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Conway Hall

Conway Hall is owned by Conway Hall Ethical Society and was first opened in 1929. The name was chosen in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway (1832 – 1907), anti-slavery advocate, out-spoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine.

The Hall now hosts a wide variety of lectures, classes, performances, community and social events. It is renowned as a hub for free speech and independent thought.

Our Library holds the Ethical Society’s collection, which is the largest and most comprehensive Humanist Research resource of its kind in the United Kingdom.

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Upcoming Events

June 2018

‘Seven years ago I moved down from Yorkshire to London, and began painting canvasses. My work is inspired by the lines, textures, and reflected light of the city, the ever changing mirror of the River Thames, and the mesmerising dazzle of the City at night’.

July 2018

Lingua Diversa language courses

Lingua Diversa run lunchtime and evening courses at Conway Hall, from beginner to advanced level and last for 10 consecutive weeks.

Wednesdays to Saturdays • 10am – 4pm – Sundays • 11am – 5pm. Our new, ground floor cafe, open to all, with an appetising variety of sandwiches, salads, soup, cake, hot & cold drinks and local honey… plus a live feed from our rooftop beehive!

Tue, 10th Jul, 2018
OPEN 2018

The platform cooperative economy is evolving as a viable alternative to the centralised, profit-hungry, extractive business model which dominates the web today.

Pexava Salsa at Conway Hall

Pexava’s monthly Thursday Socials. Join us on one of London’s best dance floors for a great night of salsa.

Creative writing workshop – Victorian Blogging

Conway Hall’s nineteenth century pamphlet collection and putting ourselves in the shoes of radical pamphleteers such as Annie Besant, Ernestine Rose, Thomas Paine and Richard Carlile. Sharing their thoughts on topics such as women’s rights, freedom of the press, contraception and suffrage, we will inhabit their lives, creating poetry, short stories and blog posts to form an online exhibition.

Join the opening night of one of the most exciting London tango events in the year! We will start the evening at Conway Hall with an exclusive workshop with tango world champion Maria Ines Bogado and Roberto Zuccarino, and will be dancing tango at the Milonga until 2am. The famous couple will perform in the evening – exclusive to the UK!

Carablanca is London’s longest-running tango club. The friendly, informal atmosphere ensures that beginners and visitors mix easily with the regular dancers. Music is traditional Argentine tango, milonga and vals, played in tandas with cortinas by guest DJs.

Turning-the-Tide-on-Plastic

Journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make decisive change. It is a clear-eyed, authoritative and accessible guide to help us to take decisive and effective personal action.

August 2018

Pexava Salsa at Conway Hall

Join us for our Saturday Salsa Special. With one of the best dance floors around. If you have never been to one of our socials in this venue, please come join us for a great night of dancing! Starting with a class On1 from Gil and Shelley, dancing until 2am!

Thu, 15th Mar, 2018

At Philosophy Book Club we meet up regularly to discuss a key philosophical text that we read over several weeks or even months – philosophy is best digested slowly. Our first book will be Derek Parfit’s groundbreaking On What Matters, a powerful defence of objective ethical theory.

This is a new idea which we’re hoping will be popular. We’ve had a number requests from members for an opportunity to come forward and give a talk or present their ideas to the group on their chosen subject. Member speakers Derek Lennard, Sapna Ramnan, Lindsay Nance and Peter Logan will each be given 15 minutes, 10 for their talk and 5 for Q&A.

Magdalena Bak-Maier

Irrespective of profession, age, culture or sexuality, the journey towards embracing who we really are can be the hardest process in life, and never ends.

For over a decade, Dr Magdalena Bak-Maier has been developing and experimenting with how to connect heart and mind, body and spirit for personal empowerment. This process creates lasting transformation, effective behaviour change and even healing. Her techniques are easy to learn and implement.

September 2018

From a cyber-crime raid in suburbia to the engine rooms of Silicon Valley, and from the digital soldiers of Berkshire to the hackers of Las Vegas, pioneering technology researcher Carl Miller traces how power – the most important currency of all – is being transformed, fought over, won and lost.

no asylum

Alternatives presents a screening of the No Asylum movie and talks by its director Paula Fouce and Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss, step-sister of Anne Frank.

Thu, 5th Jul, 2018

A series of Wednesday evening talks starting on 5th September running until 10th October. Featuring Dr Stacy Banwell, Dr Kevin Brown, Dr Jane Jordan, Dr Julia Laite, Dr Siobhán Hearne and Prof Roger Matthews.
Presented by Conway Hall Ethical Society and curated by Deborah Lavin.

simon wallfisch fitzwilliam quartet

Simon Wallfisch is unique in the musical world as both an accomplished cellist and much-respected singer. He performs with the Fitzwilliam Quartet music from both sides of the Atlantic, culminating in Schubert’s mighty Quintet in C. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

What would life on earth look like in 50 million years; long after the extinction of humanity? Join Dougal Dixon, palaeontologist, geologist and author, in conversation with vertebrate palaeontologist and science writer Darren Naish to mark the return of Dixon’s astonishing speculative-evolution book ‘After Man: A Zoology of the Future’.

From the moment syphilis appeared in Europe at the end of the 15th century and its direct connection to sex was worked out, prostitutes were blamed while male clients were viewed as hapless victims. Kevin Brown will discuss how gendered attitudes informed the health debate around syphilis from 1495-1945.

Chapman Cohen

In this talk celebrating the 150th anniversary of Chapman Cohen’s birth, Bob Forder will outline Cohen’s fascinating career and provide an insight into his work.

There has been a long and vibrant relationship between LGBTQ people, homosexuality and consumer capitalism since the late nineteenth. Using sources ranging through early men’s magazines and erotic publications, government documents, business archives and oral histories, Justin Bengry asks who benefited from commercial interest in homosexuality?

I Musicanti

I Musicanti returns to Conway Hall with a programme featuring the world premiere of York-born composer Robin Walker’s The Song of Bone on Stone, especially written for the ensemble’s artistic director Leon Bosch, and an intimate arrangement of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

Piano Auctions at Conway Hall, London

As the world’s leading auctioneers of pianos and keyboard instruments and with over 35 years of experience, our specialist team is able to offer the best professional advice on selling or buying your instrument.  Viewing takes place from the Tuesday to Thursday of each sale at Conway Hall.

Wed, 8th Nov, 2017

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.

The First Resort- Pamphleteering and Politics in Early Modern Britain

Prof Joad Raymond discusses how dreamers of a better world used pamphleteering to communicate alternative political ideas and challenge power in early modern Britain.

November 2018

trio des alpes

Switzerland-based Trio des Alpes perform works by composers from countries that meet or are touching distance from the European mountain range. The trio have performed internationally, hailed in the press for their individual talents and equally impressive ensemble work. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

The Elimination of Slavery from the Whole World- Problems of Anti-Slavery in Victorian Britain

Dr Joseph Kelly examines the problems faced by the slavery abolition movement in Britain after the 1830s in their efforts to eliminate slavery from the face of the Earth.

oculi ensemble

After 13 years as the Badke Quartet, they return to Conway Hall as the newly formed Oculi Ensemble with a programme centred around the music of Richard Strauss, from his early chamber works to a sextet from his final opera Capriccio. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

Marx, Morris and Utopia

Dr Gregory Claeys considers whether, despite Marxism’s well know rejection of earlier Utopian socialism, Karl Marx might be termed a Utopian thinker, and how some of his ideas were adapted but also built upon by the English socialist William Morris.

monte piano trio

Monte Piano Trio return to Conway Hall as part of their short tour. At the heart of their programme is an arrangement of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem about a couple walking through a dark, moonlit forest. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

Prof David Nash traces the long battle to abolish the Blasphemy Laws in England, from the seventeenth century to their abolition in 2008 and how the concept of blasphemy affects us all today.

reel rock 2016

Don’t miss an extraordinary collection of adventure and climbing films from some of the world’s best adventure filmmakers.

Karen Douglas will discuss why conspiracy theories are popular, who is more likely to believe them (and why), and what some of the potential consequences of conspiracy theories are for politics, health, and the environment.

new zealand string quartet

Having recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, the New Zealand String Quartet has since played all over the world to great acclaim. The quartet will perform an all-Beethoven programme, charting the journey of his string quartets through three different periods. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

The story of birth control is usually told as one of almost linear progress against blinkered bigotry. Deborah Lavin reveals how opposition to contraception may have been blinkered and bigoted, but it was also often liberal, radical, socialist and feminist.

December 2018

simon callaghan

Conway Hall’s Director of Music and internationally-acclaimed concert pianist Simon Callaghan recently released his second disc for Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series. He presents a programme of his favourite music, from the drama of Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique’ Sonata to Schubert’s virtuosic ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

london piano trio

The London Piano Trio performs music by three emblematic figures of the German Romantic sound – one of Beethoven’s early trios, Mendelssohn’s last chamber work and Brahms’ second trio that endured two years of intense creativity. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

chamber ensemble of london

The Chamber Ensemble of London close our Autumn season before the Christmas holidays in an opulent musical night from Baroque to Britten. Led by violinist Peter Fisher, the ensemble features handpicked players from some of London’s leading orchestras and ensembles. Free entry for those aged 8-25 courtesy of CAVATINA.

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