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Peter Murray

 

songs-of-london-squareOur friends at EFDSS (the English Folk Dance and Song Society) at Cecil Sharp House in Camden have a concert on 3 November to mark the 150th anniversary of English Heritage’s Blue Plaque scheme.

Performed by a stellar group of London based folk artists including Stick in the Wheel, Sam Carter, Lisa Knapp and Jack Harris, Songs for London celebrates those folk collectors memorialised with Blue Plaques, Cecil Sharp and Percy Grainger, and the enormous contribution that musicians and composers have made to the life and culture of London. The concert is part of the London Folk and Roots Festival.

Tickets cost just £15 (£10 concessions) and are available here.

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Peter Murray

 

The new edition of the London Society Journal will be going to press shortly.

This might be your final chance to buy back issues of previous editions. Stock is running low (one has already sold out), so if you want to complete your collection, now’s the time.

You can buy any issue for just £7.50 (post free) – or order all three for just £20.

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kitchs-419446Do you fancy being in charge of the London Society blog?

One of our aims for the next few months is to expand what we publish here, making it a more useful resource for members and acting to help recruit new people to join.

We have a group of volunteers who are willing to review books, others who will write up London Society events, but we’re looking for someone who can co ordinate this activity as well as writing up relevant press releases that we receive and commissioning articles around subjects that will be of interest to site visitors.

It’s a flexible post – it could probably be done on a couple of hours a week, but the more that is put into it the more useful it will be. The role could suit a current journalist who wants to carve out a space of their own, a retired person who is keen to help, or someone who wants to burnish their c.v..

It is though, an unfunded position – we’re relying on a volunteer stepping forward, so please be aware that we are unable to pay anything, either to the editor or for a commissioning budget.

Interested? Want to find out more? Drop me a line at director@londonsociety.org.uk and I’ll be in touch.

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On 5 July the cultural commentator Peter York shared his thoughts on the city’s development with The London Society. Raised, educated and shaped by London, he’s always wanted it to be top dog amongst world cities, but now we’ve obtained that status he finds himself wishing that we hadn’t achieved it in quite this way. Saul Collyns reports.

 

LS | PETER YORK photo by steve ullathorne v2Peter York needs little introduction: A writer, journalist, management consultant and much more, York is perhaps best known for publications such as The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook and his recent Authenticity is a Con. However, York joked with us that he stood before us merely as ‘a terrible person’. This, he explained, is because he pertains to London’s chattering class and media elite, that’s to say the establishment, making him a ‘capitalist marketing parasite’.
York professed that he has always been a London chauvinist. As a teenager he believed that he had the freedom of the city at his fingertips, with no area too rich or too poor to be out of bounds. London was culturally and historically rich, and led the world with its music scene. However, his expeditions as a young adult to cities such as Paris, Madrid, Rome or New York (which he was especially captivated by) were painful experiences, as he became aware of London’s shortcomings in comparison to the stylish people and restaurants, clean trains, or chic rather than bleak architecture found in other cities.
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Running at the Building Centre, 22 Store Street until 26 August, Lenses On A Landscape Genius brings together leading photographers to explore and celebrate the work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. With over 100 photographs and video, this unique exhibition is curated as part of the year-long Capability Brown Festival, which marks the tercentenary of the eminent landscape architect’s birth.

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Matthew Bruce: Gatton, Dawn

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At the recent AGM I reported on our steadily growing membership, the increased numbers attending our events, and the setting up of the All Party Parliamentary Group for London’s Planning and Built Environment, for which we provide the Secretariat. I was glad to receive plaudits for the quality of the Journal and to be able to thank editors David Michon and Philippa Stockley.

I introduced our new Director Don Brown to the membership. Under Don’s guidance we plan to continue expansion of individual membership as well as seeking corporate supporters. Don has already radically improved the membership management systems and is now working to make the website more interactive. One of the key elements of the future programme will be a series of debates about issues relating to the changing face of London – about which, more later.

I was very pleased at the AGM to present framed prints as a thank you to Gayne Wells and to Clive Price for their services to the Society. Gayne is a past Chairman and in recent years has been looking after the library. Clive has played a key role in the resurgence of the Society.

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The London Society debated the subject of estate regeneration on 23 June. Four architectural practices brought their long experience of housing to address the question: HTA Design LLP, Levitt Bernstein, Pollard Thomas & Edwards, and PRP. Saul Colyns reports.

As Londoners we live in a city of constant change, yet we retain a strong sense of and longing for community. This was reflected in the theme of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, with many of the events questioning how architecture shapes communities. It was therefore especially pertinent timing to explore estate regeneration and its impact upon communities at this talk.

Altered Estates‘, a report born out of collaboration between Levitt Bernstein, HTA Design, PRP Architects and Pollard Thomas Edwards, who have over 200 years of collective experience working on housing between them, offers recommendations on how to reconcile competing interests in estate regeneration.

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The Society’s AGM was held on Monday 27 June 2016 at the offices of Allies + Morrison.

The presentation from the meeting is below, and the minutes can be downloaded here.

You can download the 2015 accounts here.

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