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October 2019

Biometrics: How unique are you?

October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Richard Harvey If people cannot identity themselves digitally then the digital society does not work. How do biometrics help reduce crime, and is it possible to have a biometric system yet not broadcast even more personal information than we do now? There are hosts of biometric systems but which ones work and which are little more than guesswork? Professor Richard Harvey is IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College and Professor…

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Piano Masterclass with John Lill

October 22 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2B United Kingdom
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A Royal College of Music event John Lill’s extensive repertoire includes more than eighty concertos, and he is acclaimed in particular as a leading interpreter of Beethoven, whose complete sonata cycle he has performed on several occasions in the UK, USA and Japan. In Britain he has given over 25 London Promenade concerts and regularly appears with all the major symphony orchestras. He has toured overseas with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham, Hallé, Royal Scottish…

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Where Light Falls

October 24 - October 27
St Paul’s Cathedral London, EC4M 8AD United Kingdom + Google Map
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Spectacular free light shows at St Paul’s Cathedral Using St Paul's iconic façade as a canvas, leading creatives Double Take Projections are projecting powerful poetry, visuals and photography to tell the fascinating story of the St Paul's Watch, volunteers who risked their lives to protect the cathedral during the Blitz. As most people took refuge in tube stations and air raid shelters across London, bombs rained down over the St Paul’s, the volunteers patrolled the cathedral. Armed with sandbags and…

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Elgar’s Enigma Variations

October 25 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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Part of the Royal College of Music Orchestral Masterworks series RCM alumnus and clarinet professor Timothy Lines enjoys a wide-ranging career performing with major orchestras all over the world. Here he picks up the baton to conduct Elgar’s bold tone poem In the South, followed by one of his most celebrated pieces of music, 'Enigma'. This ambitious orchestral work features 14 variations on an original theme. Some suggest that the 'enigma' is a hidden melody within the piece. PERFORMERS Timothy…

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The Voice of 5,000 Movies

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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Dubbing illegal films in Communist Romania Irina Margareta Nistor in conversation with Andrew Collins A British Library event In the last years of Communist Romania, Irina Margareta Nistor secretly dubbed all the voices on countless banned movies on VHS tapes, smuggled in from the west. These tapes quickly spread and her voice became one of the best known in the entire country. She talks to broadcaster and film writer Andrew Collins about her remarkable story. Irina is featured in the documentary Chuck…

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Museums at Night 2019

October 31 - November 2

Museums at Night is a UK-wide festival of late openings of museums, galleries, libraries and archives, produced by not-for-profit cultural publisher Culture24, the Brighton-based arts charity dedicated to shining a light on Britain’s sparkling culture and heritage. The 2019 autumn edition of the Museums at Night festival is taking place from Thursday 31st October to Saturday 2nd November. Many London venues are taking part. Some of the events are free, others are ticketed. Check the events page for further information. More information can…

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November 2019

Richmond Literature Festival 2019

November 1 - November 24

The Richmond Literature Festival is a fantastic celebration of books and words; of tales, talks and ideas, and so much more. During the month of November, it presents a diverse programme of events featuring some of the year’s most interesting and thought-provoking books. Further information on the Richmond Literature website Main programme

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ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair

November 1 - November 2
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road
London, SW3 5EE United Kingdom
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Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, this 29th edition of the Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in rare books, first editions, maps, prints, manuscripts and ephemera from all over the world. There's something for every interest – poetry, children's classics, modern fiction, gardening, cookery, sport, military, crime, art, architecture, travel. Prices start at just a few pounds and dealers are happy to guide you, making this a friendly and inspiring venue…

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Fear of the Resurrection Men

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Old Operating Museum and Herb Garret, 9a St Thomas Street
London, SE1 9RY United Kingdom
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Talk at the Old Operating Theatre by Kirsty Chilton For London’s poor living in Georgian and Victorian times, the experience of the death of a loved one could be tragic, and the funeral that followed could be a bleak affair, with the remains often laid in an overcrowded grave. But at at least the body - and the soul - was now at rest. Or were they? In eighteenth and early nineteenth century London, the sanctity of the grave was…

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Regent Street Motor Show 2019

November 2 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Regent Street London, W1B 2EL United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

The Regent Street Motor Show is the largest free-to-view motor show in the UK, showcasing an impressive 126 years of motoring history. Celebrating the earliest days of motoring with the pre-1905 veteran cars on display as part of the EFG International Concours d’Elegance. On the day of the Show, Regent Street is closed to through traffic from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus. Opening hours of the Regent Street Motor Show are from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Free of Charge – No…

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London to Brighton Car Run 2019

November 3
Free

The traditional London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes place on Sunday 3rd November 2019. It is the world’s longest-running motoring event – the first run took place as far back as 1896, to celebrate an Act of Parliament on the Locomotives on the Highway, increasing the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ to 14 mph, from 2 mph in towns and 4 mph in the country, and removing the stipulation that an escort had to walk 20 yards in front of…

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150 Years of the Periodic Table

November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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The Origins of the Elements A Gresham College lecture by Dr Stephen Wilkins In this talk, which coincides with the UNESCO International Year of the Periodic Table, Dr Wilkins discusses the astrophysical origins of the chemical elements, almost all of which have an origin ranging from the big bang, to exploding white dwarfs, the collapse of massive stars, and the merger of ultra-compact objects, neutron stars. This final mechanism is responsible for many of the heaviest and rarest elements including…

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Maxim Vengerov Mozart Masterclass

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2B United Kingdom
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A Royal College of Music event Maxim Vengerov, the RCM's Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin, has appeared with the world's finest orchestras and conductors and given solo recitals around the globe. He works with the RCM String Band and talented RCM violinists in this orchestral masterclass. PERFORMERS RCM String Band  Karolina Sutt - violin Elif Cansever - violin Katherine Yoon - violin PROGRAMME Mozart - Violin Concerto no 5 in A flat major K219 At the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall,…

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Lord Mayor’s Show 2019

November 9
Free

The annual Lord Mayor’s Show, which this year takes place on Saturday 9th November, is one of London’s grandest spectacles. A crowd of around half a million spectators cheer the newly elected Lord Mayor of the City of London along the way, and millions more people watch the live BBC coverage. The office of Lord Mayor dates from 1189, and the event in its current form dates back to the 16th century. The world-famous Lord Mayor’s Procession sets off from…

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November 2019 Pub Night

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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Join us at our monthly pub night, which takes place at the Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AA. This event is open to everyone, and there is no need to book. Just come along on the night – we’ll be there till late. To find us, look out for the Luxembourg national flag on our table! Tuesday is Steak Night at the Liberty Bounds, so you can order a steak and chips, including a drink, for around…

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The Language Show 2019

November 15 - November 17
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road
London, W14 8UX United Kingdom
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Free

The exhibition for language learners, teachers and everyone who loves languages. Now in its 31st year, Europe’s largest language event returns to Olympia. Featured are the latest products and resources, ways to learn and ways to teach, as well as fun and entertainment: • eighty free seminars • one hundred exhibitors • taster classes in twenty languages • dedicated programme for teachers • resources, tools and technology • classes, schools and distance learning • book publishers and online providers •…

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

November 15 - November 24

This year, the EFG London Jazz Festival takes place between Friday 15th and Sunday 24th November at a variety of London venues, including the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place, Ronnie Scott’s, Vortex, Rich Mix and Pizza Express. The festival has a reputation for bringing the best and freshest music to the capital, with a wide-ranging programme of concerts by world-class artists and emerging stars. Further information on the EFG London Jazz Festival website Festival…

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Swan Lake

November 21 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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£8

Part of the Orchestral Masterworks series Join the RCM Philharmonic for a show-stopping performance of the concert suite from Tchaikovsky's immensely popular ballet, Swan Lake. Hear the spirited waltz from Act 1, the exotic rhythms of the Hungarian Dance and the world-famous Dance of the Cygnets all brought to life on the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall stage. PERFORMERS Howard Williams - conductor RCM Philharmonic PROGRAMME Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Suite op 20a Shostakovich - The Golden Age Suite op 22a…

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Albert Lau at St Lawrence Jewry

November 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard
London, EC2V 5AA United Kingdom
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A Monday lunchtime concert Albert Lau, who was born in Hong Kong, started learning the piano at the age of seven. He had his formative training with Josephine Cheung and studied with Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University (USA) before completing his Master’s Degree ar the Royal Academy of Music in London, under Joanna MacGregor, Head of Piano. Albert Lau was named a Young Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons in 2018. PERFORMER Albert Lau - piano PROGRAMME Clara Schumann -…

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Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas Nos 4 and 5

November 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road
London, NW1 5HT United Kingdom
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10 out of 10: A Royal Academy of Music concert series This is the fourth concert (of five) in a series presenting Beethoven’s complete sonatas for violin and piano, exploring the development of his style from the early compositions of 1797-8, when he made his living as a virtuoso pianist, to the monumental final sonata of 1812, as he struggled to come to terms with his deafness. PERFORMERS Preston Yeo and Dian Wu  Elizabeth Jiřičková and Hanzhi Zhang PROGRAMME Beethoven…

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Christian Wolmar: Railways

November 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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How did the railways change the world? A British Library event The railway historian presents an authoritative and fast-paced telling of how the railways changed the world. The arrival of the railways in the first half of the 19th century and their subsequent spread across the world triggered economic growth and social change on an extraordinary scale. The ‘iron road’ stimulated innovation in engineering and architecture, enabled people and goods to move around more quickly than ever before, and played…

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Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas Nos 2 and 10

November 28 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road
London, NW1 5HT United Kingdom
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10 out of 10: A Royal Academy of Music concert series This is the fifth concert (of five) in a series presenting Beethoven’s complete sonatas for violin and piano, exploring the development of his style from the early compositions of 1797-8, when he made his living as a virtuoso pianist, to the monumental final sonata of 1812, as he struggled to come to terms with his deafness. PERFORMERS Muriel Oberhofer and Julian Chan  Naori Takahashi and Michelle Chow PROGRAMME Beethoven…

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Schubert Symphony No 9

November 28 @ 6:15 pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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The Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Royal College of Music The Chamber Orchestra of Europe has been acknowledged as 'the finest chamber orchestra in the world' (BBC) and consists of international soloists from all over Europe. Three musicians from the COE visit the RCM to perform the final symphony completed by Franz Schubert, widely considered to be the most innovative of his pieces for orchestra. PERFORMERS Mats Zetterqvist - violin and director Håkan Björkman - trombone Romain Guyot - clarinet…

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The Longplayer Conversation 2019

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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Jem Finer and Gavin Starks discuss change, technology and long term thinking A British Library event The 2019 Longplayer Conversation brings together composer Jem Finer and multidisciplinary entrepreneur Gavin Starks, who are trustees of Longplayer. Jem Finer is an artist, musician and composer. Since studying computer science in the 1970s, he has worked in a variety of fields, including photography, film, experimental and popular music and installation. His 1,000-year-long musical composition Longplayer represents a convergence of many of his concerns, particularly…

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