Eighty years ago, three enterprising sons of Russian immigrants realised their ambition, to build a palace of dreams on the Old Kent Road. Three years later they followed their dream with another magnificent picture palace, the Troxy on Commercial Road, Stepney. On the way they collected Europe's largest Wurlitzer pipe organ and a virtuoso organist, a pupil of Max Reger, to play it. Today, with the Trocadero but a distant memory and its mightiest of Wurlitzers languishing in store, we follow the fascinating history of the brothers, their cinemas, and today's ambitious project to install the Trocadero organ in the Troxy, thereby helping to re-create a 1930's cultural icon of the East End. For more information about the organ, please clickÂ here. The other lectures in this series on London's Organs include the following: Â Â Â Â How liturgy affected the development of the organ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (the George Pike organ at St. Margaret, Lothbury) Â Â Â Â The German revolution in English organ technology Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (the Mander Organs restored William Hill organ of St. Mary-at-Hill)
A lecture to mark the publication of Robin Wilson and Raymond Flood’s new book.Â Mathematics pervades our daily lives.Â Our credit cards and the nation’s defence are kept secure largely due to the properties of prime numbers, and mathematics is intimately involved whenever we fly in an aeroplane, predict the weather or analyse data.Â But what mathematics is involved, and who first introduced it?Â Raymond Flood and Robin Wilson describe some interesting mathematicians’ contributions.
London has some major disadvantages that would make any transport policy difficult. However, even given the constraints, the current policy mix is so far away from ideal that it could be costing each household about Â£1,000 more than it should if transport were to be organised rationally.Â The lecture will give some suggestions about what could be done.