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June 2019

BCSA garden party

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Czech & Slovak Embassy gardens, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Our summer social will be held in the gardens of the Czech and Slovak Embassies, with their kind permission. All are welcome – not just BCSA members. Bring your friends, bring your family! Enjoy an afternoon relaxing among Slovak, Czech and British people. Live entertainment will come from the popular Morena Slovak Dance Group and Pieter Magusin playing his accordion. Children will be able to take part in a fancy dress competition on a theme of your choice (further details…

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Karol Samuelcik: Music from Europe & South America

June 13 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall
London, SE1 8XX United Kingdom
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The classical guitarist spans the Atlantic with a programme of masterworks from Central Europe to Argentina, including Joseph Kaspar Mertz and Astor Piazzolla. In his Southbank Centre debut, Karol Samuelcik performs works by contemporary Slovak composers, Lukas Borzik and Jevgenij Irsai, ending the first part of the concert with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The second part of the programme includes South American rhythms from Piazzolla, creator of New Tango, and Brazilian revelation Sergio Assad, virtuoso performer and grand composer of vivid Brazilian…

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Simon Mawer: Prague Spring

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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The British writer Simon Mawer will talk about his latest book Prague Spring, a complex love story set amid the drama of 1968, and his fascination with Czech history. Mawer's novel Mendel´s Dwarf, inspired by Gregor Mendel, one of the fathers of genetics and the abbot of a Brno monastery, was followed by another Brno story, the Man Booker Prize shortlisted The Glass Room revolving around Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's famous Villa Tugendhat. With Prague Spring Mawer transfers his…

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Forman Brothers’ Theatre in Birmingham

June 27 @ 7:30 pm - June 29 @ 4:00 pm
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street
Birmingham, B1 2EP United Kingdom
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For the first time in the UK, the sons of Oscar-winning Miloš Forman, bring a spectacular cast of 20 acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians to perform this spectacular Wild West tale. Using an extraordinary mixture of film, live action and magic they move from illusion to reality presenting the Old West in a completely new way. For twenty five years the Forman Brothers’ Theatre has been one of the most original artistic groups in Czech theatre. It creates its performances…

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July 2019

Smetana Trio

July 7 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP United Kingdom
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Beethoven: Piano trio in B flat Op.11 Dvorak: Piano trio in F minor Op.65 Tickets £16 concessions £14 including programme and coffee/sherry/juice To book see website link below.

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Wihan Quartet

July 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP United Kingdom
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Josef Suk: Meditation on an old Bohemian Chorale (St Wenceslas) Op. 35a Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet in E Op. 80 Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in C sharp minor Op. 131 Tickets £40, £35, £30, £25 £18 to book see website link below. £5 tickets for under 35s available login to book

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First Night of the Proms – Glagolitic Mass

July 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
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Janacek’s monumental Glagolitic Mass launches the BBC Proms with thunderous spiritual drama. Karina Canellakis conducts the massed forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers in one of the 20th century’s great choral masterpieces. Programme Zosha Di Castri Long Is the Journey – Short Is the Memory(15 mins) BBC commission: world premiere Antonin Dvorak The Golden Spinning Wheel(28 mins) interval Leos Janacek Glagolitic Mass(43 mins) Final version 1928 Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1930 Performers Asmik Grigorian…

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Proms Plus Talk – Sir John Tusa

July 20 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Rd
London, SW7 2BB United Kingdom
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An introduction to Smetana’s Má vlast with Czech-born former manager of the BBC World Service, Sir John Tusa. 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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Bohemian Rhapsody

July 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
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Soloist Joshua Bell performs Dvorak’s lively, folk-infused Violin Concerto, paired with another 19th-century Czech classic, Smetana’s symphonic suite Má vlast – a colourful celebration of a nation’s landscape, history and identity. Programme Antonín Dvorak Violin Concerto in A minor(32 mins) interval Bedrich Smetana Má vlast(75 mins) Performers Joshua Bell violin Bamberg Symphony Orchestra Jakub Hrusa conductor

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August 2019

Tonka of the Gallows

August 4 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Phoenix Cinema, 52 High Road, East Finchley
London, N2 9PJ United Kingdom
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"A rarely seen gem from the archives of the Czech Republic, Tonka of the Gallows fuses German chiaroscuro aesthetics with the Soviet flare for surprising angles for this affective parable of the cruelty that comes from small-mindedness. At the center of an international cast is the Slovenian ingénue with the haunting eyes, Ita Rina, who seems to channel Garbo’s Anna Christie in her portrayal of a prostitute whose selfless act of spending the night with a condemned man makes her…

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