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September 2018

Blaming prostitutes for venereal disease in the military, the Liberal government decided on a gendered policy of incarcerating infected prostitutes, while letting their infected male clients remain free. This talk, by Dr Jane Jordan, demonstrates how the feminist Josephine Butler and her Ladies demanded a rethink.

trio chausson

Ernest Chausson’s stirring music was the impulse behind the career of Trio Chausson. The award-winning trio make their Conway Hall début with a programme featuring a rare performance of music by French female composer Cécile Chaminade. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

In the 1880s, Victorians imagined prostitutes as ‘white slaves’, exploited and helpless. In the 1950s, politicians declared prostitutes were ‘hard girls’. This talk by Dr Julia Laite demonstrates how these very different images of prostitution engendered different policies and laws; with different consequences.

Next year’s conference, The Playing Human, is taking shape and will take place on 27-28 September 2018.

Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas present an eye-opening study which offers a sobering overview of corrupted professional politics, while providing fertile intellectual ground for the development of new solutions for protecting democracy from authoritarian subversion.

primrose piano quartet

Louise Winter and the Primrose Piano Quartet take the Conway Hall stage in the only London performance of their specially-devised programme, ‘Love and Obsession’: a musical exploration of the fascinating and turbulent love triangle between Brahms and the Schumanns. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

October 2018

Dr Siobhán Hearne traces the transition from Tsarist regulation of prostitution to Bolshevik ambitions to completely eradicate the “Bourgeois Evil”, which they saw as totally incompatible with women’s equality.

franco mezzena stefano giavazzi

From Beethoven’s lyrical ‘Spring’ Sonata, through a solemn observation of Chassidic life and a rhapsodic, gypsy-influenced second half of music by Ravel, multi award-winning Italian violinist Franco Mezzena pushes the technical and expressive range of the violin with fellow countryman, pianist Stefano Giavazzi. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

Contemporary Prostitution, Politics and Policy

This talk by Professor Roger Matthews is sixth in the series Prostitution, Pimping and Trafficking, curated by Deborah Lavin.

alauda quartet

Award-winning Alauda Quartet distinguish themselves as four individuals from different corners of Europe with a unifying enthusiasm for chamber music. They return to Conway Hall with a programme where the sublime Romanticism of Schubert and Mendelssohn meets the jagged sonorities of Bartók. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

barbican piano trio

The Barbican Piano Trio perform timeless Romantic trios and present the London premiere of a new suite by British composer Joseph Phibbs, hailed by BBC Music Magazine as “one of the most successful composers of his generation”. Part of Bloomsbury Festival. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

royal college of music

Witness the future generation of musicians as leading ensembles from the Royal College of Music perform a much-loved work by Haydn, exuberant music for wind and Missy Mazzoli’s “love song to the Brooklyn Bridge”. Part of the RCM’s Essential Haydn series. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

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