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Cultural Events January â€“ April 2013 Talks | Walks | Debates Literature | Music
Your ticket to subterranean London
Welcome In January 1863 the first underground journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan line, the world’s first underground railway. To mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, Bishopsgate Institute digs deep beneath the city streets beyond the Tube lines to reveal the hidden places, cultures and people in our series Underground London. Rediscover London’s lost rivers, unearth stories about the great cemeteries of London, discuss the hidden workforce that keeps the city moving and take an in-depth look at London’s underground cultural scene past and present. The series includes Live and Let Louche in the Library, a series of talks on LGBT history and culture. Also this season we celebrate the contribution of the French protestant weavers and trades people to the local area in a series of events as part of the Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival. Find out more about their history, trade and the changing communities of Spitalfields. Plus we revive an old tradition at the Institute with our modern take on Magic Lantern shows exploring the unique collections of photographers and collectors. Our free lunchtime concerts this spring celebrate the anniversaries of two major composers as we present work by Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc. We also bring you the best in innovative jazz with our Vortex City Sessions. We look forward to seeing you at Bishopsgate Institute. Kira Milmo Bishopsgate Institute Cultural Events
Front cover image: © Phil Maxwell
At a Glance January
Tuesday 15 January – 1.05pm Villiers Quartet Music
Wednesday 13 February – 7.00pm Under the Cranes Film & Discussion
Tuesday 5 March – 1.05pm Judith Hall & Craig Ogden Music
Tuesday 22 January – 1.05pm Cantabile: The London Quartet Music
Wednesday 13 February – 7.00pm Cottaging and Cruising in the Capital Talk
Tuesday 5 March – 7.30pm Catharine Arnold: Uncovering the Cemeteries of London Talk
Thursday 14 February – 7.00pm Martin Roscoe Music
Thursday 7 March – 6.30pm Bishopsgate Library Tour Tour
Sunday 17 February – 2.00pm Top Secret Mayfair Walk
Saturday 9 March – 2.30pm Ethics on the Underground Open Discussion
Tuesday 19 February – 1.05pm The Busch Ensemble Music
Tuesday 12 March – 1.05pm Trinity String Ensemble Music
Thursday 21 February – 7.30pm A Passenger’s History of the Tube Talk
Wednesday 13 March – 7.00pm Lendvai String Trio Music
Tuesday 29 January – 1.05pm Guildhall Chamber Orchestra Music Tuesday 29 January – 7.30pm Modern Magic Lantern Show: Libby Hall In Conversation Wednesday 30 January – 7.30pm Tales from the Two Puddings In Conversation
February Tuesday 5 February – 1.05pm Eva Karell, Katalin Ertsey & Harry Jardine Music Thursday 7 February – 7.30pm Lifting the Lid on London Quiz Night Saturday 9 February – 2.30pm The Philosophy of the Underground Man Open Discussion Tuesday 12 February – 1.05pm Leslie Howard Music Pre-concert talk – 12.15pm
Saturday 23 February – 3.30pm The Walbrook Pilgrimage Walk
Wednesday 13 March – 7.00pm Performing Queer: Life and Art in Noughties London Talk
Tuesday 26 February – 1.05pm RCM Wind Ensemble Music
Friday 15 March – 8.00pm Hilary Hahn & Hauschka Music
Tuesday 26 February – 7.30pm Modern Magic Lantern Show: Phil Maxwell In Conversation
Tuesday 19 March – 1.05pm Piano 4 Hands: Joseph Tong & Waka Hasegawa Music Pre-concert talk – 12.15pm
Thursday 28 February – 7.30pm Barry Miles: London Calling In Conversation
At a Glance March
Wednesday 20 March – 7.30pm London’s Hidden Army Discussion
Thursday 4 April – 7.00pm Secret Stories of East London Walk & Talk
Saturday 23 March – 3.30pm The Walbrook Pilgrimage Walk
Sunday 7 April – 2.00pm Alternative Soho Walk
Tuesday 26 March – 1.05pm Philip Higham & Jeremy Young Music
Tuesday 9 April, 7.00pm From Worm to Wardrobe: Wearing Spitalfields Silk Talk
Wednesday 27 March – 7.30pm Lost Rivers: Writing the Psychogeology of London Talk
Wednesday 10 April – 7.00pm Ireland as Paradise: Huguenot Military, Political and Economic Power Talk
Thursday 28 March – 7.30pm Modern Magic Lantern Show: Colin O’Brien In Conversation
Thursday 11 April – 7.00pm French Born, London Made: The Trades of the Huguenots Talk Friday 12 April – 2.00pm Bishopsgate Institute Tour Tour Saturday 13 April – 2.30pm Contemporary Tapestry at West Dean Talk
Monday 15 April – 1.10pm / 6.30pm Learn the Language of the Weavers: French Taster Sessions Taster Session Monday 15 April – 7.00pm The Huguenots’ Story Talk Tuesday 16 April – 7.00pm Chiaroscuro String Quartet Music Wednesday 17 April – 7.30pm Dan Cruickshank: Disappearing Spitalfields Talk Thursday 18 April – 7.30pm London Fictions Discussion Saturday 20 April – 2.30pm Welcome to Plato’s Cave Open Discussion Wednesday 24 April – 7.00pm From Lavender Lounges to Candy Bars: British Lesbian Nightlife Talk
Debates, Talks & Tours Look out for events in our Underground London series this season exploring all aspects of the subterranean city. To find out about short courses in the Underground London series visit our website www.bishopsgate.org.uk/courses.
Tales from the Two Puddings Wednesday 30 January, 7.30pm
In the four decades that the Johnson family ran the Two Puddings in Stratford, it became one of London’s busiest and most fashionable pubs. A magnet for a colourful cast of disparate characters, including renowned actors, writers, musicians, infamous gangsters, and World Cup-winning footballers. Join landlord and author of Tales from the Two Puddings Eddie Johnson in conversation with Robert Elms to look back upon a lost world of East End eccentrics, local villainy and punch-ups and discuss his recent book. Eddie Johnson was born in Limehouse, East London and took over the Two Puddings pub in 1962, finally calling time four decades later. Robert Elms is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. His popular daily radio show on BBC London celebrates every aspect of London. In association with Fifty First State Press Tickets: £7, concs £5
An exhibition of photographs from the book Tales from the Two Puddings and Eddie Johnson’s audio recollections will be in Bishopsgate Library from 14 January – 31 March 2013. Right: Friday night in the Two Puddings, Stratford (1964). Photo courtesy of Alf Shead
Modern Magic Lantern Shows
We run a number of photography courses covering street photography and more. Check www.bishopsgate.org.uk/courses for more details.
Working in collaboration with East End culture blog Spitalfields Life, we return to the glory days of Magic Lantern Shows that were such a popular feature of the Institute in its early years. Two photographers and a collector of photography share their favourite pictures and stories in discussion with our Library and Archives Manager Stefan Dickers.
Libby Hall Tuesday 29 January, 7.30pm Between 1966 and 2006, Libby Hall collected old photographs of dogs, amassing many thousands to assemble what is possibly the largest number of canine pictures ever gathered by a single person. Phil Maxwell Tuesday 26 February, 7.30pm Phil Maxwell has photographed the East End since arriving in London from Liverpool in 1981. He has dedicated himself to documenting the lives of working people in the East End, which led to an unparalleled archive of street photography and a record of antifascist political movements in London. Colin O’Brien Thursday 28 March, 7.30pm Since taking his first photographs as a boy in 1948, Colin O’Brien has pursued his talent and created a monumental body of photographic work. The authority of Colin O’Brien’s superlative photography – distinguished by its human sympathy and aesthetic flair – stands comparison with any of the masters of 20th century British photography.
Above: Dog in top hat (Libby Hall Collection, Bishopsgate Library) Right: Post Office Railway. Loading containers into a train at Mount Pleasant, London 1962 (Morning Star Photographic Archive, Bishopsgate Library)
Free admission Advance booking recommended
Lifting the Lid on London Thursday 7 February, 7.30pm
Do you know your River Fleet from your River Tyburn? Which line can you no longer catch from Aldwych Tube station? Under which government building might you find Henry VIII’s wine cellar? Join Londonist editor Matt Brown for an evening of subterranean puzzles and questions. We’ll be poking around in abandoned cellars, buried rivers, hidden plague pits and forgotten Tube tunnels for a deep and dirty quiz on the capital’s
Until recently, Royal Mail operated its own private tube line beneath London. Which parts of town were at its termini? See page 31 for answer.
underground history. Come as a team or join/make a team on the night – a London-themed goody bag and other prizes are up for grabs. Londonist is a website about London and everything that happens in it, with news, reviews and events. In partnership with Londonist.com Tickets: £4 per person
Film & Discussion
The Philosophy of the Underground Man
Under the Cranes Wednesday 13 February, 7.00pm
Saturday 9 February, 2.30pm – 4.00pm
“Here it is, here it is at last, the encounter with reality... All is lost now!” In Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground, the story’s anonymous hero, the Underground Man, has withdrawn completely into what he calls the ‘underground,’ a state of total isolation from society. Is he right in thinking that life in a community with others can never truly work? Is Aristotle wrong when he claims that humans are by nature “social animals”? Anja Steinbauer is the president of Philosophy for All, co-editor of Philosophy Now and is co-founder of the London School of Philosophy. Anja also teaches Philosophy at Bishopsgate Institute.
Mixing rare film footage from Hackney Archives with freshly shot cinematography, Under the Cranes is a lyrical, painterly evocation of Hackney over several hundred years. Based on Michael Rosen’s poetic play for voices, we hear from Shakespeare in Shoreditch, a Jamaican builder, a Turkish Barber and the 43 Group taking on Moseley in Dalston. Join poet Michael Rosen, author and historian Ken Worpole and radio producer and Director of Under the Cranes Emma-Louise Williams as they discuss how the film celebrates diversity whilst critiquing the rush for urban regeneration. Tickets: £8, concs £6
In partnership with Philosophy for All Free admission No advance booking required Please note places are limited
Above: Under the Cranes, 2011, photo c1945 courtesy of Hackney Archives
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Right: Brighton BHS Demonstration, 21 February 1976 (LAGNA, Bishopsgate Library)
Cottaging and Cruising in the Capital
Top Secret Mayfair Sunday 17 February, 2.00pm
Wednesday 13 February, 7.00pm
Sex between men in public areas such as toilets and parks has been commonplace for at least a century, and continues today. Dr Matt Houlbrook, author of Queer London, will consider the historical evidence for cottaging. Writer and journalist Mark Simpson reflects on cruising, from personal experiences on Hampstead Heath to the media misreporting men caught in the act outdoors.
This tour of Mayfair looks at the area’s connections with espionage and secrecy. The hotel where a Russian Security Service Officer was poisoned, the club premises from where spies were recruited in the early 20th century and a house where an art dealer hosted drinks parties for friends including Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, Antony Blunt and several leading members of MI5 and MI6 all feature.
Part of Live and Let Louche in the Library, in partnership with the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA), held at Bishopsgate Institute.
Diane Burstein is a qualified London Blue Badge and City of London Guide and author of London Then and Now.
Free admission Advance booking recommended
Duration of walk approx. 2 hours Tickets: £8, concs £6
A Passenger’s History of the Tube
The Walbrook Pilgrimage
Thursday 21 February, 7.30pm
Saturday 23 February, 3.30pm Saturday 23 March 3.30pm
Why is the Victoria Line so hot? Is it really possible to go all the way round the circle line? The London Underground is the oldest, most sprawling and arguably illogical metropolitan transport system in the world. Yet it is iconic, relied upon by over a billion passengers a year and loved and despised in equal measure by Londoners. Find out everything you need to know in this witty and informative account of the social history of the Tube.
Join an urban pilgrimage through the heart of London, following the buried River Walbrook from source to mouth. Part walking tour, part site-specific performance, writer Tom Chivers employs poetry, soundscapes and evocative storytelling to scrape away at the surface of the city, revealing the hidden histories and geological landscapes beneath our feet.
Andrew Martin is a journalist and novelist who has written for the Evening Standard, Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday and New Statesman. Tickets: £8, concs £6
Tom Chivers is a writer and literary arts producer. His books include How to Build a City and The Terrors. He was Poet in Residence at Bishopsgate Institute in 2008. Devised for ADRIFT – a Cape Farewell commission Tickets: £8, concs £6
Left: © Phil Maxwell Right: Mods in London, 12 April 1980 (Morning Star Photographic Archive, Bishopsgate Library)
London Calling Thursday 28 February, 7.30pm
London has always attracted those who resist mainstream beliefs, ways of life and cultural norms; 1950s teddy boys; 1960s mods and hippies; 1970s skinheads, rastas, glam rockers and punks; 1980s and 90s rappers, goths and ravers. In conversation with John Harris, Barry Miles explores London’s counterculture – the creative, avant garde, permissive, anarchic – that sprang up in the city in the decades following the Second World War.
Barry Miles has written extensively about music and London’s underground cultural scene including London Calling: A Countercultural History of London since 1945. John Harris is a journalist and author. He writes regularly for the Guardian on politics, popular culture and music. Tickets: £8, concs £6
Uncovering the Cemeteries of London
Bishopsgate Library Tour Thursday 7 March, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Tuesday 5 March, 7.30pm
The Victorians dealt with death on a grand scale. Their sprawling cities of the departed at Highgate, Abney Park and Kensal Green are fascinating repositories of the great and the good of their day. Catharine Arnold draws on archaeology, anthropology, anecdote and history to take you on a virtual tour of London’s finest cemeteries whilst providing a vivid account of the Victorian attitude to death and mourning.
What was the ‘battle of the books’ and why did the Institute lock away one archive item from the public fearing it may cause revolution? Find out at this popular behind-the-scenes tour of Bishopsgate Library. Tours will be led by Stefan Dickers, Bishopsgate Institute’s Library and Archives Manager.
Free admission Catharine Arnold is the author of the Advance booking recommended popular London quartet, comprising of Necropolis: London and its Dead, Bedlam: London and its Mad, City of Sin: London and its Vices and Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City. Tickets: £8, concs £6
Above: Bishopsgate Library © Richard Kearns Left: Monument to Thomas Hood, Kensal Green Cemetery c1910 (LAMAS Glass Slide Collection, Bishopsgate Library)
Ethics on the Underground
Performing Queer: Life and Art in Noughties London
Saturday 9 March, 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday 13 March, 7.00pm From the outside it is not readily apparent how many philosophical and ethical questions need to be answered in order to run the underground network. Should savings come before safety? Is the individual’s right to privacy more important than public safety? Do all staff have a duty to the community to keep the service running? Richard Baron is a philosopher and author whose books include Projects and Values and Deliberation and Reason. In partnership with Philosophy for All Free admission No advance booking required Please note places are limited
The turn of the millennium saw a new type of queer expression take root in London clubland. Inspired by a range of figures from Leigh Bowery to Judith Butler, club kids became artists, performing, disrupting and dismantling traditional models of sexuality and gender. Ingo (Wotever) and Holestar (Hot Laser) discuss their involvement in queer performance art over the last decade and its impact on LGBT life in London. Part of Live and Let Louche in the Library, in partnership with the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA), held at Bishopsgate Institute. Free admission Advance booking recommended
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London’s Hidden Army
Lost Rivers: Writing the Psychogeology of London
Wednesday 20 March, 7.30pm
Wednesday 27 March, 7.30pm London depends on a ‘hidden army’. Cleaners, porters and security staff take over the city as others sleep. These hidden workers are often trapped in low-paid, insecure jobs where being badly treated is a routine part of working life. They are less likely than any other group of workers to have trade union representation. However, amongst them are strong voices speaking out against exploitation. Come to this event to discuss the hidden army, hear the untold stories, the reality and how to improve working lives.
Writers Rachel Lichtenstein and Tom Chivers delve underneath the streets of London to reveal its lost rivers and hidden geology as they share their research and discoveries of recent subterranean explorations. Tom examines the relationship between our changing environment and the city to reveal hidden geology under the city streets. With images and soundscapes, Rachel Lichtenstein revisits her walk along London’s largest lost river, the Fleet, with geologists, filmmakers, sewer flushers and medieval historians.
Speakers include Clara Osagiede (RMT Cleaning Grade Secretary), Greg Thomson (Unison), Hsiao-Hung Pai (author and journalist) and Jack Dromey MP. The event will be chaired by Laurie Penny (New Statesman).
Rachel Lichtenstein is a crossdisciplinary artist and writer whose books include On Brick Lane and most recently Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden.
Free admission Advance booking recommended
Tom Chivers is a poet and arts producer whose writing attempts to capture the contemporary city in flux. He is currently working on ADRIFT – a Cape Farewell commission. Tickets: £8, concs £6 To find out about short courses in the Underground London series visit our website www.bishopsgate.org.uk/courses
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Right: Frying Pan Alley, Spitalfields, 1912 (London Collection, Bishopsgate Library)
Walk & Talk
Secret Stories of East London Thursday 4 April, 7.00pm
Join stand up tour guide and lifelong local Alan Gilbey on a short stroll through the side streets of social history then on to a library of secret stories where many other East End writers and performers await to tell you tales less told. During your encounters, myths will be busted, Jack London stalked and the true identity of Jack the Ripper will not even be considered in this magical mix of mystery walking tour and miniature history lectures.
“Horrible histories for grown-ups” – a member of the public. Alan Gilbey is a Bafta winning screen writer and Spitalfields resident. For a decade he ran cult comedy history walks around his area and these form the basis of his recently published book East End Backpassages: An Explorer’s Guide. Tickets: £8, concs £6
Sunday 7 April, 2.00pm
Thursday 18 April, 7.30pm
Soho has for many years had the reputation as the place where ‘anything goes’. On this walk you will discover gangsters, mistresses, cross-dressers, nightclub owners, illicit drinking clubs, hedonists, revolutionary thinkers and louche nightlife in an area which has had the ‘anything goes’ attitude since the 18th century. We’ll unravel the rich history of one of London’s most fascinating districts.
From Child of the Jago to Brick Lane, London has always inspired novelists seeking to present a sense of the city, whether real or imagined. Here, writers and historians take you through some of the captivating novels, past and present which depict London from East End boys to West End girls, bedsit land to docklands, immigrants to emigrants, encompassing all of the diversity of human life.
Diane Burstein is a qualified London Blue Badge and City of London Guide and author of London Then and Now.
Speakers include authors Courttia Newland, Cathi Unsworth, Jerry White and Ken Worpole. The event will be chaired by Andrew Whitehead.
Duration of walk approx. 2 hours Tickets: £8, concs £6
Tickets: £10, concs £8
Welcome to Plato’s Cave
From Lavender Lounges to Candy Bars: British Lesbian Nightlife
Saturday 20 April, 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday 24 April, 7.00pm Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is perhaps the most famous passage of philosophy ever written. But what does it mean? Plato imagines a group of people imprisoned in a cave without any knowledge of the outside world. The message? These underground dwellers are us! How might this be true? Surely, our colourful world couldn’t be more different from the grey confines of the cave. Yet Plato would disagree. Is Plato right? And if he is, what can we do about it? Rick Lewis is the founder and editor of Philosophy Now. In partnership with Philosophy for All Free admission No advance booking required Please note places are limited
We run a number of fascinating philosophy courses covering ethics, human emotion and more. Visit www.bishopsgate.org.uk/courses for more details.
Left: London Fictions published by Five Leaves, cover design based on a painting by Belinda Davies.
Though lesbian sex was never illegal, it wasn’t until the gay rights and women’s liberation movements of the early 1970s that lesbians began to socialise openly. How did women meet each other in the days before identity politics brought them together, and how did the lesbian scene evolve in the 1980s and 1990s? Alternative historian and performer Rose Collis will explore the social activities of post-war lesbians in London, Brighton and beyond, and Louise Carolin, Deputy Editor of Diva, will reflect on lesbian nightlife in the 1980s and 90s. Part of Live and Let Louche in the Library, in partnership with the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA), held at Bishopsgate Institute. Free admission Advance booking recommended
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Far left: Gay News Photo Archive (LAGNA, Bishopsgate Library)
The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival
From Worm to Wardrobe: Wearing Spitalfields Silk
To celebrate the talents and contribution of the Huguenot community who settled in Spitalfields during the 17th century, we present a series of events as part of The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival. Find out more about their history, community and the major weaving industry that produced some of the finest silk work of the times.
Huguenot silk weavers produced textiles worthy of any fashionable personage. But how much silk was needed to make a sack back or mantua, two of the fashionable dress shapes of the time? How long did it take to weave enough fabric? How much would it cost? This talk traces the process from silk filament to fashionable garment.
Events take place at various venues from 8 – 21 April 2013.
Beatrice Behlen is Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London. She previously worked as a curator at the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, Kensington Palace.
Visit www.huguenotsofspitalfields.org for the full programme.
Tuesday 9 April, 7.00pm
Tickets: £7, concs £5
Ireland as Paradise: French Born, London Huguenot Military, Political Made: The Trades of and Economic Power the Huguenots Wednesday 10 April, 7.00pm
Thursday 11 April, 7.00pm
Though small in numbers, the Huguenots who settled in Ireland were to have a big impact on the history and culture of Ireland. Playing an integral part in William of Orange’s Irish campaigns, most notably the Battle of the Boyne, they went on to create many communities around Ireland. Their impact on the social and economic landscape of this country is often over looked. This talk demonstrates the Huguenots military, political, economic and social legacy in Ireland from the linen trade to Gallic surnames.
The influx of French Protestant immigrants to London in the late 17th century had an enduring influence on the capital’s economy and social life. London proved not only a refuge from religious persecution, but also a city of opportunity. This talk will examine the major Huguenot contribution to silk weaving, gunmaking, clock and watchmaking, goldsmithing and other historic London trades.
Very Reverend Dr William McComish is former Dean of the Cathedral of St Pierre, Geneva. He was also the General Treasurer for the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and Advisor to World Economic Forum, Davos.
Jim Gledhill is Curator of Social and Working History in the History Collections Department at the Museum of London. Tickets: £7, concs £5
Tickets: £7, concs £5
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Bishopsgate Institute Tour
Contemporary Tapestry at West Dean
Friday 12 April, 2.00pm
Saturday 13 April, 2.30pm
Bishopsgate Library holds extensive collections on Spitalfields and the surrounding area. Find out more about our unique Library and archive collections with Bishopsgate Institute’s Library and Archives Manager Stefan Dickers and explore our beautifully restored Grade II* listed historic building combining elements of Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau styles with a typical Victorian style.
Since the mid 1970s the Tapestry Studio at West Dean has been producing large scale tapestries woven to commission and has a history of working with artists such as Henry Moore, John Piper and Howard Hodgkin, Adrian Berg, John Hubbard and Tracey Emin. This talk will cover all aspects of the Studio’s activities including the tapestries currently being woven for Stirling Castle and a collaborative project with Michael Brennand–Wood.
Free admission Advance booking recommended
Philip Sanderson is Creative Director at the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Philip has designed tapestries for numerous clients, most famously the New Parliamentary Buildings in Westminster. Tickets: £7, concs £5
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Learn the Language of the Weavers: French Taster Sessions
The Huguenots’ Story Monday 15 April, 7.00pm
Monday 15 April, 1.10pm – 1.50pm or 6.30pm – 7.10pm To complement our events in The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival we have created a French taster session for you to sample one of our fun and enjoyable French courses. If you enjoy this taster and would like to continue to learn French, you can enrol on one of our regular French courses. For more information about our range of language courses visit www.bishopsgate.org.uk/courses Free admission Advance booking recommended
Who were the 60,000 French Protestants that arrived in the South East of England in the 1680s? Where did they come from, who were their families? This talk paints a vivid profile of the Huguenots of Spitalfields from their French beginnings to new lives in East London, highlighting the family records produced by the Huguenots themselves as well as those by the Government, Anglican Church and from France. Michael Gandy is a fellow and former chairman of the Society of Genealogists and is currently editor of their magazine. He was Research Officer for the Huguenot Society from 1994–2011 and is now on their council. Tickets: £7, concs £5
Left: Weaver (London Collection, Bishopsgate Library)
Disappearing Spitalfields Wednesday 17 April, 7.30pm
The history of Spitalfields can be defined by change, but the changes currently taking place are potentially far greater in scale and character than ever before. Is this, after 900 years, the end for Spitalfields as a distinct and independent entity? Architectural historian and Spitalfields resident Dan Cruickshank highlights the physical losses alongside the social
and economic changes Spitalfields has experienced and considers the way in which these changes continue. Professor Dan Cruickshank has written and broadcast about architecture, conservation and cities around the world. He has been a resident of Spitalfields for over 30 years. Tickets: ÂŁ10, concs ÂŁ8
Above: Spitalfields Market exterior, c1910 (London Collection Photographs, Bishopsgate Library)
Music Lunchtime Concerts 1.05pm – 1.55pm Free admission No advance booking required
Villiers Quartet Tuesday 15 January, 1.05pm – 1.55pm
Latecomers will be permitted during a suitable pause in the performance. Make the most of your lunch hour with our free lunchtime concerts. Taking place every Tuesday between January and March, our programme of concerts brings you the best in classical music, presented in partnership with City Music Society. Look out for our pre-concert talks on 12 February and 19 March.
James Dickenson violin Tamaki Higashi violin Carmen Flores viola Nick Stringfellow cello
Anniversaries of two major composers dominate our concerts in 2013 with the centenaries of Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc. We also celebrate the bi-centenary of the prodigiously talented composer-pianist Charles-Valentin Alkan and we mark the extraordinary debut of Stravinsky’s ballet, The Rite of Spring.
Recently named Quartet-in-Association with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, the Villiers Quartet has created a ground-breaking chamber music residency and concert series in collaboration with St Andrew’s Church and IntoUniversity in London. In March 2012 the Quartet became a featured ensemble of the UK’s Making Music Concert Promoter’s Group. (YAS)
The Society’s Young Artists Series (YAS) is complemented by the Free Winter Series (FWS) in association with the City of London Festival and City of London Sinfonia.
Haydn Quartet in G Op. 77 No. 1 Beethoven Quartet in B flat Op. 18 No. 6
The Free Winter Series concerts are funded and promoted by the City of London and administered by the City Arts Trust.
Cantabile: The London Quartet
Guildhall Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday 22 January, 1.05pm – 1.55pm
Tuesday 29 January, 1.05pm – 1.55pm
Richard Bryan countertenor Steven Brooks tenor Mark Fleming tenor Michael Steffan baritone
Candida Thompson director/violin Joshua Mills tenor Alexander Edmundson french horn
Madrigals by Weelkes, Bennet and Passereau; close-harmony arrangements of Gershwin, Ellington and Lennon & McCartney Cantabile have been delighting audiences since 1982 with a range of programmes, from a-cappella favourites to the sacred music of the last millennium. They have appeared in musicals in London’s West End, concerts in New York’s Carnegie Hall, opera in the Covent Garden Festival, jazz with the BBC Big Band and classical parodies at the BBC Proms in the Park. (FWS)
Britten Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op. 31 Shostakovich arr. Barshai Chamber Symphony in A flat Op. 118a (from String Quartet No. 10) Former Guildhall School student Candida Thompson is Artistic Director and Konzertmeister of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and brings her experience of working with one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras to this concert with current Guildhall students. She links works by two friends and major 20th century composers, Britten and Shostakovich, with the latter’s tenth string quartet presented in an outstanding arrangement Rudolf Barshai made for the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. (YAS)
Eva Karell soprano Katalin Ertsey lute Harry Jardine speaker
Leslie Howard piano Tuesday 12 February, 1.05pm – 1.55pm
Tuesday 5 February, 1.05pm – 1.55pm An exploration of songs associated with the parish of Bishopsgate with songs by Dowland, Corkine, Maynard, Ferrabosco, Morley, Johnson and Wilson. Eva Karell and Katalin Ertsey met whilst studying at the Royal College of Music. They won first prize in the RCM Early Music Competition in 2007 and have since given many recitals in the UK and Sweden. Their interest in songs of Shakespeare’s time has inspired this exploration of the historical and musical associations with the area that surrounds Bishopsgate Institute. Introduced and described by RADA actor, Harry Jardine. (YAS)
Beethoven Sonata No. 13 in E flat Op. 27 No. 1 Beethoven Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor Op 27 No. 2 (Moonlight) Alkan Symphonie pour piano seul, Op. 39 Nos. 4-7 (from Douze Études dans les tons mineurs) Internationally-renowned virtuoso Leslie Howard marks the bi-centenary of Charles-Valentin Alkan, one of the greatest pianists of his day and composer of some of the most difficult solo piano works in the repertoire. (FWS) Supported by The Alkan Society Pre-concert talk by Leslie Howard on Alkan 12.15pm – 12.45pm
The Busch Ensemble
RCM Wind Ensemble
Tuesday 19 February, 1.05pm â€“ 1.55pm
Tuesday 26 February, 1.05pm â€“ 1.55pm
Mathieu van Bellen violin Jonathan Bloxham cello Omri Epstein piano
Simon Channing director
Haydn Piano Trio in E Hob XV:2 Schumann Piano Trio No.1 in D minor Op. 63 Founded in November 2010, the Busch Ensemble has performed in various formations in the Netherlands, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. As a trio the ensemble won the ROSL Chamber Competition in 2012 and the second prize and the recording prize at the Salieri-Zinetti Chamber Music Competition. (YAS) The Eric Falk Award Concert
Beethoven Octet in E flat Op. 103 Poulenc Sextuor for piano and wind quintet The Royal College of Music is renowned for the quality of its many ensembles. Head of Woodwind Simon Channing brings a group of top RCM students to contribute to our celebration of the centenary of Francis Poulenc with his gloriously quirky, joyful sextet. (YAS)
Judith Hall flute Craig Ogden guitar
Trinity String Ensemble
Tuesday 5 March, 1.05pm – 1.55pm
Tuesday 12 March, 1.05pm – 1.55pm
Poulenc Mouvements Perpétuels Benoit Schlosberg Trois Esquisses Rodrigo Serenata al Alba del Día Philip Houghton In the Dreaming (Cave Painting) Robert Beaser Mountain Songs
Nic Pendlebury director
There is a natural affinity between Judith Hall and Craig Ogden which makes their performances together quite exceptional. Their programmes are lively and intriguing, mixing better-known music with contemporary and exotic pieces. Poulenc’s centenary is again remembered alongside an intriguing mixture of modern works. (FWS)
Schnittke Moz-Art à la Haydn Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge From their magnificent base in King Charles Court, part of the Greenwich World Heritage site, the senior string ensemble of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance performs two fascinating and strongly-contrasted 20th century works. (YAS)
We run a number of music appreciation courses. Visit www.bishopsgate.org.uk/courses for more details.
Piano 4 Hands Tuesday 19 March, 1.05pm – 1.55pm
Philip Higham cello Jeremy Young piano Tuesday 26 March, 1.05pm – 1.55pm
Joseph Tong & Waka Hasegawa piano duet Poulenc Sonata John McCabe Two Scenes from Edward II (world premiere) Stravinsky The Rite of Spring On the anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky’s visionary, revolutionary ballet, Joseph Tong & Waka Hasegawa play the composer’s own duet arrangement of Le Sacre du Printemps, alongside John McCabe’s scenes from his celebrated 1995 ballet and one of Poulenc’s earliest works. (FWS) Pre-concert talk with composer John McCabe and pianist Joseph Tong interviewed by Leslie East, 12.15pm – 12.45pm
Debussy Cello Sonata Webern 2 Pieces Webern Drei Kleine Stücke Op.11 Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor Op.40 Philip Higham is one of the first British cellists in generations to have won top prizes at three major international competitions including 1st Prize in the 2008 Bach Leipzig and 2009 Lutoslawski Competitions. He plays a Tecchler cello c1730. Jeremy Young performs throughout the world. He holds the position of Senior Piano Tutor and Head of the International Chamber Music Studio at the Royal Northern College of Music and teaches at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. (YAS) RPS Young Artists Recital Presented with the support of the Royal Philharmonic Society
Evening Concerts We present a series of evening concerts featuring classical music artists of world-class calibre, in partnership with City Music Society (CMS). Beethoven provides a thread between the three concerts but with fascinating excursions into familiar and unusual byways of the Romantic era. Latecomers are only admitted during a suitable pause in the programme. Tickets: £21.00 (includes glass of wine/soft drink) Young persons tickets: Free tickets are available for those aged 8–25 in full-time education. CMS members tickets: £18.00 (includes glass of wine/soft drink) CMS series members’ tickets: £45.00 (3 concerts) For details of membership for CMS please visit www.citymusicsociety.org
Martin Roscoe piano Thursday 14 February, 7.00pm
Haydn Sonata in B minor Hob.XVI/32 Schumann Kinderszenen Op.15 Beethoven Sonata No.21 in C for Piano Op.53 (Waldstein) Schubert Sonata in B flat D.960 One of the UK’s most distinguished pianists, Martin Roscoe, shares some of the great repertoire with which he has made his reputation. A versatile pianist, he is equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances. His on-going complete recordings of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas have been universally acclaimed. “One of the truly great recordings of the Waldstein Sonata... perfect musical judgement and a formidable technique from Martin Roscoe.” BBC Radio 3
Lendvai String Trio Wednesday 13 March, 7.00pm
Chiaroscuro String Quartet Tuesday 16 April, 7.00pm
Nadia Wijzenbeek violin Ylvali Zilliacus viola Marie Macleod cello Röntgen String Trio in B Taneyev String Trio Op. 31 in E flat Beethoven String Trio in E flat Op. 3 Since its Wigmore Hall debut in 2006, the Lendvai String Trio has become a hugely popular chamber ensemble, giving concerts in major venues throughout Europe and collaborating with many other artists, including oboists Alexei Ogrintchouk and Nicholas Daniel, and pianists Paolo Giacometti and Alasdair Beatson. The Lendvai Trio contrasts Beethoven’s delightful early work with a late Romantic piece by Sergey Taneyev, and a witty and charming trio by Edvard Grieg’s contemporary and friend Julius Röntgen. “Full of charm... an abundance of wit... gentle and intense... the musicians shone.” The Strad, March 2008
Alina Ibragimova violin Pablo Hernán Benedí violin Emilie Hörnlund viola Claire Thirion cello Mozart Divertimento in D K136 Beethoven Quartet in C minor Op. 18 No. 4 Mendelssohn Quartet in A minor Op. 13 Chiaroscuro Quartet performs music of the Classical period with its authentic instruments and stylistic approach, led by the exciting soloist Alina Ibragimova. The quartet’s engagements have included the Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre Paris, BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert at the Sage Gateshead and Cheltenham music festivals. In September 2011 the Chiaroscuro Quartet released their debut album of music by Mozart and Schubert to critical acclaim.
Hilary Hahn & Hauschka Plus Jetsam Friday 15 March, 8.00pm (doors 7.30pm) Hilary Hahn & Hauschka come to Bishopsgate Institute for an evening of innovative improvised music. Their exceptional musicianship combined with their creativity as improvisers and chemistry as performers make for live shows of outstanding beauty and depth of feeling. Two-time Grammy award winning Hilary Hahn has gained international recognition for her fresh interpretations, compelling stage presence, and commitment to a wide range of repertoire and new music. Hauschka, aka Volker Bertelmann, is a classically-trained pianist and composer. Inspired by forefathers such as John Cage and Erik Satie, Hauschka employs modifications ranging from gaffer tape to bottle tops, pingpong balls and aluminium foil, bending the familiar sound of this instrument to his will.
Support will be from Jetsam, an eclectic contemporary ensemble with backgrounds in classical music and dance/electronic music. “Hilary Hahn, one of the greatest violinists in the world today” – Washington Post “A joy to listen to and one of the brightest, most invigorating records I’ve heard all year.” – Pitchfork on Hauschka’s Salon Des Amateurs Tickets: £22.50 Vortex City Sessions This session is presented in partnership with The Vortex – a beacon for contemporary jazz and experimental music in the capital.
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