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George Ross Memorial Lecture - Faith, Hope and Charity for Humanists

Tue 27 Jan 2015, 18:30

Philosophy For All, Philosophy Now magazine and Conway Hall Ethical Society presents 

The George Ross Memorial Lecture - Prof Simon Blackburn
Philosophy Now Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. This year's winner is Noam Chomsky.

Join us for a joint event of Philosophy Now magazine and Philosophy For All. At 6:30pm Philosophy For All's annual George Ross Memorial Lecture will be given by one of Britain's best-known philosophers, Professor Simon Blackburn, on "Faith, Hope and Charity for Humanists".

The lecture will be followed at 8:30pm by the presentation of the annual Philosophy Now Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. This year's winner is Noam Chomsky, who (technology permitting) will join us by live video link from MIT.

Entry is Free. No booking required.


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Rhinegold Live: Nicholas McCarthy

Wed 28 Jan 2015, 19:00

Rhinegold Live presents

Nicholas McCarthy

6.15pm drinks reception
7.00pm recital

Nicholas McCarthy is a one-handed concert pianist whose historic graduation from the Royal College of Music in 2012 made press headlines around the world. Nicholas has performed extensively throughout the UK in major venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, among others. Internationally, he has performed in the USA, South Africa, Kazakhstan and Malta. As a champion of piano music for the left hand, Nicholas fronted International Piano’s ground-breaking exploration of the genre for the magazine's July/August issue.

The concert will include original pieces for left hand alone, with transcriptions by Paul Wittgenstein and Nicholas himself.

"Mr McCarthy… now finds himself on the brink of a career as an international performer after astounding professionals and wowing audiences with his ability to play so seamlessly" –
The Independent, August 2012

Programme to include:

  • Scriabin – Prelude and Nocturne, Op.9
  • Schubert/Liszt (arr. Zichy) – Der Erlkönig
  • Bach/Gounod (arr. Wittgenstein) – Ave Maria
  • Haydn Wood (arr. McCarthy) – Roses of Picardy
  • Wagner/Liszt (arr. Zichy) – Fantasy on Tannhäuser

This concert is followed by a Q&A which will be conducted by Claire Jackson, Editor of International Piano magazine.

Nicholas McCarthy, piano 

Free: Reserve your ticket

Every ticket-holder will be guaranteed a seat and a drink; there will be a limited number of places available on the day on a first-come, first-served basis, but on-the-day seats do not include a complimentary drink. There are 150 pre-registered tickets available, and each ticket must be applied for separately.

Once registered, you will receive an email which is your ticket: please print this email out and bring it with you on the day.

Please only book a ticket if you plan on attending the event.

(Image credit: Nicholas McCarthy
© Raymond George Photography)


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Corin Redgrave Memorial Lecture 2015 On Liberty

Sat 31 Jan 2015, 14:30

Peace & Progress presents

Corin Redgrave Memorial Lecture 2015: On Liberty

to be delivered by

Shami Chakrabarti

Entrance £8, £5 concessions (payable on door)

To reserve a place at this event please text or phone and leave a message on 07599 566 140 or email us at peaceandprogressevents@gmail.com

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty and tireless campaigner for human rights, will deliver the 2015 lecture in memory of Corin Redgrave.

In the introduction to her recently published best-selling book 'On Liberty' Shami writes:

''These are challenging times for human rights. The ill-judged and misnamed 'War on Terror' has morphed into a permanent state of exception becoming the rule. This has been triggered not only by horrific crimes against people and the terror of collapsing towers but by collapsing markets, economies and institutions. No one is above the law. Yet some have readily decided that the rule of law is too exacting and human rights principles too expensive in times of insecurity and austerity

As I write, some senior figures in the Conservative Party and the UK Independence Party that has so tweaked its tail propose abolishing the Human Rights Act and withdrawing from the European Convention of Human Rights. They are wrong. . . .Our responsibility is to previous generations, who fought for rights and freedoms and to future generations, for whom we hold them in trust."

Coming at the start of an election year we hope this lecture will help raise important questions concerning human rights that we could all fruitfully address to candidates during the election campaign.

Corin Redgrave was not only an outstanding artist but an inspirational, passionate and steadfast campaigner for human rights. For over 40 years Corin worked for and alongside those in struggle against injustice whether in the labour and trade union movement or in individual cases of miscarriages of justice and for those detained without trial in Guantanamo. No case was too big or too small.

Corin was tireless in his opposition to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the so-called 'War on Terror' and his work was recognised both at home and abroad. He was a founder of the Guantanamo Human Rights Commission and Peace and Progress - A Party for Human Rights.

Shami Chakrabarti studied law at the London School of Economics and was subsequently called to the Bar by the Middle Temple. She was a member of the panel of the Leveson Inquiry into phone hacking. Shami is Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

Shami has worked for Liberty since 2001 and was appointed Director 11 years ago, since which time she has led vigorous campaigns on issues as diverse as privacy laws, ASBOs and anti-terror legislation.

'This lecture is being organised by Peace and Progress - A Voice for Human Rights'


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Is Cameron more radical than Thatcher?

Mon 2 Feb 2015, 19:00

Guardian Live event: Is Cameron more Radical than Thatcher?

In their new book "Cameron's Coup" Polly Toynbee and David Walker argue that Cameron is turning out to be more radical than Thatcher. In conversation with columnist and broadcaster Steve Richards, they will explain why they think the cuts are cover for an assault on the post-war social settlement and the government is creating a harsher, meaner Britain.

Running time: 90 minutes with no interval. The book 'Cameron's Coup' is available for purchasing on the order form.

Tickets: £16-£20

Start and End: 19:00-20:30


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Lincé Memorial Concert

Thu 19 Feb 2015, 19:30

London Chamber Music Society and Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents

Lincé Memorial Concert

Memorial Concert in memory of Mary and Martin Lincé in aid of Help Musicians UK

Chilingirian Quartet

John York, Piano

Haydn - Piano Trio in C Hob. XV/27
Ravel - String Quartet
Schumann - Piano Quintet in Eb Op.44

Tickets: £15 (Full-time students under 25 with valid student card, Half Price)

email: lincememorialconcert@virginmedia.com

tel: 020 8922 8832

Refreshments will be served in the interval.

All proceeds from this concert will be donated to Help Musicians UK (Registered Charity No. 228089).


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Talks & Lectures

5x15 featuring Jay Rayner, Matt Haig, Laura Bates and more

Wed 4 March 2015, 19:30

5x15 presents

5x15 featuring Jay Rayner, Matt Haig, Laura Bates and more

5 speakers, 15 minutes each

5 exceptional speakers have 15 minutes each to take to the stage to inform, inspire and entertain. It’s a little known fact that restaurant critic Jay Rayner would take a piano to his desert island. This evening he speaks about jazz piano and hungry jazz. Eminent international lawyer Philippe Sands talks about his extraordinary Songs of Good and Evil – a production mixing music, images and text to explore the origins of modern justice and the fate of individuals and groups; Laura Bates tells us about the 80,000 women who contributed to the Everyday Sexism Project; best selling novelist Matt Haig gives us Reasons to Stay Alive and Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario looks back on her ground-breaking work across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

Tickets: £20/ £15 concessions + booking fee

Start and End Times:  7.30-9.15


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Two Worlds in Harmony

Sat 7 Mar 2015, 19:00

Finest Workers UK presents

Two Worlds in Harmony

A night of songs from your favorite musicals.

A vocal trio based in Essex called West End Mamas composed of three Filipinas who have played significant roles in various musical shows in the London Westend. Gia Macuja Atchison (Miss Saigon, Lion King and very recently Here Lies Love); Cez Campos Bonner (Kim in Miss Saigon, The King and I); Maya Barredo Duffy (Kim in Miss Saigon, Lion King). In 2013, they were awarded Best New Artist Group category in the Philippines’ ALIW Awards. They will be joined in the show by their better halves, the West End Papas who themselves have been performers in different musicals in the Westend. One of them is Robert Atchison who is an international concert violinist and conductor.

Nick Bonner and Gerrard Duffy have been in Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar and Starlight Express.
Two Worlds in Harmony is also a celebration of Filipinos’ success in the London West end, in the world of musicals even years after they have left theatre performing as they continue their musical journey with their husbands performing in different venues in UK and the Far East. From home to stage, life indeed is a performance for these vocal groups where harmony in both family life and music performance is embedded.

A night of songs from your favourite musicals will also feature guests singers: Grace dela Cuesta and singing competition winners Neneth Ortega Lyons and Joel Miranda. Hosted by Maribeth Gasper.

Tickets: £15 (£20 door) can be purchased online 

Contact Jhermy on 07825509624.

Start and End Times: 1900 H to 2200H


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