If you would like to receive specific information, do not hesitate to contact us at info@velehrad.org.uk

Dvořák Society is inviting you to attend a special event which has been organised at rather short notice.
Our member Haig Utidjian is visiting England briefly to lecture at Oxford, and has kindly offered to give an illustrated talk The Dvořák Mass in D – towards a new edition.
Haig will  describe the work he has done recently in researching, editing and performing a little known intermediate version made by Dvořák of his “Lužanská” Mass, which adds lower strings to the original organ accompaniment.

Haig Utidjian is a British conductor and musicologist of Armenian descent, who works mainly in the Czech Republic and elsewhere on the continent. His extensive activities are outlined in http://www-control.eng.cam.ac.uk/hu/hu.html, and several of his performances can be found on YouTube.

The talk will be at 2.30 pm on Monday 31 October. There will be time for questions and discussion, plus a cup of tea, ending by 4.30.

By kind invitation of Velehrad this will be at their splendid new premises at 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9JP.

The film, as its title suggests, is about the operation to assassinate Nazi commanding officer Reinhard Heydrich. The premiere is planned for 30th August 2016 and release to the cinemas in the UK is planned for 9th September 2016.  The link to a movie trailer can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blAKCJcXC5c.

The guided tour will take you along the river Thames and you will be visiting splendid houses and gardens built on the river banks, such as Ham House with its 17th century treasures or Horace Walpole’s Gothic-revival Castle in Strawberry Hill.
Please see the enclosed flyer for further details and booking. 09_16_Thames_Outing_Flyer

1756050_1434259_VV_s_rodinou_na_web_AOn the 5th of January 2016 H.E. Libor Sečka has taken up his posting as the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by presenting a copy of His Letters of Credence to the Director of Protocol and Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps in London.

H.E. Libor Sečka has been active in diplomacy since 1986. Previously he was the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Mexico, to the European Union in Brussels, to Italy and Malta and to the People´s Republic of China. Ambassador Sečka speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Russian and French. He is married and has got three children.

CV of the ambassador L. Sečka (DOC, 36 KB)


Joseph Czernin was born in Prague in 1924 to one of the oldest Czech noble families. During the Nazi occupation of the Czech Lands, he was forced to work in Germany. After the war, he studied law in Prague and in 1947 he came to the United Kingdom to study English. After the communist coup of February 1948, he decided to stay in England permanently. From the very beginning, he got involved in the organisation of the social and religious life of Czech and Slovak immigrants. His commitment to the charity Velehrad dates back to 1950´s. He was a longtime and tireless advocate of the preservation of the Czech language, culture and traditions in the UK. May he rest in peace.

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