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October 2017

 Recordings Of Rarely-Heard Greek Art-Music From the Archive Of The       Athens  Conservatorire in association with the international conference jointly organised by the Centre for Hellenic Studies (King’s College London), the British School at Athens, and the Athens Conservatoire, Athens, May 2015

 Marks logo for Athens Conservatoire recordings 

Recording generously sponsored by The Michael Marks Charitable Trust
Performances copyright
Athens Conservatoire (Ωδείο Αθηνών), recorded in October 2017

  1. Alexandros Greck (1876-1959): ‘O mio pietoso ciel…’ Aria from the recently rediscovered opera Andronica (1904?)
  2. Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960): Romance d’Esmeralda (1911) – the oldest existing composition by Mitropoulos, for soprano and piano
  3. Georgios Sklavos (1888-1976): ‘The girl’s song’; ‘The young warrior’s death’
  4. Georgios Lambelet (1875-1945): ‘A little bird’ (words by Giannis Kambyssis)
  5. Georgios Axiotis (1875-1924): ‘Dream’ (words by Miltiadis Makalassis)
  6. Georgios Lambelet (1875-1945): ‘Wanderer’
  7. Dimitrios Lialios (1869-1940): Ave Maria, for soprano, violin, cello and piano
  8. Dionysios Lavrangas (1860-1941): Intermezzo lirico (1895?)
  9. Dimitrios Lialios (1869-1940): Serenade für Streichorchester




5 April 2017

Rumble Fund Lecture in Classical Art 2017: Beauty & Classical Form

Elizabeth Prettejohn (Professor of History of Art at the University of York) gives the fourth annual Rumble Fund Lecture. The 2017 Rumble Lecture comes about thanks to the generosity of the Jamie Rumble Memorial Fund. It is organised by the Centre of Hellenic Studies, in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Studies and the Department of Classics at King’s College London.

4 July 2016

Sounds of the Hellenic world, ancient and modern

Sounds of the Hellenic world saw the Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet make their debut appearance in the UK. Richard Williams, director of the Berlin Jazz Festival, reviewed the performance in The Sokratic method. 



7 March 2016

Third Annual Rumble Fund Lecture: Queering Classical Art

Drawing on both modern artistic responses to the Classical tradition and contemporary queer theory, the 2016 Rumble Lecture explores modes of ‘queering’ ancient Greek art. This involves thinking about Classical art on its own terms (its underlying assumptions about desire, eroticism, and sex, for example); but it also means integrating interests of criticisms and ethics today, re-examining some standard interpretative modes in the aftermath of J. J. Winckelmann’s 1764 History of the Art of Antiquity.

Whitney Davis is Pardee Professor of History & Theory of Ancient & Modern Art at the University of California at Berkeley and Visiting Professor of History of Art at the University of York. 

7 March 2016

Rethinking Greece: Roderick Beaton on the study of Greece and modern Greek achievements 

Professor Roderick Beaton recently gave an interview to Greek New Agenda about the study of Greece and modern Greek achievements. He also touched on subjects such as the College's department of Classics, the Centre for Hellenic Studies and his recent research. The published interview features one of Professor Beaton's podcasts, Zorba and the Greeks: Nikos Kazantzakis and the Greek Tradition, which you can listen to below:

19 October 2015

Fabrication of the self and Modern Greek identity in Karkavitsas' The Beggar

Part of the Arts and Humanities Festival. 

2 October 2015

The Greek Crisis: How did we get here?

A talk by Professor Roderick Beaton recorded earlier this year.

 7 May 2015

What Byron really did for Greece & why it still matters.

A lecture by Professor Roderick Beaton at the British School at Athens.

18 March 2015

 Rumble Fund Lecture 2015

The 2nd Annual Rumble Fund Lecture with John Onians (University of East Anglia) 

 29 June 2014
Part of the CHS 25th Anniversary event series: "Why Greece matters today", sponsored by the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster who has devoted much of the last twenty years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her first book, Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore, was published to critical acclaim and has now been translated into ten languages. Her latest work The Hemlock Cup - Socrates, Athens and the Search For The Good Life was short-listed for the Writer's Guild Award was a notable non-fiction book of 2011 and a New York Times bestseller. Bettany is currently writing a new biography of Istanbul - the result of a decade of on-the-ground research.  


 20 August 2013

In the last centuries of the Byzantine Empire’s decline (13th to 15th C), how did the very wealthy people achieve their wealth and what did they use their money for? Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos' research looks at the balance of caring for oneself and providing for one's eternal soul, with the disinvestment into charity, by concentrating their wealth into the care of themselves and status by buildings, foundations, liturgical commemoration and how the fragmented statelets at the time interacted.

16 May 2013
Ahead of the 39th International Byron Conference, presented by The Byron Society and King’s College London, Professor Roderick Beaton previews the highlights of this year’s conference and discusses some less well known aspects of Byron’s politics - including his political activity in Italy and Greece - with Robin Byron, 13th Baron Byron.

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