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Forthcoming Events


26 October 2019, following a well-received performance last Autumn, the Thomas de Hartmann Consort will return to Clarendon Events with an exciting new programme, including the colourful Trio for Flute, Violin and Piano Op. 75, the Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 51 (heard in part in October 2018), vocal works in a wide variety of styles, and music for solo piano. Full programme details will be announced in due course.
10 November 2019   Whence cometh our help? An exploration by Roger Lipsey   
Summoning our best—a global coalition of science and wisdom...
Many thoughtful people feel pinned to history, as if to a descent that cannot be remedied. Global warming, mass species extinction, an arms race at extremes of technology, wars and the failure of states generating mass migration, a persistent romance with violence, the international order shaken, the rights of minorities and women ignored or derided: where are we, what are we? Is this the generation or set of generations that will lose the Earth? Are we so deeply foolish and unconscious that we deserve no better?

There is a vision past this threat. As Václav Havel might have said, it is barely perceptible “at the horizon”—but it calls and invites. To realise this vision asks for everything: seriousness of mind, sufficiently sound leadership, sufficiently principled politics, scientists and technical engineers who serve humanity and our planetary home. It calls for wisdom—for the core of self-knowledge, conscience, and a sense of the sacred at the center of every religious and spiritual tradition. The need for wisdom and consciousness is too little understood. We cannot bash our way forward any longer.

We need a global coalition of science and wisdom. The elements are ready. Science and wisdom in our time are equal to the task. It is likely not too late. It is late. Dag Hammarskjöld said of the United Nations that it “was not created in order to bring us to heaven, but in order to save us from hell.” Thoughts not only for the UN. 

Whence cometh our help? asks Psalm 121. We must do our part—a grave, marvelous challenge—if later verses of the psalm are to prove true: “The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in.”

Roger Lipsey, Ph. D., is a biographer, art historian, editor, and translator. He has written on Dag Hammarskjöld, G. I. Gurdjieff, Thomas Merton, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, and the history and interpretation of twentieth-century art. The majority of his works remain in print. Forthcoming, a compact handbook of Hammarskjöld’s political thought and practice: Politics and Conscience: Dag Hammarskjöld on the Art of Ethical Leadership (Shambhala Publications, February 2020). 

7-8 December 2019. A workshop with Nana Mzhavanadze from Tbilisi on 
Georgian polyphonic singing.
Enquiries welcome, but limited places available. This is a return visit from our much loved teacher.
15 December 2019. A concert of Gurdjieff/de Hartmann piano music arranged for small instrumental ensemble made up of musicians from UK and international Gurdjieff Societies.
Furter details of all events and booking information will be announced in due course. 

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