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Sunday Concerts

Trio Petrus

Sun 30 Nov 2014, 18.30

Peter Fisher violin
Peter Adams cello
Peter Hewitt piano 

Haydn Trio in C major HobXV:27
Shostakovich Trio No. 2 in E minor Op.67
Schubert Trio in B flat D898

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

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Talks & Lectures

A ‘New Magna Carta’?

Thu 4 Dec 2014, 18:00

The National Secular Society presents

A ‘New Magna Carta’: time for a written constitution?

As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, has the time come for the UK to have a written constitution? And if so, what form should it take?

These issues will be discussed at a public event at Conway Hall on 4 December, by Graham Allen MP, chair of the Parliamentary Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, and Bob Morris, from the UCL Constitution Unit.

The speakers will set out the pros and cons and consider the possible implications for secularism.

The Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee has launched a major consultation into the UK's current and future democratic settlement, which could potentially lead to the constitution being codified in what is being called a 'New Magna Carta'. The committee have recommended three possible ways forward:

  • Constitutional Code – a document that doesn't have legal force, but which would set out the existing principles of the constitution and the workings of government.
  • Constitutional Consolidation Act – a document which would consolidate existing constitutional laws in one place.
  • Written Constitution – a document of basic law by which the UK would be governed, setting out the relationship between the state and its citizens.

Graham Alan, the Labour MP for Nottingham North, is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, and a high profile supporter of constitutional reform.

Bob Morris is a former Home Office career civil servant. At the UCL Constitution Unit. Bob Morris has worked on a number of ecclesiastical and royal issues, including their 2009 report on Church and State in 21st century Britain.

The event is free and open to all but attendees must either register online or reserve places by calling 020 7404 3126.


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Sunday Concerts

Bridge Quartet

Sun 7 Dec 2014, 18.30

Colin Twigg violin
Catherine Schofield violin
Michael Schofield viola
Lucy Wilding cello

Haydn Quartet in D Op.76/5
Butterworth Suite
Dvorak Quartet in C Op.61 

Since their formation in 1989, the Bridge String Quartet have enjoyed a reputation as ambassadors for English music with their enterprising programming supported by excellent recordings. They have travelled widely to festivals in USA, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria and Kenya and have broadcast English music live on continental radio stations.

The Bridge Quartet have a diverse educational portfolio, developing varied links from Hounslow Community residency to an association with Kingston University. They are respected coaches of students and amateur chamber musicians and their recent courses in France, Holland and in this country have been very popular. Artistic collaborations include “Shared platforms” and “CamBRIDGE Connection Concerts” To support some of these projects, they gratefully acknowledge the support of the Bridge Initiative Trust “BRIDGE IT” (charity no. 1133156).

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

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Talks & Lectures

Martin Rowson's "The Coalition" Talk

Fri 12 Dec 2014, 19:30

The Conway Hall Ethical Society presents

Martin Rowson's "The Coalition Talk" 

"When you've got a vicious bunch of cut throats in power you need a cartoonist who is up for the evisceration.  Rowson's your man." - Mark Thomas

After the historic General Election of 2010, Britain ended up with a Tory-Lib Dem coalition government. While the media has reported onits highs and lows, no one has captured the cabinet's actions better than Martin Rowson, who has been documenting his own version of events in cartoons for The Guardian, The Mirror, The Morning Star and other publications. 'The Coalition Book' collects his best, most brutally funny and visceral cartoons from the last four years.

Cameron and Clegg take centre stage as we're reminded of some of the highlights of their term in power: phone-hacking, double-dip recession, riots, endless arguments about Europe - topics that will be central to the debate in the lead up to the next general election in 2015.  Rowson provides a full cast list of the principle players from the world of politics and the media, and a brief descriptive scene-setter to each cartoon.  Laced with Rowson's characteristically savage satire, 'The Coalition Book' is a political pantomime with a rottweiler's bite.

One of Britain’s best-loved cartoonists, Martin Rowson has contributed regularly to The Guardian, Daily Mirror, The Times, The Spectator, Time Out, The New Statesman and many other publications. He is also the author of several graphic novels including adaptations of The Wasteland, Gulliver’s Travels, and Tristam Shandy (SelfMadeHero).  His prose books include The Dog Allusion: Gods Pets and How to be Human, and the memoir Stuff. He lives in London.

Tickets: £5 Standard Advance, Free for Ethical Society Members. £24.99 with book pre-order (to collect on the night).

The Coalition Book will be available on the night for £20.


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Sunday Concerts

Pentagon String Ensemble

Sun 14 Dec 2014, 18.30

Lucy Jeal, Lucy Curnow - Violins
Martin Bloor - Viola
Pavlos Carvalho, Rachel Threlfall - Cellos

Pre-concert talk at 17.30:
Roderick Swanston.  Schubert's String Quintet: Old Bottles, New Wine 

Boccherini String Quintet in E Op.11/5
Beethoven Sonata in A Op.47 'Kreutzer', 1st movement (arr. for string quintet)
Schubert Quintet in C D956

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

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


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