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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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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 - 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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MusicUpClose - 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

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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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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Neo4j GraphDay

Thu 13 Nov 2014, 9:00

Neo Technology presents   

Neo4j GraphDay

Join us for a one-day event and get complimentary graph database training and one2one advice from our graph experts!

During this free one-day event, Neo4j experts will introduce you to graph databases and demonstrate how to create graph-based applications. Neo4j GraphDay starts with a discussion of graph databases and demonstration of how Neo4j powers business applications. Two customers will share their experience in setting up a graph database for their business.

The afternoon sessions offer complimentary training as well as the chance to talk one2one to our experts, so that you will leave with the skills required to become effective with graphs and productive with Neo4j.

Tickets: Free event, please register online

START AND END TIME: 9am – 5pm


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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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