See what’s coming up on on the BCSA’s Events Calendar.

Padesátá léta (1950s)

National Museum Prague Václavské náměstí 68, Prague, Czech Republic

A new exhibition in the Historical Building of Prague's National Museum introduces visitors to a dark decade of Czechoslovak history when the country was decimated by totalitarianism and controlled by the party apparatus. At the same time, there was an era of post-war optimism and the vain hope among some people that they were building... Read more »

Baroque in Bavaria and Bohemia

National Museum Prague Václavské náměstí 68, Prague, Czech Republic

This exhibition focuses on the period from 1720-1820 with 218 items on loan from 54 Czech and 33 foreign institutions. It explores a shared culture despite political conflicts and is divided into six sections covering art, architecture, music and science. Previously hosted by the House of Bavarian History in Regensburg.

Theresienstadt-Terezín 1941-1945

Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore Street, London, United Kingdom

This focus session on the composers sent to Terezín in the 1940s includes a talk by writer and broadcaster Simon Broughton, a filmed interview with holocaust survivor Zdenka Fantlová, and a screening of the award-winning film The Music of Terezín. Theresienstadt – or Terezín to give it its Czech name – was a Nazi camp where... Read more »

Theresienstadt-Terezín 1941-1945

Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore Street, London, United Kingdom

This concert brings together string chamber works by four of the most artistically active composers who spent time in Terezín. Klein, Krása and Domažlický all wrote their pieces at the camp, whilst Haas’s Janáček-inspired Second Quartet dates from the 1920s. Gideon Klein (1919-1945)                 String Trio František Domažlický  (1913-1997) ... Read more »

Theresienstadt-Terezín 1941-1945

Wigmore Hall 36 Wigmore Street, London, United Kingdom

Ullman and Krása – students of Schoenberg and Zemlinsky respectively – feature in this programme alongside the so-called ‘father’ of Czech nationalist music, Smetana. Krása’s Brundibár was performed an astonishing 55 times in Terezín, carefully arranged by its composer for the forces available in the camp. Viktor Ullman (1898-1944)   String Quartet No. 3 Op. 46 Bedřich Smetana... Read more »

“Get to know you” social evening

Bohemia House 74 West End Lane, London, United Kingdom

This is an opportunity for anyone interested in the British Czech and Slovak Association (members, supporters and friends) to meet, eat, drink, chat (maybe practise your Czech or Slovak) and get to know each other in a relaxed and informal setting. Everyone interested in Czech and/or Slovak matters is most welcome to join us. We... Read more »

Jenůfa

English National Opera St Martin’s Lane, London, United Kingdom

A tale of honour, love and sacrifice, Leoš Janáček's opera Jenůfa explores the stigma of pregnancy out of wedlock against the backdrop of a small community. Loved by two half-brothers, Jenůfa is secretly pregnant by one of them. Abandoned by the child’s father, she gives birth alone, only assisted by her stepmother. Unaware of the... Read more »

BCSA Annual General Meeting 2024

Czech Embassy 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London

The BCSA AGM is open to all subscription members. The agenda includes the presentation of the chairman’s and financial reports for 2023 plus the election of honorary officers of the executive committee. Copies of the independently examined accounts for 2023 and the minutes of the AGM held on 21 March 2023 will be available at... Read more »

Jakub Hrůša in conversation with Nigel Simeone

Czech Embassy cinema 26 Kensington Palace Gardens, London

The Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša and musicologist Nigel Simeone will discuss their musical careers & Czech music. They will go back to their musical beginnings, their life experiences in various countries and the role that classical music and Czech music play in contemporary society. Their common loves, such as Leoš Janáček or Leonard Bernstein, will... Read more »

The Ride of the Kings (Jízda Králů): a folkore festival

Czech Embassy 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London

This annual tradition held in Vlčnov, Moravia dates back over 200 years. Its origins are associated with a legend that when King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary fled from King Jiří z Poděbrad of Bohemia, he wore a girl's dress, covered his face with a ribbon, and held a rose in his mouth so as not... Read more »



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