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
Carablanca Tango Club
5, 12, 19, 26 October
19.30 - 00.00
Carablanca is London's longest-running tango club. The friendly, informal atmosphere ensures that beginners and visitors mix easily with the regular dancers.
The dance evening is an Argentine milonga, preceded by a class. There are also classes for beginners in a separate room. Music is traditional Argentine tango, milonga and vals, played in tandas with cortinas by guest DJs.
TICKETS: price £10 for a class or dancing, £12 for both, paid on entry.
Sun 14 Oct, 2012, 18.30
Combining technical mastery, expressive depth, and performance experience, pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Ilya Kaler and 'cellist Amit Peled have joined forces to form one of the most exciting trios on the international scene. Each virtuoso member of the ensemble has a successful solo career; together, they bring vitality to the concert stage with their dynamic musical interplay and collaborative spirit.
The Tempest Trio has performed in cities throughout the US including Chicago, Baltimore, Seattle, Palm Beach, Spartanburg SC and Washington DC. The trio have performed at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the prestigious Four Arts Society invited them to be the featured ensemble in a Beethoven festival as well as the Triple Concerto with the Palm Beach Symphony.
- Ilya Kaler violin
- Amit Peled ‘cello
- Alon Goldstein piano
- Beethoven: Trio in B flat Op.11
- Bloch: Three Nocturnes
- Brahms: Trio in B Op.8
£8 tickets, £4 for full-time students (free entry for under-16s)
Doors open at 17.30
Sunday Lecture - A Scientific Odyssey across America
Sun 14 Oct 2012, 11.00
In May 2012, Neil Denny embarked upon a month long, 6614 mile road trip across America.
The journey was to produce a series of interviews which present a wide-ranging overview of science and skepticism from an American perspective. While Many in Europe consider America to be the home of conspiracy theories, creationism and climate scepticism, the USA is also a scientific powerhouse. However many of those involved in science in the US are also fighting encroaching irrationality.
To be an atheist in America is still considered to be a brave and transgressive act. Creationists continue to push for the teaching of "intelligent design" alongside evolution in science classes. Campaigners are fighting to protect the right to legal and safe abortion, for the use of stem cells in medical research, and are fighting against the growing anti-vaccination movement.
Driving from San Francisco to Boston and calling in at Phoenix, Santa Fe, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York along the way. Neil recorded 39 interviews with scientists and science writers including Ann Druyan, Leonard Susskind, Kip Thorne, Priya Natarajan, Paul Davies, George Church, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mary Roach, Edward Stone and Sara Seager.
He recorded interviews at some major sites of scientific interest, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, The Los Alamos National Laboratory, and The American Museum of Natural History. He also spent a less scientific day visiting Kentucky’s Creation Museum.
Neil Denny is the presenter and producer of the Little Atoms Radio Show on Resonance FM, which was shortlisted for a Physics.org Best Podcast Award in 2010 and has interviewed over 200 guests from the worlds of science, journalism, politics, religion, academia, human rights and the arts. He is a 2012 Travelling Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Open to all. No need to book in advance.
The School of Life Sunday Sermon: Edmund De Waal on Tact
Sun 14 Oct 2012, 11.00
Join Edmund de Waal for a journey along the fine line that separates the tactful from the tactless.
The potter and writer Edmund de Waal is among the most subtle and eloquent of artists at work today. His international bestseller The Hare with the Amber Eyes (2010) is celebrated as one of the most extraordinary memoirs ever written. What lies at its core is his masterful handling of details and silences: a rare kind of tact with a particular power.
De Waal warns that tact is a dangerous virtue. As a wise man once said, tact ‘is the ability to make a person see lightening without letting him feel the bolt.’ One poorly judged move and we’re in trouble. We need to be at our most diplomatic when the stakes are high. But, in our fast-paced high-pressure culture, where we fire off blunt messages without a second glance, we're at risk of losing this vital art.
De Waal will share with us what he has discovered about the art of tact from a adulthood spent exploring the delicacy of porcelain alongside the difficulty of the unsaid. He will draw on examples from the fields of poetry, music and the visual arts, as well as everyday life, to take us on a life-enhancing journey along the fine line that separates the tactful from the tactless.
Edmund de Waal is a leading ceramicist and the author of the international bestseller The Hare with the Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance (2010), for which he won the Costa Biography Award and the RSL Ondaatje Prize. He recently created major ceramic installations for the V&A and Tate Britain. His current exhibition, at Waddesdon Manor until 28 October, examines collecting, and how objects are kept together, lost, stolen or dispersed.
MusicUpClose - Session 4
16 Oct 2012, 19.00
Variations on a theme…
Many composers wrote ‘variations’. What exactly does this mean? How is the music varied? With the same ideas being repeated, how do composers avoid the music becoming boring? Beethoven’s take on the variation form will be used as a starting point for this discourse.
19.00 - 20.30 (followed by drinks)
Reel Rock - London
Tue 16 Oct 2012, 19.30
Reel Rock Presents...
Reel Rock Film Tour - London
Don’t miss the most extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s best adventure film makers. Featuring alpine legends, amazing adventurers and climbing icons, be transported through the big screen to mountains across the globe as they attempt to achieve their dangerous lifelong ambitions.
A festive night out with inspiring films and great prize giveaways!
Reel Rock have been producing and directing climbing and adventure films for over a decade, with devoted audiences around the world. Their work has won them dozens of awards at international film festivals. Their shows are exciting events where outdoors lovers and climbers come together to celebrate the ultimate in adventure filmmaking and are much more than just film screenings.
Vicky Bond: Religious Slaughter – Is it an Animal Welfare Issue?
Wed 17 Oct 2012, 19.00
The Central London Humanist Group (CLHG) Presents...
A talk by Vicky Bond from Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)
Halal meat is increasingly being served in restaurants, hospitals and work canteens in Britain. Should we be concerned about how religious slaughter affects the welfare of farm animals?
Vicky Bond is from Compassion in World Farming, which presents the facts on the religious slaughter methods that produce both halal and kosher meat.
Her talk will hopefully provide some food for thought and some lively and interesting debate.
Compassion in World Farming was founded in 1967 by British dairy farmer Peter Roberts who was concerned by the development of intensive factory farming. Today they campaign peacefully to end all cruel factory farming practices. Their passion is supported by hard evidence and facts which underpin their campaigns, and makes them leading experts in farm animal welfare.
Their political lobbying and campaigning has resulted in the EU recognising animals as sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and suffering. They have also secured landmark agreements to outlaw the barren battery cage for egg-laying hens, narrow veal crates and sow stalls across Europe.
Compassion in World Farming’s Food Business Team is working with some of the world’s biggest food retailers, producers and manufacturers. The companies they work with are a key part of the drive towards a more ethical and sustainable food supply. Their Good Farm Animal Welfare awards benefit millions of animals each year.
Doors from 6.30 p.m.
Wine is available from our charity wine bar.
Talk from 7.00 p.m.
A suggested donation of £2 would be welcome on the night towards the cost of room and equipment hire.
All CLHG talks are open to the general public.
Sweetness & Light / Flock & Swarm
Wed 17 Oct 2012
The Conway Collective presents:
An event-full evening
Doors open 19.30
A spectacular double bill launches The Conway Collective's season of new performance at Conway Hall. First up Luke Dixon brings together dancers, musicians and models in 'Sweetness & Light'.
Welcome to a dark and mysterious world. A world of darkness. And of females. The inhabitants communicate with a dance of touch and scent. In a sensory performance that brings together live art and contemporary dance, Sweetness and Light leads its audience into a place of sacrifice and ritual. Things could get sticky!
'Flock & Swarm' Jane Turner joins forces with a crowd of dancers to create a one-off, never to be seen before or since, dance-science happening
across the floor of the main hall. Simple equations combine with human idiosyncrasy and ingenuity to create patterns of beauty, energy and
Tickets £10 advance
What's the five-a-day for your mind?
Thu 18 Oct 2012
Action for Happiness Presents...
What's the five-a-day for your mind?
How our minds work and what we can do to get the best from them
Our minds are our most precious asset, but how much do we really do to look after them? If we can take care of our bodies by going to the gym, or eating an apple, what's the equivalent for our minds?
Join us for this special opportunity to hear Andy Gibson from Mindapples give an intensive hands-on introduction to how our minds work and why we should all learn how to get the best from them.
From the hidden power of the subconscious to the physiology of influence, it will be a fascinating introduction to the power of our minds, including practical tips for managing our moods, understanding our decisions and being more mentally effective in our life and work