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Machiavelli to Mill

Thursday Evenings

The Virtual Philosopher presents

Machiavelli to Mill

A six-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton

This course runs for 6 consecutive Thursday evenings beginning 4th September 2014 (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Sept, 2nd and 9th Oct)

The course will run from 8.10pm - 9.40pm  in the Bertrand Russell room for the first 4 sessions, and in the Library for the last 2. 

A mixture of short lectures and group discussion focussed on classic works of political philosophy exploring questions of continuing relevance that emerge from them. No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed. 

Topic covered include: Must political leaders have 'dirty hands'? What is the justification for having a state? What is property? Must a legitimate state have the consent of the people? Can you remain free while being part of a democray? What is alienation? What are the limits of individual  freedom of expression in a civilised society?

Week 1. Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince

Week 2. Thomas Hobbes Leviathan

Week 3. John Locke Second Treatise on Civil Government

Week 4. Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract

Week 5. Marx - The German Ideology Part One

Week 6. J.S. Mill On Liberty and The Subjection of Women

Full price for the course (6 sessions) is £100 payable in advance via the website. Concessions (students, unemployed, OAPs, those who have already signed up for or completed the Philosophy: the Basics  course) £80 using the drop down menu on the button.

maximum class size 35

teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion

No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed


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Courses & Workshops

Philosophy the Basics evening course

Thursday Evenings

The Virtual Philosopher presents

Philosophy: the Basics

A six-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton

maximum class size 35

teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion

No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed

This course runs for 6 consecutive Thursday evenings beginning 4th September 2014 (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Sept, 2nd and 9th Oct)

The course will run from 6.30p.m. -  8 p.m. (doors open from 6.15pm) in the Bertrand Russell room for the first 4 sessions, and in the Library for the last 2.

The price for the 6-session course is £100 payable in advance


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Courses & Workshops

Introduction to Brazilian-Portuguese

Mon 29 Sep 2014, 18:30

Introduction to Brazilian-Portuguese 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 Brazilian-Portuguese 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 to beginner students. If you have studied Brazilian-Portuguese before we can offer you more advanced levels. For a list of all our courses check our webpage)


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Courses & Workshops

Introduction to Italian

Mon 30 Sep, 2014, 18:30

Introduction to Italian 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 Italian 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

Registration: £5

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


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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.

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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.

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 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 audience and performers will be – as the title suggests – UpClose. In addition, each session will feature eminent musicians as our guest presenters.

Online tickets for each session are £10 (inc. fees) or £12 at the Box Office. Full season registration is £50 and we have a special dicounted rate for schools at £35 for a teacher and up to 5 students. They can be booked from the Conway Hall website here, and the dates are below.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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Courses & Workshops

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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Courses & Workshops

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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Courses & Workshops

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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