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Contemporary at Kings Place

Contemporary at Kings Place covers a broad spectrum featuring a mix of concerts showcasing artists and repertoire from across contemporary classical, avant-garde, experimental, electronic, electro-acoustic and audio visual styles. In 2015, the programme is particularly focused on Minimalism Unwrapped. Some recent programme highlights include The Labèque Sisters performing Glass, Moondog and UBUNOIR, a Wayne McGregor curation with a score by Leafcutter John & Max Baillie, projects with Cryptic and The Wire, as well as performances from The Smith Quartet, The Duke Quartet, Herman Kolgen (Alpha-Ville), Pekka Kuusisto, Scanner, Francesco Tristano, Murcof, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Lore Lixenberg, Manu Delago, Jamie Bissmire and Leon Michener, Gabriel Prokofiev and Nonclassical, John Metcalfe, Oliver Coates, Juice Vocal Ensemble, CHROMA ensemble, Mikhail Karikis and Bruce Brubaker.

‘An exceptional series of contemporary music concerts.’ Musical Pointers

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New Words, New Voices – Haiku Salut

Saturday, 11 June 2016 - 5:15pm /

Haiku Salut are an instrumental dream-pop-post-folk-neo-everything trio from the Derbyshire Dales. Between them, they play accordion, piano, glockenspiel, trumpet, guitar, ukulele, drums, and melodica, plus electronic ‘loopery and laptopery’.

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The Poetry of Punk: Tenderness and Rage

Saturday, 11 June 2016 - 8:00pm /

The festival finale, hosted by Steve Lamacq. Join The Adverts’ TV Smith, Pauline Murray of Penetration and Crass’ Penny Rimbaud to explore Punk’s lyrical heart.

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Fretwork at Thirty

Friday, 24 June 2016 - 7:30pm /

Fretwork have transformed our notion of what a consort of viols is and what it can do. This event will be a fun celebration and expect the unexpected from this innovative group.

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Course: Acoustic Fingerstyle with Antonio Forcione & Will McNicol

Thursday, 21 July 2016 - Friday, 22 July 2016 /

Aided by award-winning British acoustic guitarist Will McNicol, Antonio Forcione will use a selection of his own compositions to demonstrate techniques including right-hand tapping, body percussion and harmonics.

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Day Pass: Acoustic Fingerstyle with Antonio Forcione & Will McNicol

Thursday, 21 July 2016 - Friday, 22 July 2016 /

Only wish to attend for one of the four days? Book a Day Pass! Antonio Forcione & Will McNicol will demonstrate techniques including right-hand tapping, body percussion and harmonics.

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Course: Acoustic for Beginners with Justin Sandercoe

Friday, 22 July 2016 - 2:00pm /

This afternoon workshop will be broken into three sections: you’ll learn cool chord extensions you can easily incorporate into your open position chord playing, ‘Picked Fingerstyle’ and tools to help you make the most of your practice time!

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Antonio Forcione + support from Will McNicol

Friday, 22 July 2016 - 7:30pm /

Antonio Forcione has been hailed as one of the most charismatic, unconventional guitarists at large in the musical world today. Support comes from young guitarist Will McNicol, whose performances have been described as ‘beautifully flawless’.

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IGF Guitar Summit Guitar Orchestra

Sunday, 24 July 2016 - 3:00pm /

A chance for the students on the classical course to demonstrate everything they’ve learnt over the course of the week working with some of the most prestigious guitarists in the classical world.

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Celebrating Menuhin

Thursday, 8 September 2016 - 7:00pm /

A special evening of music in Yehudi Menuhin’s centenary year featuring an all-star line up, including a Junior prizewinner of the Menuhin Competition London 2016, to celebrate the glorious diversity of Lord Menuhin’s extraordinary legacy.

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Lyrix Organix: UnFold

Friday, 9 September 2016 - 8:45pm /

‘Lyrix Organix: Unfold’ evolves and returns to Kings Place Festival for the unveiling of its freshest talent. Immerse yourself in a 360-degree live experience of spoken word, influenced by hip hop and contemporary classical. These are the voices of our future.

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