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Sunday Concerts

Kelsier Trio

Sun 16 Nov 2014, 18.30

Colin Scobie violin
Reinoud Ford cello
Simon Lane piano 

Pre-concert recital at 17.30:
Colin Scobie violin & Reinoud Ford cello
Kodaly Duo for Violin & Cello Op.7

Main recital:
Beethoven Trio in E flat Op.1/1
Grieg Andante con moto
Mendelssohn Trio in D minor Op.49

£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 Start 18.30


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Special Events

New Scientist Live - How the universe began

Wed 19 Nov 2014, 18:30

New Scientist Magazine presents

New Scientist Live - How the universe began

with: 
Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge

A second speaker to be confirmed

Fifty years ago, two scientists in the US discovered a microwave signal that seemed to emanate from everywhere in the universe. Today it's better known as the cosmic microwave background - the afterglow of the big bang. Earlier this year we found that this signal also bears the scars of gravitational waves, the squeezing and stretching of space time itself. All this has enabled us to build an increasingly detailed picture of the birth of the universe.

Doors to Conway Hall will open at 6pm, the talk will commence at 6:30pm.

Tickets £14/£12

Tickets will only be available in advance through Eventbrite (subject to availability).


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Special Events

South London Women Artists Symposium

20 November 2014

South London Women Artists Collaborative are proud to announce an Arts Council England funded Symposium at Conway Hall Holborn, London, on the subject of the archaeology of mind and memory. 

A chaired panel of 3 speakers will expand and explore abstract notions around being, knowing, identity, time and space, giving a major contribution on the contemporary discourse of these enduring questions. The evening will also include stand-up poetry and performances followed by a drinks reception.

This Symposium coincides with South London Women Artists Collaborative residency and site-specific exhibition at Conway Hall - Finders Keepers Losers Weepers (4 November 2014 to 28 February 2015), an exhibition that is prompted by the creative and independent thought and free speech behind the Conway Hall Ethical Society, 1787 to date. Finders Keepers Losers Weepers is a school-ground chant and is an English adage with the premise that when something is unowned or abandoned, whoever finds it can claim it. Taking the artwork as a starting point, this panel of 4 prominent female experts in the fields of art, philosophy and science will discuss the rhyme and explore the broader issues of mind, memory, possession and loss.

Chaired by Professor Rebecca Fortnum, School of Art & Design, Visual Arts, Middlesex University.

Speakers:
Margaret CarlyleSSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge Professor Tina Chanter, Head of School, HumanitiesFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University. Jessica Voorsanger, Senior Lecturer Sculpture, School of Fine Art, UCA University of the Creative Arts.


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Talks & Lectures

The Tickle Stick: The Importance of Happiness and How To Get It

Sat 22 Nov 2014, 10:30

Centre for Inquiry UK and Conway Hall Ethical Socety present:

The Tickle Stick: The Importance of Happiness and How To Get It

Professors Lord Layard, Elaine Fox, and Heather Widdows discuss happiness.

Come and hear key scientific, political, and philosophical thinkers explain and explore the facts, the myths and the controversies.

Professors Lord Layard, Elaine Fox, and Heather Widdows discuss happiness. Come and hear key scientific, political, and philosophical thinkers explain and explore the facts, the myths and the controversies.

Organised and chaired by Stephen Law

Programme:

11.00 Prof. Lord Layard is a labour economist currently working as director of Well-Being Programme at the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance. He was one of the first economists to work on happiness and co-edited the 2012 World Happiness Report.

12.00 Prof. Heather Widdows. John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmngham. “More perfect, more happy?”

Professor Widdows will consider whether and in what ways appearance and body image – being perfect – is connected to happiness. A current prevalent assumption is that those who are more perfect will be happier. Many women (and men) judge themselves and others on how much they ‘fit’ the dominant ideal, on how perfect they are, and their sense of self often follows from this. That being perfect connects to being happy is often assumed: ‘if I’m thinner, prettier, sexier s/he’ll love me more’ or ‘if I was ten pounds lighter, I’d be happier with myself and my life would go better’.

1-1.45 lunch

1.45 Prof. Elaine Fox. Author of Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain. Prof. Fox is a psychologist and neuroscientist and currently a Research Professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Emotions & Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN).

2.45 End

CFI UK reserves the right to change programme.

Registration:

General £ 9.00
Members and Students (members of British Humanist Association, members of Conway Hall Ethical Society, and friends of CFI UK) £ 5.00


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Sunday Concerts

Fitzwilliam Quartet

Sun 23 Nov 2014, 18.30

Lucy Russell violin
Marcus Barcham-Stevens violin
Alan George viola
Heather Tuach cello 

Tchaikovsky B flat Quartet
Suk Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn "St Wenceslas" Op.35a
Haydn Seven Last Words Op.51
(interspersed with readings of secular war poetry) 

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

Doors open at 17.30. Start 18.30


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Special Events

Looking for Common Ground

Tue 25 Nov 2014, 18:30

London Humanists groups in association with Conway Hall Ethical Society and the British Humanist Association as part of Interfaith Week, presents

Looking for Common Ground: How can Humanists and Muslims live and work together in 21st Century London?

All welcome and please bring an open mind.

London is probably the most diverse and vibrant city in the world. One in eight of our fellow Londoners is a Muslim, but how much do we know about London’s Muslim communities? And how much do they know about Humanism? Is there common ground? What diversity exists amongst Muslims in London? What is changing? Can we see beyond our differences? How can we work together?

This evening of discussion is a unique opportunity to address these questions and others you may wish to ask. 

Alom Shaha, author of “The Young Atheists Handbook” will be in conversation with:

  • Mamadou Bocoum - Public Relations Officer for the Sharia Council
  • Sara Khan - Co-Founder and Director of the human rights charity Inspire
  • Yasmin Rehman - Chief Executive of the Greenwich Inclusion Project (Grip) that works for community cohesion
  • Huda Jawad - Advisor at the Centre for Academic Shi'a Studies and Research Coordinator for Solace Women’s Aid.  

The event is free to attend and open to all but we will ask for donations on the door to cover our costs, we ask you to give what you personally can afford.

The evening is organised jointly by London Humanists groups in association with Conway Hall Ethical Society and the BHA as part of Interfaith Week.

In the first half of the evening each speaker will be in a one to one conversation with Alom Shaha. 

After an interval everyone will return as a panel and will take questions from the audience.

The evening will conclude around 9.30 p.m. 

Soft drinks and wine will be served before the event and during the interval by the CLHG.

Please register your intention to attend via Eventbrite, this is free to do so and important so we know how many intend to attend.

Doors at 18.30 for 19.00


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Courses & Workshops

Larger than Life: creating solo performance

Sat 29 Nov 2014, 13:00

The Centre for Solo Performance presents

Larger than Life: creating solo performance a workshop with Janice Perry

For performance artists, dancers, visual artists, philosophers, sociologists, mathematicians, poets, and others interested in creating new performance-based work.

Participants may bring in pieces that they are working on, or use this workshop to begin new work. We’ll develop short performance pieces that can stand on their own, be joined together to create longer inter-related pieces, or serve as a springboard for full-length monologues, plays or other performative work.

We’ll work in a collaborative atmosphere that encourages and supports risk-taking, using body, voice, text, and – if desired – traditional and/or digital media. Themes will be chosen by participants.

Perry’s teaching techniques are derived from her experience as a writer and performer, and participants are strongly encouraged to evolve their own, unique writing and performance styles.
Bring cameras, laptops, ipads, ipods, cellphones, cables, card-readers, dongles, pencils, paper and/or other media that you might want to use in creating new work.

Feedback from workshop participants:

“Whatever the word for “the opposite of risk averse” is, Janice Perry is it.”

“  …the whole experience was intense but made to feel like a safe environment, due to the strong but reassuring encouragement given by Janice throughout the process… probably the most quote-able phrase, ‘Let’s deal with the possibilities first and the restrictions second.”

“She got us acting painlessly. I never saw our progress evolving – but suddenly everyone was so much better. Then it got REALLY fun!”

“Really great! Janice is an excellent teacher and good at giving feedback supportively. I very much appreciated her refusal to fret over potential problems and her trust in the group and the process to resolve issues in due course. Overall Janice’s approach created a very safe & supportive environment in which to make work and take risks.”

“My experience with you has permanently changed the way I work.”

Workshop sizes are limited so early booking is recommended.

Workshop: £33. 1pm - 5pm.


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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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