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  • Christophe Coin: Italians in London

    THIS THU 23 Nov

    Christophe Coin: Italians in London

    Christophe Coin, soprano Ruby Hughes and pianist Maggie Cole provide a rare glimpse into London’s chamber music life in the 18th and 19th centuries...
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  • Raphael Wallfisch: Albion

    3 Dec

    Raphael Wallfisch: Albion

    Raphael Wallfisch and the Orchestra of the Swan perform British music including works by Elgar, Britten, Imogen Holst and more...
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  • Pieter Wispelwey: Bach Through Time

    8 Dec

    Pieter Wispelwey: Bach Through Time

    In the third and final concert of Bach Through Time, Pieter Wispelwey plays the serene first suite in G major...
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  • Laura van der Heijden: Schumann’s Concerto

    15 Dec

    Laura van der Heijden: Schumann’s Concerto

    Captivating young cellist Laura van der Heijden joins the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for Schumann, Elgar, Dvořák and more...
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  • Oliver Coates: Le temps de Noël

    16 Dec

    Oliver Coates: Le temps de Noël

    Oliver Coates is joined by multi-award-winning choir Tenebrae for a seasonal sequence of French and English music...
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The ninth edition of our now award-winning Unwrapped series features more than 30 great cellists, from legendary masters Christophe Coin, Pieter Wispelwey, Raphael Wallfisch, Antonio Meneses and Christoph Richter, exciting talents like Gautier Capuçon, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alban Gerhardt and Leonard Elschenbroich, ‘alternative’ cellists Zoe Keating, Ernst Reijseger and Maya Beiser, to our youngest artist, winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Cello Unwrapped takes us on a journey from the instrument’s earliest beginnings through the prism of Bach’s mind, the dazzling concerti of Vivaldi, Boccherini, CPE Bach and Haydn to its Romantic heartland and into the ground-breaking, visionary works of the 20th and 21st century. But that’s only one stream of the cello’s story: we present the instrument in new and unusual contexts, with world-class singers, with choirs – and cello choir – with Indian musicians, tango band, folk duo, jazz ensemble, Spanish guitar, in its continuo role, with electronics, prepared piano, multi-tracked, improvised, distorted, amplified, cello in ways you’ve never heard it before.

The exceptional creativity of our cellists has inspired so much of this series, we hope you’ll follow them, to the New York loft of Arthur Russell’s Tower of Meaning, presented by Oliver Coates and the London Contemporary Orchestra, to Nicolas Altstaedt’s new work with Hauschka, Lost, from the tour de force that is Kodály’s Sonata to Messiaens ecstatic meditation, from solo Bach to the soulful blues of Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

‘The more I hear in [Hall Ones] adaptable surroundings, the more I’m inclined to think it may be London’s best classical venue. Which is good, given how many delectable programmes lie ahead in Cello Unwrapped’s year-long box of unearthly delights.’ ★★★★★ David Nice, The Arts Desk

‘The acoustics of Hall One at Kings Place – among the best of any London concert hall – are particularly sympathetic to the cello. The year-long extravaganza, Cello Unwrapped, curated by Helen Wallace, takes place therefore in the ideal venue.’ Barry Millington, ★★★★ Evening Standard

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Christophe Coin with Ruby Hughes & Maggie Cole: Italians in London

Thursday, 23 November 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Christophe Coin returns with Maggie Cole for a colourful programme of Baroque Italian sonatas. Soprano Ruby Hughes joins them for Piatti’s exquisite songs with cello. A rare glimpse into London’s chamber music life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Oliver Coates with Tenebrae: Le temps de Noël

Saturday, 16 December 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Multi-award-winning Tenebrae, renowned for the passion and precision of their performances, join cellist Oliver Coates for a seasonal sequence of French and English music.

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