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Sunday Concerts

Jubilee Quartet

Sun 26 Oct 2014, 18.30

Tereza Privratska violin
Alma Olite violin
Stephanie Edmundson viola
Lauren Steel cello 

Mendelssohn Quartet in A minor Op.13
Webern Langsamer Satz
Beethoven Quartet in F Op. 59/1

£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

Stop the First World War

Tue 28 Oct 2014, 19.00

Oppositions to the Great War

A series of talks and discussions every Tuesday evening at 7pm from September 30th to November 11th 2014.

Curated by Deborah Lavin, and presented by Conway Hall Ethical Society and the Socialist History Society.

The Pankhursts at War

Katherine Connelly

The outbreak of the First World War fiercely divided the militant suffragette movement in Britain and its campaigning family: the Pankhursts. The followers of Emmeline Pankhurst suspended their campaign for the vote and called on women to support the war effort, hoping that their patriotism would be rewarded with votes for women. Meanwhile her rebellious daughter Sylvia Pankhurst and her organisation of working-class suffragettes campaigned against the war they saw pursued by Europe’s powerful elites at the expense of ordinary people, and threw their support behind the Russian Revolution. Katherine Connelly will examine why the war divided the suffragettes and how it impacted on the struggle for democracy and women’s liberation

Katherine Connelly is a historian, political activist and campaigner who has written and spoken widely about the militant Suffragettes and on women’s history more generally. She is the author of the book ‘Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire’ which appeared in the Revolutionary Lives series published by Pluto Press, 2013. Last year she co-ordinated the Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign. Katherine is currently finishing off her doctoral thesis in history at Queen Mary, University of London.

Isabella Ford; a socialist and feminist peace campaigner in World War One

Professor June Hannam

Isabella Ford's peace activism centred on the Women's International League (WIL) at both a national and at a local level- in Leeds where she a established a WIL branch, while helping to build the peace movement from the grassroots, Isabella also made links between the WIL and the Union of Democratic Control, the Women's Peace Crusade, the socialist Independent Labour Party and other groups working for peace. Through this focus on one woman's peace activism the complex interrelationship and tensions between socialist and feminist peace campaigning (both in theory and practice (are explored).

June Hannam, Professor (Emerita) of Modern British History, University of the West of England. June has published widely on socialist and feminist politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Publications include Isabella Ford, 1855-1924 (1989); Feminism (2010); with Karen Hunt, Socialist Women . Britain 1880s-1920s (2002); June is chair of the West of England and South Wales Women's History Network and is convenor of the National WHN Book Prize. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Women's History Review, Labour History Review and LLafur.

Entry £5/£3 (Ethical Society and Social History Society members)


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Sunday Concerts

Werther Ensemble

Sun 2 Nov 2014, 18.30

Photo by Oliver Markham

Jamie Campbell violin
Hannah Strijbos viola
James Barralet cello
Simon Callaghan piano 

Pre-concert talk at 17.30:
Roderick Swanston.  Exploring Walton's Piano Quartet: Context and Analysis

Beethoven Piano Quartet in C WoO36
Mendelssohn Piano Quartet in F minor Op.2
Walton Piano Quartet

The London-based Werther Ensemble consists of four distinguished musicians - Jamie Campbell (violin), Hannah Strijbos (viola), James Barralet (‘cello) and Simon Callaghan (piano), who are all leading soloists and chamber musicians in their own right with interesting and varied careers.

The individual members have won many major prizes and performed at most of the major UK venues, including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Symphony Hall and Bridgewater Hall and throughout Europe. For several years the Werthers have played together in different formations, both in the UK and abroad. They gave their first performance as a piano quartet in February 2013, when they played Brahms’ op 60 -’the Werther’ - from which they take their name. In May 2013 they made an enormous impact at the inaugural Whittington International Chamber Music Festival, of which James Barralet is the Artistic Director.

£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 Start 18.30


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Talks & Lectures

Stop the First World War

Tue 4 Nov 2014, 19.00

Oppositions to the Great War

A series of talks and discussions every Tuesday evening at 7pm from September 30th to November 11th 2014.

Curated by Deborah Lavin, and presented by Conway Hall Ethical Society and the Socialist History Society.

1914 and the Schism in International Anarchism

Pietro Dipaola

The outbreak of the First World War caused an irreparable schism in the international anarchist community. Many of the protagonists in this harsh dispute lived in exile in London, including the chief adversarie: the Russian, (Prince) Petr Kropotkin, who supported the Entente, and the Italian Errico Malatesta who argued that the ‘only acceptable war was the fight of the oppressed against the oppressors’. 

Pietro Dipaola’s talk reconstructs this debate and focuses on some of the activities and the repression of the anarchists including the interment in Alexandra Palace of the German anarchist Rudolf Rocker and the imprisonment of his companion Milly Witcop.

Not our war

Tony Zurbrugge,  publisher at the Merlin Press and editor of the recent book “Not Our War” examines  the opposition to the rising militarism before the start of the First World War and will go on to look again at the different responses of socialists and anarchists to the actual outbreak of war specifically over the years 1914-16.

Entry £5/£3 (Ethical Society and Social History Society members)


Courses & Workshops

MusicUpClose - Session Five: In Memoriam - bells and sounds of War

Wed 5 Nov 2014, 19:00

MusicUpClose V: Music under Fire – Music in London and Paris during World War One

Curated by Professor Barbara L. Kelly, with sound collective and musicians from Trinity Laban Conservatoire/Royal College of Music

Curated by Professor Barbara L. Kelly

Session Five: In Memoriam - bells and sounds of War
Wednesday 5 November, 19.00
Presenter: Dr Barbara Kelly
Works to be performed: Poulenc Sonata for Two Clarinets, Stravinsky Three Pieces for Clarinet etc.

This week is devoted to the remembrance of war.  We will look at the significance of bells in music because of their association with loss and destruction during war.  Moving from Elgar’s Carillon, we will consider other musical evocations by French composers, Poulenc and Durey.  We will also look at how composers commemorated their lost friends and confirmed their national allegiance, focusing on Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin.  Wind sonorities were highly fashionable in this period.  This is surprising given that wind players were almost always men and many were away fighting.  Join Barbara Kelly, clarinettist James Mainwaring and performers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire to hear live performances of playful yet haunting clarinet works by Stravinsky and Poulenc.

Tickets for each session are priced at £10 adv. online (£12 on the door). There's a special discount for teachers and their students (14+ years old) at £35 per group for one single session.

Advance for all six sessions is £50 in advance. (which can be bought here)


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Sunday Concerts

Badke Quartet

Sun 9 Nov 2014, 18.30

Photo by Ollie Ford

Charlotte Scott violin
Emma Parker violin
Jon Thorne viola
Jonathan Byers cello
with Simon Callaghan piano

Pre-concert talk at 17.30:
Rachel Moore.  Harmony on the Home-Fronts: Wartime Chamber Music in Paris and London

Haydn Quartet in F Op.77/2
Ravel String Quartet
Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor Op.84

The Badke Quartet, celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, is widely recognised as one of Britain’s finest string quartets. Winners of the 1st prize and audience prize at the 5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2007, the Badke Quartet has received widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant performances.

The Quartet has worked with some of the world’s greatest members of the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne. From 2005 to 2009 the Quartet held the Senior Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music.

£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 Start 18.30


Courses & Workshops

MusicUpClose - Session Six: Music Under Fire in Paris and London

Tue 11 Nov 2014, 19:00

MusicUpClose V: Music under Fire – Music in London and Paris during World War One

Curated by Professor Barbara L. Kelly, with sound collective and musicians from Trinity Laban Conservatoire/Royal College of Music

Curated by Professor Barbara L. Kelly

Session Six: Music Under Fire in Paris and London
Tuesday 11 November, 19.00
Presenter: Dr Barbara Kelly
Featuring: Badke Quartet, Sadie Fields violin, Daniel Broncano clarinet, Olivia Ray mezzo soprano, Tom Hammond conductor
Works to be performed: Ravel Mallarmé Songs, Elgar Piano Quintet, Stravinsky A Soldier’s Tale (trio version), Ethel Smyth Songs.

Music Under Fire in Paris and London is the grand finale of this First World War season.  We are delighted to welcome the Badke Quartet and musicians from sound collective, including Simon Callaghan, violinist Sadie Smith and clarinettist, James Mainwaring.  This exciting programme includes works performed during the Great War, others written as a creative response to it and one work about war, exile and loss.   The programme includes Ravel’s Mallarmé’s songs for voice and ensemble, which was first performed by the singer Jane Bathori and premiered in London in 1915.  We will also hear Elgar’s passionate Piano Quintet, composed just before the famous Cello Concerto in 1918. The programme includes César Franck’s Violin Sonata, not because it was written during the war, but because Franck featured regularly on allied WWI programmes because he was Belgian; he was one of the most popular composers played at the Ethical Society concerts during this period.  Another treat is Stravinsky’s energetic Soldier’s Tale, in the arrangement for violin, clarinet and piano.  Stravinsky composed the work in 1917 for ensemble and narrator and it tells the story of a soldier returning from war to find that no one recognises him.  Influenced by popular styles and dances from the period, including the ragtime and tango, this flexible work reflects the composer’s own permanent exile from his native Russia as a result of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Tickets for each session are priced at £10 adv. online (£12 on the door). There's a special discount for teachers and their students (14+ years old) at £35 per group for one single session.

Advance for all six sessions is £50 in advance. (which can be bought here)


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Talks & Lectures

Stop the First World War

Tue 11 Nov 2014, 19:00

Oppositions to the Great War

A series of talks and discussions every Tuesday evening at 7pm from September 30th to November 11th 2014.

Curated by Deborah Lavin, and presented by Conway Hall Ethical Society and the Socialist History Society.

From Slaughter to Mutiny

Ian Birchall

As the war continued more and more workers in uniform began to revolt against the authorities sending them to needless deaths. In 1917 half a million French soldiers were involved in mutinies. In 1918 mutinies by German soldiers and sailors helped to bring the war to an end. And in 1919 a French naval mutiny in the Black Sea obstructed intervention against the Russian Revolution.

Ian Birchall is a British Marxist historian and translator, former senior lecturer in French at Middlesex University.. His research interests include the Cominterm, the International Working Class, communism and Trotskyism, France an Syndicalism. He is on the editorial board of Revolutionary History, a member of the London Socialist Historians Group and has just completed a biography of Tony Cliff.

Entry £5/£3 (Ethical Society and Social History Society members)


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Community

Small Publishers Fair 2014

14-15 Nov, 11am - 7pm

The Small Publishers' Fair presents

The Small Publishers’ Fair 2014

The annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers. 

  • Over 60 publishers from across the UK and around the world
  • established and iconic alongside new and emerging presses
  • thousands of original works to buy – for your collection, for presents or on a whim
  • stands run by the creators and publishers – talk with them as you browse

FREE entry to this friendly fair and all activities


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Film & Theatre

Corpus

14 - 15 November 2014

Corpus

The Conway Collective presents

Writings on the Human Body

A performance installation exploring writings about the human body written as you watch on human bodies.

To coincide with the Small Publishers Fair, The Conway Collective, Conway Hall's resident ensemble of artists and performers, will be occupying secret corners of the building in surprising ways, singing the body electric.


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