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November 2019

Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas Nos 4 and 5

November 26, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£13

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, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road
London, NW1 5HT United Kingdom
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Free

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, 2019 @ 6:15 pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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£5

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, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£13

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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December 2019

Developing the EU for the Future

December 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
London School of Economics, Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Professor Kevin Featherstone in discussion with Xavier Bettel At the London School of Economics and Political Science Hosted by the European Institute and the Dahrendorf Forum, a project of LSE IDEAS This discussion with Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, focuses on strengthening the European Union internally and towards the wider world. The EU has faced different kinds of euro-scepticism and this year’s European Parliament elections suggested citizens wanted it to set a new course. At the same time, the wider international…

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2019

December 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Trafalgar Square London, SW1Y 5AY United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Lighting the Trafalgar Square Tree Each year since 1947, a Christmas tree has been given to the people of London from Norway in gratitude for Britain’s support to Norway during World War II. For many Londoners the Christmas tree and carol singing in Trafalgar Square signal the beginning of the festive season, and mark the first of a series of Christmas activities held on Trafalgar Square. Free of charge – No ticket required. Make sure to arrive early! Information on…

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Dominic Alldis Trio at St James’s Piccadilly

December 6, 2019 @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL United Kingdom
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Free lunchtime recital at St James’s Piccadilly PERFORMERS Dominic Alldis - piano Andrew Cleyndert - double bass Martin France - drums The Dominic Alldis Trio return to St James’s for their 6th annual concert, featuring jazz arrangements of popular themes by Bach, Handel, Fauré, Borodin, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Satie, Chopin and Bartok. The trio explores the meeting point of two worlds: classical music and jazz. Taking inspiration from the Jacques Loussier Trio, Bill Evans Trio, Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Modern…

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London Christmas Book Fair 2019

December 7, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram Street
London, WC1N 1HT United Kingdom
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£2

Organised by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association The marvellous PBFA Christmas Book Fair is a must for book lovers, collectors and gift buyers alike! Thousands of books and ephemera will be on offer from some of the best independent sellers across the country. Find gems across a myriad of subjects and genres – secondhand, rare and unusual – priced to suit every pocket. Everyone is welcome - General admission £2.00 Cafes, bars and restaurants on site. At the Holiday Inn,…

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Ambassador’s Christmas Reception 2019

December 10, 2019

The Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Mr Jean Olinger, and Mrs Véronique Olinger-Masquelin, are hosting a Christmas Reception, which takes place on Tuesday 10th December. Please note that this is a ticketed event, and that only invited guests will be admitted on the day. Invitations are being emailed to our subscribers. This  reception replaces the December pub night. Our next pub night is scheduled for Tuesday 14th January 2020.

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Butterflies and Biodiversity

December 11, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Linnean Society of London, Burlington House
London, W1J 0BF United Kingdom
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The Challenges and Opportunities A Linnean Society lunchtime lecture by Dr Blanca Huertas FLS Butterflies are charismatic insects that engage public interest, hence they are used as a flagship for conservation in many developed nations. However, even in butterfly species-rich areas their full potential has not been quantified due to scarce information and resources available. Whilst most funding programmes prioritise innovative research to mitigate threats for humans and the planet, research to fill knowledge gaps in core disciplines remains undervalued…

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Linnean Society Treasures Tour

December 11, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Linnean Society of London, Burlington House
London, W1J 0BF United Kingdom
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£5

This tour follows the luchtime lecture Butterflies and Biodiversity It covers the history of the Society with particular emphasis on Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, as well as the collections and legacy of Carl Linnaeus. Led by the knowledgeable and dedicated Library staff, tours include visits to the Meeting Room and the grand Reading Room of the Library. The Meeting Room: A warm welcome to the Linnean Society awaits you! Admire the President's crocodile-skin chair, see the portraits of…

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Music and Birds

December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Linnean Society of London, Burlington House
London, W1J 0BF United Kingdom
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A Violinist’s View The Linnean Society Christmas Lecture 2019 by classical violinist Paul Barritt Classical violinist and Permanent Guest Leader of the Hallé Orchestra Paul Barritt considers the connections between great composers of both the human and avian worlds: from Mozart’s beloved pet starling to Vaughan Williams’ ascending lark. Do female birds sing or was Darwin accurate in portraying them as far too coy compared to their ardent males? This lecture explores the use of birds, their image, calls and…

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Danilo Mascetti at St James’s Piccadilly

December 13, 2019 @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL United Kingdom
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Free lunchtime recital at St James’s Piccadilly PERFORMER Danilo Mascetti - piano PROGRAMME Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.2 in A major, Op.2 No.2 Tchaikovsky - Marche Funèbre and Scherzo (from 6 Pieces, Op.21) Dutilleux - Chorale et variations Danilo Mascetti is an Italian pianist, the Carne Trust Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music. He regularly performs as soloist all over the world. St James’s Piccadilly presents free lunchtime recitals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1.10pm (except Bank Holidays,…

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St George Quintet at St Martin’s

December 17, 2019 @ 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 at St Martin in the Fields Part of the Embassy and Cultural Institute Series, representing the Government of Flanders in the United Kingdom PERFORMERS St George Quintet Two violins (Liesbeth Baelus and Kaja Nowak), viola (Diede Verpoest), cello (Wouter Vercruysse) and double bass (Bram Decroix) is an unconventional setting and thus a very versatile repertoire. The St George Quintet has toured extensively throughout Flanders and performed in festivals and venues such as Midis/Minimes (Brussels), Iedereen Klassiek (Concertgebouw…

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The Stones of the Temple

December 17, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Camden Local Studies Centre, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road
London, WC1X 8PA United Kingdom
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Free

Camden’s Historic Churches Paul Shaw, archivist of St Mary’s Convent, Brentford, gives an illustrated talk on the subject of Camden’s historic places of worship. Admission free. Doors open at 6.45pm. Organised by the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre Featured image by kind permission of the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre.

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Festive Tour of Benjamin Franklin House

December 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street
London, WC2N 5NF United Kingdom
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£10

For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin – scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor and founding father of the United States lived behind the doors of No 36 Craven Street, London WC2. Built circa 1730, it is today a dynamic museum and educational facility. On this candle-lit tour you can step back in time and experience the house in true eighteenth-century style. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies in the parlour before exploring the building and its unique…

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Christmas Lights and Sights Tour

December 22, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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£17

Enjoy the Christmas lights on a vintage London Transport bus Climb aboard a cosy original Routemaster Heritage bus and experience the wonder and excitement of London at Christmastime. Wind past spectacular displays and illuminated landmarks, to the sound of classic festive songs. The tour starts at the London Transport Museum before heading off through the sparkling West End seeing some of the stunning lights, passing Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue and the Strand. Please note…

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Midnight Mass at St Etheldreda’s

December 24, 2019 - December 25, 2019
St Etheldreda’s Roman Catholic Church, 14 Ely Place
London, EC1N 6RY United Kingdom
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Christmas Eucharist preceded by carols St Etheldreda’s Church is just a stone’s throw from the noise and bustle of modern day London. This hidden gem, a spiritual sanctuary dating from the Middle Ages, remains a haven of peace and tranquillity. It used to be the town chapel of the Bishops of Ely from about 1250 to 1570. Ely Place was once one of the most influential places in town, with a palace and vast grounds. Its chapel took its name…

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Alessandro Conti at St Martin’s

December 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Free

Part of the ‘Pianists of the World’ Series PERFORMER Alessandro Conti – Piano PROGRAMME Dupont – La Maison dans les dunes Schumann – Fantasie in C After completing his education at St. Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Alessandro Conti continued abroad, perfecting his craft in Vienna, Helsinki and Tallinn. He was a pupil of Paul Barnes, Krassimira Jordan and Wolfang Watzinger for piano, Ivan Vandor for composition, Piero Bellugi, Jorma Panula, Arkady Leytush and Paavo Järvi for conducting. Active in Italy and abroad…

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January 2020

New Year Steam Day

January 1 @ 10:30 am - 4:15 pm
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar Station, Station Approach
Ongar, Essex CM5 9BN United Kingdom
£16

Epping Ongar Railway Steam into the forest this New Years Day with the Epping Ongar Railway steam-hauled services! The main services to Ongar are being worked by steam locomotives and connecting heritage buses are running between Epping Underground and North Weald stations. Former Great Western Railway Hall Class locomotive, 4953 Pitchford Hall returns to traffic at this event following a boiler overhaul. Timetable information can be found here. FARES Adult £16 / Child £8 / Family (up to 2 adults and…

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New Year’s Day Parade 2020

January 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9BR United Kingdom
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Don’t miss the annual London New Year’s Day Parade, which attracts a crowd of over half a million spectators! Ten thousand performers from around the world take part, including cheerleaders, dancers, acrobats and marching bands. Starting at noon from the Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly, the route takes in Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, arriving in Parliament Square around 3.30pm. Make sure to arrive early in order to secure a good vantage point! Free, no need to…

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Twelfth Night Celebration 2020

January 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London, SE1 9DT United Kingdom
Free

The Twelfth Night traditionally marks the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. A free annual celebration takes place on Sunday 5th January 2020 on Bankside in Southwark, near Shakespeare's Globe. The festivities, which have their origins in ancient mid-winter customs, start with the arrival of the Holly Man, who is dressed in a fantastic coat of green foliage. Together with a group of actors, known as the Bankside Mummers, and the London Beadle, he toasts the onlookers, the River…

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The Journey to the Mayflower

January 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London, SE1 9DA United Kingdom
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£3

A Southwark Cathedral lecture by Dr Stephen Tomkins 2020 sees the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower - the ship that took the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. It's a foundational event in American history, but it began as an English story, which pioneered the idea of religious freedom. The illegal underground movement of Protestant separatists from Elizabeth I's Church of England is a story of subterfuge and danger, arrests and interrogations, prison and executions. It starts…

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An Arab Christmas

January 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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£15

A concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields Experience the atmosphere of Christmas in the Arab world as St Martin-in-the-Fields resounds with Syriac, Coptic and Byzantine chants, harking back to the time of Queen Zanubia’s Palmyra in the second century CE. The sound world of these chants is rich with quarter tones and virtuosic ornamentation. Palestinian singer and broadcaster, Reem Kelani, leads the evening as compere. Arab Christmas is produced by Arts Canteen and supported using public funding by Arts Council England. PERFORMERS Najib…

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