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  • Music of the French Baroque

    24–26 Nov

    Music of the French Baroque

    Rachel Podger, Jonathan Manson, Eamonn Dougan, Edward Higginbottom and more explore the musical opulence of the grand siècle of the French Baroque...
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  • Concerto Italiano: Hidden Gems – Trio Sonatas

    9 Dec

    Concerto Italiano: Hidden Gems – Trio Sonatas

    Concerto Italiano, directed by Rinaldo Alessandrini, bring to vibrant life trio sonatas by Merula, Uccellini, Porpora, Handel, Corelli and Vivaldi...
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  • Mahan Esfahani & Avi Avital

    15 Dec

    Mahan Esfahani & Avi Avital

    The Iranian harpsichord virtuoso and Israeli mandolinist join forces to explore duo transcriptions by Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Bach & Couperin...
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  • Noël: A Christmas Celebration with Orchestra & Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

    19 Dec

    Noël: A Christmas Celebration with Orchestra & Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

    Kings Place’s Artistic Associate wraps up their involvement in Baroque Unwrapped with a seasonal programme of early German Baroque repertoire...
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  • Dunedin Consort – Handel’s Messiah

    20 Dec

    Dunedin Consort – Handel’s Messiah

    Come and hear the most famous oratorio of all times from celebrated Scottish baroque ensemble, Dunedin Consort, under the direction of the eminent John Butt...
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In Baroque Unwrapped, the eighth edition of our year-long series, we explore a period of seismic change and creativity in European music. A surge in travel led to a potent cross-fertilisation of musical styles, resulting in some of the greatest music ever written, the birth of opera, the rise of the virtuoso soloist, the apotheosis of court music, the first public concerts and the beginning of the symphony orchestra.

We put this fascinating period of high drama, extravagance and excess into context with concerts from the post-Renaissance period, right through Baroque masterpieces from Purcell, Rameau, Bach, Monteverdi and Vivaldi, to Bolivian greats and the works of female composers. As ever, we embrace composers who drew inspiration from our theme, from Mozart and Mendelssohn, to jazz improvisers, Metallica and Muse.

Enjoy over 50 concerts, talks and study days with a stellar line-up, featuring the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Italiano, Avison and Feinstein Ensembles, Choir of King’s College, The Sixteen, Rachel Podger, Richard Tunnicliffe, Mahan Esfahani, David Hansen, Dame Emma Kirkby and many more.

Listen to our Baroque Unwrapped Spotify playlist to get you in the mood.

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Come and Sing – Bach Magnificat and other seasonal works

Saturday, 10 December 2016 - 2:00pm / Hall Two

As an upbeat to tonight’s concert we will be working on JS Bach’s great ‘Magnificat’, one of the composers most popular and exuberant choral works – a fitting and joyful celebration for the Christmas season. Plus works by Gabrieli, Mendelssohn, Handel and John Gardner.

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Oxford Baroque – Bach’s Christmas Vespers

Saturday, 10 December 2016 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Oxford Baroque present a unique, historically informed performance of JS Bach’s festive Magnificat, in its earlier E-flat version. The programme also features a magnificent cantata by Johann Kuhnau, Bach’s predecessor in Leipzig, formerly mistakenly attributed to Bach as Cantata 142.

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Mahan Esfahani & Avi Avital: Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Bach & Couperin

Thursday, 15 December 2016 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani and mandolinist Avi Avital join forces to explore music written for each instrument and duo transcriptions from the Baroque repertoire which interests them both.

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Noël: A Christmas Celebration with Orchestra & Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Monday, 19 December 2016 - 7:30pm / Hall One

A programme that focuses on the early German Baroque repertoire, featuring selection of works by JS Bach’s predecessors, most notably Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz alongside some of the unfairly underrated composers, who represent the flowering of the new Northern European style as a result of the Protestant Reformation.

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SOLD OUT – Dunedin Consort: Handel’s Messiah

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Come and hear the most famous oratorio of all times from celebrated Scottish baroque ensemble, Dunedin Consort with its soloist-led singers and period instrumentalists, under the direction of the eminent John Butt.

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