A Night to Remember | How To Academy

Mon, 26 June 2023

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm GMT

A Night to Remember

Ed Conway, RIOPY, Eugenia Cheng, Lewis Dartnell, Wendy Mitchell, and Alba Arikha

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A night of stunning talks, live music, spellbinding stories, and big ideas – with Billboard chart-topping pianist RIOPY, maths sensation Eugenia Cheng, Sky News’s Ed Conway, and more.

Join for a cabaret like no other. We’ve gathered five of the most exciting thinkers and artists to share insight, inspiration, and magical performances at the Tabernacle in an unforgettable night of entertainment.

We’ll hear from RIOPY, the self-taught pianist who escaped an upbringing in an oppressive cult, homelessness, and a drug addiction to conquer the classical music world, top the US Billboard Classical Chart, and collaborate with Lana Del Rey (after Chris Martin recognised his talent and gave him the gift of Steinway!).

We’ll discover the creativity and curiosity at the heart of maths from TED-star, mathematician and columnist Eugenia Cheng; while biologist Lewis Dartnell will tell the story of human civilisation like you’ve never heard it before – exploring how the human body itself has shaped our relationships, our societies, our economies, and our wars.

Sky News Economics Editor and former Times columnist Ed Conway will tell us how five tiny, magical materials – sand, iron, salt, oil, copper, and lithium – have razed empires, demolished civilisations, and fed human greed and ingenuity for thousands of years, and how, today, a hidden battle to control them is already shaping our future.

Bestselling author and advocate for dementia awareness Wendy Mitchell will delve into the profound and life-altering diagnosis of dementia, and the vibrant life that remains afterwards.

And Paris-born, London-based polymath Alba Arikha – novelist, memoirist, pianist, singer/songwriter – will play for us as well as tell stories about her life and upbringing in an extraordinarily artistic family: her father was the artist and Holocaust survivor Avigdor Arikha, and her godfather was Samuel Beckett.

Whether you love culture, history, music, or big ideas, this is a one-of-a-kind gathering of extraordinary minds that no-one should miss.

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Ed Conway

Sky News Economics and Data Editor

Alba Arikha

Novelist, Memoirist, Musician

Dr Eugenia Cheng

Mathematician, Columnist

Lewis Dartnell



Chart Topping Classical Pianist

Wendy Mitchell

Author and Advocate for Dementia Awareness