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Guide to Conway Hall

Founded in the 1880s, our chamber music concert series is the longest-running of its kind in Europe. Conway Hall was purpose-built in 1929 to host concerts and lectures, and they have continued here until the present day. The ethos of “affordable classical music for all” still remains.

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Address25 Red Lion Square
London
WC1R 4RL
United Kingdom
Google maps51° 31' 11.001" N 0° 7' 6.194" W
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As I write this, I am still full of joy after our first opportunity to welcome an audience in 2021: an exquisite, world-class performance by the Oculi Ensemble. Despite the warm response we have had to our live-streamed concerts, Conway Hall just isn’t the same without you, our audience, and we are so happy to invite you back! Thank you again for your invaluable support as we navigate such a difficult period.

This autumn we return to our schedule of weekly concerts, starting with the Berkeley Ensemble who will share with us two of their lecture-recital programmes, bringing excellent but lesser-known British works to the fore. Their concert finishes with Beethoven’s Septet, which will also be played by the Zoffany Ensemble in December. Two opportunities to hear this famous work, which we hope will in some way compensate for the many postponed Beethoven concerts in 2020! 

A highlight of the season will undoubtedly be The Clements Prize, a competition founded at Conway Hall, and which was instrumental in encouraging young composers to write chamber music works during the first part of the twentieth century. It is exciting to be re-launching the competition, giving opportunities to young artists while also showcasing the musical history of our special hall. 

I am sure you will agree that we have a truly exciting season of music in store (in spite of the inevitable restrictions), and I look forward to seeing you at our concerts. 

You may not know that Conway Hall Ethical Society is an independent charity. Everything we do is dependent upon our commercial activity, such as venue hire and the generosity of our members and supporters like you. If you feel able to make a donation towards our work, click here for more information on how to do this. 

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous supporters, without whom our series would simply be unable to continue: the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and many private donors. 

Dr Simon Callaghan 

Director of Music