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25th Anniversary of The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London (1993-2018)

This year The Hellenic Institute is celebrating the 25th Anniversary since its establishment (1993) with a number of special events, to which you are warmly invited. Updated information on these and other events and activities are posted below. We look forward to seeing you.

For general inquiries please email Dr George Vassiadis or Dr Charalambos Dendrinos

Donations to The Hellenic Institute can be made online by clicking here or by cheque payable to "RHBNC Hellenic Institute" and posted to The Hellenic Institute, History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UK.


18 October 2017: Ninth Annual Memorial for Julian Chrysostomides

The Holy Church of Apostle Barnabas, The “Apostle Barnabas” Seminary of the Church of Cyprus, 85 Steliou Chatzipetri Street, 1304 Nicosia, Cyprus, after matins and the holy liturgy, 7-9am. 

A Memorial Service for Julian Chrysostomides former Director of  The Hellenic Institute and Emeritus Reader in Byzantine History, University of London was officiated by the Director of the Seminary, the Very Rev. Archimandrite Benedict Ioannou,followed by a Memorial Lecture by Dr Vasilis Pasiourtides. Julian Chrysostomides will be remembered as a true scholar and an affectionate and inspiring teacher. The memorial event was co-organised by the Alumni and Friends of the Hellenic Institute and the “Apostle Barnabas” Seminary of the Church of Cyprus. Donations towards the Julian Chrysostomides Bursaries Fund in support of students pursuing Hellenic and Byzantine Studies at RHUL can be made online.

For further information please contact Dr Christina Kakkoura and Dr Vasilis Pasiourtides.


10 November 2017: Julian Suite, Opus 85 by Philippos Tsalahouris

 Megaron, The Athens Music Hall, Vassilissis Sophias and Kokkali, 11521 Athens, Greece, at 8.30pm (with introductory lecture at 7.45pm).

Premiere performance in Greece by the  Athens State Orchestra of Julian Suite (Ιουλιανή Σουτα), Opus 85 by Philippos Tsalahouris commissioned by The Hellenic Institute on the occasion of the Fifth Anniversary of Julian Chrysostomides’ passing away (18.X.2013). The concert was cancelled due to ilness of the conductor and will take place at a later date to be announced in due course. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, which was beyond our control.

For further information please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.



30 November 2017: Memory and Harmony

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

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS at 7pm

In this event, which celebrates the opening of the Hellenic Institute’s 25th Anniversary, the well-known historian, author and broadcaster Dr Bettany Hughes shared her thoughts on the study of Hellenism, followed by a recital of music with Greek association by the celebrated Greek pianist Panayiotis Gogos, under the theme Metamorphoses. The repertoire includes Schubert-Liszt, Der Atlas, Der Müller und der Bach, Liebesbotschaft, Aufenthalt, Der Doppelgänger, Erikönig, Schumann-Liszt, Frühlingsnacht, Widmung, and Chopin, Scherzo No 2. The concert was followed by a Reception and Dinner.

For further information please click here or contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.


15-16 December 2017: Thomas Latinus – Thomas Graecus


International Conference on Thomas Aquinas and his Reception in Byzantium

National Library of Greece, Books Tower, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

The Conference explored the reception of Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) in Byzantium. The first day of the conference wasdevoted to Aquinas’ Philosophy and Theology, while on the second day scholars presented findings of their research as part of the ongoing research project Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus, co-hosted by the University of Patras and The Hellenic Institute, and currently funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation through the Artos Zois Foundation. To download the Programme please click here. The Conference was co-organised by the National Library of Greece, the University of Patras and The Hellenic Institute.

Further information from Professor John Demetracopoulos and Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.


2 February-23 March 2018: The University of London Postgraduate Working Seminer on Editing Byzantine Texts


The Warburg Institute, University of London, Classroom 2, Ground Floor, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB, Fridays 15:45-17:45

The Seminar has resumed its meetings preparing a new annotated edition and translation of the Letters of George of Cyprus (later Ecumenical Patriarch Gregory II, 1283-1289). Scholars and graduate students who are interested in Byzantine texts are welcome to participate. Please contact the co-convenors, Dr Charalambos Dendrinos and Dr Christopher Wright

For further information please see the Seminar webpage.


6 March 2018: "Ruins" of Athens: ancient modes reimagined


A piano recital by Carlo Grante for the benefit of The Hellenic Institute

Picture Gallery, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX at 7pm

A concert of classical piano works with links to ancient and modern Greece. The eminent pianist Carlo Grante begins with Beethoven’s thrilling Variations on “The Ruins of Athens”, in Liszt’s transcription. They were written in 1811 as incidental music for a play of that name in which Minerva and Mercury meet Greeks dreaming of their liberation. The rest of the concert, featuring some of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire, illustrates how the music of the ancient world lives on in the DNA of western music. The programme includes also Chopin, Mazurkas, op. 24/2, op. 30/4, op. 68/4, Satie, Gnossiennes, nos.  3, 4, 5, Debussy, Hommage à Rameau (Images, I/2), Danseuses de Delphes (Préludes, I/1), Brouillards (Préludes, II/1) and Canope, II/10, and Bartók, Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56.

All welcome. Tickets: £17.50/free to Royal Holloway students. Tickets on the door or book online at www.royalholloway.ac.uk/RuinsOfAthens. All proceeds will go to The Hellenic Institute. 


27 October 2018: “Odyssey” by Lydia Kakabadse


A concert performed by the Choir of Royal Holloway to mark the closing of The Hellenic Institute 25th Anniversary celebrations

College Chapel, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX at 7pm

The premiere of the specially commissioned choral piece Odyssey composed by the leading choral composer Lydia Kakabadse to be performed by the Choir of Royal Holloway under the direction of Rupert Gough. The lyrics is a synthesis of selected Greek poetry from Homer and the Classical period, through the Hellenistic and Roman times, to Byzantium, post-Byzantium and Modern Hellenism. A musical journey through centuries of Greek history and culture to mark the closing of The Hellenic Institute 25th Anniversary celebrations. The concert will be followed by drinks in the Picture Gallery.

All welcome. Admission free but booking essential. Please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.