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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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Hall One

London Sinfonietta & Contemporary Music for All

Friday, 4 March 2016 - 7:30pm /

Join us for the start of a nationwide weekend of celebration featuring five ensembles, as the London Sinfonietta partners with CoMA to perform some of the organisation’s most iconic creations, and premieres a new commission by Hannah Kendall.

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St Pancras Room

Rehearsal – Dark Sun: Stephen Montague

Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 8:30am /

Rehearse this iconic threnody for the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the course of the day and perform it as the finale of the event in the dramatic setting of Levels -I and -2 of the Atrium at Kings Place.

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St Pancras Room

Conference Opening Session: Tom Service, Judith Weir and Sound and Music

Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 10:00am /

Be part of a national discussion on how a more joined-up, participative-based approach to practice could more effectively promote contemporary music to become a vital part of people’s lives.

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Concert Level (-2)

Partsong Premieres

Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 10:40am /

At intervals throughout the day CoMA Singers present new and varied part-songs in the loosest sense. Works include the premiere of CoMA commission Lohengrin, Stephen Chase’s exploration of how syllables can take on an unexpected life of their own with double choir.

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Wenlock Room

Workshop – Writing Open Score: Philip Cashian

Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 11:00am /

Philip Cashian talks about the challenges and rewards of writing for open score ensembles. The numerous and exciting possibilities of flexibly notated music and the relationship it creates between composer and performer will also be discussed.

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Hall Two

Workshop – Meadow with James Weeks

Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 11:00am /

Become part of a giant live installation and populate the public spaces of Kings Place with a pop-up musical wildflower meadow (bees included).

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Horsfall Room

Workshop – Troubairitz with Tansy Davies, Sarah Leonard & Chris Brannick

Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 11:00am /

Come and explore with us the subtle rhythms, the vocal gestures, including the Monteverdi trill, and the evocative sounds that make up the seven movements of Tansy Davies' extraordinarily emotive piece Troubairitz.

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Gallery Level (-1)

Meadow: James Weeks

Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 11:55am /

Pop-up musical wildflower meadows devised by James Weeks for the occasion, offering colourful, variegated, dense humming weaves of vocal and instrumental sound.

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Concert Level (-2)

Berlin Unframed

Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 12:10pm /

Open Score works composed in response to visual images, performed by CoMA ensembles from London, Maastricht and Sussex and Berlin’s KNM Campus ensemble. With projected Images.

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Hall Two

Workshop – Open Score Composers with Gregory Rose

Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 12:30pm /

Open Score works selected from a 'Call for Pieces' will be performed by the CoMA London Ensemble and commented on by composers Stephen Montague, Phil Cashian and Judith Weir, followed by a general discussion chaired by Tom Service.

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