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Sunday Concerts

Monte Piano Trio

Sun 22 Mar 2015, 18:30

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts present

Monte Piano Trio

Francesco Sica violin
Claude Frochaux cello
Irina Botan piano 

Beethoven: Trio in E flat Op.1/1
Rachmaninoff: Trio Élégiaque No.1
Shostakovich: Trio No.1 in C minor Op.8
Piazzola: Four Seasons (arr. Monte Trio)

£10 tickets. Free entry for under-26s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)

Doors open at 17.30. Main concerts starts 18.30.

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The AHS Convention 2015

27 - 29 March 2015

The Atheist, Humanist and Secular Societies, The British Humanist Association and Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

The AHS Convention 2015

We are delighted to welcome you to the AHS Convention on 27th – 29th March 2015.

We’ll be joined by some fantastic speakers, treated to some wonderful entertainment, and have the opportunity to meet non-religious students from AHS societies around the country.

The 2015 Convention will consist of the Young Humanists Launch, speaker and panel sessions on the Saturday, followed by evening entertainment and workshops for society members on the Sunday.


So far, we have confirmed the attendance of the following at Conway Hall on Saturday 28th March:

  • Susan Blackmore: Psychologist and Author of the Meme Machine
  • Natalie Haynes: Humanist Comedian, Writer & Classicist
  • Andrew Copson: Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association
  • Alom Shaha: Science Educator & Author of the Young Atheist’s Handbook
  • Jonny Scaramanga: Former Evangelical Christian & founder of Leaving Fundamentalism
  • Hayley Stevens: Ghost Geek & skeptical Paranormal Researcher
  • Ruth Haydock: AHS Board Member & Founder of Recovering from Religion St Andrews

Tickets: £20 public, £15 students. With travel grants available to students. 

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Talks & Lectures

Shipwrecked with Vincent Deary

Sun 29 Mar 2015, 11:40

The School of Life presents

Shipwrecked with Vincent Deary

"To live is to feel oneself lost" writes Jose Ortega y Gasset "he who accepts it has already begun to find himself, to be on firm ground. Instinctively, as do the shipwrecked, he will look round for something to which to cling". In attempting to steer a course through life, we often find ourselves off course or even shipwrecked. What do we cling to in these difficult straits, and what North Star can take us back on course?'

Trained as a health psychologist and CBT therapist, in mid-life, Vincent Deary chose to leave London and travel north. In the hope of setting down ‘such wisdom as I had to get me through the second half of my life’ he began to write what was to become the first book in a trilogy entitled How to Live.  In this Sunday Sermon, Deary will share his own journey of understanding about what it means to be human. By examining the power of habit and the difficulty of change, he will explore deep rooted and often stubborn aspects of our nature and illuminate ways to make our acts truly our own.  

This Sunday sermon should inspire us to make changes in our lives. Expect a warm and inspiring morning with one of the UK’s best thinkers.

Vincent Deary is a health psychologist and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist whose main focus is the science and practice of changing lives for the better. He currently holds three National Institute of Health Research grants and divides his time between his clinical practice and an academic position at the University of Northumbria. A former holder of the prestigious Medical Research Council fellowship, Vincent worked for 23 years as a psychologist in London before moving home to Scotland and then Newcastle, and has published widely in the academic and popular press.

Tickets: £20


11.20 Doors open 
11.40 Sermon starts
12.30 Refreshments served 
13.00 End

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Sunday Concerts

Chamber Philharmonic Europe

Sun 29 Mar 2015, 18:30

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts present

Chamber Philharmonic Europe

Andrej Sudnitsyn violin
Michel Gershwin violin
Bartosz Sotomski viola
Yahee Yoon cello

Mozart: Quartet in C K157
Haydn: Quartet in B flat Op.76/4
Grieg: Quartet in G minor Op.27

£10 tickets. Free entry for under-26s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)

Doors open at 17.30. Main concerts starts 18.30.

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Film & Theatre

Going Solo (more or less)

Tue 31 Mar 2015, 19:45

The Conway Collective presents:

Going Solo (more or less)

An evening of performance, film and storytelling. Featuring works by Sean Bruno, Jessica Burn and more.

Admission: pay what you can.

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Film & Theatre

The Conway Cohort

Weds 1st Apr 2015, 19:45

The Conway Collective presents:

The Conway Cohort - a sharing of work in progress

8 dancers are being given space, mentoring, and performance opportunities as part of an exciting new artists’ residency scheme at London's iconic Conway Hall funded by Arts Council England.

They are

Jade Montserrat, Siân Goldby, Lydia Cottrell, Mark Carberry, Chantal Francis, Briar Adams, Laura Brera, and Tania Soubry.

Tonight our eight dancers will be showing some of the work they are making in Conway Hall for the very first time.

Join us for this unique opportunity to see the freshest of new work by the most exciting young dancers in town. 

Tickets £5

Art Council UK

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Courses & Workshops

Nic Marks - Happiness at Work: A crazy idea, or realistically achievable?

Wed 8 Apr 2015, 19:00

Now Live Events presents

Nic Marks - Happiness at Work: A crazy idea, or realistically achievable?

A self-development workshop in partnership with Psychologies Magazine (

We typically spend more than 100,000 hours at work in our lifetimes. After sleep, it’s our second biggest daily activity. So, while being happy at work might sound weird - the alternative isn’t attractive.

In this workshop - a mixture of interesting research & hands-on exercises, you will learn:

How happiness at work helps us perform better

How to be happier at work

How to create a happier workplace for you and your colleagues

Nic Marks is a recognised expert in happiness and wellbeing research. His TED talk on the happy Planet index and the Five Ways to Wellbeing has been watched over a million times. Recently he founded Happiness Works - a business with a social purpose - to create happier workplaces.

Tickets: £18


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Special Events

London Thinks: How to Topple a Dictator

Wed 8 Apr 2015, 19:30

The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

London Thinks: How to Topple a Dictator

Tipped for a Nobel Peace Prize and hailed as a world-changer by everyone from the World Economic Forum to Wired magazine, fifteen years ago Srdja Popovic was more interested in punk rock than political protest.

In conversation with Nick Cohen he will explain how he became one of the leaders of Otpor! — the movement which overthrew dictator Slobodan Milosevic — and has since gone on to train the pro-democracy activists behind the Arab Spring, Occupy, and many other movements. Drawing on his new book, Blueprint for Revolution, he will tell the stories of ‘ordinary revolutionaries’ he has been inspired by along the way, many of whom  have created social change by avoiding violence and opting for something far more powerful: a sense of humour. 

Tickets: £15 (£5 concessions and Conway Hall Ethical Society members).

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Sunday Concerts

Gildas Quartet

Sun 12 Apr 2015, 18:30

Conway Hall Sunday Concerts present

Gildas Quartet

Christopher Jones violin
Gemma Sharples violin 
Kay Stephen viola
Anna Menzies cello

Haydn: Quartet in G minor Op.74/3 ‘The Rider’
Janáček: Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
Britten: Quartet No.3

Pre-concert talk by Roderick Swanston at 5.30pm:

Literature and String Quartet. Roderick Swanston examines the literary influence of Thomas Mann on Britten’s String Quartet No.3 and Tolstoy on Janáček’s String Quartet No.1. Both works also had deep roots in each composer’s personal life.

£10 tickets. Free entry for under-26s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)

Doors open at 17.30 (17.00 for the pre-concert talk). Main concerts starts 18.30.

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Film & Theatre


Sun 19 April 2015, 16:00

The Conway Collective presents:

Spiritualists, a rehearsed reading of a new play loosely based on the Rochester Rappers

written by Anne-Sophie Marie

In the years preceding the American Civil War, a young spiritualist medium struggles with her profession, her beliefs and her powers.

Margaret and her two sisters earn a living through séances, passing for the real thing by using various tricks to fool their audience.

When Margaret meets Elisha, an explorer who remains a sceptic, something triggers the kind of experience she usually only pretends to have. As other events unfold, Margaret no longer knows her own mind nor the kind of life she must lead to survive while keeping her integrity.  

Tickets: £5

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