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September 2019

Totally Thames 2019

September 1 - September 30

Totally Thames is an annual festival which takes place along the banks of the River Thames. This month-long celebration lasts from the 1st to the 30th September 2019. Planned events include arts festivals, community events, concerts, exhibitions, regattas, river races, foreshore archaeology and environmental activities. Further information on the Totally Thames website

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Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas Nos 1 and 3

September 17 @ 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 first 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 Ana-Lavinia Vlad and Alim Beisembayev Sangbin Jung and Kira Frolu PROGRAMME Beethoven…

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James I: The Court at Play

September 18 @ 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 Simon Thurley CBE Before he became King of England in 1603 James I had never set foot in an English royal palace. What he found when he did was a mixed blessing: he may have liked the grandeur and riches, but he hated the stuffy formality. His answer was to create an entirely new sort of country residence devoted to hunting, reading and relaxation with his male favourites. Architecturally incoherent these places may have…

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Graffiti Tour of Southwark Cathedral

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London, SE1 9DA United Kingdom
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£10

Led by graffiti researcher Crystal Hollis Medieval and historic graffiti can be found in churches, cathedrals, and other buildings all over the country, but did you know there are examples in Southwark Cathedral? Learn how to find graffiti and what they tell us about the people of the past! Following the 1.5 hour tour there will be time for questions and discussion of all things historic graffiti in a local pub. It is recommended you bring a small torch or…

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Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas Nos 6 and 9

September 19 @ 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 second 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 Magdalina Vutova and Mateusz Duda Jure Smirnov Oštir and Dian Wu PROGRAMME…

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Open House London 2019

September 21 - September 22
Free

Open House London, the capital’s greatest festival of architecture and design, returns on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019. This annual event is a truly city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where Londoners live and work. Everyone is invited to experience, explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment. It is a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of the capital’s amazing architecture with hundreds of buildings of all kinds opening their doors, plus…

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Dancing by the Light of the Moon

September 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St Mary’s Barnes, Church Road
London, SW13 9HL United Kingdom
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A show about Britain’s best-loved poetry, hand-picked by Giles Brandreth Gyles Brandreth, Barnes resident, former MP, One Show reporter, Just A Minute star, and author of the best-selling word-lovers companion, Have you eaten, Grandma? has a passion for poetry. His new book Dancing by the Light of the Moon is both a celebration of the best-loved poems in the English language and a unique guide to the value and power of learning poetry by heart. With the secrets of how…

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Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Nos 7 and 8

September 24 @ 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 third 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 Madeleine Pickering and Mihály Berecz Jack Greed and Hanzhi Zhang PROGRAMME Beethoven…

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The Future of Quantum Computing

September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
IMAX Theatre at the Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2DD United Kingdom
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Quantum computers represent a new way to process information. Might they be able to crack what are currently thought to be unbreakable codes and answer unanswerable questions? Quantum computing represents a paradigm shift in computing technology. Answers that lie beyond the reach of current ‘classical’ computers may soon be within our grasp. Quantum computers should offer the ability to process information in a way that allows us to model complex chemical processes, such as the way that drugs work in…

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The Well-Tempered Clavier

September 26 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2B United Kingdom
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Part of the RCM Music and Ideas series Terence Charlston performs from the second book of Bach’s The Well-tempered Clavier and considers how this canonic work might have been played by the composer and his contemporaries. At the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS. Tickets free, but booking required. Telephone 020 7591 4300 Further information on the Royal College of Music website

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The lives of Jack the Ripper’s victims

September 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The National Archives, Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4AD United Kingdom
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A National Archives talk by Hallie Rubenhold Though they never met, five women – Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane – are bound together in history and fate. All brutally murdered in 1888, their killer was never officially identified. But the character created by the press in the absence of conviction – ‘Jack the Ripper’ – has long overshadowed any of the victims. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but what if virtually…

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How to avert a Climate Catastrophe

September 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Gresham discussion forum chaired by Professor Jacqueline McGlade Taking part are: Professor Geoffrey Beattie, Vicky Pope and Dr Damien Short. After the UN Climate Action Summit in September, our Environment Professor will be talking to three experts about whether we still have a meaningful chance of averting a climate catastrophe, and how we can get there. The Extinction Rebellion protests pushed climate up the news agenda early in 2019, but what has happened since then, and what is happening…

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October 2019

The Age of Great Cities

October 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL United Kingdom
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Exploring the architectural, intellectual and political history of the Victorian town hall A Victoria and Albert Museum lunchtime lecture by Director Dr Tristram Hunt The Victoria era was known as The Age of Great Cities, as the booming industrial conurbations of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham sought to translate their wealth into civic pride and confident urban architecture. At the aesthetic and cultural core of the 19th century city was the Town Hall: designed as a testament to a city’s history,…

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Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

October 3 @ 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 Experience one of the most enduring symphonies in the orchestral repertoire as the RCM Philharmonic presents Beethoven’s Symphony no 5. This work’s popularity has not diminished its appeal, with powerful melodies and distinctive motifs uniting to create four dramatic and exciting movements. RCM Concerto Competition winner Dmitrii Kalashnikov performs Hummel’s Piano Concerto no 2. Kalashnikov has performed in Paris, Salzburg, Venice and Russia, and appears for the first time with the RCM Philharmonic with…

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A Field Guide to the English Clergy

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London, SE1 9DA United Kingdom
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A Southwark Cathedral talk by the Reverend Fergus Butler-Gallie Join the Reverend Fergus Butler-Gallie for a showcase of his Field Guide to the English Clergy, a compendium of diverse eccentrics, pirates, prelates and adventurers, all Anglican, some even practising. Fergus will also be talking about his new book, Priests de la Resistance! a biography of extraordinary priests famously willing to give their lives to fight the war against fascism. The Reverend Fergus Butler-Gallie is a young curate in the Church of England…

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October 2019 Pub Night

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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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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Sir Joseph Bazalgette

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Cleansing the Victorian Metropolis A Gresham College lecture by Dr Stephen Halliday 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette (1819-1891), and will see the building of the first major addition to the system he created to prevent sewage entering the Thames. The Thames Tideway Tunnel is now finally making its way 16 miles beneath the course of the river from Acton to the Thames Estuary, to intercept storm water which would otherwise enter the Thames.…

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Lilia Salsano at St Martin’s

October 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields Lilia Salsano - piano One of Argentina’s most outstanding international pianists, Lilia Salsano is a prize-winner at national and international competitions. She frequently performs at prestigious festivals in her country as well as abroad, including the USA, the UK, Europe and South America, a particular highlight being her recital for the Festival Martha Argerich of Buenos Aires. Salsano is the first Argentine pianist to record the complete piano works of Argentine composer…

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Bernard Haitink conducting masterclass

October 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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A Royal College of Music event The Royal College of Music is thrilled to welcome back venerable conductor Bernard Haitink to lead current and past RCM conductors in two masterclasses with the RCM Symphony Orchestra. PERFORMERS Bernard Haitink  Avi Taler, Nicolo Foron, Mark Biggins and Matthew Hardy conductors RCM Symphony Orchestra  PROGRAMME Mahler First and second movements from Symphony no 1 in D major ‘Titan’ At the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7…

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The Mathematical World of C.L. Dodgson

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn
London, EC1N 2HH United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Robin Williams Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) is best known for his ‘Alice’ books. But his ‘day job’ was as a mathematics lecturer at Christ Church in Oxford. What mathematics was he interested in? – and how good a mathematician was he? This illustrated lecture and book launch attempts to answer these questions by outlining his mathematical life, labours and legacy in the context of Victorian Oxford. Professor Robin Wilson is Emeritus Gresham Professor of…

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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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November 2019

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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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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