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Thinking on Sunday: Ian Dunt – Coronavirus & Populism Is this the end of the nationalist uprising.

Populist right-wing governments have fared particularly badly during the Covid pandemic. Trump’s America, Johnson’s Britain and Bolsonaro’s Brazil have been some of the worst affected countries during the emergency.

The claim that complex problems can have simple solutions has been proven false. And the attempt to project a people-vs-the-elite narrative onto a health crisis has been faltering and largely ineffective.

In this online talk, Ian Dunt, editor of and author of the forthcoming book How To Be A Liberal takes stock of the post-coronavirus world and asks if maybe, with a bit of luck, we’re seeing the end of the nationalist uprising.

[This talk was held online by Conway Hall in 2020, whilst our London venue was closed during the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK]

Sunday Concerts: Fenella Humphreys & Simon Callaghan

This was the first of our livestreamed Sunday Concerts, using new, state-of-the-art equipment.

Fenella Humphreys’ online performances during lockdown drew praise from audiences and critics alike. Her chosen programme, with Director of Music Simon Callaghan, spans more than 200 years and was the perfect selection to bring back to life our extraordinary Main Hall.


  • Mozart – Violin Sonata in G K301
  • Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel
  • Franck – Violin Sonata in A

Fenella Humphreys, winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, has won critical admiration and audience acclaim with the lyrical grace and intensity of her playing. Described in the press as “alluring”, “unforgettable” and “a wonder”, Fenella is one of the UK’s most established and versatile violinists. She enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work, performing in prestigious venues around the world.

Hubble Telescope 30th Anniversary: Kathy Sullivan

Launched on 24th April 1990, The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionised our understanding of the universe.

Drawing from her book, Handprints on Hubble, retired astronaut Kathy Sullivan talks about her work on the @NASAteam that made all of this possible and answers some fascinating questions. @HubbleESA @Hubble Space Telescope

[This talk was held online by Conway Hall in 2020, whilst our London venue was closed during the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK]

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