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Minimalism Unwrapped

Chamber Classics Unwrapped

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Curated Weeks

Each week, Kings Place is given over to one artist, group or organisation who are invited to present within the spaces, keeping our programme diverse and imaginative. Performers and curators appear by invitation of Kings Place and have carte blanche over the artistic content of their week.
See a list of some of our curators, past and present. .

Below is a list of all our upcoming Curated Weeks.

Chamber Classics Unwrapped ( Wed 15th Jan - Sat 13th Dec 2014)


'Having ‘unwrapped’ single composers through their chamber music, we thought we would celebrate five years of music-making by turning to the art form itself, and asking you, our audience, what you wanted to hear. Together with BBC Music Magazine, we launched an online vote to find the Top 50 most loved pieces of chamber music in the repertoire, and these will form the core of our new Chamber Classics Unwrapped series.'

'Another special feature of our offering at Kings Place has been to give musicians the freedom to curate their own concerts, and I'm delighted to say that those invited to take part in this series have come up with some wonderfully imaginative programmes.' Peter Millican, CEO Kings Place

Read more about Chamber Classics Unwrapped... 

Browse by date below or click here to see the full Top 50 in order of popularity!

 

Vienna Revisited ( Thu 18th Sep - Sat 20th Sep 2014)

18 – 20 SEPTEMBER

'Every generation revisits the 'classics' of western music, on occasion, reviving neglected composers or works. Until the late 1980s, Schoenberg was somewhat neglected except for a number of his earlier more 'Romantic' pieces. Even the First Chamber Symphony was a rarity. Happily, things have moved on for the better and this thanks to the championing of the Viennese School by succeeding younger generations of artists. The Vienna Revisited cycle places Schoenberg in the familiar context of his traditionalist roots Beethoven and Brahms, his mentor Mahler and his devoted disciples and contemporaries Berg and Webern.

There are many 'firsts' in our series: the Kings Place-based London Sinfonietta, and Aurora, Kings Place's resident orchestra, appear for the first time in one cycle and under the same young and brilliant conductor, Nicholas Collon. British singers representing the current generation of stars, Sarah Connolly and Kate Royal take part alongside the new generation making their mark, Eleanor Dennis and Alice Privett. Sarah Connolly will sing her first Song of the Wood-dove on this occasion, and the new artists will also be performing their works here for the first time. Aurora and its soloists will be giving their first Berg Chamber Concerto and the exceptional French quartet, Quatuor Diotima, will be making their Kings Place debut.'

– Nicholas Snowman, curator

Read also Tom Service's Introduction to the series...

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Equator Festival: Women of the World ( Sat 20th Sep - Sat 18th Oct 2014)

Equator Festival's Women of the World series presents music from around the world with a mix of Brazilian, Jewish, Indian, Cape Verdean, Bulgarian, African, jazz, French and Czech classical composers and musicians.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2014 ( Thu 2nd Oct - Sat 4th Oct 2014)

London previews of the twelfth Oxford Lieder Festival, with soprano Mary Bevan, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, tenors James Gilchrist and Robert Murray, baritones Roderick Williams, Christopher Maltman and Stephan Loges, cellist Christoph Richter, pianists Eugene Asti, Graham Johnson and Sholto Kynoch and principle players of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Plus the winners of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform.

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London Lit Weekend 2014 ( Fri 10th Oct - Sun 12th Oct 2014)

10 - 12 October


Small but beautiful, a carefully selected array of talks by some of the most exciting international speakers today. Eclectic and diverse, the London Lit Weekend explores all sorts of topics from religion to rock'n'roll, poetry to crime, money to philosophy, stationery to Woody Guthrie.

Pick the events you want to attend or, even better, take advantage of our day passes and give your brain a great weekend workout. You will laugh, think, sway, debate and most certainly have a great time.

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London Guitar Festival 2014 ( Wed 22nd Oct - Sun 26th Oct 2014)

London Guitar Festival enters its second decade with a wonderful series of concerts, international artist debuts, our Young Artist Platform, new music commissions, workshops, foyer events and a special tribute to Paco de Lucía.

The guitar is unique in its appeal to people of all ages, musical tastes and economic means; immerse yourself in that most colourful and versatile of instruments: the guitar! And don’t forget to bring your guitar and get playing yourself in our workshops, we have one for everybody’s musical taste.

The shock of the sudden loss of flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía (1947–2014) in February this year is still with us. London Guitar Festival 2014 will pay tribute to Paco de Lucía, with a concert featuring young flamenco guitarist Dani de Morón, an exhibition, workshops and a panel discussion with prominent flamenco specialists, to discuss the invaluable contribution that he made to flamenco.

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LIFEM 2014 - Crossing Cultures ( Wed 29th Oct - Sat 1st Nov 2014)

29 OCTOBER - 1 NOVEMBER

London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) is back, this time focusing on Africa and South America.

Presenting world premieres, UK premieres and rarely seen artists on UK shores, this year LIFEM presents new shows and line-ups by Badi Assad (Brazil), Ami Koita (Mali), Amira Kheir (Sudan) and Carmen Souza (Cape Verde). Four nights dedicated to the Southern Hemisphere's hot rhythms and melodies.

With boundary-expanding music explorations guaranteed, LIFEM is one of the most challenging festivals of the moment.

lifem.org.uk

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Eliza Carthy: Arms Wide, Head Back, Look Forward ( Thu 6th Nov - Sat 8th Nov 2014)

This series of concerts is a celebration of the power and expressiveness of the human voice in progressive traditional music. Whether it be an exploration in new music of the experiences of families during the first World War, or the reconnection through singing together of centuries-old traditional song with modern audiences, the human voice is still the most honest way that human beings tell their stories. In music and in singing our stories we throw our arms open and invite the listener in, to walk with us through our darkest and dearest experiences.

All the artists represented here are in some way looking simultaneously back at our collective past, and yet forward to where we can be in the future. All have a real directness in communication, an ability to look you in the eye, and an invitation.

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2014 ( Fri 14th Nov - Sat 22nd Nov 2014)

'One of the best jazz festivals in the world' The Guardian

One of the UK's landmark musical celebrations, the EFG London Jazz Festival has long been acclaimed for delivering a mixture of world-class artists and emerging stars, and energizing audiences both new and old.

During the cover shoot for our Autumn What's On magazine, Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés answered some of our questions...

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Dvorak Explored ( Thu 27th Nov - Sat 29th Nov 2014)

27 – 29 NOVEMBER

Dvořák was one of the most natural melodists in musical history and almost every note of his music is imbued with the characteristic folk song and dance rhythms of his native country.

His works often shine with joy as well as containing great passion and intensity, constructed with a formal awareness and ear for instrumental colour that puts his music amongst the greats. He worked at his sizeable chamber output consistently throughout his life.

For this mini-festival, curator Daniel Tong has assembled a thrilling line-up of musicians: his own London Bridge Ensemble, the award-winning Navarra Quartet and Kungsbacka Trio and an ensemble of leading players from his festival in the Wye Valley.

They present lesser-known Dvořák masterpieces alongside favourites like the Dumky Trio, Gypsy Songs, Piano Quintet and Serenade for Strings.

Expect sparks to fly!

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