''These are challenging times for human rights. The ill-judged and misnamed 'War on Terror' has morphed into a permanent state of exception becoming the rule. This has been triggered not only by horrific crimes against people and the terror of collapsing towers but by collapsing markets, economies and institutions. No one is above the law. Yet some have readily decided that the rule of law is too exacting and human rights principles too expensive in times of insecurity and austerity

As I write, some senior figures in the Conservative Party and the UK Independence Party that has so tweaked its tail propose abolishing the Human Rights Act and withdrawing from the European Convention of Human Rights. They are wrong. . . .Our responsibility is to previous generations, who fought for rights and freedoms and to future generations, for whom we hold them in trust."

Coming at the start of an election year we hope this lecture will help raise important questions concerning human rights that we could all fruitfully address to candidates during the election campaign.

Corin Redgrave was not only an outstanding artist but an inspirational, passionate and steadfast campaigner for human rights. For over 40 years Corin worked for and alongside those in struggle against injustice whether in the labour and trade union movement or in individual cases of miscarriages of justice and for those detained without trial in Guantanamo. No case was too big or too small.

Corin was tireless in his opposition to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the so-called 'War on Terror' and his work was recognised both at home and abroad. He was a founder of the Guantanamo Human Rights Commission and Peace and Progress - A Party for Human Rights.

Shami Chakrabarti studied law at the London School of Economics and was subsequently called to the Bar by the Middle Temple. She was a member of the panel of the Leveson Inquiry into phone hacking. Shami is Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

Shami has worked for Liberty since 2001 and was appointed Director 11 years ago, since which time she has led vigorous campaigns on issues as diverse as privacy laws, ASBOs and anti-terror legislation.

'This lecture is being organised by Peace and Progress - A Voice for Human Rights'


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Talks & Lectures

The Ethical and Economic Case for Socialism

Sun 1 Feb 2015, 11.00

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Jerry Jones

The concept of surplus labour – that is labour performed over and above that required to fulfil immediate consumption needs – will be used to explain: first, how economic development happens; second, why the current capitalist system, as a result of the appropriation of surplus labour, is both unethical and inefficient economically; and third, why a market system based on various forms of common ownership – which is identified as the underlying economic basis for socialism – is not only more efficient economically, but also more ethical because it is able to eliminate the appropriation of surplus labour.

Jerry was an academic at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and at King’s College London, specialising in the economic development of underdeveloped countries, and economic, social and agricultural policies related to food security and nutrition. His publications include, Resources and Industry in Tanzania: Use, Abuse and Misuse, academic papers on food policy, technology and economic development, as well as various pamphlets, and some 200 articles on economics as a columnist for the Morning Star. He is a member of the Left Economics Advisory Panel, the Economics Commission of the Communist Party, and Chair of the Labour Land Campaign.

If you would like to comment on this event please visit our Ethical Record section.

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

Tea, Coffee & biscuits will be available.


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Sunday Concerts

Edinburgh Quartet

Sun 1 Feb 2015, 18.30

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts present

Edinburgh Quartet

The Edinburgh Quartet has a long and colourful history as one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles, having appeared regularly at prestigious venues across the UK and toured extensively across Europe, the Far and Middle East, and North and South America. 

In addition to a busy concert schedule the Edinburgh Quartet is frequently featured in radio broadcasts for the BBC and other stations.  Recently this has included live appearances on Classics Unwrapped (BBC Radio Scotland) and Jazz Line-Up (BBC Radio 3) as well as video recordings for Studio One Sessions, which appear on the BBC Radio Scotland website.  The Quartet has always been a champion of new music and has worked with many important and prolific composers of our age including James MacMillan, Michael Tippett and Howard Blake.

Tristan Gurney violin
Gordon Bragg violin
Fiona Winning viola
Mark Bailey cello 

Haydn: Quartet in C minor Op.17/4
Mendelssohn: Quartet in E minor Op.44/2
Elgar: Quartet in E minor Op.83

£10 tickets. Free entry for under-25s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Special Events

Is Cameron more radical than Thatcher?

Mon 2 Feb 2015, 19:00

Guardian Live event: Is Cameron more Radical than Thatcher?

In their new book "Cameron's Coup" Polly Toynbee and David Walker argue that Cameron is turning out to be more radical than Thatcher. In conversation with columnist and broadcaster Steve Richards, they will explain why they think the cuts are cover for an assault on the post-war social settlement and the government is creating a harsher, meaner Britain.

Running time: 90 minutes with no interval. The book 'Cameron's Coup' is available for purchasing on the order form.

Tickets: £16-£20

Start and End: 19:00-20:30


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Talks & Lectures

Close Up II: The Relevance of The Collective

Thu 5 Feb 2015, 19:00

The Old Girls' Club presents

Close Up II: The Relevance of The Collective

The Relevance of the Collective will investigate the role of the collective within the photography industry, from establishing and co-ordinating to how they effect an individuals work.

Our speakers will discuss their own experiences and opinions of collectives as well as answer questions from the audience and debate hot topics we face within the world of photography that we face on a daily basis. 

Our speakers and panellists hail from all corners of the industry and will give a critical insight to the industry we work in as well as provide some sound advice for the those who want to hone their trade.

Anita Corbin -1st Women UK

London Alternative Photographic Collective

Jenny Lewis

Emma Taylor - Creative Advice Network

Made In Arts London

After the talks and Q&A you will also get a chance to network with our inspirational speakers as well as other influential guests from across the industry, giving you the chance to make some new contacts and maybe even start up your own collective...

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Tickets: Free

Small cash donations will be graciously accepted on the night of the event to go towards our supporters at Conway Hall who generously provided the venue to us for this seminar. We hope to pass on any donations from the night to the staff of Conway Hall who've helped us put this together and who continue to do amazing work within the community. 


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Sunday Concerts

Werther Ensemble

Sun 8 Feb 2015, 18.30

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts present

Werther Ensemble

The Werther Ensemble gave their first performance as a piano quartet in February 2013, when they played Brahms’ op 60 -’the Werther’ - from which they take their name.  In May 2013 they made an enormous impact at the inaugural Whittington International Chamber Music Festival, of which James Barralet is the Artistic Director, and were again resident ensemble in 2014.

Their schedule for 2014/15 includes a series of concerts at St John’s Smith Square exploring European piano quartets, a return to the Whittington International Festival playing Mendelssohn several performances of rare English works for the genre.

Tonight’s programme consists of works written while their composers were at the earliest stages of their careers, from Beethoven’s youthful C major quartet, through Mendelssohn virtuosic showpiece and culminating in Walton’s colourful and exciting early masterpiece.

Photo by Oliver Markham

Jamie Campbell violin
Hannah Strijbos viola
James Barralet cello
Simon Callaghan piano 

Beethoven: Piano Quartet in C WoO36
Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet in F minor Op.2
Walton: Piano Quartet

£10 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

So, there is no God. Is that so?

Sun 8 Feb 2015, 11.00

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Prof. Anthony O’Neill and Ms. Dominique Williams

This event, going against the grain of the Conway Hall Ethical Society, considers two different views of the monotheistic “God”. One is given by Anthony O’Neill, Siemens Professor of Microelectronics at Newcastle University, who will invite us to reconsider the very atheistic foundations on which our Society was formed by saying what being a Christian means to him. The second view will be a quite different perspective given by Dominique Williams, who will argue that both notions have more in common than first meets the eye and she will challenge you to readdress your convictions. Both will take questions and comments and doubtless stoutly defend their respective corners.

Anthony O'Neill is Siemens Professor at Newcastle University. In 1994 he was Visiting Scientist at MIT where he pioneered research on a new generation of silicon chip devices.  In 2002 he became a Royal Society Industry Fellow with Atmel.  He was visiting professor at EPFL (Switzerland) in 2009.  He is the director of nanoLAB, Newcastle’s Nano-science and Technology Research Centre, a Fellow of the IET and a director of the National Microelectronics Institute.  He took a leading role in establishing eFutures (http://www.eFutures.ac.uk), a national network aiming to maximise the impact of UK electronics research.  His research interests span a wide range and include taking silicon into new areas such as the bio-electronic interface and into neuroscience.

Dominique Williams  Not a professor, not a doctor, not an author. Not in politics, not in the media, not in banking. Neither a philosopher but likes to gaze at life "through the looking glass" of philosophy. So maybe the soul of a poet. After 30 years in teaching and for the last 3 years caring for someone with Alzheimer's, she constantly learns to approach life from a different angle, and to keep on wondering.

If you would like to comment on this event please visit our Ethical Record section.

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

Tea, coffee & biscuits will be available.



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