At A Glance...
25 September - 30 October 2012
If you have ever said ‘I love music, but I’m not musical’ – this is for you!
MusicUpClose is a new series of performing events based at Conway Hall. Professional musicians and postgraduate students from Trinity Laban will be helping to illuminate not only specific pieces of classical music, but also the way in which they think about music and performing.
This series is designed for those who have an interest or even a passion for music – but feel they don’t know how it works. If you have ever said ‘I love music, but I’m not musical’ – this is for you!
The interactive series will be presented in a non-patronising fashion, excluding unnecessary technical terms, and will allow the audience to ask questions and explore what goes on in the minds of players during rehearsals and performances. The locations will be intimate and the performers will be – as the title suggests – up close.
Our first series will take place over six weeks and will use Beethoven as a starting point for our exploration of numerous topics. In the final event, a large chamber orchestra will perform Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No.5.
Tickets for each session are priced at £10, or £55 for all six sessions.
They can be purchased in advance for each event, any remaining spaces will be sold on the door that evening.
Session One: Tone Deaf?
Tuesday 25 September 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
Session Two: I Got Rhythm!
Tuesday 2 October 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
Session Three: An Unanswered Question: how do composers ‘compose’?
Tuesday 9 October 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
Session Four: Variations on a theme…
Tuesday 16 October 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
Session Five: Conductors – What’s the Point?
Tuesday 23 October 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
Session Six: Inside the Music!
Tuesday 30 October 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
MusicUpClose - Session 1
25 Sep 2012, 19.00
Beethoven composed some of the world’s best-known music when he couldn’t hear – or could he? Can we disprove the condition of being ‘tone deaf’? What difference does it make if a piece of music is in F major, C minor, Ab Major…? A live experiment will be conducted using a cello, soprano, piano and a mobile phone!
19.00 – 20.30 (followed by drinks)
The Big London Night Walk
28 Sep 2012
The Big Issue Foundation presents: The Big London Nightwalk - Friday 28th September 2012
See London in a whole new light
Walk along side vendors, get to know them and hear their stories
1 amazing night, 20km, over 600 people, walking past London's iconic landmarks and raising funds for homeless people!
This will take place from 23.00 at Leadenhall Market, 48-51, City of London, EC3V1LT (everyone must register to take part)
The walk is due to start at 23.30 at Leadenhall Market.
Refreshments / Stop Offs:
The Foundling Museum
All Souls Club House
St Martins in the Fields
The 9th Annual Festival of Life
29 Sep 2012, 10.30
The 9th Annual Festival of Life
A vibrant, jampacked, holistic event.
• Talks & Workshops: from 11am to 8pm
• Stalls: from 10.30am to 6pm
• Conscious Dance Party: 7pm-11.30pm
Full event: £15 /£8 (concs) from 4pm: £10 /£8 under 16's free
NB: Refunds of £5 will be available for those leaving the venue by 7pm.
Sunday Lecture - Thinking Like Einstein
30 Sep 2012, 11.00
Global problems won’t be solved unless we move from nation-centric thinking to genuinely world-centric (or global) thinking. But what, precisely, is wrong with our current, nation-centric mode of thinking? How and why is it inadequate? And what does moving to world-centric thinking really entail? What does world-centric thinking actually look like?
John Bunzl looks at how a revolutionary shift in our mind-sets is needed to tackle global issues and will propose the Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) initiative as one example of world-centric thinking in action: a powerful and transformative means for citizens to drive their politicians to cooperate in solving global problems.
John Bunzl is a business man with a simple and yet powerful new vision for global governance: simultaneous international action across multiple issues.
He is a passionate speaker on global simultaneous policy, and its relevance for a wide range of topics: from tax justice and regulation of financial markets; sustainability standards; to global warming. John has spoken at a number of events, including the World Trade Organisation, the World Social Forum and TEDx events.
In 2000 John founded the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO) and launched the Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) campaign; an exciting new way for citizens to actively use their votes to propel their governments to act together to solve global problems.
John has used, and continues to use, the Simpol campaign tirelessly to reach out to citizens, activists, non-governmental organisations, politicians and business people to raise their awareness and understanding of what global simultaneous policies could mean for humanity, prosperity and peace.
Open to all. No need to book in advance.
The World's Most Improbable Event with Marc Abrahams
Sun 30 Sep 2012, 14.00
Conway Hall & Little Atoms present...
The World's Most Improbable Event
with the Father of the IgNobel Prizes, Marc Abrahams
Expect a plethora of scientists, researchers, journalists and communicators explaining research on; why books on ethics are more likely to get stolen, what time of month generates higher tips for Las Vegas lap dancers, stories of how mice were outfitted with parachutes to find a better way to murder tree snakes in Guam, and Other WTF Research.
Confirmed speakers include:
Nick Doody: Stand up Comedian and The Atheist's Guide to Chrismas contributor
Michael Brooks: Science Writer and Author of Free Radicals
Helen Arney:Science Songtress
Chloe Kembery: Natural Historian (NHM)
Timandra Harkness: Mathematician and science communicator
Gemma Arrowsmith: actress and writer
Dr Helen Scales: Marine Biologist
Mo Costandi: Writer of Neurophilosophy for the Guardian
Alom Shaha: Physics teacher and author of The Young Atheist's Handbook
Simon Ings: Novelist and science author
Neil Denny: Radio show producer and Winston Churchill Memorial Travelling Fellow
Alice Bell: Science lecturer and communicator extraordinaire
Steve Colgan: QI contributor and Ex-Met Police constable and 'critical thinking Ninja'
Dr Stuart Clark: Science writer and novelist
Iszi Lawrence: Comedian and writer
Dan Schreiber: Ex-QI Elf and Producer of BBC R4 The Museum of Curiosity
Helen Zaltzman: Writer, speaker, autodidact
Aarathi Prasad: Scientist and author
Helen Keen: Radio presenter and astro-tainer, and more who will probably turn up on the day.
Marc Abrahams is the editor of the parody magazine Annals of Improbable Research and the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which honour bizarre, questionable, and downright funny scientific research and are presented at an annual ceremony at Harvard University. He has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, New Scientist, Scientific American, and newspapers and TV programmes internationally.
Follow him on twitter @MarcAbrahams
14.00; £10, £7 concs and members
MusicUpClose - Session 2
2 Oct 2012, 19.00
I Got Rhythm!
How important is rhythm in music? Is it as important in classical music as it is in popular music? Is rhythm important to all music? What difference does rhythm make to the feel of the music? Why is the main motif from Beethoven’s 5th Symphony (da da da dum…) so iconic?
19.00 - 20.30 (followed by drinks)
The Forgotten Adlerians: Great Contributors to the Movement of Individual Psychology
Tue 2 Oct 2012, 19.30
The Adlerian Society UK presents.
The Rita Udall Memorial Lecture
‘The Forgotten Adlerians: Great Contributors to the Movement of Individual Psychology’ presented by Harry Dowling
Before the Second World War Individual Psychology was a vibrant and growing movement. Many people were inspired by the ideas of Alfred Adler to act.
They applied these ideas wherever the discouraged needed to be encouraged, from child and family education upwards. In the process they became not merely followers but themselves contributors.
This talk will put the spotlight on some of those who have been left in obscurity, and honour their contributions.
In honouring Alfred Adler we have often tended to neglect these contributions - this has unbalanced our view of Individual Psychology as a movement. The dangers of this biased apperception will be discussed.
Admission £7 (concs £4) Doors 19.00
Lecture Starts at 19.30
All welcome. No need to book. CPD certificates are available.
Lecture enquiries: Gwyneth Evans-Patel email email@example.com
Power to the People - Philosophical Societies and Societal Change
Wed 3 Oct 2012, 19.15
The London Philosophy Club Presents.
Jonathan Rée: Power to the People - Philosophical Societies and Societal Change
Philosophy is often dismissed as an elitist indulgence, but it can also be seen as an element of genuine democracy and a motor of radical social change. In this talk Jonathan Rée will explore these issues with reference to the life and work of an unsung nineteenth-century hero: the transatlantic vagrant Tommy Davidson – philosopher, educator and entrepreneur .
Jonathan is a British freelance historian and philosopher from Bradford. He is the author of Proletarian Philosophers: Problems in Socialist Culture in Britain, as well as books on Heidegger and Descartes. Educated at Oxford University, Rée was previously a Professor of Philosophy at Middlesex University, but gave up a teaching career in order to "have more time to think". He has written for the Evening Standard, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, London Review of Books, Prospect, The Independent, and Times Literary Supplement. He is frequently a guest in radio programmes such as Journeys In Thought and In Our Time. In the early 1990s he presented a seven-part Channel 4 TV series (produced and broadcast in the UK) Talking Liberties, which featured Rée in conversation with a number of thinkers, including Jacques Derrida, Paul Ricoeur, and Helene Cixous ( you can watch some of the interview with Cixous here). Rée was a founding member of the British journal and group Radical Philosophy.
Photo credit: Brian Hillegas
School of Life: Is Vulnerability a Virtue? with Brene Brown
Wed 3 Oct 2012, 19:30
The School of Life Presents...
Is Vulnerability a Virtue? with Brene Brown
World-renowned emotions expert Brené Brown busts the myth that vulnerability is a weakness.
Vulnerability is not weakness, and the uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional. Our only choice is a question of engagement.’—Brené Brown
This event is the first of our new series of conversations where leading international thinkers share big ideas for changing the world.
Tonight Brené Brown, the acclaimed expert in human emotions, talks with empathy campaigner Roman Krznaric about the transformational ideas that stem from her new book,Daring Greatly. Brown will argue that we must liberate ourselves personally and culturally from the myth that vulnerability is a weakness. Krznaric will ask her what it would mean if we took seriously her claim that vulnerability is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
Our fear of being vulnerable means we put off getting into a new relationship, a difficult conversation, a challenging work situation or even our own creative process until we’re perfect and bulletproof. But that state of invulnerability doesn’t exist, argues Brown. And by waiting for it, ‘we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.’ Having the courage to show up and take part even if you may fail, she argues, ‘is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.’
Join us to find out how changing the way we define vulnerability might change our individual and collective futures.