Two Temple Place

Two Temple Place is one of London's architectural gems, an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor on Embankment.

The house is owned by registered charity, The Bulldog Trust and supports the charitable activities of the Trust through exhibitions and events hosted in the building.

It also provides a unique setting for both corporate and private events, from weddings to conferences.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Gallery, Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Two Temple Place is a private house owned by the registered charity, the Bulldog Trust. It is closed to the public except during its annual exhibitions.

Only during our exhibition period January – April.

Monday - 10am - 16.30pm
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - 10am - 21.00pm
Thursday - Saturday - 10am - 16.30pm
Sunday - 11am - 16.30pm

Admission charges

See website for details of exhibition entry charges

Collection details

Architecture

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Dance Club (The Jazz Party)

Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain

  • 1 March — 4 October 2018

Jazz provoked reactions ranging from devotion to abhorrence when the idea, and then the music, first entered the consciousness of the British public in the aftermath of the First World War. Paintings, prints, cartoons, textiles, ceramics, films, instruments and the all-important jazz sound reveal the extraordinary effect jazz had on British society: from striking visual expressions in art and design to crucial influences on the understanding of and interest in African American and black British culture. Join us for a varied programme of exhibition events for all ages - walks, talks, workshops and plenty of live music! Look out especially for our exciting free children'ls trail and weekly Art Cart events.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Two Temple Place

Architectural Tour: Two Temple Place

  • 4 February 2018 10:30-11:30am

Take your place on an exclusive private tour of Two Temple Place and discover the fascinating history behind one of London’s most eccentric buildings and its stunning ornamentation.

The tour will last approx. 1 hr including time for any questions. Doors will open from 10:15am.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/architectural-tour/

Staircase

Tomorrow’s Warriors Quartet: Wednesday Late Music

  • 7 February 2018 From 6:30pm

Join us at Two Temple Place for one of our special Wednesday Late openings until 9pm. Visit the show, enjoy a jazz-inspired cocktail at our bar (open until 8pm) and tonight, be entertained by the fantastic Tomorrow’s Warriors Quartet as they play an evening of jazz, from contemporary to traditional, with some new compositions along the way.

The Tomorrow’s Warriors Quartet is comprised of talented and committed musicians aged between 15 and 18. They are the latest in a long line of Warriors to make the transition to semi-professional performance through an award-winning Jazz development programme.

Celebrating their 26th anniversary this year, Tomorrow’s Warriors support young jazz musicians from diverse backgrounds on their journey to becoming professional performers through their weekend programme of unique Frontline jams and practice sessions, led by TW Artistic Director Gary Crosby OBE. https://tomorrowswarriors.org/

Please reserve your tickets in order to guarantee admission.

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/tomorrows-warriors-quartet/

Chicken Drum

Walk. Talk. Do: Half-Term Activities

  • 10 February 2018 11am-12:30pm

From pianos without players to a drum kit that lays eggs – join a family tour to think, talk, draw, play and explore the secrets of exhibition.

£3 per child, accompanying adult goes free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£3

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/walk-talk-do/

Babyjazz

Jazz for Juniors: Half-Term Activities

  • 11 February 2018 10:30-11:15am

Led by singer and founder Ruby Barker with live jazz accompaniment this fun interactive workshop blends jazz standards, original tunes and nursery rhymes to the delight of juniors, parents and grandparents. A bright array of colourful silk scarves, props and tuned percussion offer visual, audio and sensory stimulation.

“I love the energy, the pace, the humour and the musicality. The sessions are totally absorbing. The babies are happy and realxed too.”

(16 months to 5 years)

£5 per child, accompanying adult goes free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£5

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/jazz-for-juniors/

Jazz Man Puppet

Jazz Musician Puppets: Half-Term Activities

  • 12 February 2018 10am-12pm

Join us this February Half Term for a range of Jazz inspired Children’s activities!

Jazz performers had to play the part and look smart on stage. Create your own dancing, moving, saxophone playing Jazz Musician Puppet!

This is a free drop-in session.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/jazz-musician-puppets/

Arts and Crafts

Creation Station: Half-Term Activities

  • 14 February 2018 10am-12pm

Join us this February Half Term for a range of Jazz inspired Children’s activities!

Drop-in to our creation station today for some creative jazz activities

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/creation-station/

Hanky Panky Cocktail

Hanky Panky Cocktail Class

  • 14 February 2018 6:15-9pm

As part of the Rhythm & Reaction Wednesday Lates, AVM Curiosities present The Hanky Panky Cocktail Class.

Join Tasha Marks, an award-winning food historian, for a whistle-stop history of the blended drink – starting in Ancient Egypt and finishing up during the tipple’s 1920s heyday. This interactive workshop will culminate in an experience of mixing your very own Hanky Panky – a cocktail invented by Ada Coleman, head bartender at the American Bar at the Savoy in 1923.

After the masterclass, take some time to retire to our pop-up cocktail lounge to enjoy your creation, or take a stroll through our exhibition, Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain.

There are three time slots:
18:15-19:00
19:15-20:00
20:15-21:00

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£20

Banjo

Make your own Banjo!: Half-Term Activities

  • 15 February 2018 10am

Join us this February Half Term for a range of Jazz inspired Children’s activities!

Early Jazz musicians often played banjos instead of guitars; tap into your inner musician and create your own paper Banjo to strum jazz sounds with!

This is a free drop-in session.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/make-your-own-banjo/

Drawing

Family workshop: Drawn to Jazz: Half-Term Activities

  • 16 February 2018 2-4pm

Introducing younger ears to the world of jazz and illustration, ‘Drawn to Jazz’ is aimed at children of all ages and their families to enjoy. A fun-packed creative workshop with award winning illustrator and educator Merlin Strangeway. Highly participatory session for children and accompanying parents and carers. Participants will explore the art of drawing to jazz – illustrating music and movement, call and response image making, along with fun ideas for adults to take away and draw with their children at home!

£5 per child, accompanying adult goes free.

‘Such a talented illustrator – and brilliant with the children! Thank you!’

‘It was thrilling, surprising and fascinating to see how enthusiastic and engaged our daughters were. It has been a wonderful way to spend the afternoon together as a family.’

About the tutor

Merlin is an award winning Illustrator and Educator, with a passion for using art as a tool to delineate and delight. She has taught over 10,000 students in the last ten years and is currently completing a Medical Art Postgraduate with the Medical Art Education Trust. She is the recipient of the Barber’s Company Award 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, and the Ronald Raven Award (travelling scholarship within the field of Medical Art) 2017-2018. Selection of previous clients include: Tate Modern, British Library, The Design Museum, Hampton Court Palace, The Tower of London, Time Out, John Lewis and Latitude Festival.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£5

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/family-workshop-drawn-jazz/

Jazz Pattern Printing

Jazz Pattern Printing: Half-Term Activities

  • 17 February 2018 10am-12pm

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Jazz Pattern Printing: Half-Term Activities
Pattern printing
Join us this February Half Term for a range of Jazz inspired children’s activities!

1920s textiles reflected the vigorous rhythms of jazz music. Get messy and creative and make your own ‘Jazzy’ patterns.

This is a free drop-in session

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/jazz-pattern-printing/

FAD

‘Frame Your Icon of The British Jazz Age’: Wednesday Late Workshop

  • 21 February 2018 6-8pm

Join award-winning youth charity FAD for a hands-on, creative exploration of Black Icons of the British Jazz Age as part of Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain. Create an artwork celebrating one of 13 inspiring individuals – from Rita Cann to the Deniz brothers.

The Black Icons project has been created by young Londoners who uncovered the untold stories of the groundbreaking Black people living and working in 1920s and 1930s Britain. We stepped into London’s archives and identified thirteen inspirational individuals, then designed and screen printed textiles which pay tribute to ther incredible life stories. Our Black Icons magazine showcases our textiles in a fashion photoshoot styled, modelled and directed by all of us.

Find out more and read the Black Icons magazine at http://www.fad.org.uk/black-icons/

Free, drop-in, between 6pm and 8pm.

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/frame-your-icon-of-the-british-jazz-age/

Cassie Kinoshi

Cassie Kinoshi Trio: Wednesday Late Music

  • 21 February 2018 6:30-8:30pm

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Cassie Kinoshi Trio: Wednesday Late Music
Cassie Kinoshi
Join us at Two Temple Place for one of our special Wednesday Late openings until 9pm. Visit the show, enjoy a jazz-inspired cocktail at our bar (open until 8pm) and tonight, welcome Cassie Kinoshi and her Trio.

Cassie Kinoshi is a London-based composer, arranger and alto saxophonist known for her work with jazz septet NÉRIJA, Afrobeat band KOKOROKO and her own large ensemble SEED. Cassie has also written for short film (Anne Verheij, ICA Best Experimental Short Film Award 2017 Nominee and London Short Film Festival 2018) and professional classical ensembles such as the Benyounes Quartet and members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Her most recent ventures include a Sound and Music funded series of events with her ensemble SEED (Driftglass) and working as the sole composer for The Old Vic Theatre’s professional development programme 2016-17.

Notable artists Cassie has worked alongside include Dele Sosimi, Zoe Rahman, Nathaniel Facey, Yazz Ahmed and Laura Jurd. In 2012 Cassie was shortlisted for the BBC Young Composer of the Year award. nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016 as part of the ensemble NERÍJA and awarded the Jazz Newcomer Parliamentary Jazz Award 2017.

Cassie has just completed recording her debut album with SEED Ensemble, produced by Jason Yarde, which will be released in April 2018 on label Jazz Re:Freshed.

@cassiekinoshi || www.cassiekinoshi.com

Dream Keeper by Cassie Kinoshi: https://soundcloud.com/cassie-kinoshi/the-dream-keeper

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/cassie-kinoshi-trio/

Listening to a Century of Jazz

Listening to a century of Jazz

  • 1 March 2018 6:30-7:30pm

What does it mean to improvise? How has group playing changed over the century? How should we be listening to jazz?

Curator, Catherine Tackley takes us on a jazz-journey through the last century, to explore these questions, among others, and examine how developments in the music have not only affected how it is played, but also how this beloved art-form is listened to.

Please note, that doors will open at 6pm and that seating is unreserved. The exhibition will also re-open at 6pm, as will the café, which will serve drinks and bar snacks until 6:30pm.

Admission

£10

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/listening-century-jazz/

Staircase

Making a “Perfect Gem”: The artists and craftsmen of Two Temple Place

  • 5 March 2018 6:30-7:30pm

In this lecture, Barbara Bryant, author of Two Temple Place: A Perfect Gem of Late Victorian Art, Architecture and Design, introduces the craftsmen and artists behind the extraordinary decorative scheme for the Astor Estate Office. In order to realise William Waldorf Astor’s vision, architect John Loughborough Pearson brought together the master craftsmen of the 1890s, including Thomas Nicholls, William Silver Frith, Nathaniel Hitch, J. Starkie Gardiner and George Frampton to create this personal domain devoted to art, literature and history.

Please note, that doors will open at 6pm and that seating is unreserved. The exhibition will also re-open at 6pm, as will the café, which will serve drinks and bar snacks until 6:30pm

Admission

£8

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/making-perfect-gem/

Rio Trio

Rio Trio: Wednesday Late Music

  • 7 March 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Join us at Two Temple Place for one of our special Wednesday Late openings until 9pm. Visit the show, enjoy a jazz-inspired cocktail at our bar (open until 8pm) and tonight, welcome the The Rio Trio as they perform the music of the 1920’s and ’30’s.

Rio Trio are, in their own words, “the smallest big band in the world”, with versatility which enables them to sound bigger than they really are. Their crooner doubles on hot clarinet, the jazz guitarist also plays banjo and the mighty sousaphone is featured alongside gentle double bass.

Reserve your tickets to guarantee admission!

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/rio-trio/

Two Temple Place

Architectural Tour: Two Temple Place

  • 11 March 2018 10:30-11:30am

Take your place on an exclusive private tour of Two Temple Place and discover the fascinating history behind one of London’s most eccentric buildings and its stunning ornamentation.

The tour will last approx. 1 hr including time for any questions. Doors will open from 10:15am.

Admission

£10

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/architectural-tour-2/

Caricature

A Masterclass in Caricature: Wednesday Late Workshop

  • 14 March 2018 From 6:30pm

Join award winning Illustrator and educator, Merlin Strangeway and delve into the fascinating world of caricature illustration. Explore a rich, historical practice that has seen a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years. Drawing from observation and objects from Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain, participants will then be treated to a sweeping tour through the medium, followed by a hands-on, light-hearted chance to learn the joyful art of exaggerated portraiture.

No drawing experience is necessary, just a desire to get stuck in! All art materials will be provided though participants are invited to bring sketchbooks.

‘Absolutely fascinating. My first art lesson since leaving school – I was a bit apprehensive about attending this session but I am delighted I went out of my comfort zone! Thank you very much for your time and expertise.’

About the tutor:

Merlin is an award winning Illustrator and Educator, with a passion for using art as a tool to delineate and delight. She has taught over 10,000 students in the last ten years and is currently completing a Medical Art Postgraduate with the Medical Art Education Trust. She is the recipient of the Barber’s Company Award 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, and the Ronald Raven Award (travelling scholarship within the field of Medical Art) 2017-2018. Selection of previous clients include: Tate Modern, British Library, The Design Museum, Hampton Court Palace, The Tower of London, Time Out, John Lewis and Latitude Festival.

Admission

£15

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/a-masterclass-in-caricature/

Jazz Pattern

Jazz Age Design: Pattern and Interiors between the Wars

  • 15 March 2018 6:30-7:30pm

The vigour and exuberance of the Jazz Age was arguably best reflected in its designs for patterns and the new trends adopted in the decoration of interiors. The traditional Arts and Crafts aesthetic of the pre-war years was swept away and replaced by dynamic, geometric and rhythmic forms derived from Cubism, Vorticism and other styles associated with the avant-garde. Patterns also reflected the growing influence of modern life and popular culture. Events like the Discovery of Tutankhamum’s Tomb ushered in an obsession with all things Egyptian, while books like Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels were part of the fascination for the mysteriously ‘oriental’. Sleek lines and minimalist geometrics appeared alongside playfully decorative floral designs. This lecture explores the vitality of wallpapers and textiles during the inter-war period and the impact of the exuberance and excess that characterise the Jazz Age.

Jo Banham is Director of the Victorian Society Summer School and an independent curator and lecturer. She was Head of the Adult, Students and Creative Industries programmes in the Learning Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum from 2006 to 2016. Her curatorial and research posts have included being Curator at Leighton House, Kensington, Archivist at Arthur Sanderson & Sons, and Curator of historic wallpapers at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. She has edited and written several books on art and design. She lectures regularly on V&A courses and study days and contributes to conferences and research seminars on 19th century design. Her current research is on Artists and London in the 19th century.

Doors will open at 6:00pm and that seating is unreserved. The exhibition will also re-open at 6pm, as will the café, which will serve drinks and bar snacks until 6:30pm.

Admission

£12

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/jazz-age-design/

Tallulah Goodtimes

Tallulah GoodTimes: Wednesday Late Music

  • 21 March 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Join us at Two Temple Place for one of our special Wednesday Late openings until 9pm. Visit the show, enjoy a jazz-inspired cocktail at our bar (open until 8pm) and tonight, get into the swing of things with live music from Tallulah Goodtimes!

Mapping sounds from the twenties through to today, her sets journey through jazz, gypsy jazz & swing from across the world, cut with the modern sounds of hip hop, house and drum & bass. This 21st Century flapper is blazing a trail bringing music from days gone by to life in a very modern manner.

She has shared stages with Dutty Moonshine; The Correspondentsl Electric Swing Circus; Cut Capers; Swingrowers; Eugene The Cat; Catjam; Jenova Collective; Captain Flatcap; Madame Electrifie and many more and with an album in the making, 2018 looks set to be a vintage year for the Queen of Goodtimes swing.

Reserve your tickets to guarantee admission!

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/tallulah-goodtimes/

The Pursuit of Pleasure

The Pursuit of Pleasure: Where Jazz Took Hold

  • 26 March 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Britain at large was not ready for the arrival of jazz in 1918, but the music took hold in a cluster of West End sites – some exclusive, some underground and all dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure. These clubs and dives were prone to scandal: dancing was linked to ‘dope’ and other forms of vice. Yet, despite the outrage these clubs provoked, their influence spread and the party they started is still going strong.

In this lecture, Marek Kohn discusses the development of the Jazz Age club scene as the birthplace of modern hedonistic nightlife.

Marek Kohn (www.marekkohn.info) is the author of Dope Girls: The Birth of the British Drug Underground, which explores the beginning of illicit drug use in Britain during the First World War and its aftermath. His other books include A Reason for Everything: Natural Selection and the English Imagination and The Race Gallery: The Return of Racial Science.

Doors will open at 6pm and seating is unreserved. The exhibition will also re-open at 6pm, as will the café, which will serve drinks and bar snacks until 6:30pm.

Admission

£12

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/the-pursuit-of-pleasure/

Meg Morley Trio

Meg Morley Trio: Wednesday Late Music

  • 4 April 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Another Wednesday Late at Two Temple Place sees the Meg Morley Trio join in the fun!

Formed in April 2017 with British bass player Richard Sadler and Italian drummer Emiliano Caroselli, the Meg Morley Trio present original compositions incorporating a broad range of contemporary and traditional jazz styles, which are enhanced by the individual players’ exceptional skills in improvisation.

Make sure you reserve your ticket to guarantee admission!

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/meg-morley-trio/

Sonic Sensorium

The Sonic Sensorium: Jazz Edition

  • 6 April 2018 6:30-8pm

Inspired by the emerging field of Crossmodalism, The Sonic Sensorium explores the interaction between the senses: pairing music and sound, to taste and aroma, creating an all-encompassing sensual experience.

The Sonic Sensorium is a concert and tasting menu like no other, pairing the work of three musicians with either a creative cocktail, edible perfume or experimental taste. Produced by AVM Curiosities, and hosted by award-winning food historian Tasha Marks, this special Jazz edition will use the senses as a storyteller, responding directly to the exhibition content of Rhythm & Reaction: The Age Of Jazz In Britain, with our magnificient Great Hall as a backdrop.

There are two session:
18:15pm
21:15pm

Admission

£25

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/the-sonic-sensorium/

Chicken Drum

Walk. Talk. Do: Easter Activities

  • 7 April 2018 11am-12:30pm

From pianos without players to a drum kit that lays eggs – join a family tour to think, talk, draw, play and explore the secrets of exhibition.

£3 per child, accompanying adult goes free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

£3

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/walk-talk-do-2/

Two Temple Place

Architectural Tour: Two Temple Place

  • 8 April 2018 10:30-11:30am

Take your place on an exclusive private tour of Two Temple Place and discover the fascinating history behind one of London’s most eccentric buildings and its stunning ornamentation.

The tour will last approx. 1 hr including time for any questions. Doors will open from 10:15am.

Admission

£10

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/architectural-tour-3/

Dancing Sculptures

Dancing Sculptures: Easter Activities

  • 9 April 2018 10am-12pm

Join us this Easter for a range of Jazz inspired children’s activities!

A lot of British art works in this period depict dance. Inspired by the beat of Jazz and rhythm of dance, create your own, moving, grooving, dancing sculpture.

This is a free drop in session.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 5-6
Shoes

Stepping Out: Sumptuous Shoes of the Jazz Age

  • 9 April 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Arts Society lecturer, Mary Alexander presents an exploration of shoe design in the Jazz Age, with its associated imagery and personalities in a time of daring hemlines, ‘lyric’ legs, Oxford bags and snazzy co-respondents.

Mary Alexander, trained as an art historian and graduated with a B.A. Hons in History and History of Art, and an M.A. in History of Art. After working at Platt Hall, Manchester which houses an internationally renowned collection of historic clothing, Mary went on to work at Pentagram Design in London and New York, which fulfilled her life-long passion for contemporary design. Mary is now a freelance lecturer and her expertise in the history of art, have lead to her speaking all over the world.

Please note, that doors will open at 6:00pm and that seating is unreserved. The exhibition will also re-open at 6pm, as will the café, which will serve drinks and bar snacks until 6:30pm.

Admission

£12

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/stepping-out/

Screen Printing

Screen Printing and Pattern Making: Easter Activities

  • 11 April 2018 2-4pm

Join us this Easter for a range of Jazz inspired children’s activities! Play with shapes from the exhibition and screen-print your own designs to jazz up an old t-shirt, or print a poster to take home! Dress for mess.

Additional Information:
– This workshop is suitable for ages 4-12. Children under 6 must be supervised by an adult during the workshop.
– If bringing an old t-shirt from home, please avoid dark colours so that the colours really pop!

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 0-4

Admission

£5

Screen Printing

Jazz Printing: Wednesday Late Workshop

  • 11 April 2018 6:30-8:30pm

This print workshop will take you through the basics of screen-printing, before it’s over to you to draw and design your stencils! Experiment with colours and style on sample fabric, before printing and up-cycling items from home (such as t-shirts, napkins, notebooks or canvas), or print a poster to frame for home!

Additional Information:
Please arrive 10 minutes before the workshop begins.
This workshop is suitable for all levels.
All materials and equipment are provided for these workshops.
Aprons will be provided, but please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting messy in as the screen printing inks do stain.
Due to table space, please do not bring large items to print onto such as a duvet cover and very large canvas.

Admission

£20

Jazz Ceramic

Jazz Ceramic Collage: Easter Activities

  • 12 April 2018 10am-12pm

Join us this Eater for a range of Jazz inspired children’s activities!

Inspired by the ‘Jazz’ designs by Enoch Boulton for Carlton Ware, create your own bright and striking collage of a ceramic pot.

This is a free drop in session.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/jazz-ceramic-collage/

Brit(ish)

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

  • 12 April 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Following the recent publication of her book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, author and journalist Afua Hirsh joins Catherine Tackley, curator of Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain and saxophonist Soweto Kinch to discuss how racial attitudes in Britain affected the reception of jazz in early 20th century, and to reflect upon British society today.



Our Speakers:

Afua Hirsch is a freelance writer and broadcaster. She has worked as a barrister, as the West Africa correspondent for the Guardian, and as social affairs editor for Sky News between 2014 – 2017. Brit(ish) is her first book and was awarded a RSL Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction.

Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act in 2003.

Professor Catherine Tackley is Head of the Department of Music at the University of Liverpool. A leading authority on jazz, Catherine appears regularly on television and radio, most recently contributing to BBC Radio 4’s Black Music in Europe: A Hidden History. Catherine was also appointed Professor in Residence at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2017.

Admission

£15

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/british/

Drum cups

Exploring Sound & Making Music: Easter Activities

  • 13 April 2018 10am-12pm

Join us this Easter for a range of Jazz inspired children’s activities!

Jazz bands loved to improvise; create mini musical instruments and play them together to experiment with sound!

This is a free drop in session.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/exploring-sound-making-music/

All that Jazz

Walking Tour: All that Jazz!

  • 14 April 2018 2-4pm

This walk explores nearly 100 years of jazz history in the West End, from the arrival of the first Americans in 1919 and the development of Jazz in Britain during the interwar years, stopping at many of the sites of legendary London clubs, bars, hotels, and restaurants where jazz and ‘jazzy’ music was played!

The walk will start and finish at Two Temple Place and will take a maximum of 2 hours.

We will explore the influence of Jazz nightlife in the West End at wild night clubs and drinking dens such as the glamorous (and notorious) Ciro’s Club and the sumptuous Kit Cat Club with its famous restaurant, which accommodated hot jazz and dance crazes such as the Charleston and provided a setting for the ‘liberation’ of women. On to the glamorous art deco interiors of the Waldorf Hotel and the luxurious design of the Savoy Hotel and music venues such as the famed Hippodrome Theatre where the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong and many more performed.

Walk Leader Chris Firmin is a qualified guide and a member of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association.

He has followed jazz in London for 50 years and plays drums in a jazz quintet based in Richmond.

Admission

£12

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/walking-tour-2/

The Dance Club (The Jazz Party)

Curator’s Tour: Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain

  • 15 April 2018 10:30-11:30am

Join curator Catherine Tackley on an exclusive tour of Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain, to discover more about the fascinating inspirations and themes of this exhibition.

Doors will open at 10:15 and the exhibition café will open after the tour, in time for a refreshing hot drink and sweet treat, if desired.

Admission

£10

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/curators-tour/

Smitty's Big Four

Smitty’s Big Four: Wednesday Late Music

  • 18 April 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Join us at Two Temple Place for our final Wednesday Late opening until 9pm. Visit the show, enjoy a jazz-inspired cocktail at our bar (open until 8pm) and tonight, celebrate the show with our friends Smitty’s Big Four.

Come along between 6:30pm – 8:30pm for their Sidney Bechet and Jelly Roll Morton inspired sound.

Giacomo Smith (alto saxophone)
Pete Horsfall (trumpet)
Dave Archer (guitar)
Ferg Ireland (double bass)

Please reserve your tickets to guarantee admission.

Website

https://twotempleplace.org/events/smittys-big-four/

Two Temple Place
2 Temple Place
London
WC2R 3BD
England

Website

www.twotempleplace.org

Telephone

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All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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