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Courses & Workshops

Language Imperium - Dutch Courses

10 September 2014

Language Imperium presents

Dutch Courses

We offer a  wide range of Dutch courses at very competitive prices.

Autumn term: the courses run from September 10th until December 10th.

Day: Wednesday 
Time: 19.30-21.00
price: £130/13 lessons

Day: Wednesday 
Time: 18.00-19.30
price: £130/13 lessons

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Talks & Lectures

Living, Loving and Leaving - How to Celebrate without God

Fri 12 Sep 2014, 19:30

London GALHA: LGBT Humanists presents

Living, Loving and Leaving - How to Celebrate without God

The BHA has around 300 accredited celebrants up and down the country providing namings, weddings and funerals for the non-religious. New research published by Stonewall and The Co-operative Funeralcare suggests that LGBT people fear discrimination when it comes to arranging funerals, and a recent study suggests that demand for all types of humanist ceremonies will accelerate even if humanist weddings don't become legalised soon. But with registry offices offering secular arrangements, why are humanist ceremonies so important?


Steve Emmett - BHA Ceremonies Training Coordinator, a funeral celebrant and Galha committee member

Mary Porter - BHA funeral celebrant, BHA Trustee and Galha committee member

Janice Thornton - BHA funeral, weddings and namings celebrant, and Yorkshire Regional Coordinator (ceremonies)

All welcome.

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The Festival of Life

Sat 13 Sep 2014, 10:30

The Festival of Life presents

The 11th Annual Festival of Life

The Festival is a unique one-day event with over 50 free talks, demos and workshops and a wide variety of stalls inside the hall and in the park in adjacent Red Lion Square, covering:

Self-healing and Self-empowerment, Natural Parenting and Nature Cures, Healthy Vegan Organic Meals and Whole-foods, Permaculture and Environmentalism,  Musical, Poetic and Artistic Expression,  Simple and Non-consumerist Living, Creating Community and Networks, Celebration and Connection

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Doors open: 10.30am

Talks and Workshops: 11am-10pm
Stalls: 10.30am-6pm

Conscious Dance Party: 7pm-11.30pm

Ticket price for full event: 10.30am-11.30pm: £20 /£15 (concs) at the door.
Late ticket prices - from 6pm onwards
£10 /£5 at the door.
Accompanied under 16's free. Entrance to Red Lion Square - free.

If you do not wish to stay for the dance party, you may request a £5 refund 
if you leave before 6pm. This will allow space for others to join at this point.

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Special Events

Sunday Sermon - Richard Hytner on Leading from the Shadows

Sun 14 Sept 2014, 11.15

The School of Life presents

Sunday Sermon - Richard Hytner on Leading from the Shadows

The key to success lies in getting to the top – right? Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, Richard Hytner doesn’t agree. Not everyone can be No. 1, and more importantly not everyone wants to be. This doesn’t mean that everyone else has failed. Not lusting to be the out and out leader? This doesn’t mean you lack ambition or that you cannot find success or fulfilment from other leadership roles. What Richard will show is that there is great strength in being a number two and that much can be achieved from what some dismiss as the side lines.

Join Richard Hytner in this Sunday Sermon celebrating the second-in-commands, the ‘consiglieri’: Merlin to King Arthur, Al Gore to Bill Clinton, Rasputin to the Russian Royal Family. These are the deputies, Vice-Presidents, Personal Assistants, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Department Heads, First Lieutenants and First Violins whose influence determines the fate of countries, companies and individual ventures all over the world.

We’ll learn how to lead from behind and what it is about being a number two that many of us, whatever our number, can apply to our work and personal lives. This talk will cover thoughts and ideas not shared before and developed especially for the School of Life.

Since 2008 The School of Life has presented strictly secular Sunday Sermons exploring the values we should live by today. We ask maverick cultural figures to give us their take on the virtues to cling to or the vices to be wary of in our complex world. Expect persuasive polemics, pop-song hymns and artist-made buns and biscuits.

Richard is deputy chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi and adjunct associate professor of marketing at London Business School. He co-founded the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust to promote fan ownership of the club; is a trustee of Planting Promise, a sustainable educational enterprise in Sierra Leone; and a trustee of the British Heart Foundation. Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows was published by Profile Book on June 5th.

Tickets £15

11.15 Doors open 
11.30 Sermon starts
12.30 Refreshments served 
13.00 End

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Talks & Lectures

Susanna Halonen: Unlock Your Passion to Live a More Fulfilling Life

Mon 15 Sep 2014, 19:00

NOW Live events presents

Susanna Halonen: Unlock Your Passion to Live a More Fulfilling Life

A self-development workshop with Susanna Halonen

Think you need to find and follow your one and only passion to be happy? Coach, trainer and speaker Susanna Halonen offers an alternative to this approach by helping you to unlock your inner passion and express it in everything you do.

At this event, discover the five key components which bring out your passion and help you live a more fulfilling life. During the session you can start creating your own unique action plan to learn to find love in what you do and live a more passionate, successful life.

Susanna runs Happyologist (, contributes to several psychology titles, and has spoken about passion at TEDx.

Tickets: £15

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Talks & Lectures

The Dotted Line: Understanding music industry contracts

Mon 15 Sep 2014, 18:30

Musician's Union presents

The Dotted Line: Understanding music industry contracts

As a musician, you may be required to enter into complex and often long term agreements. This can mean making a career-changing commitment which can seem even more daunting when you’re faced with pages of legal terminology. 

Music industry solicitor Mark Melton of P. Russell & Co will be in conversation with the MU’s Ben Jones, lifting the lid on music industry agreements and demystifying the key clauses. 

Mark and Ben will look at Recording and Publishing agreements specifically, so if you’re an artist, performer or music writer you won’t want to miss this seminar. There’ll also be a chance to get your questions about these topics answered too.  

Mark Melton

Mark is an entertainment lawyer with P. Russell & Co Solicitors.  He has over 25 years of experience in copyright law and negotiating music business and other entertainment agreements at every level.

Mark has previously worked as a Musicians’ Union Official and as an Artist Manager. Amongst others, he managed the singer and television presenter Charlotte Church for many years, overseeing her recording career and co-executive producing three series of her award winning television show for Channel 4.  

6.30 – 8.30pm (6pm doors)

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Film & Theatre

Ocean Film Festival – UK Tour

16-17 & 30 Sep 2014

Snowline Media presents

Ocean Film Festival – UK Tour

The festival brings you the world’s most amazing ocean films, both above and below the surface.

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean without getting your feet wet! The festival brings you 11 of the world’s most amazing ocean films, both above and below the surface.

From its Australian origins, this extraordinary collection of films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. A truly inspiring and thought-provoking evening, with great prize giveaways!

Tickets: £13/£11.50 concession

7:45pm – 10:30pm

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Talks & Lectures

Your Humanism is a Thoughtcrime

Wed 17 Sep 2014, 19:00

Central London Humanist Group presents

Your humanism is a thoughtcrime - Bob Churchill 

Around the world the non-religious are discriminated against by government-backed religious privilege, laws prohibiting advocacy or criticism, even the outright demonizing of atheism, humanism and secularism by authorities. In 13 countries you can even be put to death for "leaving" your presumed religion. Bob Churchill is the editor of the IHEU Freedom of Thought Report, an annual analysis of the violations of freedom against non-religious people globally. Bob will outline the basis for "freedom of thought and expression", the theme of this year's World Humanist Congress, and show how humanists are working globally for these freedoms, and other human rights.

Bob Churchill works in policy and communications at the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU, having previously worked at both the British Humanist Association and the Uganda Humanist Association. He studied philosophy at the University of Warwick and Queen's University, Canada, and has long-standing interests in secularism, Humanism, ethics and epistemology. He has appeared as a spokesperson on BBC News, Channel 4 News and Al Jazeera, and as a speaker at Skepticon, the Institute of Fundraising Technology, the Conway Hall Ethical Society, and the European Humanist Youth Days.

He tweets as @bobchurchill

Doors at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 pm

Entry: Free/Donation

Please arrive early to have a glass of wine from our charity wine bar find your seat and chat with other members.

Donations to the wine bar will go to Bob's chosen charity which is: Humanist Empowerment for Livelihoods Uganda

All our talks are open to the general public and free to attend but we do rely on those who can, to make a donation of what they can afford, to cover the costs of room, equipment hire and help keep our talks free to all.

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Sunday Concerts

Carducci Quartet

Sun 21 Sep 2014, 18.30

Matthew Denton violin
Michelle Fleming violin
Eoin Schmidt-Martin viola
Emma Denton cello 

Pre-concert recital at 17.30:
Hiro Takenouchi piano
Nancarrow Two Canons for Ursula (1988)
Prokofiev Sonata No.7 in B flat Op.83 (1942)

Main recital:
Haydn Quartet in E flat Op.33/2 'Joke'
Shostakovich Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110
Dvorak Quartet in F Op.96 'American' 

Hiro Takenouchi was born in Japan but is now based in London, where he came in 1997. As a soloist, he has appeared on many concert platforms including the Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City, the South Bank Centre, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and Steinway Halls in London, Hamburg and Tokyo. He has also given recitals in the UK, Japan, Austria, Germany, Portugal and Italy.

Takenouchi was featured on the BBC Four documentary on Sir Hubert Parry, The Prince and the Composer in May 2011. Takenouchi’s discography includes the world première recordings of works by James Dillon, Edwin Roxburgh and Jeremy Dale Roberts as well as a debut solo CD Cosmos Haptic: Contemporary Piano Music from Japan, and most recently Husum Festival Highlights 2011. In 2011 he recorded two further CDs including piano concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

£9 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)

Doors open at 17.00. Pre-concert recital at 17.30. Main Concert 18.30.

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Talks & Lectures

Thinking on Sunday - 'Nothing to be frightened of'

Sun 21 Sept 2014, 11.00

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

'Nothing to be frightened of' 

Chris Bratcher

My talk is a sampling of novelist Julian Barnes' touching and very personal memoir of his experiences of death in the family, and the demise of the famous and obscure in literature and life, plus his own fears and ruminations on his own, entitled 'Nothing to be Frightened of', published in 2008 (available in paperback).    

I will give a brief introduction to the book and some snippets from it, with comments to set the ball rolling.  For example, the book begins with what he claims to be his standard response to questions about what he believes: “I don’t believe in God, but I miss Him”; a statement (actually about the cultural and artistic legacy of others’ belief) which Barnes’ philosopher brother considers “soppy”.  Do you agree?

It would nice if attendees were familiar with the book, so that they could give their own take on it and recount bits they liked or otherwise.

Chris Bratcher is a former Chair and Treasurer of Conway Hall Ethical Society, and practised Sunday session talks giver and lecturer on a wide range of topics born of his academic philosophical discipline of Ethics and the Philosophy of Mind, and from his studies in Literature and Fine Arts. 

Manu Bazzano

I will discuss this subject from a Zen perspective. Living-and-dying is one word in Zen (shoji), a river running towards the sea, a river that cannot go back to the source. Our suffering is often caused by wanting to stand by the riverbank. The task of the psychotherapist is often thankless: urging the client back to the river of life thus renewing the promise of death. Even more thankless is the task of the philosopher: remembering the initial commitment to remain attentive of the delicate labour of death. Memento mori – “remember that you will die” --not the shrill overtones of religion but as a tonic of remembrance urging us towards a fuller and more meaningful life. 

Manu Bazzano is an existential psychotherapist and an ordained Zen monk. He lectures in philosophy and psychology and facilitates seminars and workshops worldwide. He is the author and editor of several books including Zen Poems (2002); Haiku for Lovers (2004);  Buddha is Dead (2006); The Speed of Angels (2009); Spectre of the Stranger (2012);  After Mindfulness: New Perspectives on Psychology and Meditation (2014).

Chair – Prof. Evan Parker

Evan is a new trustee of Conway Hall Ethical Society.  He has worked in industry and in academe. He currently works on nano-technology and also on climate change. He has held leadership roles in several European programmes and has published widely. 

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

Tea, Coffee & biscuits will be available.

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