LGBT people have contributed greatly to the society of Bloomsbury and enjoy a degree of freedom in London which is celebrated at the annual Pride festival. However, in many parts of the world, people still often experience a tension between their sexual identities and the attitudes which predominate within established religious institutions. In this discussion, we hear the stories of those from several faiths and cultures who have joined the quest to find a spiritual home, including those who have embraced secularism.
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In this free pre-concert talk, o tie in with the Bloomsbury Festival, musicologist Peter Quantrill talks about the evening’s programme in the context of the development of the string quartet and its pioneers.
The unusually dissonant introduction to Mozart’s Quartet K465, dedicated to Joseph Haydn, opens a colourful programme of works for string quartet, spanning almost 150 years and featuring Janáček’s 1923 work inspired by Tolstoy’s novella.