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October 2018

The Small Trades of Spitalfields

October 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street
London, E1 6LY United Kingdom
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£5.50

A talk by the Gentle Author When the Huguenots arrived, Spitalfields was already established as an affordable location for artisan culture, permitting those with skills to produce high quality items for sale to wealthy customers in the City of London. The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life traces the history of this cultural tradition and explores how it has shaped the identity of the place through the centuries. About the Gentle Author For the past nine years, the Gentle Author has…

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Museums at Night – October 2018

October 25 - October 27

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 next Museums at Night festival is taking place from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th October 2018. Many London venues are taking part. Some of the events are free, others are ticketed. Check the events page for further information.

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Masako Kamikawa at St Martin in the Fields

October 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Free

Free lunchtime concert Part of the Pianists of the World Series After completing basic musical education in Japan, Masako Kamikawa continued her education in Germany where she studied piano and chamber music at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Mannheim and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. Upon finishing her education, she met the famous piano teacher Peter Feuchtwanger and worked with him intensively for many years. Masako Kamikawa lives in Germany and performs throughout Europe and in…

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Symphonie Fantastique

October 26 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2BS United Kingdom
£5

Royal College of Music orchestral masterworks series RCM Philharmonic orchestra Timothy Lines - conductor A lovesick Berlioz composed his epic programme symphony in 1830 after becoming infatuated with the charismatic Irish actress Harriet Smithson, and the quintessentially romantic masterpiece has delighted concert audiences ever since. An increasingly hallucinatory piece of musical melodrama, the unique work is renowned for its psychedelic depiction of unrequited love and delivers a concert experience quite unlike any other. Tickets: £5.00 / £8.00 (depending on seat…

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I am Ashurbanipal

October 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
British Museum, Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG United Kingdom
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£15

British Museum members’ lecture I am Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria – Warrior ruler. Empire builder. King slayer. Lion hunter. Librarian. Gardener. Curator Gareth Brereton introduces the BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: King of the world, King of Assyria. At the time of his reign King Ashurbanipal of Assyria (r. 668–c. 631 BC) was the most powerful man on earth. He described himself in inscriptions as ‘king of the world’, and his reign from the city of Nineveh…

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Mela Guitar Quartet

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL United Kingdom
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Free

Discover some of the most extraordinary music written for guitar, performed by the Mela Guitar Quartet, at this free lunchtime concert at St James’s Piccadilly! Mēla, an Indian word meaning festive gathering, embodies the ethos of the Mēla Guitar Quartet. Bringing the colours and textures of four classical guitars to life with a wonderfully inventive, eclectic mix of repertoire, Mēla explore the art of a classical quartet to the highest level, whilst still making their style accessible for all. Members…

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November 2018

Richmond Literature Festival 2018

November 1 - November 30

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 What’s on

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RCM Guitar Festival 2018

November 4
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2B United Kingdom
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Free

On Sunday, 4th November 2018 the Royal College of Music presents some of the finest players on the international guitar scene in a brand new one-day festival celebrating all things guitar. John Williams, the Eden-Stell Duo and the Vida Guitar Quartet are just some of the day’s special guests. With a wide range of concerts, masterclasses and lectures, featuring RCM guitarists past and present, this day promises to be an unmissable event. Various loctions, from 11.00am. Free, but tickets required.…

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London to Brighton Car Run 2018

November 4
Free

The traditional Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes place on Sunday 4th November 2017. 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…

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Shakespeare’s Stages

November 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Free

A Gresham lecture by Michael Pennington Leading actor and Shakespeare scholar Michael Pennington discusses the direct effect on the dramatist's writing of the theatres he wrote for, so different from ours. From cinematic intimacy to heroic spaciousness, his plays reflect his actors' technique and the social range of his audience, allowing him the means to look further and deeper into the human condition, its public and inner life, than any dramatist has achieved before or since. Michael Pennington is an…

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Lord Mayor’s Show 2018

November 10
Free

One of London’s grandest spectacles is the annual Lord Mayor’s Show, which this year takes place on Saturday 10th November. 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 2018 Pub Night

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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Free

You are cordially invited to our monthly pub night, which is due to take 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,…

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Plague, War and Hellfire

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The National Archives, Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4DU United Kingdom
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Free

A National Archives author talk by Rebecca Rideal 1666 was a watershed year in English history. The Great Plague, the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London – historian Rebecca Rideal sheds light on these dramatic events and their context. Based on original archival research drawing on little-known sources, her book 1666 opens with the fiery destruction of London, before taking readers on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the…

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

November 16 - November 25

This year, the EFG London Jazz Festival takes place between Friday 16th and Sunday 25th November 2018 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 Festival guide

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