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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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Film & Theatre

Conway Choreographies

Wed 16 Apr 2014. 19.30

The Conway Collective presents:

An evening of new dance

Over the last 2 years Conway Hall has become London's new home for the most exciting and innovative of new choreography.

On the floor of the building's beautiful Main Hall, have been seen ravishing, stimulating and thrilling new works from around the world.

Join us for our latest night of new work, a chance to catch performance in the making, still red-hot from the coals of choreographic creativity.

Tonight's performers include:

Tara Pilbrow Dance

2+1 (work in progress)

10 mins 

Dancers - Amir Giles and Vanessa Cook

Sound design - Giles Thomas

Choreography - Tara Pilbrow 

2+1 is a light-hearted and poignant look at the effect of the arrival of a baby on a couple's relationship. Exploring how the new arrival changes their physical contact, their attentiveness, ... and their attention span as they experience the joys of sleepless nights, dirty nappies, and 24hour entertainment on cue. A washing machine sits at the back of the stage spewing out a seemingly endless supply of clean clothes, sometimes the couple fight back, sometimes the washing machine wins….Very much inspired by my personal experience (my daughter is now 18 months old), the piece will explore the many transformations that a young couple undergo when parenthood hits. Using a combination of dance, words, song (this maybe rather a grand term for amateur lullabies) and theatre, the piece will follow this young couple as they navigate the challenges of their new life. Learning to manage, or to pretend to..., and most importantly, understanding how to support each other, to communicate, and, where possible, to keep the romance alive. 

Nashira Santanatalia-Gomez, Emelie Wangstedt, Maggie Tolmie

How twisted are you?

8 mins

A light-hearted piece telling two stories by two bodies and one twisted brain.

Little Madam

Angel of Death

5 mins

1st Runner Up - Burlesque Idol 2013 ,
Heat Winner - Burlesque Baby New Burlesque Awards
Watch out for her coming 1st place in everything  in 2014. With classic thematic acts such as Bad Puss and the fairy-tale Red Riding Hood, to the intriguing story of Sam the Fisherman, you never quite get what you bargain for when you are in the company of Little Madame.

Little Madame has been described as the Higgs Boson of burlesque. Recently discovered, and thought to be the secret element of the universe, she embodies the art of dark energy with her amazing powers of elegance and surprise. She brings you not just a show, but tales of the unexpected. This flirtatious minx will captivate you with her charms and humour.
She has performed at London venues including Madame JoJo's, Volupte Lounge, Cabarama - Leicester Square, Finger in the Pie Cabaret, Masks and Basques,and Speak Easy Cabaret in Paris, as well as appearing in UK festivals. She produces Hooray Cabaret and Les Cockettes Cabaret and is one part of Les Cockettes Collective. 

This is a character driven piece which incorporates Isis wings and puppetry. Synopsis: It is the Day of the Dead and the Angel of Death (Santa Muerta) is stalking her next victim. But even the Reaper is not immune to the intoxicating charms of the Burlesque world.

Tamar Daly

15 mins  

Choreography - Tamar Daly  

Dancers - Tamar Daly & Oscar Morgan  

Original music - Jamie Sturrock  

Outside eye - Nick Lawson  

'Trigger' places two individuals hand in hand in the process of finding a solution to a riddle. With the initial idea of making a whodunnit, the work began by looking into detective stories and optical illusions as a basis for creating movement. With substantial creative input from Oscar Morgan (14 yrs), the piece developed by questioning the relationship of an adult and a younger person having to solve a problem that weighs on their mind. The play 'The Bride and the Butterfly Catcher' was also an inspiration.   

Danai Pappa

3 Sided Man

8 mins

He said to me to go around the bed 

I load my gun and wait 

The pain won't break a man 

Choreography, performance by Danai Pappa

Danai is a performer and choreographer based in London. Her work can include dance, dance theatre and site-specific performances. She is a founding member of Agony Art collective and holds a collection of degrees in humanities and dance.

Mafé Toledo

For the Time Being

22 mins

A performance about new beginnings, For the Time Being takes different routes as it attempts to grasp the ungraspable: the moment we recognise time, it is already gone. Time to restart.

Tickets £10 adv. (£12 door)

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Talks & Lectures

Ask For Evidence

Wed 16 Apr 2014, 19.00

The Central London Humanist Group presents

'Ask For Evidence' with Max Goldman

The CLHG are delighted that Max Goldman has offered to talk to us about his campaign "Ask For Evidence" We hear daily claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, treat disease or improve agriculture. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not. 

How can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them or buy their products, then we should Ask for Evidence. 

Max joined Sense About Science in March 2013, working specifically for the Ask for Evidence campaign. Prior to working with Sense About Science, Max completed a Masters of Research degree at the London Consortium, a cross-disciplinary group of museums, galleries and academic institutions designed to bridge the gap between public and academic discussion. His dissertation explored the relationship between scientific progress and the public perception of science, and it is this that got him interested in the great work that Sense About Science does. Previously to that, Max worked in an advertising agency and he also has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford  

Sense About Science A charitable trust that equips people to make sense of scientific and medical claims in public discussion.With a database of over 6,000 scientists, from Nobel prize winners to postdocs and PhD students, we work in partnership with scientific bodies, research publishers, policy makers, the public and the media, to change public discussions about science and evidence. Through award-winning public campaigns, we share the tools of scientific thinking and scrutiny. Our growing international Voice of Young Science network engages hundreds of early career researchers in public debates about research and evidence. Our activities and publications are used and shaped by community groups, civic bodies, patient organisations, information services, writers, publishers, educators, health services and many others.

Doors at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 p.m.

Entry is Free.

A cash bar will be available on the night. Donations to the wine bar will go to Sense About Science All our talks are open and free to all. But we ask those who can to make a donation of what they can afford to cover the costs of room and equipment hire and help keep our talks free to all.

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Special Events

British Naturism 50th Anniversary Exhibition

19 - 20 April 2014

The British Naturism presents

British Naturism 50th Anniversary Exhibition

The exihibition will be on display in the Bertrand Russell Room on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th April.

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of British Naturism. It's going to be a busy year, with special events - and we're already looking forward to the next 50!
Back in 1964, British Naturism was formed by a merger of the British Sunbathing Association and the Federation of British Sun Clubs who realised that one strong national organisation presented far more opportunities than having two separate bodies with similar purposes and aims.

Doors open from 10.30am to 5pm Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

Entry is Free.

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Sunday Concerts

Artea Quartet

Sun 20 Apr 2014, 18.30

Thomas Gould violin
Rhys Watkins violin
Benjamin Roskams viola
Ashok Klouda cello

Mendelssohn: Four Pieces Op.81
Schulhoff: Five Pieces
Schubert: Quartet in G D887

£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

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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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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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

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

Tea & Coffee will be available.

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