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Community

Blood Donation

21 July - 17 November 2014

The Next National Blood Donation dates at Conway Hall are:


Mon 21st Jul, 2014 09:00-11:30 / 12:45-15:15

Wed 10th Sep, 2014 09:00-11:30 / 12:45-15:15

Mon 17th Nov, 2014 09:00-11:30 / 12:45-15:15

Available to walk in

Appointments can be made

 


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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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Courses & Workshops

MusicUpClose: Music under Fire – Music in London and Paris during World War One

1 October - 11 November 2014

MusicUpClose V: Music under Fire – Music in London and Paris during World War One

A project devised by sound collective, Simon Callaghan and Conway Hall (London), in collaboration with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Greenwich.

MusicUpClose is an innovative series of performing events based at London's Conway Hall. Professional musicians and postgraduate students from Trinity Laban help to illuminate not only specific pieces of classical music, but also the way in which they think about music and performing.

Tickets for each session are priced at £10 adv. online (£12 on the door). There's a special discount for teachers and their students (14+ years old) at £35 per group for one single session.

Advance for all six sessions is £50 in advance. (which can be bought here)

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 way, excluding unnecessary technical terms, and will allow the audience to interact 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.

MusicUpClose V: Music under Fire – Music in London and Paris during World War One

Curated by Professor Barbara L. Kelly

Session One: On the Brink of War
Wednesday 1 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Works to be performed: Ravel Trio, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge etc.

(more info)

Session Two: Musical Responses to War
Wednesday 8 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Works to be performed: Debussy Cello Sonata etc.

(more info)

Session Three: Jane Bathori – A Voice in the War
Wednesday 22 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Featuring: Choral group, VERISMO
Works to be performed: Ravel Histoire Naturelles, Satie Trois Mélodies, Debussy Chansons Charles D’Orléans, Ravel: Trois Chansons pour choeur mixte, Satie Parade etc.

(more info)

Session Four: Britain at War: the lads that will never be home 
Wednesday 29 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Works to be performed: Songs for Baritone & Piano by Butterworth, Bridge, Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Scott etc.

(more info)

Session Five: In Memoriam - bells and sounds of War
Wednesday 5 November, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Works to be performed: Poulenc Sonata for Two Clarinets, Stravinsky Three Pieces for Clarinet etc.

(more info)

Session Six: Music Under Fire in Paris and London
Tuesday 11 November, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Featuring: Badke Quartet, Sadie Fields violin, Daniel Broncano clarinet, Olivia Ray mezzo soprano, Tom Hammond conductor
Works to be performed: Ravel Mallarmé Songs, Elgar Piano Quintet, Stravinsky A Soldier’s Tale (trio version), Ethel Smyth Songs

(more info)

Below are just some of the fantastic quotes that we have had for MusicUpClose from our audience members:

"This is an innovative series which develops interest and understanding of music and can be enjoyed by people of all musical knowledge and ability, from the beginner to the advanced"

"The series was very interesting and illuminating. I particularly enjoyed and appreciated having real musicians talking, singing, playing and conducting every week...UpClose!"

"It was a real privilege to be able to sit amongst the orchestra and follow the music and the conductor with the 1st and 2nd Violins - never to be forgotten! It was also good to have the chance to chat to the musicians individually."

"Inside the Music was an original evening - very informative and most memorable. Some more please! Many thanks to all involved - organisers, presenters and of course the orchestra, you did a great job!"

"Sitting among the woodwind in the Beethoven performance was (I think) the closest I am going to get to heaven!"


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Film & Theatre

Reel Rock

20 - 21 October 2014

Reel Rock Film Tour presents

Reel Rock

The riveting feature-length documentary about the bold men and women who redefined the limits of human possibility in the vertical realm.

This year’s Reel Rock Tour features the highly anticipated feature-length film Valley Uprising from Emmy award-winning adventure filmmakersThe documentary examines 60 years of climbing history, epic rivalry, adventure and rebellion in California’s legendary Yosemite National Park. Experience the climbing revolution and adventure son the big screen with the bold men and women who have redefined the limits of possibility in the vertical realm.

Tickets: £12.50/£11 concession

8:00pm - 10pm


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Special Events

Stop the First World War

Tue 21 Oct 2014, 19.00

Oppositions to the Great War

A series of talks and discussions every Tuesday evening at 7pm from September 30th to November 11th 2014.

Curated by Deborah Lavin, and presented by Conway Hall Ethical Society and the Socialist History Society.

Week 4:

Irish Labour and the First World War

On 8 August 1914 Jim Larkin wrote in the Irish Worker newspaper lamenting the fact that Ireland’s ‘best blood’ was pouring out of ‘every port in Munster, Leinster and Connaught’ to fight for the British Empire. ‘Take heed of what we say’, he urged, ‘for if you do England’s dirty work you will surely rue the day. Stop at home. Arm for Ireland. Fight for Ireland.’ complained that even staunch Irish Citizen Army men were enlisting. After John Redmond’s unconditional offer of support for Britain’s declaration of war, Ireland was not exempt from the patriotic wave that swept over the British Isles, and at the Rising in Easter Week 1916 there were actually more Irish workers fighting for the British on the Western Front than there were fighting against the British in Dublin, the bulk of the Irish labour movement remained opposed to the War. From the very beginning the conflict was seen as Ireland’s opportunity and importantly the British government found it impossible to introduce conscription in Ireland.

John Newsinger is professor of History at Bath Spa University. He is a member of the Socialist History Society and the London Socialist Historians Group. He has written extensively on the labour and trade union movement in Ireland, on aspects of imperialism and the left. His many books include Fenianism in Mid-Victorian Britain (1994); United Irishman: The Memoirs of James Hope (editor) (2000); British Counterinsurgency: from Palestine to Northern Ireland (2002); Rebel City: Larkin, Connolly and the Dublin Labour Movement (2004); The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire (2006) and Jim Larkin and the Great Dublin Lockout of 1913 (2013).

Radical Liberalism and the Outbreak of WW1

This lecture will focus on the role of working class Liberal MPs (the LibLabs) in the prewar peace and arbitration movements and on the role of the radical Liberals including Charles Trevelyan and Arthur Ponsonby), who at the outbreak of war established the British Neutrality Committee and will consider Trevelyan's resignation from the Government together with John Burns and John Morley, on the issue of the declaration of war against Germany.

Duncan Bowie, reviews editor and history columnist of Chartist and a lecturer at the University of Westminster.

Entry £5/£3 (Ethical Society and Social History Society members)


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Special Events

New Scientist Live - Closing in on consciousness

Wed 22 Oct 2014, 18:30

SOLD OUT

New Scientist Magazine presents

New Scientist Live - Closing in on consciousness

with: 
Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, University of Sussex

Manos Tsakiris, Professor of Psychology, Royal Holloway, London University

Every day you sense the world around you and react to it. You think about it, plan ahead and have no doubt where "you" end and everything else begins. Your consciousness is so familiar you take it for granted, yet it is deeply mysterious and has intrigued philospohers and scientists for centuries. Recent research has revealed much about the subtleties of this state and what we still need to uncover.

Doors to Conway Hall will open at 6pm, the talk will commence at 6:30pm.

Tickets £14/£12

Tickets will only be available in advance through Eventbrite (subject to availability).


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Courses & Workshops

MusicUpClose - A Voice in the War

Wed 22 Oct 2014, 19:00

MusicUpClose V: Music under Fire – Music in London and Paris during World War One

Curated by Professor Barbara L. Kelly, with sound collective and musicians from Trinity Laban Conservatoire/Royal College of Music

Session Three: Jane Bathori – A Voice in the War


Wednesday 22 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Featuring: Choral group, VERISMO
Works to be performed: Ravel Histoire Naturelles, Satie Trois Mélodies, Debussy Chansons Charles D’Orléans, Ravel: Trois Chansons pour choeur mixte, Satie Parade etc.

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Today the spotlight is on the French singer, Jane Bathori.  She was given an amazing opportunity to direct the small but experimental theatre, le Vieux Colombier in Paris during the war.  She put on concerts of new music by composers including Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and she promoted the works of the youngest French composers, including Poulenc and Milhaud.  With an awareness of the musical past, she programmed early French, English and Italian repertoire and music associated with the French Revolution.  We are delighted that Olivia Ray will play the part of Jane Bathori, singing some of the works she made famous, such as Ravel’s Histoires naturelles.  The vocal ensemble Verismo will perform some special choral works in the ancient style by Debussy and Ravel.  These works will be interspersed with extracts from Bathori’s private letters to theatre director, Jacques Copeau, which give a fascinating insight into the difficulties of putting on concerts while Paris was under attack.  They give a vivid sense of her determination to contribute to the war effort musically.

Tickets for each session are priced at £10 adv. online (£12 on the door). There's a special discount for teachers and their students (14+ years old) at £35 per group for one single session.

Advance for all six sessions is £50 in advance. (which can be bought here)


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Film & Theatre

The Unbelievers

Thu 23 Oct 2014, 18:00

The Skeptic Magazine presents

The Unbelievers: an evening with Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss

SOLD OUT: Please contact The Skeptic Magazine for details of waitlist and returns.

Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss live at Conway Hall, to discuss their recent documentary and the state of science and reason in modern times.

The Unbelievers documentary follows Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss as they speak publicly around the world. It includes interviews with Stephen Hawking, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Sam Harris, Cameron Diaz, Woody Allen and many others.

Watch the documentary, then join the Q & A with Dawkins and Krauss at the event. If you want to take the DVD home, it'll be available to buy and get signed.

6-6.30 Drinks available

6.30 Documentary starts

7.45 - 8.15 Interval

8.15-9.15 Q & A with Prof. Richard Dawkins and Prof. Lawrence Krauss

9.15-10 DVD signing

Limited tickets available.

Standard £14.95, Concessions £9.95.


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Talks & Lectures

NOW Live: Storytelling for Your Future Life Love and Career

Thu 23 Oct 2014, 19:00

NOW Live Events presents

Jacqueline Burns & Kate Tojeiro: Storytelling for Your Future Life Love and Career

A self-development workshop in partnership with Psychologies Magazine

Telling our story gives clarity on where we've come from, how far we've travelled and reveals a fuller sense of ourselves and what we are capable of. Many people have discovered the power of daily journaling, and these powerful effects are magnified when we consider the story of our whole life.

This live interactive workshop will help you to:

  • Differentiate yourself from others by seeing your unique strengths and experience
  • Connect with others through sharing stories
  • See the habits and attitudes you'd like to change and those you want to strengthen

We will mix storytelling techniques with a look at the mindset of successful people and add a sprinkle of neuroscience to inspire us to grow into the next phase of our lives.

Jacqueline Burns, co-director of the London Writers’ Club and author of ‘Write A Bestseller’ (Hodder), helps writers tell their stories.
Kate Tojeiro is an executive coach to some of the world's largest companies, athletes, racing drivers and celebrities.

This event is in partnership with Psychologies Magazine (www.psychologies.co.uk) as part of our NOW Live Events ongoing events series.

Tickets: £15


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Community

This is Playful

Fri 24 Oct 2014, 09:30

Mudlark Productions presents

The Playful Conference 2014

Playful is back! Another year, another one-day conference full of thought, talk and play at Conway Hall on 24th October 2014.

The 7th Playful exposes secrecy and subterfuge as both problem and opportunity for the brilliant thinkers and creators who will unencrypt new worlds of play and supercharge your imagination. Expect a day of the unexpected, the funny and the bizarre in games, interaction, technology, design and beyond.

Registration £60 - £84 (plus booking fee).


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