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As the newly elected Chairman of London Branch I would like to welcome you and tell you a little about myself.  I’ve been an ESU member since 1973, when I was recruited by the great Eric Dehn, who was for many years the Chairman of the Bristol Branch. Moving to Kent in 1983, I got involved again in the Public Speaking Competition, and eventually joined the Committee of the London Region, latterly serving as the Chairman of the Grants Sub-Committee.

The main focus of our activities is to raise funds to support many local schools, who participate in the ESU’s activities. An increasing number of schools is taking part in the regional heats of the UK Public Speaking Competition, prior to the National Final. The London Branch also sponsors the Performing Shakespeare Competition, which grows year on year, and supports the Discover Your Voice programme and London Debate Challenge.

You can find here, the latest programme of London events (January 2019 – July 2019) – so I look forward to meeting you!

Edward Towne

Upcoming events in London

London Branch: Visit to the Garrick Club

ESU Social
London

Situated in the heart of the West End and Theatreland, the Garrick Club was founded in 1831 as a private members’ club by a group of literary gentlemen under the patronage of the King’s brother, the egalitarian Duke of Sussex. They announced that the club would be a place where…

Save the date: Spring lunch at Dartmouth House

ESU Social
London

Join us for an audience with Princess Katya Galitzine who will deliver a fascinating talk about her mother, Jean Dawnay’s, life as a Dior model, followed by a champagne lunch. The event, a celebration of the English-Speaking Union’s of global understanding through dialogue, will support the ESU’s vital charitable mission,…

London Branch: Violin performance by Juliette Roos (save the date)

ESU Music
London

We are delighted that Violinist, Juliette Roos will be performing at Dartmouth House, please save the date – more details soon… All proceeds from this event will support the English-Speaking Union’s educational programmes, helping young children to communicate and thrive.

ESU Music: Drinks reception and violin recital with Juliette Roos

ESU Music, ESU Social
London

Join us at Dartmouth House, home of the English-Speaking Union for a drinks reception followed by a violin recital by Juliette Roos. Programme: Telemann Fantasy no.1 in A major Ysaye Solo Sonata no.5 op.27 Sibelius 5 pieces for violin and piano op.81 Syncopation by Kreisler   Drinks reception from 6.30,…

Grand Final of the ESU Performing Shakespeare at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon

ESU Education, ESU Social
London

This year’s Grand Final of the ESU Performing Shakespeare will be held on Sunday 21 June at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s own Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. More details will follow about the day soon.

I enjoy seeing young people realising they have something to offer and that they have more ability than they thought.

Ann Armstrong

Former branch Chair

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