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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!

 

London Guitar Festival 2014 ( Sun 19th 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.

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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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Panufnik 100: A Family Celebration ( Sun 30th Nov - Sun 30th Nov 2014)

with The Brodsky Quartet, Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie Wood, Clare Hammond, Heather Shipp, Robert Smissen, Richard May, Norman Lebrecht and The Panufnik Family

Forged in the fires of the two World Wars, Sir Andrzej Panufnik's compositional output is inextricably linked with the major social and political events of the 20th century. Born in Warsaw at the onset of the First World War, he lived through the German occupation of the city in the Second World War and participated in musical resistance activities with the composer Lutosławski. Over the course of the conflict, Panufnik lost many of his closest relatives and saw his compositions consumed by the fires of the Warsaw Uprising. Initially fêted by the socialist government, he was unwilling to compose the suitably 'patriotic' music demanded of him by the regime and was forced to make a dramatic escape to Britain in 1954.

This Centenary Celebration will present chamber works spanning his life – from his piano trio (1934), reconstructed after the war, to his three string quartets (written between 1976 and 1990) to be performed by the Brodsky Quartet, 'Artists in Residence' at Kings Place.

The programmes will include complementary pieces by his daughter Roxanna including the London Première of a new quartet especially written for the Brodsky Quartet. The Celebration will culminate with a 1930s Warsaw Cabaret evening, led by Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood.

Read our Q&A with Roxanna...

Foyer performances at 5.45pm and 8.10pm, of music by composers who inspired Andrzej Panufnik, will be given by students of the Royal Academy of Music.

Support Panufnik 100: Opportunities for business sponsorship and individual support of the celebration are available, with associated 'rewards'. For details, contact Sarah Trelawny Ford at Hazard Chase Ltd. on 01223 706416 or email sarah.trelawny@hazardchase.co.uk

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Christmas and New Year at Kings Place ( Sun 7th Dec - Wed 31st Dec 2014)

Christmas comes to Kings Place with carols, a Celebrity Christmas Gala and Handel's Messiah

Celebrate Christmas in style at Kings Place with a range of seasonal concerts, including carols from Barts Chamber Choir, Handel's Messiah, Fauré's serene Requiem and a Strauss Family New Year.

Chamber Classics Unwrapped also comes to a sparkling close with performances from the Maggini Quartet & Julius Drake, the Brodsky Quartet and Sir James Galway before the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble play Schubert's String Quintet, voted No. 1 in our Top 50 Chamber Classics countdown.

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Minimalism Unwrapped ( Wed 7th Jan - Sun 20th Dec 2015)

"When an art form seems particularly inflated and prolix, spring-cleaning is in order." John Adams


Minimalism Unwrapped looks at ways in which composers have wiped the slate clean across time, from the earliest plainsong to the latest creations today.

There will be radical visions of Moondog, Terry Riley’s joyous In C, and Steve Reich will join us for a day devoted to some of his seminal works, as will Gavin Bryars. There will be surveys of the chamber music of Philip Glass and Michael Nyman, and a showcase of the best of the Bang on a Can group, as well as David Lang’s poignant Little Match Girl Passion. But there will also be a stream of choral concerts featuring great works of the Renaissance, along with masterpieces by Arvo Pärt and John Tavener, and new work from Nico Muhly, Graham Fitkin, Mikhail Karikis, Oliver Coates, Scanner and Nik Bärtsch.

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London A Cappella Festival 2015 ( Wed 28th Jan - Sat 31st Jan 2015)

The London A Cappella Festival welcomes the very best vocal talent from around the world in a celebration of the voice.  Featuring an impressive line-up of international headliners, an enticing series of workshops, numerous free pop-up events, there is something for everyone whether singing, conductor or simply a music enthusiast.

The London A Cappella Festival is curated by the world-famous Grammy award-winning Swingle Singers and 
Ikon Arts Management.

'Few pick-me-ups dispel January blues better than the London A Cappella Festival. It is three days of workshops, concerts, booze, talk, humour, boisterous audiences and exuberant performers, all dedicated to the ever-expanding world of unaccompanied vocal music.' ★ Richard Morrison, The Times

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