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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.

Korean Sounds ( Wed 24th Aug - Sat 31st Dec 2016)

Korean Sounds is a vibrant and exhilarating music programme created by the Korean Cultural Centre UK.

This newly developed concert series began in February 2016 and will run until December with a rich and dynamic programme of traditional, modern and contemporary Korean music as well as the Western classical music.

Korean Sounds concerts will take place every two months in Hall 2 at Kings Place.

london.korean-culture.org

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Aurora Orchestra: Mozart’s Piano ( Sat 17th Sep - Fri 31st Dec 2021)

Firmly established amongst the greatest achievements of his or any other composer’s musical output, Mozart’s piano concertos bear irresistible witness to his life-long love affair with the keyboard. Aurora’s monumental new five-year project offers audiences the rarest of opportunities: a complete cycle of the concertos, staged live in concert in the beautifully intimate surroundings of Hall One at Kings Place. Featuring world-class guest artists and a spectacular wealth of other repertoire, this is Aurora’s most ambitious adventure to date. Come and be part of history in the making as we launch the first concerts in 2015/16.

‘An evening of fabulous musicianship’ ★★★★ The Arts Desk (Concert I, 16 Jan 2016)

Supported by The Parabola Foundation.

auroraorchestra.com

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London Podcast Festival 2016 ( Thu 22nd Sep - Mon 26th Sep 2016)

22–26 SEP


Podcasts have become more popular than ever, but despite breaking through into the mainstream they remain a uniquely immediate and intimate experience. It’s a cultural phenomenon that’s largely enjoyed on your commute. It’s time to take that experience beyond your earbuds and join us for the inaugural London Podcast Festival. Enjoy seeing your favourite podcasts and podcasters live and in the flesh. You might even get the chance to talk back to those oh so familiar voices from your headphones.

For one incredible long weekend in 2016 Kings Place will become home to some of the biggest and best UK and international podcasts. We’re turning our concert hall and performance venues into a hub of laughter and learning featuring the best comedy, spoken word and special interest podcasts, special events and the chance to meet your favourite podcasters.

London Podcast Festival is a registered trade mark of Kings Place Music Foundation. All rights reserved.

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Equator Festival: Women of the World ( Sat 1st Oct - Sat 22nd Oct 2016)

Equator brings top-quality international artists to London, Kent, France and beyond – music, dance and theatre events from Africa, Latin America, India, China, along with the best UK-based performers.

Set up in 2007 as the promotional arm of ShivaNova, one of the West's leading cross-cultural music ensembles, Equator now includes world music and dance, jazz and classical music, English folk, choral and music competitions, with workshops and performances for young people and adults. It is the largest world music arts company based in Kent and works with schools to deliver music and dance workshops in different world cultures.

equatorfestival.com

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Schubert Ensemble: Quintessentials ( Thu 6th Oct - Thu 9th Nov 2017)

12 Quintets, 6 Concerts


The piano quintets by Brahms, Dvořák and Schumann are among the most popular pieces in the chamber music world, but did you know that there are dozens of other piano quintets by a huge range of composers that are almost never played?

In this six-concert series, the Schubert Ensemble juxtaposes six of the best-known and most popular piano quintets with six more overlooked gems which are personal favourites of the Ensemble. This fascinating survey of one of chamber music’s most satisfying mediums will give audiences the opportunity to hear well-loved quintets such as those by Schumann and Dvořák, whilst discovering little-known masterpieces by composers such as Korngold, Dohnanyi, Enescu and Fauré.

Each concert will begin with one of the Ensemble’s highly-acclaimed ‘Behind the Notes’ sessions, in which they will explore and illuminate the lesser known work, using live performance to strip down the music and reveal its inner workings. Part Two will be a performance of both quintets.

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating voyage through some of the most exciting and neglected works in the repertoire, performed by a group that knows them inside and out.

schubertensemble.com

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London Piano Festival ( Fri 7th Oct - Sun 9th Oct 2016)

The London Piano Festival is a brand new celebration of the piano created by Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen. These two highly-acclaimed pianists have enjoyed extensive performing careers both as soloists, chamber musicians and as a widely-admired duo partnership. Their shared love of the instrument has led them to curate this weekend especially for the city’s many piano lovers.

With such an enormously diverse, endlessly-fascinating repertoire to choose from, the possibilities for exciting programming are endless. This wealth of choice will be reflected throughout the eight concerts that have been created for this, the inaugural festival. The music will range from Bach, Busoni and Rachmaninoff through to Messiaen and Piazzolla. A particular highlight will be the world premiere of a new two-piano work by the American composer Nico Muhly.

To present those works, Charles and Katya have brought together some of the world’s leading pianists. Artists will include the legendary Alfred Brendel lecturing on Liszt, Kathryn Stott performing her signature French repertoire, Noriko Ogawa bringing the joys of piano music to the younger generation, and Julian Joseph treating us to the best of contemporary jazz. At the heart of the festival, a wonderful group of players will explore the late nineteenth and twentieth century duo repertoire in a wide-ranging gala, including Stephen Kovacevich in his first Kings Place appearance.

charlesowen.netkatyaapekisheva.com

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Turning Points ( Sat 15th Oct - Sat 20th May 2017)

Kings Place Artistic Associates, the London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, team up to launch a series of new-format concerts which aim to explore game-changing masterworks in music history.

The OAE and London Sinfonietta will create a different kind of relationship between orchestra, music and audience, putting the focus firmly on audience members themselves, so they can explore both the music and their own reactions to it, in the months before the concert and on the night itself.

‘We want audiences to discover new things via a very user-friendly experience. It’s OK to come along even if you know nothing at all about Stockhausen or Ligeti! ... We know all people will bring intelligent ears with them. Even when music is unknown, it’s possible to hear whether it’s any good. And the composers we are featuring in Turning Points are recognised greats.’ – Andrew Burke, London Sinfonietta

‘From the moment someone buys a ticket, the relationship begins. We’ll create a shared community between us and the audience members. There’ll be playlists, podcasts, puzzles, listening events and even informal performances that relate to the concert programme, so when the night arrives, they’ll have already been engaged in a conversation about the music.’ – Crispin Woodhead, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

londonsinfonietta.org.uk | oae.co.uk

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ECO at Kings Place ( Fri 21st Oct - Fri 19th May 2017)

The English Chamber Orchestra, under its Charitable Trust’s new artistic director Lawrence Power, launches an exciting new season at Kings Place this autumn, featuring a star-studded roster of soloists: Christian Zacharias, Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang, Mark Padmore and Alison Balsom.

englishchamberorchestra.co.uk

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London Guitar Festival 2016 ( Wed 26th Oct - Sat 29th Oct 2016)

Expect concerts from Antonio Forcione & Sarah Jane Morris, Manuel Valencia, David Russell and London International Guitar Competition winner 2015 playing Concierto de Aranjuez with Newham Philharmonic, a new orchestra for young Londoners.

Also a comprehensive programme of workshops, foyer events, panel discussion and concerts from the stars of tomorrow on IGF’s Young Artist Platform!

igf.org.uk

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TLS London Lit Weekend 2016 ( Sat 5th Nov - Sun 6th Nov 2016)

A day of literary exploration and discovery presented by the Times Literary Supplement, featuring Mary Beard, David Farr, Simon Bradley and many more.

Immerse yourself in a great variety of topics at this year’s festival, including Shakespeare and Cervantes 400, Shelley’s Frankenstein and Polidori’s Vampyre, the literary and architectural heritage of King’s Cross, the many faces of literary adaptations, and – back by popular demand – the most over- and under-rated books of the last 50 years. Featuring the best-selling writer, presenter and TLS Classics editor Mary Beard; director (Powder Her Face, King Lear) and screenwriter (The Night Manager) David Farr; and authors and critics Frances Wilson, Rosemary Ashton, Ruth Morse and Daisy Hay.

the-tls.co.uk

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