Our purpose

The Hellenic Centre offers a rich programme of lectures, exhibitions, concerts, social events, and Greek language courses to promote awareness of Hellenic culture and nurture UK relations with the Hellenic world.

22 Nov

Byron, Greece, and European Musical Conversation

European influences on Greek music of the late 19th and early 20th century and Byron’s affiliation with Greece during the Revolution, revealed through selected violin and piano works and Byron’s poetry. The event will be introduced by Professor Roderick Beaton. Oliver Nelson (violin) and Vasilis Rakitzis (piano) will play works by Samaras, Beethoven, Varvoglis, and Franck. Organised by the Hellenic Centre and Supported by Dr S. Retsas in memory of the late Dr Diana G Rees (Retsas)


The Hellenic Centre is a central London venue with a variety of meeting rooms and event spaces available to hire all year round.  It offers smaller rooms for meetings, larger spaces for conferences and training workshops and the  Great Hall for larger gatherings such as fashions shows, weddings, product launches and bespoke corporate events.

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Greek courses for all levels, from Alpha to Omega

We run Greek language courses for groups and individuals; we hold conversation classes and help prepare for the C1 & C2 Certificate of Attainment in Greek.


The following courses are fully booked:
Beginners 1 on Tuesdays 6.30-8pm
Beginners 1 on Thursdays 12.30-2pm
Beginners 1 on Thursdays 6.30-8pm
Fast Track Beginners 1+2 on Tuesday and Thursdays 6.30-8pm
Beginners 2 on Wednesdays 6.30-8pm
Beginners 3 on Mondays 6.30-8pm
Intermediate 1 on Mondays 6.30-8pm

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Key registration dates

The Autumn Term will start on Monday 30 September.
Registration for the Autumn Term has now closed.

There is limited availability for some of our courses. Registration for available courses will take place first week of term, 30 September to 4 October.
To find out about available places and to register please call us on 020 7563 9831 between 30 September and 4 October at the following times: 11.30am-2.30pm and 3.30pm-5.30pm.

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Once your place on a course is confirmed, you can get all course books directly from the Hellenic Centre office.

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Members receive discounts on Greek language courses and paid events and invitations to private views and other events. Individual membership costs £50. more about membership


22 Nov 2019 Fri

Byron, Greece, and European Musical Conversation

This unusual programme will highlight the influence of wider European culture on Greek creation after the Revolution and Byron’s links to Greece, illustrated by images of some of the places he visited and extracts from his poems. Selected violin and piano works will reveal some of the musical links and the places and people that were important for Byron.

The event will be introduced by Professor Roderick Beaton. Oliver Nelson (violin) and Vasilis Rakitzis (piano) will play works by Samaras, Beethoven, Varvoglis, and Franck.

Organised by the Hellenic Centre and Supported by Dr S. Retsas in memory of the late Dr Diana G Rees (Retsas)


Oliver Nelson : Violin

Oliver Nelson was born in Glasgow and began learning the violin at the age of six. He gained scholarships to both Canford School and the Royal Academy of Music. During his time at the Academy, Oliver studied the violin with Xue-Wei and conducting with Colin Metters, graduating with distinction in both the Fellowship diploma and his MMus degree. His achievements include winning the Academy Concerto Competition, appearing as leader and soloist with the Academy String Orchestra and the building of his concerto repertoire with numerous British orchestras. Oliver has since been in high demand as a recitalist with some of Britain’s finest pianists, including Andrew Ball, Julian Jacobson, Béla Hartman, Nigel Hutchison, Richard Ormrod and Vasileios Rakitzis with recent performances ranging from St. Martin-in-the-Fields to St. James’s Piccadilly in London. Oliver is also a busy chamber musician, both as an artist in ‘cellist Jamie Walton’s North York Moors Chamber Music Festival and as a member of Trio Damira with Hartman and Mischa Lezdkan.

Oliver has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout this country and abroad including performances of Brahms Double Concerto with Rebecca Gilliver in Dorset, the Tchaikovsky Concerto in Adelaide, Australia, and Mozart Concerto No.3 with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra in the palace of the Sultan of Oman.

Oliver’s violin playing features in film, as solo violinist in Bruce Webb’s Rare Books and Manuscripts and Francois Girard’s The Song of Names. In the latter, he collaborated with Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore, Clive Owen and Jonah-Hauer-King.

Vasilis Rakitzis: Piano

Vasilis Rakitzis is a Doctor of Musical Arts from City University London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Conservatories of Athens and Amsterdam. A pupil of Popi and Maria Efstratiadis, Martin Roscoe, Naum Grubert, and Caroline Palmer, he also participated in masterclasses with Paul Badura-Skoda, Boris Berman, Martino Tirimo, and Leonidas Kavakos.

Vasilis regularly appears in piano recitals and chamber music concerts in Greece and England, and he has also performed in the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. As a concerto soloist he has performed with the State Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki, the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Greece, and the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Athens. Vasilis was a prizewinner in national and international competitions, and he was awarded the prestigious ‘Eleni Tim. Mykoniou’ prize by the Academy of Athens. He currently resides in London and also teaches piano at the Hindhead Music Centre, Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, and The Royal School in Haslemere.

Booking Essential

£10, £8 Concessions

HC Members Free

  • 29 Nov 2019 Fri

    Celebrating The Hellenic Centre’s 25th Anniversary

    A two-day event of music and film screenings.

    Day 1: Rosemarie an award winning film will be screened in the afternoon followed by ‘Τhe Artist’ Concert with Iro and ending with screening of the film 1968 (2018) directed by Tassos Boulmetis.

    Free entry for Film screenings

    “The Artist” concert £15 for Non Members, £12 Concessions, HC Members free

    Booking essential

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  • 30 Nov 2019 Sat

    Celebrating The Hellenic Centre’s 25th Anniversary – Day 2

    Day 2: Afternoon film screenings of Notias and 1968 directed by Tassos Boulmetis. Followed by an evening of music and dancing with Katerina Polemi and her band and DJ Avgoustinos.

    Free entry for film screenings

    Katerina Polemi & her Band – Concert HC Members free but RSVP necessary, Tickets £15 for Non Members, £12 Concessions,

    Booking essential

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