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in the form of lethally insolent verbal tics. - Clive James
David Conway / Smerus
Graduated from King's College, Cambridge University in 1971: BA in economics and natural sciences (maths and psychology). MA Cambridge (for those who don't know, this is a sort of English joke) 1975. As a mature student I completed my PhD at University College London (2002-2008). (Dissertation on the entry of Jews to musical professions in the period 1780-1850). Cambridge University Press published my book Jewry in Music: Entry to the Profession from the Enlightenment to Richard Wagner at the end of 2011. I am a contributor to the Cambridge Companion to Jewish Music (2015).
Married (by Louis Jacobs), to Nadia, who was born in Prague but was brought up in Slovakia. We were amongst the founding members of the New North London Synagogue. We now own a mediaeval house in Levoca, Slovakia, which we are gradually restoring. We also organise an annual international music festival in the town.
Both Nadia and myself were (for too many years) elected local government councillors for a London borough, for the Conservative party which we still both support, sort of. Nadia was Mayor there in 1993-4, almost certainly the first Conservative mayor in the UK to have been a past president of the Slovak Communist Youth Movement. She was awarded the MBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours List, for 'services to the National Health Service and to the community in North London'. She has also been a trustee of the charity 'Action for ME', being herself a sufferer from chronic fatigue syndrome.
I was an early contributor to the Find a Grave web-site. Over 2000 of my photos are still up on the site. I am gradually uploading those which are relevant to the appropriate articles in Wikipedia.
My employment history has included the London Stock Exchange, the textile industry, and management consultancy. I divide my time between researching, writing and lecturing on music and social history , lounging about in Slovakia, and working on development aid projects in the former Soviet Union on behalf of the European Commission and DFID. In 1993-6 I was the first Englishman to live in Kaliningrad since the RAF bombed it to pieces in 1944 (when it was still Koenigsberg). From 1998-2000 I was based in Brussels, Belgium, heading an EU project and travelling throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States. Recent projects have been based in Leningrad Oblast, Georgia and Ukraine. From February 2009 to February 2012 I was based more or less full time in Kiev working on the INOGATE programme. From 2013 to 2015 I worked with the Eastern Partnership Youth Unit in Kiev and completed in March 2015 a project in Azerbaijan. In 2016 I will be doing some work in Uzbekistan.
15 minutes of fame: in 2003 I was a member of the University College London University Challenge team. We got to the quarter-finals, but in the previous round we got the 11th highest score ever made in the programme.
15 minutes of non-entity: in 1992 I won the 'Brain of Enfield' competition.
- About me in the former Soviet Union
- My website, mainly about my thesis - also other stuff about me buried in there
- Music festival 'Indian Summer in Levoca' which I organise each year in Slovakia
- My magnum opus
- Family tree
- My online articles and music reviews for the Social Affairs Unit
- On myself and other David Conways with a brief comment about Wikipedia
|The Barnstar of Diplomatic Exemplitude|
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(Some of the) articles I have created / to which I have made substantial textual contributions
- Charles-Valentin Alkan(GA and FA)
- William Sterndale Bennett (GA and FA)
- John Braham
- Ferrucio Busoni (GA)
- Frédéric Chopin (GA and FA)
- Sir Michael Costa
- Konstantin Eiges
- Family Quarrels
- Carl Friedrich Fasch
- Figaro Gets a Divorce
- Found and Lost
- Girls of the Golden West
- Edvard Grieg
- Fromental Halévy and various articles about his operas.
- Ferdinand Hiller
- Alistair Hinton
- The Importance of Being Earnest (opera)
- József Kossovits
- Dennis Marks (music director)
- Masonic music
- Abraham Mendelssohn Bartholdy
- Fanny Mendelssohn
- Felix Mendelssohn (GA)
- Die Hochzeit des Camacho
- Organ Sonatas, Op. 65 (Mendelssohn)
- The Merchant of Venice (opera)
- Giacomo Meyerbeer (GA)
- Robert le diable (GA)
- Isaac Nathan
- Carl Nielsen (GA and FA)
- Ignaz Moscheles
- German Okunev
- George Onslow (composer)
- George Pinto
- Lorenzo da Ponte
- Ferdinand Praeger
- Carrie Pringle
- August Röckel
- Various operas by Anton Rubinstein
- Henry Russell (musician)
- Eugène Scribe
- Sophie's Choice (opera)
- Sigismond Thalberg
- Alexander Wheelock Thayer
- Giuseppe Verdi (GA)
- Verdi Transcriptions (Finnissy)
- Vedontakal Vrop
- Richard Wagner (GA and FA) and various articles relating to him and his works
- Carl Maria von Weber
- John White (composer)
- Richard Wolfson (musician)
- Erich Zeisl
- Ilja Zeljenka
- Carl Friedrich Zelter
- Die Zerstörung Jerusalems
- Norman Bailey
- John Christie (Glyndebourne)
- Josef Gusikov
- Rita Hunter
- Benjamin Lumley
- Masonic music
- Alberto Remedios
- Louis Désiré Véron
- Hans Jürgen von der Wense
- Romanticism (music section)
- Jan Nepomucen Białobłocki
- Berlin Singakademie
- Die heilige Ente
- In convertendo Dominus (Rameau)
- Horace Brodzky
- Charles Auchester
- Yakov Chernikhov
- Hugh Clegg (industrial relations)
- Barbara Conway (journalist)
- Norman Douglas
- Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg
- Daniel Itzig
- Itzig family
- Anatoli Lvovich Kaplan
- Daniel Mendoza
- Michael Portillo
- Michael Wharton
- List of Peter Simple's characters
- Aragvi River
- Art and Revolution
- Articular church
- Bayreuth Circle
- Brühl (Leipzig)
- Wojciech Grzymała
- Das Judenthum in der Musik
- Jews' College
- Joseph Stalin Museum, Gori
- Mariánska hora
- Jan Matuszyński
- WikiProject National Health Service
- Numerous articles relating to the National Health Service (creation and revision).
- New Synagogue, Žilina
- Enfield Old Park
- OP Riots
- Opera and Drama
- Frank C. Papé
- Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
- Carl Friedrich Rungenhagen
- David Shterenberg
- Slantsy, Leningrad Oblast
- Spišská Kapitula
- Spišský Hrhov and numerous other articles relating to, and including, Spiš
- Turi Remety
- Wandering Jew
- Winchmore Hill
- Tytus Woyciechowski
- Category:Opera managers
- Category:Burials at Isola di San Michele
Sayings of a Jewish Buddha
(From the book ZEN JUDAISM by David M Bader)
If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?
Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?
Drink tea and nourish life; with the first sip, joy; with the second sip, satisfaction; with the third sip, peace; with the fourth, a Danish.
Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another story.
Accept misfortune as a blessing. Do not wish for perfect health, or a life without problems. What would you talk about?
There is no escaping karma. In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never visited. And whose fault was that?
The Tao does not speak. The Tao does not blame. The Tao does not take sides. The Tao has no expectations. The Tao demands nothing of others. The Tao is not Jewish.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems.
Let your mind be as a floating cloud. Let your stillness be as a wooded glen. And sit up straight. You'll never meet the Buddha with such rounded shoulders.
Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers. Each flower blossoms ten thousand times. Each blossom has ten thousand petals. You might want to see a specialist.
Be aware of your body. Be aware of your perceptions. Keep in mind that not every physical sensation is a symptom of a terminal illness.