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MusicUpClose - On the Brink of War

Wed 1 Oct 2014, 19:00

The Conway Hall Ethical Society, sound collective and Trinity Laban presents

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

Session One: On the Brink of War
Wednesday 1 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Works to be performed: Ravel Trio, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge etc.

 

Our first session explores music written and performed on the eve of the First World War.   It was a period of considerable experimentation, freedom and artistic confidence.  European composers were challenging traditional rules of melody, harmony and form.  They were also playing with size of musical forces from the huge orchestra of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to small chamber works for just a few instruments and often voice.  It is easy to forget that there was considerable musical interaction between composers from very different national traditions.  The English composer, Vaughan Williams came to Paris to work with Ravel; Ravel spent time with the Russian composer, Stravinsky, and both wrote works inspired by the Austrian Schoenberg.  We will hear works by a number of these composers tonight, including Ravel’s colourful Trio and Vaughan William’s lyrical On Wenlock Edge.  Come and join us in an evening of live music and discussion with Barbara Kelly and musicians from sound collective and Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

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

1 October - 11 November 2014

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

A project devised by sound collective, Simon Callaghan and Conway Hall (London), in collaboration with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Greenwich.

MusicUpClose is an innovative series of performing events based at London's Conway Hall. Professional musicians and postgraduate students from Trinity Laban help to illuminate not only specific pieces of classical music, but also the way in which they think about music and performing.

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)

This series will provide illumination for anyone passionate about music, whether or not you have any previous knowledge! The interactive sessions will be presented in an accessible way, excluding unnecessary technical terms, and will allow the audience to interact and explore what goes on in the minds of players during rehearsals and performances. The locations will be intimate and audience and performers will be – as the title suggests – UpClose. In addition, each session will feature eminent musicians as our guest presenters.

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

Curated by Professor Barbara L. Kelly

Session One: On the Brink of War
Wednesday 1 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Works to be performed: Ravel Trio, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge etc.

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Session Two: Musical Responses to War
Wednesday 8 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Works to be performed: Debussy Cello Sonata etc.

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Session Three: Jane Bathori – A Voice in the War
Wednesday 22 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Featuring: Choral group, VERISMO
Works to be performed: Ravel Histoire Naturelles, Satie Trois Mélodies, Debussy Chansons Charles D’Orléans, Ravel: Trois Chansons pour choeur mixte, Satie Parade etc.

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Session Four: Britain at War: the lads that will never be home 
Wednesday 29 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Works to be performed: Songs for Baritone & Piano by Butterworth, Bridge, Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Scott etc.

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

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Session Six: Music Under Fire in Paris and London
Tuesday 11 November, 19.00
Presenter: 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

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Below are just some of the fantastic quotes that we have had for MusicUpClose from our audience members:

"This is an innovative series which develops interest and understanding of music and can be enjoyed by people of all musical knowledge and ability, from the beginner to the advanced"

"The series was very interesting and illuminating. I particularly enjoyed and appreciated having real musicians talking, singing, playing and conducting every week...UpClose!"

"It was a real privilege to be able to sit amongst the orchestra and follow the music and the conductor with the 1st and 2nd Violins - never to be forgotten! It was also good to have the chance to chat to the musicians individually."

"Inside the Music was an original evening - very informative and most memorable. Some more please! Many thanks to all involved - organisers, presenters and of course the orchestra, you did a great job!"

"Sitting among the woodwind in the Beethoven performance was (I think) the closest I am going to get to heaven!"


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Cryptic Crosswords – How to solve them!

4 October - 30 December 2014

Crossword Tutors presents

‘Cryptic Crosswords – How to solve them!’

Multiple sessions are available in October and November 2014 – each is a single one-off workshop, lasting 3 hours. Sessions are Saturdays or Sundays, morning or afternoon. Specific dates are 4th Oct, 5th Oct, 11th Oct, 12th, 8th Nov, 9th Nov, 15th Nov, 16th Nov, 29th Nov, 30th Nov. Each day has a morning and an afternoon session available.

10am – 1pm, or 1.30pm – 4.30pm

‘Unlock the mysteries of cryptic crosswords in this fun and practical beginners workshop’

“Cryptic Crosswords - How to solve them! This brain-fizzing session for crossword novices will teach you how to unlock cryptic clues, and how to effortlessly build your vocabulary and trivial knowledge whilst having fun! With a background in neuroscience and psychology, Crossword Tutors also teach you how to get the most from this classic pastime in order to develop your memory, communication, and problem-solving skills.

The workshop teaches the rules of cryptic crosswords, clue structure, and standard and some advanced clue types. It teaches basic and some advance solving strategies, and techniques for training cognitive functions including memory access, problem solving, and analytic reasoning. By the end of the half-day session, beginners will have the skills to solve most cryptic clues, and techniques to take home and practice.

Crossword Tutors also runs optional monthly ‘Crossword Clubs’ for course attendees to practice their skills in a friendly, social environment until they become expert cruciverbalists!”

Tickets are £25 for the half-day workshop, with discounts available for groups of five people, and for concessions 


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MusicUpClose - Musical Responses to War

Wed 8 Oct 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

Session Two: Musical Responses to War
Wednesday 8 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Works to be performed: Debussy Cello Sonata etc.

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In this second session, we look at how composers responded to war.  War was often evident in the music they wrote as well as in their private letters and public pronouncements.  Those unable to take part in the fighting often used their art to support the war effort.  Elgar and Debussy are good examples.  Prevented by age and illness to defend their country, they wrote musical tributes for the King Albert book.  It was a political and artistic tribute by politicians and artistic figures in response to the German invasion of Belgian in 1914.  We will hear Elgar’s Carillon and an extract of Debussy’s Berceuse Heroique.  Debussy liked to hide musical clues in his music.  If you listen closely, you can hear the Belgian national anthem in the Berceuse and a musical contest between Germany and France in En Blanc et noir.  The highlight of the evening is a performance of Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.  Here private and public lives merge as we puzzle over the significance of this majestic work by a dying musician and national figurehead.

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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Introduction to Spanish

Thu 9 Oct 2014, 18:30

Spanish with the Lingua Diversa Group

Introduction to Spanish for only £5

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Spanish language and learn some basics.

Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn a foreign language with communicative and fun activities.

These taster events are very popular so book your place in advance as there are only maximum 10 students in each group.

Bookings are taken on a first-come first-served basis.

To book your place please email us at  info@linguadiversa.co.uk

Tickets: £5

(Please note that this event is suitable for beginner students. If you have studied Spanish before we can offer you more advanced levels. For a list of all our courses check our webpage)


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Introduction to German

Thu 9 Oct 2014, 19:35

German with the Lingua Diversa Group

Introduction to German for only £5

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the German language and learn some basics.

Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn a foreign language with communicative and fun activities.

These events are very popular so book your place in advance as there are only maximum 10 students in each group.

Bookings are taken on a first-come first-served basis.

To book your place please email us at  info@linguadiversa.co.uk 

Registration: £5

(Please note that this event is suitable for beginner students. If you have studied German before we can offer you more advanced levels. For a list of all our courses check our webpage)


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Language courses in...

13 October - 19 December 2014

Language courses in Spanish, Italian, French, German and Brazilian-Portuguese

Lingua Diversa Group @ Conway Hall

Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. They run lunchtime and evening courses from beginner to advanced level in:

Spanish

Italian

French

German

Brazilian-Portuguese

The next term will start week beginning 21 July and last for 10 consecutive weeks. The fee is £130 for lunchtime and £185 for evening courses. There are maximum 10 students in each group.

For further information or for a free assessment of your level please email info@linguadiversa.co.uk or call

Lucio 07939001575

Esther 07980686471

To see a full list of courses please check the webpage below


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MusicUpClose - A Voice in the War

Wed 22 Oct 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

Session Three: Jane Bathori – A Voice in the War


Wednesday 22 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Featuring: Choral group, VERISMO
Works to be performed: Ravel Histoire Naturelles, Satie Trois Mélodies, Debussy Chansons Charles D’Orléans, Ravel: Trois Chansons pour choeur mixte, Satie Parade etc.

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Today the spotlight is on the French singer, Jane Bathori.  She was given an amazing opportunity to direct the small but experimental theatre, le Vieux Colombier in Paris during the war.  She put on concerts of new music by composers including Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and she promoted the works of the youngest French composers, including Poulenc and Milhaud.  With an awareness of the musical past, she programmed early French, English and Italian repertoire and music associated with the French Revolution.  We are delighted that Olivia Ray will play the part of Jane Bathori, singing some of the works she made famous, such as Ravel’s Histoires naturelles.  The vocal ensemble Verismo will perform some special choral works in the ancient style by Debussy and Ravel.  These works will be interspersed with extracts from Bathori’s private letters to theatre director, Jacques Copeau, which give a fascinating insight into the difficulties of putting on concerts while Paris was under attack.  They give a vivid sense of her determination to contribute to the war effort musically.

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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MusicUpClose - Britain at War: the lads that will never be Old

Wed 29 Oct 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

Session Four: Britain at War: the lads that will never be Old 
Wednesday 29 October, 19.00
Presenter: Barbara Kelly
Works to be performed: Songs for Baritone & Piano by Butterworth, Bridge, Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Scott etc.

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This session is devoted to Britain’s musical response to the Great War.  The response took many forms, such as the large-scale forces of Holst’s The Planets.  Today we will focus on songs, many of which will be familiar.  Some were by composers who fought and died during the war, including Butterworth’s moving A Shropshire Lad set to poems by A. E. Housman, which foretells the sacrifice the young composer and many others were to make.  It is from these songs that we take the title of tonight’s session: the Lads that will never be old. We will also look at songs written and performed during the war by such familiar names as Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney, Roger Quilter, Cyril Scott, Franck Bridge and John Ireland.  The Conway Hall is the home of the Ethical Society.  Its concert series, which began in 1887, is among the longest-running in the UK.  The Conway Hall archive reveals that concerts continued throughout the war period as a symbol of London’s resilience.  The programme includes some works performed at the Society concerts exactly 100 years ago.  Join Barbara Kelly and musicians from Trinity Laban Conservatoire for an evening of live music, reflection and discussion.

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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MusicUpClose - 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

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

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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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