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August 2019

The Czech Connection

August 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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The Secret History of the Czech Connection: The Czechoslovak Government in Exile in London and Buckinghamshire during the Second World War. During the First World War Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk lived in exile in London and used his influence to make the independence of Czechoslovakia a war aim of the British government. He was helped by Edvard Beneš who did a similar job in Paris, who sometimes visited him in London. Later after the Munich Agreement President Benes came to London…

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Simon Mawer in conversation

August 31 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Stade Hall, 20 Rock a Nore Road
Hastings, TN34 3DW United Kingdom
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At the Hastings LitFest, Simon discusses and compares the adaptations of his novel The Glass Room for the stage and screen. A fascinating look from the author’s perspective at two distinct interpretations of his work. In 2009, Mawer published The Glass Room, a novel about a modernist villa built in a Czech city, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize the same year. Tickets: £7.50 see link below

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September 2019

Proms Plus Talk – Korngold and America

September 4 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Rd
London, SW7 2BB United Kingdom
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Musicologist Ben Winters discusses Korngold and America. Edited version broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during tonight's interval. Booking is not required for this event. Entry is on a first-come-first-served basis (doors open from 30 minutes before the event begins; capacity is limited).

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Dvorak and Korngold at the Proms

September 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
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Dvorak’s ‘New World’ Symphony, with its wistful slow movement, is the centrepiece of the second concert from the Vienna Philharmonic – a programme of Central European works that showcases the orchestra’s distinctively rich sound. Andrés Orozco-Estrada pairs it with the composer’s colourful, folk-infused tone-poem The Noonday Witch, in which a mother’s threats inadvertently summon a witch into her home. Cinematic drama is also a hallmark of Korngold’s richly orchestrated and unashamedly romantic Violin Concerto, performed here by soloist Leonidas Kavakos.…

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The best of Slovak Theatre in London: the life of economic migrants

September 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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Highlights of two plays based on everyday life of young Czechs and Slovaks working in Britain. Written by the theatre founder, Juliana Sersenova, with the help of the ensemble and based on their own experience. In Slovak with English surtitles. Interview with Juliana and Simona Vrabcova, the current artistic manager of the theatre. Juliana Sersenova studied theology and Slovak language at Ruzemberok University before moving to London in 2007. Here she took any job to earn her living while she…

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Czech Philharmonic at the Proms

September 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
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Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 – the most personal of the composer’s many confrontations with the horror of war. Love dominates the first half, in music from the operas Eugene Onegin and The Bartered Bride. Programme Bedrich Smetana The Bartered Bride – overture The Bartered Bride – Three Dances(19 mins) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin – Letter Scene(12 mins) Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1892 interval Dmitry Shostakovich Symphony No 8 in C minor(65…

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BCSA “Get to Know You” Social Evening

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Czech and Slovak National House, 74 West End Lane
London, NW6 2LX United Kingdom
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Join us and have a fun evening chatting to friendly people. Czech and Slovak food and drinks are available from the restaurant and bar. Anybody with Czech or Slovak connections or interests is welcome to our monthly socials to meet, chat and get to know each other a little better in a relaxed and informal gathering. We usually have about a dozen people there at various times during the evening but, whatever the number, there will be good conversations for…

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The Greek Passion

September 14 @ 7:30 pm - November 16 @ 7:30 pm

The Greek Passion is a passion play within a passion play. At the beginning of the opera, members of a remote community are assigned roles in an Easter performance – including Manolios, who will play Christ, Katerina (Mary Magdalene) and her lover Panait (Judas). However, the sudden arrival of a group of refugees from a nearby conflict divides the community in two: should they be helped or turned away? As events unfold, the boundaries between life and art become blurred…

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October 2019

David Vaughan on Munich, his life story – and Boris Johnson

October 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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David Vaughan, a much-loved voice of Radio Prague broadcasts in English, is travelling specially to London to tell us what made him devote his work and life to all things Czech. This visit is rather timely, as it will fall near the anniversary of the Munich agreement and David Vaughan is fascinated with that period: his documentary novel Hear my voice is set in Czechoslovakia in the months prior to the Munich crisis. He will introduce its recent translation into…

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LSO Discovery Day: Janacek

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS United Kingdom
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Attend a morning rehearsal of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Barbican followed by talks and chamber music in the afternoon at LSO St Luke's. The full schedule will be posted two weeks before the event. Please note that the conductor may choose to not use the full rehearsal time and there is no guarantee that equal rehearsal time will be given to each piece. You will be seated in the Circle. Full…

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