The Friends of Czech Heritage: keeping you informed about our activities

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Mr John Martin is organising a memorial at Ightfield in Shropshire

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March 2017 - Mr John Martin is organising a memorial at Ightfield in Shropshire, commemorating the friendship between the Ellison family and the two Czechslovak parachutists Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš. These men flew home from England in 1941 to take part in the assassination of Deputy Reichsprotektor Heydrich in the following year. The film 'Anthr...
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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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Lada Valešová, who is a supporter of The Friends, is releasing a CD on 3rd March

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MARCH 2017 RELEASE - Lada Valešová, who is a supporter of The Friends, is releasing a CD on 3rd March: together with three song cycles, Valešová is performing the world première recording of a chamber piece for piano quintet and tenor, 'Fata Morgana' Op. 6 by Pavel Haas (1899–1944). The CD is available for purchase both as a phy...
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Peter Kysel, our Treasurer, joined members, visitors and friends of the Rotary Club Prague International in the city

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January 2017 - Peter Kysel, our Treasurer, joined members, visitors and friends of the Rotary Club Prague International in the city. Peter is an experienced Investment Banker and Consultant and has been actively involved in the voluntary sector since 1986. Christian Noll wrote about the event on the Rotary Club's website: 'Peter explained that his ...
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An Award for One of Our Founders

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January 2017 UK Prime Minister Theresa May recognised the conservation work of a dedicated British citizen volunteering in the Czech Republic and has named her a 'Point of Light'. The citation reads: 'Barbara Peacock is an architectural historian and a founder of The Friends of Czech Heritage. Inspired by the beauty of the Czech Republic’s many sta...
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2017 - SUMMER SCHOOL OF SLAVONIC STUDIES

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January 2017 - SUMMER SCHOOL OF SLAVONIC STUDIES The Czech Ministry of Education Youth and Sports offers scholarship s for the Summer School of Slavonic Studies 2017 , being held in various centres in the Czech Republic from July to Septemeber. The Summer School is designed for foreign students, teachers, translators and interpreters and other expe...
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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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THE FRIENDS' WORKING HOLIDAYS IN 2017

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THE FRIENDS' WORKING HOLIDAYS IN 2017     Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th June 2017. The Seventh Year of Restoration at Červený Dvůr, an estate that was once the summer residence of the Schwarzenberg family and is now a sanatorium. Participants will work on the restoration of an 18th-century gardener’s cottage on the estate and help to recr...
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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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