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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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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

(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

Get Productive

Wed 30 Apr 2014, 19.00

NOW Live Events presents

Get Productive

A self-development workshop with Magdalena Bak-Maier

Learn the real secret of work-life balance and getting results you actually want with Magdalena Bak-Maier, author of Get Productive! (Capstone,£12.99), a neuroscientist and performance coach who works with everyone from individuals to global NGO leaders and CEOs.

In this workshop you will learn: - How to turn weekends from ‘recovery time’ into re-energising time - A foolproof system to help you achieve what you want this year - 13 powerful ideas to become more efficient at work, in relationships, to shift fear and overcome procrastination For more information on Magdalena Bak-Maier, you can see her TED talk at



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