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Wed 21st June - Summer Outing to Greenwich

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JUNE 2017 - SUMMER OUTING TO GREENWICH The Friends' Summer Outing this year took place on 21 st June and most participants boarded the Thames Clipper for a sublime journey to Greenwich on a beautiful day. Greenwich was one of the ports visited after the marriage of Frederick, Elector Palatine, to Princess Elizabeth, daughter of James I and Anne of ...
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EGYPT AND CZECH EGYPTOLOGISTS: THE IMPORTANT BUT LITTLE-KNOWN CONTRIBUTION MADE BY CZECH ARCHAEOLOGISTS

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APRIL 2017 - EGYPT AND CZECH EGYPTOLOGISTS: THE IMPORTANT BUT LITTLE-KNOWN CONTRIBUTION MADE BY CZECH ARCHAEOLOGISTS     On 5th April 2017 Suzanna Bojtos of Birkbeck College gave a fascinating talk, illustrated by excellent slides, on the contribution made by several Czech scholars to the excavation, preservation and interpretation of anc...
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Lecture: "MARTINŮ IN HIS TIME – THE RECORDED LEGACY"

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March 2017 - The Friends presented a lecture MARTINŮ IN HIS TIME – THE RECORDED LEGACY on 7th March in the Embassy of Slovakia, London, given by Patrick Lambert, a musicologist with a particular interest in the life and works of the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959), generally considered to be the fourth most important Czech composer afte...
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The Friends announced a lecture by Patrick Lambert

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December 2016 - The Friends announced a lecture by Patrick Lambert, based on his latest book, on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of Slovakia, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. The writer, broadcaster and lecturer on music Patrick Lambert worked for BBC Radio 3 as a music producer for 25 years. He has a special interest in...
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Lecture: Dr. Peter Cannon-Brookes gives talk on the work of two portrait sculptors of Czech origin

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NOVEMBER 2016 - LECTURE IN LONDON Dr. Peter Cannon-Brookes, who knew Franta Bělský (who died in 2000) and Irena Sedlecká over a long period of time, gave a talk at the Slovak Embassy on the work of these two portrait sculptors of Czech origin, who came to England in 1948 and 1967 respectively and married each other in 1997. Both were trained in the...
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LECTURE: Dr Mark Whelan 'THE BATTLE OF WHITE MOUNTAIN (1620) AND THE POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS TRANSFORMATION OF BOHEMIA'

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SEPTEMBER 2016 - LECTURE IN LONDON On 27th September 2016 Dr. Mark Whelan, a Teaching Fellow at Royal Holloway, part of the University of London, gave a very lively lecture at the Slovak Embassy about the context and consequences of the 1620 Battle of the White Mountain (a hill outside Prague) in which the forces of the Catholic Hapsburg Emperor Fe...
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OUTING TO THE ARCADIAN THAMES

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SEPTEMBER 2016 - OUTING TO THE ARCADIAN THAMES     In fine late-summer sunshine a group of some twenty Friends and supporters gathered at Ham House near Richmond for a leisurely walk along the banks of the 'Arcadian' Thames. Ham House with its formal gardens (see photograph, right) and vistas rolling out into the surrounding suburban coun...
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The Trio Soane gave a very enjoyable recital at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic

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May 2016 - The Trio Soane gave a very enjoyable recital at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic on Thursday 19th May. Their programme skilfully blended Viennese classicism (Beethoven - Piano Trio no. 2) with works from the Czech repertoire, Dvoř á k's Mazurek and Josef Suk's Song of Love for violin and piano, and Martinů's Variations on a Theme of Ro...
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Friends invited to attend the Leamington Music Festival Weekend

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May 2015 - The Friends were invited to attend the Leamington Music Festival Weekend this year because of the major Czech emphasis of the musical programme and the longstanding association of Leamington Spa with the Czech and Slovak nations. In between the superlative music making by various internationally-renowned Czech quartets, who provided a fe...
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Chairman and Treasurer of The Friends of Czech Heritage had a meeting with H.E. Mr L'ubomir Rehák at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London

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Ap ril 2016 - The Chairman and Treasurer of The Friends of Czech Heritage had a meeting wit h H. E. Mr L'ubomir Rehák at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in London. The Friends have held many events at the Embassy over the years, and discussion revolved around the development of contacts and cooperation with organisations involved with Slovak her...
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