Memory and Harmony: An evening celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London with Bettany Hughes and Panayiotis Gogos

The Hellenic Institute will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in the next academic year with a number of special events, to which you are warmly invited.

The first event will take place at the Hellenic Centre16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS on Thursday 30 November 2017 at 7.00 pm.

As part of the event, the historian, author and presenter Dr Bettany Hughes will give a lecture entitled The study of Hellenism, to be followed by a concert, under the theme Metamorphoses, with the Greek pianist Panayiotis Gogos (please see short biographies below). 

The lecture and concert will be followed by a Reception.

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Dr Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her speciality is ancient and medieval history and culture. A Scholar at Oxford University, she has taught at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lectured at Cornell, Bristol, UCL, Maastricht, Utrecht and Manchester. She is a Tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education and a Research Fellow of King’s College, London. Her first book, Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore, has been translated into ten languages. Her second, The Hemlock Cup, Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Writer’s Guild Award. She has written and presented over 50 TV and radio documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, PBS, The History Channel, National Geographic and ITV. Her programmes have now been seen by over 250 million worldwide. In 2010, she was given a Special Award for services to Hellenic Culture and Heritage. More information on Bettany’s biography and work can be found on her website


Panayiotis Gogos has given numerous concerts throughout Europe since graduating with honours in piano and counterpoint in 1998. As a postgraduate he studied intensively in Athens with Valery Sagaidachny, the great pianist and Tchaikovsky Conservatory professor. After that he continued his piano and chamber music studies under Professor Thérèse Dussaut at the Toulouse Conservatory, graduating in 2004 with the “Prix de Perfectionnement”. Gogos then spent three years at the famous artists’ residence “Cité Internationale des Arts” in Paris. Since then he has performed widely as an “Ambassador of the Music of Chopin”, a title conferred by the Polish Ministry of Culture. More information on Panayiotis can be found on his website His programme on 30 November opens with a series of Liszt transcriptions of works by Schubert, Wohin, Barcarolle, Liebesbotschaft, Aubade, Der Doppelgänger,Erikönig, Litaney; it concludes with Chopin’s Scherzo No 2 op. 31.