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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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March 2018

In our society we have a tendency to look upon death and dying with a sideways glance. This exhibition – a series of powerful drawings by Daniel Fooks of his father on his death bed – tackles the issue head on.

Sunday Assembly Lates

This is an adult only, evening gathering, with a glass of wine (if you like), to raise funds for Sunday Assembly London! If you sometimes struggle to get up on a Sunday and would love to come to a Sunday Assembly where we can talk about things that aren’t suitable for children’s ears, this one is for YOU! With speaker Alix Fox.

You are invited to view the exhibition and meet with the artist Drawing the Last Breath: Portraits of My Father. This exhibition – a series of powerful drawings by Daniel Fooks of his father on his deathbed – tackles the issue of death head on. Drinks served. All welcome.

Petite Fleur by Iosi Havillo

A monthly book club, open to all, where each time we discuss a title from our resident publishers, Istros Books and Peter Owen. This month we will be reading Petite Fleur by Iosi Havilio with the translator, Lorna Scott Fox.

The Film Fair at Conway Hall

This one-day event brings you everything for the film and television memorabilia collector with quality stands fully loaded with merchandise, and you can meet special guests; Norman Eshley, Ben Loyd-Holmes and Jenny Runacre.

Conway Collective: Performance Prompts

A series of drop-in workshops led by Sean Bruno and Luke Dixon, exploring ways of creation for writers, actors, directors, live artists, dancers, choreographers, photographers, singers and anyone with an unrealised creative urge. Each week a different exercise will help the creative juices flow.

Maggini Quartet

The Maggini Quartet return to Conway Hall with new member Ciaran McCabe, featuring the mighty ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartet by Schubert, plus string quartets by Haydn and Vaughan Williams. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

Jamie Boyd embraces different types of subject matter and different qualities of light. Whether dreamlike portraits, café terraces, concert halls, or Mediterranean and Australian landscapes, he is equally skilled at capturing the softness or strength of the light.

Tue, 27th Feb, 2018
Alexander Boyd

Appreciated for the sensitivity and integrity of his interpretations, Alexander Boyd enjoys a career as both soloist and chamber musician. Part of the quarterly, free entry, Rhinegold LIVE series.

Thu, 1st Mar, 2018
Pexava Salsa at Conway Hall

Pexava Salsa present their monthly Thursday Social at Conway Hall. Join them on one of London’s best dance floors for a great night of salsa, with classes and DJs until 11.30pm.

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.

April 2018

The Night Shift is where you can experience classical music, minus the rules. This alternative classical series strips away the pretensions of the regular concert hall so you can enjoy the music on your own terms.

Wed, 28th Feb, 2018

In 2016 James Bloodworth began a journey around Britain exploring the world of low-paid work. He was shocked by what he found.

Louise Kemény

Britten-Pears Young Artist Louise Kemény returns to Conway Hall with a host of renowned musicians to perform songs by Schubert and Joseph Marx, plus clarinet trios by Brahms and Zemlinsky. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

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
Sylvia Pankhurst - No Gods No Masters course at Conway Hall, London

David Rosenberg, author of Rebel Footprints, takes a look at some remarkable people and movements who spoke up and campaigned for progressive ideas and social change in London from the 1790s-1940s. You’ll hear their stories, explore how they popularised their ideas, visit sites of protest and consider their lasting achievements.

National Secular Society - RE For All

30 years after the introduction of a national curricular entitlement, the religious education syllabus is still decided locally by faith representatives. This one day conference will explore the future of religion and belief education in schools, and how we can cre-ate a truly balanced and non-partisan approach.

Tue, 27th Feb, 2018

This workshop, facilitated by Grace Gelder, is an immersive experience and throughout the day participants will listen to stories, dress up, have fun and create images – alone and with others.

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
Linos Piano Trio

One of today’s most dynamic and creative ensembles, the Linos Piano Trio return to Conway Hall to perform their own arrangement of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and more. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

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.

Jackee Holder

A self-development workshop in partnership with Psychologies Magazine (www.psychologies.co.uk)

Lennox K Thomas

The Adlerian Society is very pleased to welcome back Lennox K Thomas, Consultant Psychotherapist at the Refugee Therapy Centre, to speak on a topic, he says, he has been mulling over for some time

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.

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Join Caitlin Davies for an illustrated talk on the history of the suffragettes at Holloway Prison, a tale of both victimisation and bravery.

Benyounes Quartet

The Benyounes Quartet, fresh from their 10th anniversary celebration, return to Conway Hall with a programme of classics by Haydn, Beethoven and Bartók. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

Secondary education discussion

Join us for the third in this co-hosted meeting series, with Sir Anthony Seldon and Melissa Benn about the purpose, values and philosophical basis of secondary education and how it needs to be radically rethought for the 21st century.

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An evening with Raymond Ijabla, Medical Doctor, Human Rights campaigner and Atheist blogger from a Boko Haram Islamic Terrorist Zone in Northern Nigeria. He talks vividly about his upbringing, religious deconversion, and living as an atheist in Northern Nigeria.

Accio Piano Trio

We welcome the Accio Piano Trio from Austria to Conway Hall, performing an eclectic mix of trios from Haydn to Shostakovich. This concert is kindly supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

May 2018
Simon Callaghan

The trio of Simon Callaghan, Jamie Campbell and Ashok Klouda will join once again at Conway Hall to perform an all-Schubert programme, as part of the season’s focus on the German Romantic composer. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

Atéa Wind Quintet

Internationally acclaimed ensemble Atéa Wind Quintet (Associate Ensemble in Residence at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) will be joined by Spanish clarinettist Ausiàs Garrigós Morant at Conway Hall, in a varied programme that ranges from Mozart to Ravel and Bruno Belthoise. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

Global Goals

The United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) are the blueprint for a better world. If we have any hope of meeting these goals, we are going to need to be better collaborators. Partnerships need to be created across generations and sectors. This afternoon will be the first in…

Dinosaurs: Too Big To Walk?

Dinosaurs are among the most amazing animals that ever lived. Join us to discuss opposing views on Dinosaur life. Brian J Ford argues that they evolved in a watery habitat; vertebrate palaeontologist Darren Naish looks at the evidence relevant to this claim.

Zoffany Ensemble

Conway Hall is delighted to welcome back the Zoffany Ensemble as they perform string chamber works by Schubert and Brahms, two emblematic figures of the German Romantic sound. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

This short course explores women’s contribution to Humanist Photography – a mid-century style of documentary photography concerned with everyday life and people. Through discussion, presentations, and practical tasks, discover some of the female photographers who were a key part of this movement.

Gémeaux Quartet

Hear the award-winning harpist Oliver Wass and the Gémeaux Quartet perform an all-French programme featuring Debussy, Caplet and Ravel. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

Charlotte Payne Townshend was an Irish heiress and in her early 40s when she mar-ried playwright George Bernard Shaw. This one-woman show explores her life, beliefs and marriage in her own words and those of her contemporaries, with accompaniment on Celtic Harp.

June 2018
London Mozart Players

Our Spring 2018 Season concludes with Director of Music Simon Callaghan performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with members of the London Mozart Players and more. Free entry for under-26s, courtesy of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.


Pianist Maria Canyigueral presents ‘Avant-guarding Mompou’, an exploration of Spanish composer and pianist Frederic Mompou and his Cançons i danses, as part of the Inspired by… series of concerts organised by EUNIC (European Union of National Institutes of Culture) which present new creations by composers from the EU inspired by great European composers.

Others Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life

What if intelligent life on Earth evolved not once, but twice? How did the octopus become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually ‘think for themselves’?

Shore 2 Shore with Carol Ann Duffy

An evening of readings with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and three of the fellow poets she most admires: Gillian Clarke (National Poet of Wales, 2008-2016), Imtiaz Dharker & Jackie Kay (Scots Makar, or National Poet for Scotland), along with musical MC John Sampson.

Through an interactive classroom session followed by a guided walk, David Rosenberg explores the complex and conflicted history of women’s battle for equality and political rights, how it was connected to the wider struggle to advance democracy, the birth of feminism, and women’s fights for equality and dignity in the workplace

Magick and Power in the Age of Trump

Come and take a drop down the rabbit hole of occult politics in the twenty-first century with Gary Lachman and find out the post-truths and alternative facts surrounding the 45th President of the United States.

September 2018
Playing Human Conference 2018

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

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