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November 2019

Pavel Haas Quartet

November 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP United Kingdom
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The ensemble took the name of a Czech composer, and continues its commitment to music from his country in this programme, with a work by Erwin Schulhoff alongside a quartet by Smetana. The contemporary Slovak composer L'ubica Cekovska is also represented. L'ubica Cekovska (b.1975) A Midsummer Quartet Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) String Quartet No. 1 Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) String Quartet No. 2 in D minor Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor Op. 30

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Emperor Rudolf II – Collector & Patron of the Arts & Sciences

November 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Under Rudolf II Prague again became the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Following the example of his Habsburg ancestors, he assembled an exceptional collection of works of art for which the imperial palace on the Hradcany was adapted. He patronised painters, sculptors, goldsmiths who flocked to Prague, and also men of learning including Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler. For a brief period Prague became the most important cultural centre in Europe. Caroline Cannon-Brookes, art historian, was trained at the…

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Wihan Quartet

November 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP United Kingdom
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Currently in residence at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, the Czech ensemble took its name from that of a compatriot cellist who himself founded the historic Czech String Quartet. Here it champions works from its country, including one by Gideon Klein, who died in a Nazi labour camp. Gideon Klein (1919-1945) String Trio Josef Suk (1874-1935) String Quartet No. 1 in B flat Op. 11 Leos Janacek (1854-1928) String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters'

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BCSA 28th annual dinner

November 29 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel, 9-13 Bloomsbury Street
London, WC1B 3QD United Kingdom
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Our twenty eighth annual dinner will be held on Friday 29 November in the heart of Bloomsbury. This highlight in the BCSA calendar is a wonderful opportunity for Slovaks, Czechs and Britons to mingle in a convivial atmosphere, to meet old friends and make new ones. Members and non-members alike will be made welcome at a drinks reception, enjoy a three-course dinner with wine and hear the results of our annual writing competition. Nick Archer, British Ambassador to the Czech…

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December 2019

From the village to the city: urbanisation in Slovakia, 1896-1972

December 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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In his talk, Dr Lorman will explore how Slovak culture was initially characterised by its rural quality and alienation from the beginnings of mass industrialisation and urbanisation in Hungary (exemplified by the 1896 millennial celebrations in Budapest). He will examine how Slovak national identity was then substantially (but not entirely) transformed by similar processes of induustrialisation and urbanisation in Czechoslovakia, symbolised by the post-war rebuilding of Bratislava and the opening of the new SNP Bridge in 1972.      …

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