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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 »

Hybrid symposium – Arthur Fleischmann (1896 – 1990)

Slovak Embassy 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, United Kingdom

The Significance of Arthur Fleischmann’s International Career See our profile of Arthur Fleischmann here The decision by the City Council of Bratislava in 2023 to close the Arthur Fleischmann Museum (established in 2002) has raised concern in international academic and cultural circles and has been featured in depth on Slovak television. Discussions are underway to... 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 »

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.

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 »

Srdce napůl (Heart in half) book launch

Institute of Directors 116 Pall Mall, London, United Kingdom

The UK launch of the book Srdce napůl (Heart in half) written by Professor Jan Marek, MD, PhD, FESC, Consultant Paediatric and Prenatal Cardiologist and Clinical Lead for Echocardiography, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. This follows the Czech British Chamber of Commerce AGM. The launch aims to support Czech children and their families born with... Read more »

Czech and Slovak émigré architects in Britain

Czech Embassy 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London

The talk is being given by John East, an expert in the field and the 20th Century Society photographer. In 2021 he gave The Friends a sweeping review of Czech architecture in the modern era. To complement the talk, The Friends are also organising a tour of some of the buildings in London, with which... Read more »

Kukal Quartet

Czech Embassy 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London

To celebrate the Year of Czech Music, the Czech Centre presents the UK debut of the Kukal Quartet, with a repertoire centred around Smetana's last chamber music work, premiered in 1884. Founded in 2020 by four exceptionally talented young musicians and named after the celebrated Czech composer Ondřej Kukal, the quartet quickly gained recognition, winning... Read more »

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