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November 2017

Alix Lagasse & Maria Tarasewicz

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
St John’s Smith Square, Westminster
London, SW1P 3HA United Kingdom
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£10

Thursday Lunchtime Concert at St John’s Smith Square The winner of the 2016 Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal, Belgian violinist Alix Lagasse joins forces with Maria Tarasewicz, the acclaimed pianist and fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, to present a lyrical programme of works by Ravel, Wagner and Elgar. Alix Lagasse – violin Maria Tarasewicz – piano Programme: Ravel: Violin Sonata in A minor Wagner: Albumblatt Elgar: Violin Sonata in E minor Op. 82 Alix Lagasse and Maria…

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Everyday Life in Roman London

November 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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£5

In this lecture Simon Elliott describes a day in the life of a wide variety of Roman Londoners in the mid 2nd century AD when the city was at its height during the Roman occupation. He shines a light on day-to-day experiences in Londinium, from a variety of different perspectives, showing how some things were very similar to our experiences today, but some things very different. Cost: £5 (plus booking fee if booking online) Includes a wine reception. Organised by…

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Richmond Literature Festival 2017

November 3 - November 29

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. Topics range from the history of Christmas, through to Brexit and the state of the world today, to walking the Thames Path, uncovering Queen Victoria’s eating habits, talking about physics, and visiting Dickensian London for the founding…

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Henry VIII and the Break with Rome

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The National Archives, Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4DU United Kingdom
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£15

A National Archives lecture by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb Come and enjoy an evening with historian, broadcaster and award-winning academic Doctor Suzannah Lipscomb, as she explores one of the fundamental turning points of the 16th century Reformation: Henry VIII’s separation from the Roman Catholic Church. Suzannah Lipbscomb is an historian, author, broadcaster, and award-winning academic. Her work focuses on Henry VIII and the early Tudor court, with a special interest in the intersection of religious, gender, political, social, and psychological history.…

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London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

November 5
Free

The traditional Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes place on Sunday 5th 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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Candlelight opening of Sir John Soane Museum

November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sir John Soane Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3BP United Kingdom
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Free

Candlelight openings of the Sir John Soane Museum take place on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6pm to 9pm. Entry is free, and places cannot be reserved in advance. This is a very popular event, and usually more people arrive than can be accommodated, so make sure to arrive early! The first 200 visitors in the queue at 5.30pm will have guaranteed entry. After this time, it will be one-in-one-out until last entry at 8.30pm. Find out about other candlelight openings at…

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2017

November 10 - November 19

This year, the EFG London Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary. It takes place between Friday 10th to Sunday 19th November 2017 at a variety of London venues, including the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Rich Mix, Milton Court and the Electric Ballroom. 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

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Lord Mayor’s Show 2017

November 11 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Free

One of London’s grandest spectacles is the annual Lord Mayor’s Show, which this year takes place on Saturday 11th 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. 9.00am – River Pageant: The new Lord Mayor…

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Luxembourg Society 75th Anniversary Dinner

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Inner Temple Hall, Inner Temple
London, EC4Y 7HL United Kingdom
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£90

The Luxembourg Society is holding a formal dinner in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Hereditary Grand Duke & the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Society, at the Inner Temple Hall, London EC4Y 7HL. Tickets, which are restricted to Society members and their guests, are £90 per person. Dress code: Black tie The event is sponsored by Arendt & Medernach and Bernard-Massard.     The Luxembourg Friends send their congratulations and best wishes to…

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Guitars in Elizabethan England

November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct
London, EC1A 2DQ United Kingdom
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Free

Buying, selling and owning guitars in Elizabethan England A Gresham College lecture by Professor Christopher Page At St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct What kind of people owned a guitar in London at the time of Elizabeth I, and where did they go shopping for one? It is possible to assemble a remarkably full picture of the instrument's place in the social life and trade of Tudor England. Guitars were an imported luxury from abroad, that came with looking glasses, perfumed…

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November 2017 Pub Night

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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We look forward to welcoming you at our November pub night, which unusually takes place on the third Tuesday of the month, in order not to clash with the Luxembourg Society 75th anniversary celebrations on 14th November. Please join us at the Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AA, from 7.00pm. 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.…

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Melvyn Bragg on William Tyndale

November 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Richmond Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond upon Thames
London, TW9 2RE United Kingdom
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£12

William Tyndale’s translation of the New and much of the Old Testament has brought about more profound changes in the English-speaking world over the past five centuries than the works of any other writer in history. Determined to give English people the Bible in their own tongue, he suffered a martyr’s death so that we could live according to what he saw as the language of truth. For much of his short but determined life he lived in constant danger…

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Spem in Alium

November 25 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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£14

Candle-lit concert of Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis at St Martin in the Fields The Twickenham Choral Society, conducted by Christopher Herrick This is another chance to enjoy Spem in alium, a 40-part motet composed around 1570 by the Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis. Some consider this piece for eight choirs of five voices the greatest piece of early English music. Programme: MacMillan – Benedicimus Deum Caeli Tallis – Spem in Alium Parry – Songs of Farewell Purcell – Hear…

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Homage to Sax

November 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
St John’s Smith Square, Westminster
London, SW1P 3HA United Kingdom
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£10

Thursday Lunchtime Concert at St John's Smith Square This concert brings together works from Europe and South America in an eclectic programme celebrating some of the greatest music for saxophone, performed by Jonathan Radford, who has been described as ‘the most gifted saxophonist of his generation’. Jonathan Radford – saxophone Kaoli Ono – piano Programme: Debussy: Rhapsodie Berio: Sequenza Villa-Lobos: Fantasia Caplet: Impression d’Automne Christian Lauba: Jungle Bizet: Ouvre ton Coeur Jean Matitia: Devil’s Rag Jonathan Radford is a Yeoman of…

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Andrew Marr at Daunt Books

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street
London, W1U 4QW United Kingdom
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£10

Book Launch: A Short Book about Painting In A Short Book About Painting, writer and broadcaster Andrew Marr tackles the subjects of inspiration, creativity, politics, beauty and form. Following a serious stroke in 2013 that left him partially paralysed, Marr struggled with the physical rigours of painting using oils. This led to his wrestling with some of the very fundamental questions about painting as an art form in itself ­ and to interrogate himself daily about brushstrokes, colour balance, line…

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December 2017

Spitalfields Music Festival 2017

December 2 - December 10

Changing lives and aspirations through music The Spitalfields Music Festival brings together world class artists and local people in one of the most unusual and creative corners of London. In an area often seen to be full of challenges, it focusses on music and its power to change perspectives, to engage the body, emotions and intellect, and to spread energy. Events take place at various venues throughout Spitalfields. Find out more Events programme Box Office: 020 7377 1362

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Great Pudding Race 2017

December 2 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Covent Garden Market London, WC2E 8RF United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

The 37th annual Great Christmas Pudding Race is a charity event taking place in Covent Garden Market on Saturday 2nd December, from 11.00am. Teams of six festively-dressed competitors race around an obstacle course for the prized Christmas Pudding Trophy. Last year, it raised £26,285 for Cancer Research UK. Event details

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Monthly Open Day at Croydon Airport

December 3 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Airport House, Purley Way
Croydon, CR0 0XZ United Kingdom
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Free

Don’t miss this chance to explore the early days of passenger air travel at London Croydon Airport, which traces its history back to World War I. It was established in response to Zeppelin bombing raids on London, and developed into  the first major international airport in the UK. It eventually closed in 1959, when it was replaced by Northolt Aerodrome, Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport. The former terminal building and gate lodge at Airport House were granted Grade II listed…

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About Operating Theatres

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road
London, EC1R 0HB United Kingdom
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Free

A Royal College of Surgeons talk at the London Metropolitan Archives By Professor Vishy Mahadevan PhD FRCS(Ed) FRCS Based on the Greek word theasthai meaning ‘behold’, operating theatres have traditionally been as much spaces for viewing by many observers as their non-medical counterparts. From public dissections in spaces designed by theatrical architects, to the flamboyance and spectacle of early surgery and our own modern obsession with operations on television, Professor Vishy Mahadevan explores the theatrical side of the operation.  …

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Stained Glass in the City of London

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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Free

The Art of Light – Stained Glass in the City of London Join Alexandra Epps, City of London Guide and Tate Guide, for an illustrated talk about the fascinating post-war stained glass to be found within some of the historic churches of Sir Christopher Wren. Discover the magical qualities of stained glass created by a selection of artists and experience a variety of style, pure colour, intrinsic spirituality and overall visual beauty. Organised by the Guildhall Library. The Guildhall Library…

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Merchants, Money and Megalomania

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

House, Shop and Wardrobe in London’s Merchant Community A Gresham College lecture by Professor Simon Thurley CBE During the Middle Ages, London was home to one of the largest and richest merchant communities in the world. These men and their families invested heavily in fine architecture both for business and pleasure. In the first of two lectures with the theme ‘Merchants, Money and Megalomania’, Simon Thurley will unearth the lost mercantile buildings of medieval London and show how influential they…

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Carol Service at King’s College Chapel

December 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
King’s College Chapel, King's College Strand Campus
London, WC2R 2LS United Kingdom
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Free

Advent carol service by candlelight at King's College Chapel in the Strand This traditional service by candlelight is one of the highlights of the year. It is a beautiful occasion with music and readings, and the amazing Chapel Choir will be singing. Mulled wine will be served afterwards. This event is very popular and is repeated on three evenings, namely the 6th, 7th and 8th December, and tickets are required to attend. Tickets are free and will be made available…

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Coffee at the Royal Albert Hall

December 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
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£12.50

Classical Coffee Morning at the Royal Albert Hall Swiss cellist Timothée Botbol recently obtained his Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music with distinction. He was also recently awarded the Grand Prize from all categories at the II Augustin Aponte International Music Competition, Tenerife, in February 2017, and has given recitals at venues including Kings Place, Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, and Steinway Hall in Lausanne. Programme Dvořák Rondo op 94 Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in…

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Ambassador’s Christmas Reception

December 13

The Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mr Jean Olinger, invites the Luxembourg Friends to a Christmas Reception, which takes place on Wednesday 13th December. Please note that this is a ticketed event, and that only subscribers to the newsletters of the Luxembourg Friends, and members of the Luxembourg Society, may attend. Uninvited guests will not be admitted on the day. Invitations are being emailed to our subscribers. The reception replaces the December pub night. Our next pub evening is…

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Bloods and Penny Dreadfuls

December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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£5

A tale of sensational Victorian fiction ‘Bloods’ and ‘Penny Dreadfuls’ are terms used to describe sensational penny fiction written principally for the working classes between 1830 and around 1910. The often gruesome stories concerned criminals, particularly highwaymen, pirates, ghosts, and sensational historical stories. They would have been produced in penny parts, issued weekly, with each part of four or eight pages featuring a lurid illustration. The ‘moral panic’ amongst certain sections of society brought about by these publications can be…

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