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  • Time Unwrapped 2018

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    Time Unwrapped 2018

    What does music have to tell us about Time? The 10th edition of our award-winning series shows how music can stretch, condense, reverse, tangle and suspend time...
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  • In the beginning… The Creation

    6 Jan 2018

    In the beginning… The Creation

    We start our series at the very beginning with the first-ever performance of Haydn’s Creation in Hall One, by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment...
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  • Time Phase – Colin Currie Group

    20 Jan 2018

    Time Phase – Colin Currie Group

    The virtuoso Colin Currie Group, who specialise in performing the music of Steve Reich, present a programme of his early percussive classics...
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  • Hugo Ticciati, artist-in-residence

    21 Jan 2018

    Hugo Ticciati, artist-in-residence

    Violinist Hugo Ticciati, artist-in-residence for Time Unwrapped, explores time in six concerts throughout the year, with special guests including Dame Evelyn Glennie...
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  • Inside a Human Clock – Manu Delago

    17 Feb 2018

    Inside a Human Clock – Manu Delago

    World-renowned hang-player and percussionist Manu Delago has responded to the Time Unwrapped theme with an innovative musical concept: the human clock...
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Time Unwrapped is the tenth edition of Kings Place’s award-winning Unwrapped series.

What does music have to tell us about Time? In Time Unwrapped we show how music can stretch time, condense it, reverse it, organise it, atomise it, tangle with it and suspend it altogether.

Time Unwrapped will give you 50 different experiences of time, whether you’re immersed in Manu Delago’s Human Clock, swept up in Adams’ spiralling loops, the superhuman complexity of Nancarrow’s canons, the suspensions of Morton Feldman and Mozart, Satie and Pärt, the heavenly lengths of late Schubert or the eternal time of the Downside Abbey monks’ divine offices...

We begin at the beginning with Haydn’s Creation, and end with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and a New Year’s Countdown from Aurora Orchestra. Along the way we visit the seasons – of Buenos Aires and India – dynastic folk traditions with Martin & Eliza Carthy, Handel’s Triumph of Time & Truth and Grisey’s Vortex temporum. Discover how Einstein’s relative time had its correlatives in musical developments, witness how Monteverdi turned ‘old’ music into new and re-hear a concert with an instant remix.

With Hugo Ticciati as artist-in-residence, the series features Aurora Orchestra, Yulianna Avdeeva, William Basinski, Alasdair Beatson, Brodsky Quartet, Carducci Quartet, Chiaroscuro Quartet, Colin Currie Group, Imogen Cooper, Crick Crack Club, Iestyn Davies, Explore Ensemble, Feinstein Ensemble, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Thomas Gould, Icebreaker, Instruments of Time & Truth, London Sinfonietta, Darragh Morgan, Víkingur Ólafsson, Richard Reed Parry, Lawrence Power, Christine Rice, Miyoko Shida, Scottish Ensemble, Mark Simpson, The Sixteen, John Tilbury, ZRI and many more...

‘Music is the sole domain in which man realises the present.’ Igor Stravinsky
‘If architecture magnifies Space, music transfigures Time’ Gérard Grisey

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When Time Began: Creation myths from around the world

Saturday, 6 January 2018 - 11:30am / Hall Two

Performance storytelling with Emily Hennessey, Sheema Mukherjee, Ben Haggarty & Nick Hennessey. If you’re aged 8 to 108 then this is your chance to enter a cinema of the imagination from the moment that time began.

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The Ten Thousand Year Clock and Other Stories with David Rooney

Saturday, 6 January 2018 - 4:00pm / St Pancras Room

David Rooney, Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum, reveals the secrets and stories behind precision time-keeping, which rules so many aspects of the modern world and our lives.

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Music, Spoken Word

Sounding Time: Keynote Lecture by Paul Griffiths

Saturday, 6 January 2018 - 6:15pm / St Pancras Room

Distinguished music writer Paul Griffiths, author of A Concise History of Western Music, tackles the question of music’s relationship with time.

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In the beginning… The Creation

Saturday, 6 January 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

We start our Time Unwrapped series at the very beginning with the first-ever performance of Haydn’s Creation in Hall One. Ádám Fischer, co-founder of the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, leads the OAE, the Choir of the Enlightenment and a trio of Rising Star soloists.

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On Time Out of Time – William Basinski

Sunday, 7 January 2018 - 8:00pm / Hall One

Master of the drone William Basinski, best known for his ‘Disintegration Loops’, comes to Kings Place with a brand-new project on the subject of Time.

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Music, Spoken Word

Memento – Poet in the City and Aurora Orchestra

Friday, 12 January 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Kings Place residents Aurora Orchestra and Poet in the City host what promises to be an illuminating encounter between pioneers in art and science.

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Music

Reincarnations – The Sixteen

Saturday, 13 January 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen create a chamber of echoes in this fascinating sequence on ‘time past’: Monteverdi’s music is linked to the earlier polyphonic tradition that so influenced him, and is here interleaved with the Dante-inspired poetry of Seamus Heaney.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Time and Vision

Sunday, 14 January 2018 - 11:30am / Hall One

The music: To mark the New Year, a cantata Bach wrote for New Year’s Day, notable for its unusual instruments, including timpani and three horns. The science: Joining us is experimental physicist Helen Gleeson, who produced the first graphene-based liquid crystal device.

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The Ragging of Time

Friday, 19 January 2018 - 8:00pm / Hall Two

The Ragging of Time celebrates 100 years of jazz history in a dizzying musical kaleidoscope that spirals from New Orleans to contemporary free jazz, taking in everything that lies between. Simon Fell presents a new quintet version of this dazzling jazz panorama.

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Time Phase – Colin Currie Group

Saturday, 20 January 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

In the music of Steve Reich change is a perceptible process, sounding out over long and short spans, simultaneously fast and slow. The virtuoso Colin Currie Group, who specialise in performing the music of Reich, present a programme of early percussive classics.

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Portrait – Hugo Ticciati & Friends

Sunday, 21 January 2018 - 6:30pm / Hall One

Violinist Hugo Ticciati, artist-in-residence for Time Unwrapped, explores time from multiple perspectives in this French-inflected portrait recital.

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Let There Be Light – Katya Apekisheva & Charles Owen

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 - 8:00pm / Hall One

Acclaimed duo Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen, Directors of the London Piano Festival, preface Messiaen’s monumental Visions de l’Amen with the poignant duet arrangements of Bach chorale preludes György Kurtág wrote for himself and his wife, Márta.

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Tuning In – Stimmung

Friday, 9 February 2018 - 8:00pm / Hall One

We welcome Theatre of Voices to Kings Place for this 50th-anniversary performance of Stockhausen’s revolutionary vocal work.

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Inheritance: Bach and Chopin

Friday, 16 February 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Rising Russian star Yulianna Avdeeva illuminates the deep spiritual connection between Chopin and JS Bach.

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Inside a Human Clock – Manu Delago & Friends

Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 6:00pm / Hall Two

World-renowned hang-player and percussionist Manu Delago has responded to the Time Unwrapped theme with an innovative musical concept: the human clock.

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Music

UNPLUGGED – Manu Delago & Friends

Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 7:45pm / Hall One

Composer and percussionist, Manu Delago has created a new chamber orchestra with special guest vocalists to perform new arrangements of his recent albums Silver Kobalt and Metromonk.

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Prophecy – Scottish Ensemble with Christine Rice and Matthew Truscott

Friday, 23 February 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Leading mezzo-soprano Christine Rice joins Scottish Ensemble in a programme inspired by Greek stories of destiny.

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Time-Line – Thomas Gould

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 8:00pm / Hall Two

Thom Gould explores music for strings, electronics and tape, in which past and present are brought into riveting focus, culminating in Different Trains.

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Alternate Time Flows – Dame Evelyn Glennie & O/Modernt Quartet

Friday, 2 March 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Dame Evelyn Glennie joins Hugo Ticciati’s O/Modernt Quartet for a programme that explodes, condenses and stretches time.

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Chris Wood + Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Friday, 16 March 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Award-winning singer and writer Chris Wood matches detailed stories of everyday life with reflections on politics, society and history. Jimmy and Sid come from a new generation of storytelling writers, with a repertoire spanning traditional and self-penned songs of the times.

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Generations – Martin & Eliza Carthy + Tim & Rhona Dalling

Saturday, 17 March 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

A concert series exploring the concept of Time through traditional and contemporary folk music: from hard times to the turning of the year through seasonal customs via music passed down through the ages. With Martin and Eliza Carthy, Tim and Rhona Dalling.

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A Touch On The Times – Roy Bailey, Peggy Seeger, Ewan McLennan + Grace Petrie

Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

These four exceptional singers come together to share their unique takes on how traditional and contemporary song reflects on the times, past and present. They each perform and/or write songs of social change, offering a view of social history through the filter of song.

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Turning Points: Space-Time – London Sinfonietta

Saturday, 24 March 2018 - 7:00pm / Hall One

The early part of the 20th century was epitomised by drastic reinvention and new ways of thinking. Albert Einstein’s ‘thought experiments’ led to a completely new model of the space-time continuum – the implications of which are still being understood and proved today.

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Chaplin in the Jazz Age – ZRI

Sunday, 8 April 2018 - 4:00pm / Hall Two

Following their acclaimed Brahms and Schubert Quintet projects, Viennese tavern band ZRI present a live re-scoring of their favourite scenes from Charlie Chaplin’s early classics.

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JS Bach: The Late Concertos

Friday, 13 April 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Three triple concertos: the monumental Concerto in A minor for harpsichord, flute, violin and strings, the Concerto in F for harpsichord, two recorders and strings, Bach’s fascinating transformation of the Fourth Brandenburg Concerto, and the spectacular but seldom heard Triple Violin Concerto in D.

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Douglas Adams: Bach The Time Traveller

Friday, 13 April 2018 - 10:00pm / Hall One

The great writer and humanist Douglas Adams spoke often of his obsession with Bach. Geoffrey McGivern, the voice of Ford Prefect in the legendary radio series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, reads from his books and introduces some of his favourite pieces.

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Two Centuries of Bach

Saturday, 14 April 2018 - 2:00pm / Hall One

Mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson joins The Feinstein Ensemble to give her acclaimed readings of JC Bach’s ‘Ach, dass ich Wassers gnug hätte’ and JS Bach’s own great alto cantata ‘Widerstehe doch der Sünde’.

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Spoken Word

The Brandenburg Concertos: Study Session

Saturday, 14 April 2018 - 4:00pm / St Pancras Room

Performer and musicologist, Professor Timothy Jones of the Royal Academy of Music, will discuss the groundbreaking significance of Bach’s extraordinary collection of concertos.

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JS Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos

Saturday, 14 April 2018 - 6:00pm / Hall One

The six Brandenburg Concertos represent the high point of Bach’s secular writing. ‘I’m convinced that Bach is the greatest genius who ever walked among us, and the Brandenburgs are what he wrote when he was happy.’ Douglas Adams

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Homage to ‘Switched-On Bach’ – Bach performed live on multiple synthesisers

Saturday, 14 April 2018 - 9:15pm / Hall One

In 1968, Wendy Carlos introduced an entirely new concept to the world: Bach performed on an analogue synthesiser. For the first time here in this performance, his music can be heard played completely live on multiple Moog synthesisers by a group of keyboard virtuosos.

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Three Epochs of Bach

Sunday, 15 April 2018 - 11:30am / Hall One

The Feinstein Ensemble introduce and perform three decades of JS Bach’s instrumental masterpieces, including his earliest surviving chamber work: the Fugue for violin and continuo in G minor.

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JS Bach: The Italian Concerto

Sunday, 15 April 2018 - 4:00pm / Hall Two

Conductor and harpsichord virtuoso Steven Devine introduces and performs the glittering Italian Concerto alongside Bach’s wonderful Vivaldi arrangements.

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JS Bach: Transfiguration

Sunday, 15 April 2018 - 6:30pm / Hall One

Bach’s instrumentations evolved over the decades: modified by his own voracious search for new colours as well as his skilful assimilation of the latest advances in instrument building. The three great cantatas in tonight’s programme demonstrate this metamorphosis perfectly.

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In Search of Lost Time – Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

In this programme, violinist Chloë Hanslip and pianist Danny Driver recreate a Proustian salon, featuring Beethoven’s late music, which he so admired, and the inspirational work of contemporaries Fauré, Debussy and Hahn.

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Slow: For John Cage

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 8:00pm / Hall One

In this mesmerising late masterpiece for violin and piano, Morton Feldman pays tribute to his friend John Cage. Darragh Morgan and John Tilbury, renowned for their performances of Feldman, present the work with a newly commissioned video by Julia Bardsley.

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Early and Late – Chiaroscuro Quartet

Sunday, 29 April 2018 - 6:30pm / Hall One

For Beethoven, Bach was ‘the immortal God of harmony’, whose music had an indelible influence on his own. The celebrated Chiaroscuro Quartet open with Bach’s enigmatic trove of four-part writing before leaping into Beethoven’s vivacious early Op. 18 No. 4 Quartet and Schubert’s Rosamunde Quartet.

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Velocity – Icebreaker

Saturday, 5 May 2018 - 8:00pm / Hall One

12-piece band Icebreaker present a sequence of high-octane Minimalist works on the theme of speed.

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Time Stands Still – Hugo Ticciati, Víkingur Ólafsson & Miyoko Shida Rigolo

Friday, 11 May 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Artist-in-residence Hugo Ticciati and Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson are joined by Japanese performer Miyoko Shida Rigolo for an evening of gravity-defying magic.

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Aurora Orchestra: Long, Long Ago – Beethoven and the Dinosaurs

Saturday, 19 May 2018 - 10:30am / Hall Two

Aurora Orchestra invites you to travel back in time 200 million years to the time of the dinosaurs. Dance with the Diplodocus, soar with the Pterodactyl and roar like a Tyrannosaur.

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Four Seasons – Lawrence Power & Collegium

Sunday, 20 May 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Lawrence Power is soloist-director of Collegium, an exciting new group formed from Europe’s finest young musicians. For their Kings Place debut they traverse all four seasons in a journey that takes us from Schubert to Jazz-Age America.

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In Place – Melanie Pappenheim & ensemble

Friday, 15 June 2018 - 8:00pm / Hall One

In Place is an evocative set of songs performed by vocalist Melanie Pappenheim and ensemble with specially created texts from contemporary writers whose work explores a sense of time and place.

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Book of Hours: Exhibition

Saturday, 16 June 2018 - 2:00pm / Limehouse Room

For the first time in their 250-year history, the monks of Downside Abbey in Somerset will sing their divine offices away from the abbey. There will also be an exhibition of important artefacts from the abbey related to its musical heritage.

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Book of Hours: Vocal Workshop

Saturday, 16 June 2018 - 3:00pm / St Pancras Room

Gregorian chant has lain at the heart of church music for centuries. This practical workshop offers a rare opportunity to learn how to read the notation and perform the psalms in free rhythm with Downside Abbey’s own choir master, Father Anselm Brumwell.

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Book of Hours: Pre-Concert Talk – Plainsong and masterpieces of the Renaissance

Saturday, 16 June 2018 - 5:15pm / St Pancras Room

Harry Christophers, director of The Sixteen, and Father Anselm Brumwell of Downside Abbey discuss plainsong and the multifarious ways in which great composers based their masterpieces on these chants.

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Book of Hours: Salve Regina – The Sixteen

Saturday, 16 June 2018 - 7:00pm / Hall One

In this Renaissance sequence, The Sixteen provide a reflection on the services of the Divine Office sung by the monks of Downside during the day.

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Aurora Orchestra with Cédric Tiberghien: From Memory, In Memory

Sunday, 1 July 2018 - 7:00pm / Hall One

The only orchestra in the world to perform whole symphonies from memory, Aurora Orchestra brings this unique and thrilling artistic style to Kings Place for the first time. Cédric Tiberghien returns as soloist with the orchestra for Mozart’s dazzling Piano Concerto in C Major.

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Macro/Micro I – Carducci Quartet

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

In this three-part series, the Carducci Quartet interleave two of Bartók’s set of six quartets with a jewel-like miniature by Bartók’s living compatriot, György Kurtág.

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Looping Time – Hugo Ticciati & O/Modernt

Friday, 21 September 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Artist-in-residence Hugo Ticciati returns with his Swedish O/Modernt Orchestra for a Minimalist programme focused on spiralling repetitions.

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CoMA workshop: Playing the Pulse

Sunday, 23 September 2018 - 11:00am / Hall Two

An opportunity for players of all ages to play some of CoMA’s wide-ranging repertoire, including Andrew Poppy’s energetic Minimalist time piece Playing the Pulse. All instrumentalists welcome.

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CoMA workshop: Timescraper

Sunday, 23 September 2018 - 11:00am / St Pancras Room

James Weeks leads a workshop investigating music which seems to put us in contact with time passing, through an insistence on minimal musical materials and a sensitivity to silence and ambient sound.

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Tom Johnson: A Time to Listen – James Weeks

Sunday, 23 September 2018 - 1:00pm / Hall One

Renowned vocal director and composer James Weeks gives a rare performance of Tom Johnson’s mesmerising forensic analysis of our experience of time.

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CoMA workshop: Pulse and Illusion

Sunday, 23 September 2018 - 2:00pm / Hall Two

Experience the quickfire energy of a percussion workshop led by Chris Brannick, one of Britain’s most virtuosic and versatile percussionists. Simply bring yourself, percussion provided. All welcome.

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CoMA workshop: Time is a Tree

Sunday, 23 September 2018 - 2:00pm / St Pancras Room

Voice workshop with Kerry Andrew, composer and vocalist in Juice, You Are Wolf and DOLLYman, creating sung layers of time in her inimitable work time is a tree.

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Forest of Clocks – CoMA Anniversary Ensemble

Sunday, 23 September 2018 - 6:30pm / Hall One

An evening of time-warping highlights from CoMA’s catalogue, reflecting the diverse languages of composer’s today.

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Into the Vortex – Explore Ensemble

Sunday, 30 September 2018 - 7:00pm / Hall One

Vortex Temporum is the late masterwork of pioneering spectralist Gérard Grisey, fulfilling his vision of a music that transfigures our experience of time.

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Nocturnal: Variations and metamorphoses – Christoph Denoth

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Christoph Denoth leads the guitar on a moonlit journey through 400 years, from Dowland’s music for lute to a 21st century premiere.

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Macro/Micro II – Carducci Quartet

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

In this three-part series, the Carducci Quartet interleave two quartets with a jewel-like miniature by Bartók’s living compatriot, György Kurtág.

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Triumph of Time and Truth

Friday, 19 October 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Instruments of Time and Truth are joined by Oxford Voices and a stellar line-up of soloists for this rare performance of Handel’s eponymous oratorio, both his first and last.

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On the Hour – London Sinfonietta

Saturday, 20 October 2018 - 7:00pm / Hall One

Time underpins all music – whether composers suspend it or mark it passing. London Sinfonietta’s second concert in Kings Place’s Time Unwrapped is in three parts, each starting strictly on the hour.

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Late Style – Imogen Cooper

Sunday, 28 October 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

What effect do years of composing and life experience have on creativity? In a special recital for Time Unwrapped, Imogen Cooper surveys works of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert.

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Ezra Pound: Making it New – Poet in the City

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - 7:00pm / Hall Two

Join Poet in the City as they celebrate the new poetic terrain conquered by Ezra Pound, a writer who transgressed the boundaries of form, politics and time.

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Before Life and After – Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside

Friday, 2 November 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

The poet Thomas Hardy had a lifelong preoccupation with memory and the passing of time. Acclaimed duo baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Iain Burnside delve into Hardy’s world, in which nature and the everyday take on startling spiritual power.

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Macro/Micro III – Carducci Quartet

Wednesday, 7 November 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

In this three-part series, the Carducci Quartet interleave two quartets with a jewel-like miniature by Bartók’s living compatriot, György Kurtág.

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Harrison’s Clocks – Alasdair Beatson

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 8:00pm / Hall One

In a bespoke programme for Time Unwrapped, Alasdair Beatson has devised a playful exploration of metre and mechanism.

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Time Unwrapped at the London Jazz Festival

Friday, 16 November 2018 - 6:00pm / Kings Place

The EFG London Jazz Festival at Kings Place will explore the notion of jazz time in a voyage into the past – especially the time-signature-bending experiments of Dave Brubeck and Don Ellis – and into the present.

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In Time of War – Brodsky Quartet

Sunday, 18 November 2018 - 6:30pm / Hall One

The traumatic impact of war can burn memories into the brain: the desire to protest, to memorialise and to pay tribute to human courage has inspired composers down the ages. In this special programme the Brodsky Quartet bring together responses to wars from the last hundred years.

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Old Bones – Aurora Orchestra with Iestyn Davies

Friday, 23 November 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Devised in collaboration with composer Nico Muhly and countertenor Iestyn Davies, Aurora Orchestra’s programme stops the clocks and delves into ancient notions of time, as explored by Dowland, Debussy, Satie and Adès.

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Mozart’s Requiem – Hugo Ticciati, O/Modernt, VOCES8 & soloists

Saturday, 1 December 2018 - 7:30pm / Hall One

An intimate performance of Mozart’s sublime Requiem from VOCES8 is prefaced by Schubert’s coruscating vision of mortality, Death and the Maiden.

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Quartet for the End of Time – Hugo Ticciati & Friends

Wednesday, 5 December 2018 - 8:00pm / Hall One

Artist-in-residence Hugo Ticciati is joined by three outstanding musicians of his generation, Swedish cellist Andreas Brantelid, UK pianist Alasdair Beatson and clarinettist-composer Mark Simpson, for this meditation on an ecstasy of stasis, where ‘all is love’.

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Aurora Orchestra with Imogen Cooper: A Viennese New Year

Monday, 31 December 2018 - 6:00pm / Hall One

Aurora Orchestra brings the year to a close in style with a New Year’s Eve programme in the company of world-class pianist Imogen Cooper.

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Aurora Orchestra: The Lock-In – New Year’s Eve Party

Monday, 31 December 2018 - 9:00pm / Hall Two

Ring in the New Year with an adventurous night packed with food and drink, performances, activities, and special guests curated by Aurora Principal Players.

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