Note that as of 16th March the UK government has issued new guidelines advising against all unnecessary travel or social contact. This will probably mean that most of the physical events displayed below will be cancelled.

Instead I'll start off with some virtual events/resources to keep you amused during lockdown:

Tom Carradine’s Self-Isolation Singalong
Every Thursday

Master of the Cockney singalong Tom Carradine brings his infamous knees-ups to cyberspace. So gather around the e-Joanna and commence caterwauling.

The Candlelight Club on Soundcloud
Live recordings made of some of the bands who play at the Candlelight Club (currently some 253 tracks available to stream for free). The Candlelight Club itself (www.thecandlelightclub.com) will presumably be on hold while public gatherings are verboten so this is the next best thing for now.

The Arkham Hillbilly
Fans of H.P. Lovecraft, the 1920s horror writer and creator of the Cthulhu mythos, will be delighted to learn that the Club’s own Darcy Sullivan has been spending these long weeks of self-isolation in the guise of country singer the Arkham Hillbilly, the man who brought you the ‘Miskatonic Blues’, ‘Jamboree at Innsmouth’ and ‘Doggone It, Dagon’. On this Facebook page you can see all his videos, where he sings down-home songs of the uncanny and the eldritch, as well as offering some good, old-fashioned advice about self-isolation itself. Sponsored by Gibbous Moonshine™—the only liquor made in Arkham in a well. That sometimes glows at night.
If you’re not on Facebook, check out his YouTube playlist.

Jack Calloway on the wireless
Every Sunday
10am, 2pm, 6pm and 10pm

Band leader Jack Calloway hosts his regular show on this internet radio station that plays dance music from 1925 to 1945. Jack’s show focuses on music from the 1930s. (And you can hear one of Jack’s own performances on the Candlelight Club Soundcloud page below.)

Sugarpush Vintage Dance
A range of dates
Start times vary

Dancer, dance teacher and DJ Holly France (a regular at the Candlelight Club) ported her solo jazz and Charleston lessons online via Zoom, but she now seems to be doing live classes again outdoors in parks and playgrounds, plus indoor sessions with socially distanced couples from the same bubble/household.. See the Facebook group above or www.sugarpushvintagedance.com.

Ewan Bleach's Sunday Serenade
Every Sunday

Ewan Bleach plays and sings two hours of old style jazz songs on piano, clarinet and saxophones every Sunday night, webcast live from Jamboree. Do feel free to partake in the live message thread that’ll run underneath the live stream link. Donations are appreciated via paypal.me/ewanbleach or you can buy Ewan’s music from www.ewanbleach.com/music.

Online Dance Classes with Swing Patrol
Throughout the month
See schedule at https://swingpatrollondon.dancecloud.com

A variety of online classes, including Charleston, Lindy Hop, solo jazz and even Swing Dance Cardio. You buy a ticket through the website and in return they send you a private YouTube link.

Rhythm & Book
Every Wednesday
Online: see www.hotjazzrag.com

Swing enthusiast Nicki Santilli runs this weekly schedule of Zoom talks by various guest speakers on aspects of music, dance, fashion and art from the first half of the 20th century.

In Air and Fire
Until 12 September 2021 (extended from 28th March)
Royal Air Force Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL
Admission: Free, but prebooking required

A collection of work exploring artists’ responses to the Battle of Britain and the Blitz (July 1940–May 1941) as they depicted evolving machinery, communications and urban landscapes, shaped by what was an unprecedented "war in the air". As sky battles unfolded across the South and East of England in the summer of 1940, followed by cities’ bombardment in proceeding months, artists produced a pictorial record of the war, many of their works commissioned and purchased by Sir Kenneth Clark’s War Artists’ Advisory Committee (WAAC).  The exhibition features works by Official War Artists, including Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Carel Weight, Anthony Gross, Richard Eurich and Eric Kennington, but also extends beyond the prominent male members of the British School, championed by Clark, to reflect the full range of war artists’ contributions. It seeks to bring together the stories and perspectives of artists from diverse backgrounds, highlighting the best of collection works from the period. Visitors can view over sixty works of art, several of which will be on display for the first time as part of this exhibition. See rafmuseum.org.uk/london for more details.

Noël Coward: Art & Style
Until Sunday 16th May (currently Fridays to Sundays only)
Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE
Admission: Free, but booking required as numbers are being limited

'Noël Coward: Art & Style' celebrates the dazzling visual side of Coward’s life and work by taking a fresh and vibrant look at the glittering world that Coward created. Bringing together never-before-seen materials from the Coward Archive, the exhibition demonstrates vividly the enormous impact that he and his creative circle had on the fashion and culture of his time, and how his legacy and influence still resonate today. The world première of this new exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Noël Coward’s West End debut as a 19-year-old playwright.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 2nd December
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Admission: Free

In the latest of our online lectures, Baron Solf will delve into his family history for a talk on Wilhelm Solf and the Frau Solf Tea Party, "How one family went from the German diplomatic service to causing the downfall of the 'Abwehr', via a small tea party."

The lecture will begin at 8pm, delivered by Zoom. As usual the Zoom meeting will begin from 7pm for general socialising and carry on after the talk.

Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 833 7066 8060
Passcode: 871233
Direct link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83370668060?pwd=

There is also a Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/389727099049132 which might be useful to keep an eye on if we have technical problems and need to change the plan or create a new URL.

Rhythm and Book: A Marvellous Party
Wednesday 9th December
Online via Zoom
Admission: Free but with an optional donation of £6

We're skipping a quiz on Wednesday 9th, so that Members can alternatively patronise this event, run by jazz dance instructor Nikki Santilli. Each week she hosts a Zoom session connected with the dance, music, art and fashion of the early 20th century, with a guest speaker. This time the speaker is actor and NSC Member Callum Coates, who will transport us to the brightest and most decadent parties of the 1920s and 1930s through the novels and poems of the time. Dress up, mix a cocktail and join the party! The event is ticketed—email nikki@hotjazzrag.com for tickets and she'll send you the Zoom link—but if you go to hotjazzrag.com there is an option to donate £6 to help pay the speaker. There is a Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/2741661709437721.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 13th December
On Instagram at @clerkenwellvint
Admission: Free
Normally a physical fair full of stallholders in a civic hall, for the third month this event will go online via Instagram. The organisers explain: “Check out our instagram grid the day before our fair. There will be a post for each of our traders. Scroll through the posts to see if there is anything you like. Click through our posts to the trader’s own instagram page and stories to view more items for sale and comment to purchase. All purchases are between the seller and buyer.”

sfd NSC Christmas Quiz Night
Wednesday 16th December
Online via Zoom
Admission: Free

Our virtual pub quizzes continue, held via Zoom meeting and hosted by a different Club Member each time—this time it's James Rigby and Mrs Morley, offering up a special Yuletide edition for the last quiz before Christmas. You'll need the (free) Zoom app installed, which should launch automatically when you click on the meeting's weblink. (You can go directly via Zoom: the meeting ID is 839 4672 5405 and the passcode is 037882.) The meeting starts about 15 minutes early to allow people to register their teams if they haven't already done so. The quiz usually has six rounds with an interval, and each team can play their joker on one round in advance, which doubles the points they receive for that round.

NSC Christmas Moot
Friday 18th December
Online via Zoom
Admission: Free

Traditionally the Club meets on the last Friday before Christmas for the consumption of ale—for many years it was at the Dover Castle pub, until they closed it down (reports that they did this specifically to stop us coming are unfounded). Since then we have moved our allegiance to the Rising Sun on Cloth Fair. However, the Covid-19 rules will prevent us from meeting up in person, so we are going to have an online Yuletide booze-up instead. More details to come but this is the Zoom link (meeting ID 878 8758 3854 and passcode 260311).

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 6th January
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Luca Jellinek will be posing the pugnacious question, What’s so great about Art Deco? Will he? I've been saying this almost monthly since April, but eventually it will be true…

Sheridan Children's Weekend at the Beach
Friday 14th–Sunday 16th May
Shear Barn, Barley Lane, Hastings TN35 5DX
Admission: see www.shearbarn.com

Now a regular fixture in the Sheridan calendar: bring your tweed-clad children for a weekend by the seaside, enjoying British weather, ice cream, playing on Hastings Sands, flying kites, sea bathing, riding the cliff train, exploring Hastings Castle, etc. Please book your tent/caravan pitch or holiday cabin directly (see www.shearbarn.com). Dogs welcome.