The Halcyon Quartet have previously been heralded as "future stars of British chamber music". For their début performance at Conway Hall, they offer a rare opportunity to hear the third quartet by Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz, alongside two ‘greats’ of the quartet repertoire: Haydn, the ‘father of the string quartet’; and Schubert.
Sadia Azmat is a comedian who loves sex. She is also a hijab-wearing Muslim woman. The two are in a lifelong relationship, but it’s complicated. From rejecting an arranged marriage to her tumultuous relationship with her headscarf, Sadia is unafraid to share her truth - because, ultimately, we all deserve to feel like a Sex Bomb.
Alistair Anderson is internationally acknowledged as the master of the English Concertina and a fine exponent of the Northumbrian Pipes. He is joined by fiddle and viola player, Grace Smith, who is an experienced performer, playing with several bands as well as solo. She was awarded a Seed Funding bursary in 2018 from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Sunday Concerts: ‘My Songs Are My Diary’: Discovering Josephine Lang
The career of Josephine Lang, a largely-forgotten nineteenth-century singer, pianist and composer, was constrained by the societal limitations of her time. This ‘portrait in music’ traces her life and gives voice to her music through her letters and songs, as well as music by Johannes Brahms and her friend and mentor Felix Mendelssohn.
London Fortean Society: The Haunted Landscape: Witchcraft, Ritual and the Supernatural
It’s getting darker. Join us at Conway Hall as we explore the Haunted Landscape, our annual gathering of witchcraft, folklore, ghosts, and fairies from the British Isles. Speakers this year include James Canton, James Edward Frost, Jeremy Harte, Sandra Lawrence, Allyson Shaw and Francis Young.
Ethical Matters: Ethical Matters in Time and Space: 60 Years of Doctor Who
In November 2023 Doctor Who will turn 60. Amongst the monsters, machines and Master the show has always asked questions about humanity and goodness. Join broadcaster and cultural historian Matthew Sweet alongside Christel Dee, author and presenter of Doctor Who: The Fan Show, as we celebrate The Doctor, their companions, and what may be the greatest show on, and off, Earth.
The Fibonacci Quartet have recently taken prizes at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition and the CAVATINA Chamber Music Competition at Wigmore Hall. They are quickly establishing a reputation as compelling performers of a wide variety of repertoire and we are delighted to be able to welcome them for their Conway Hall début.
Who do we remember as ‘great’ and why? Join Clare Stainthorp and Madeline Goodall - two experts in the history of humanism and freethought - for discussion and hands-on activities at this family-friendly event, in which we will think together about notions of the ‘great and good’.
Ethical Matters: Billy No Mates – Men, Loneliness and Friendship
Max Dickins quickly learned that that he wasn't the only man struggling with friendships. Countless studies have confirmed that men have fewer close friends than women and the problem gets worse the older men get. But what goes wrong?
Sunday Concerts: The Clements Prize for Composers 2023
This November, The Clements Prize for Composers will return to Conway Hall, celebrating the brightest and best young composers in our biannual competition. The Fidelio Trio will perform a shortlist of compositions, which will be announced in October.
National Secular Society: Condoms, Sponges and Syringes: The 19th century pioneers of family planning
Bob Forder introduces the 19th century secularist and freethinking pioneers of family planning. This talk will accompany a unique display of documents from the National Secular Society's archive, associated with Charles Bradlaugh’s and Annie Besant’s 1877 trial for republishing the pioneering birth control pamphlet, Fruits of Philosophy.
Back for its second year, the UK Patient Conference for Medical Cannabis Awareness Week 2023 is hosted by Drug Science and Medcan Family Foundation . Panel discussions will cover topics such as the legal rights of patients and innovation in the marketplace, plus an exclusive cannabis documentary film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director and producer.
The Edinburgh Quartet has long been celebrated as one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles, having appeared regularly at prestigious venues across the UK and toured extensively across Europe, Asia, as well as North and South America. Their Conway Hall programme features quartet pieces by Haydn, Kodály and Ravel.
Electric Voice Theatre: Flowers of the Seasons: Politics, Power & Poverty
Join Electric Voice Theatre and music historian Oskar Jensen for an informal evening of songs, poetry and story-telling at Conway Hall’s historic Library, celebrating the music of Eliza Flower (1803–1846). This is a unique opportunity to be among the first people to hear her work performed for at least 100 years.
With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic have been heralded for their lively performances and skilled delivery of traditional material, playing with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. They will be joined by Maddie Morris - a bold, insightful and refreshingly unique artist who strives to make a difference in the world.
Composer, actress, singer, and pianist Madeleine Dring (1923-77) was a multi-talented musician with a multifaceted career. This celebration concert includes a performance featuring Nicholas Daniel OBE, Antonio Oyarzabal and Tom Hancox, alongside a talk on Dring's music and life by award-winning writer Leah Broad.
Ethical Matters: Grassroots Protest – Activism from Below
Change begins from below. Join two grassroots activists as they describe their protests and outcomes of their campaigning. Leila Hassan is a British editor, activist and founding member of the Race Today Collective. Andy Worthington is an author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker.
Prepare to be immersed in the joys of tango and learn about its development over history. UK Tango Championship finalists Emma Lucia Reyes (UK) and Carlos Cisneros (Argentina) will reimagine and reignite Piazolla's Histoire du tango for a contemporary audience with a performance of live dance. The performance will be followed by a 'Milonga' - a social tango dancing evening at Conway Hall.
Bloomsbury Festival: 26 Wordstock @ the Bloomsbury Festival
In partnership with the Wildlife Trusts, join award-winning writer's group 26 in this year's "Wordstock" for Bloomsbury Festival for an afternoon of writing, conversation and sharing on the concept of words, the ways they grow with us and keep us connected as individuals.
Neil Baker leads a selection of poets, artists and experts on the natural world to broaden your horizons and bring together like-minded language lovers.
Bloomsbury Festival: Words from Elsewhere: Small Press Publishing
We welcome three radical and innovative small press publishers to discuss what inspired them to start, how they found their audience and how they keep going. This event is for anyone fascinated by books, publishing and interested in how to start their own small press.
Bloomsbury Festival: Belly Dance Workshop with Lucy Andrina
Join bellydancer Lucy Andrina in this two-hour workshop exploring a variety of the fundamental movements in Egyptian-style bellydance, from shimmies to figures of eight. Learn about core cultural concepts of bellydance in an evening scored by classical oriental songs as well as contemporary hits from Cairo.
The Eusebius Quartet was formed in 2016 out of a passion for the extraordinary music written for this formation. They have gained a reputation for imaginative performances possessing “full-blooded yet flexible tone” (BBC Music Magazine).
How does our own vision of the landscape reflect – and be affected by – art and literature? Authors Will Ashon and Dr Susan Owens explore, in conversation with artist Sarah Sparkes, what we see in the British landscape and how place and history shape us.
Sunday Concerts: Schubert: A Winterreise Weekend – Finale Concert
Conway Hall presents the grand finale of Schubert: A Winterreise Weekend with a performance of the complete song cycle. The talented young musicians who have participated in three days of public masterclasses with leading collaborative pianist Roger Vignoles will showcase the results of their Schubert immersion.
Sunday Concerts: Schubert: A Winterreise Weekend with Roger Vignoles [Day 3]
Conway Hall's collaboration with leading pianist Roger Vignoles continues with a weekend of public masterclasses and concerts centred around Schubert's great song cycle Winterreise (A Winter Journey). Day 3 features performances from baritone Edward Jowle, pianist Simon Callaghan, as well as a talk by respected musicologist Susan Youens.
Sunday Concerts: Schubert: A Winterreise Weekend with Roger Vignoles [Day 2]
Conway Hall's collaboration with leading pianist Roger Vignoles continues with a weekend of public masterclasses and concerts centred around Schubert's great song cycle Winterreise (A Winter Journey). On day 2, BBC New Generation Artist tenor Alessandro Fisher will join Vignoles for Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin.
Sunday Concerts: Schubert: A Winterreise Weekend with Roger Vignoles [Day 1]
Conway Hall's collaboration with leading pianist Roger Vignoles continues with a weekend of public masterclasses and concerts centred around Schubert's great song cycle Winterreise (A Winter Journey), culminating in a complete performance of the cycle on the Sunday evening.
Reweirding: Being Human – How Our Biology Shaped Our History
How did haemophilia bring down the Russian royal family? And scurvy give rise to the Mafia? Lewis Dartnell explores how human biology has shaped relationships, societies, economies and wars across the globe - and considers how, importantly, it continues to challenge and define our progress.
The Arcis Saxophon Quartett embarks on a colourful journey through music history. A particular focus is on works by composers from the 20th century and from the present. The exciting cast of the saxophone quartet gives each work - from the 18th to the 21st century - its very own touch and guarantees an exciting and unique concert.
Ethical Matters: Thinking in Pictures – Adventures in Trying to be Smart
Michael Blastland shows how pictures can help put ideas to the test, making them vivid, showing them in action. Using illustrations and photographs, this is a brilliant introduction to smart-thinking – how to use it and when to question it – for anyone trying to make sense of a puzzling world.
The Antiuniversity comes to Conway Hall for two days of workshops, talks and more. Free for all to access, the activities will inspire radical thinking, learning and collaboration. Full listing and booking information will be announced soon.
The Carducci Quartet were awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2016 for their project Shostakovich15, an immense cycle of Shostakovich’s quartets. For their return to Conway Hall, they present the first of these quartets, flanked by two much-loved classics of the repertoire by Mozart and Dvořák.
Ethical Matters: Free and Equal – What Would a Fair Society Look Like?
Taking a humane and egalitarian liberalism as his starting point, economist and philosopher Daniel Chandler builds a careful and ultimately irresistible case for a progressive agenda that would fundamentally reshape our societies for the better.
Reweirding: Utopian Dreams on the Streets of London
For centuries London has been the capital of utopian thought. A city of fervent imaginings and courageous aspirations. Niall Kishtainy draws us into the imaginative worlds of Thomas More, the Diggers, William Morris, Extinction Rebellion protestors and the Reclaim The Streets protests.
The Piatti Quartet make a welcome return to our series with a rare performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘Household Music’, a highlight of their recent album on Resonus, which garnered rave reviews across the press. Acclaimed clarinettist Sacha Rattle joins the quartet for Brahms’ much-loved quintet.
Discover Conway Hall in a series of exclusive tours around our Grade II listed building, featuring both Art Deco and Arts and Crafts styles. Experience the Main Hall’s sublime acoustics, home to Europe’s longest-running Chamber music series; delve into the Library and Archives; and learn how Conway Hall makes ethics matter today.
Fashion Declares host a special evening event, bringing together sustainable fashion experts and campaigners to discuss how to end fossil fuel dependency in the Fashion Industry and move towards sustainable fibres and production that honour people, place and planet. The discussion and Q&A will be followed by performances from spoken word and music artists.
Food is an ethical issue. Join the discussion with author of Avocado Anxiety, Louise Gray, alongside Ruth Westcott, Campaign Coordinator for Sustain, as we explore ethical questions about the impact of food on the planet: Is plant protein as good as meat? Is foraged food more nutritious? Could bees be the answer to using fewer chemicals?
Now in their eighth year, the Salomé Quartet are increasingly in demand as one of the UK’s most exciting young string quartets. To open our autumn season at Conway Hall, they are joined by versatile pianist Jâms Coleman to perform a programme of Felix Mendelssohn, Haydn and Franck.
Russell’s Reimagined Reiths: A Weekend of Creative Exploration
A free two-day workshop with artists Lottie McCarthy and Toby Kidd, exploring the contested histories of one of the most celebrated public figures of British philosophy. We will reimagine Bertrand Russell's famous Reith Lectures, collaboratively writing and performing new unique versions using any form of creative writing or expression.
The Road to Ethics: Freethinkers, Radicals and Non-conformists
Join guide Julie Chandler for a walking tour and discover some of London’s ethical history, from the birth of the Ethical Movement to the rise of radical freethinking. Hear the stories of those who championed controversial causes such as religious freedom, women's rights and secular education.
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