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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.

Jewish Book Week 2016 ( Mon 8th Feb - Sun 28th Feb 2016)

JBW 2016 will explore the ideas, events, personalities and experiences that transfigure our world and how we think about it. Focusing on beginnings and endings – from the spark that ignited all life on this planet to our resolve to ‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light’ – we bring you some of the most exciting figures in contemporary culture from all over the world to talk about their theories, their lives, their creations and their passions. I hope that this selection of some of the events we have lined up for you in 2016 will give you a flavour of what’s in store for February. – Lucy Silver, Festival Director

jewishbookweek.com

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Festival of Contemporary Music for All ( Fri 4th Mar - Sat 5th Mar 2016)

Immerse yourself in contemporary music with some of the finest musicians in the world, featuring Kings Place Artistic Associate London Sinfonietta and Arditti Quartet in two riveting programmes. Become part of a live installation in James Weeks’ Meadow, or rehearse Stephen Montague's iconic threnody for the atomic bomb victims. With Tansy Davies, Chris Brannick, Joby Burgess, Jane Manning OBE, Lore Lixenberg, workshops, performances with audience participation and more.

Download the CoMA Booking Guide here.

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Ensemble Eroica at Kings Place ( Wed 9th Mar - Wed 20th Apr 2016)

Ensemble Eroica are a vibrant and ‘exhilarating’ new group of young musicians sourced from the UK’s leading music schools. The group have become a leading exponent in the promotion of Britain’s musical talent, having received rave reviews for performances to date.

Ensemble Eroica’s debut appearance at Kings Place marks the beginning of a three-concert series: the spine of the project is a journey through Beethoven’s first three symphonies, starting with the Eroica (Symphony No. 3), from which the orchestra takes its name. The first concert will also include works by Schoenberg and Mozart (3 Feb), while the second will feature Leslie Howard playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19, Beethoven’s Second Symphony and a set of seven songs for soprano and piano by Alban Berg (9 Mar). The third concert in the series, which will end with Symphony No. 1, is on 20 April.

A Kings Place Artistic Hire

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Aurora Orchestra: Mozart's Piano ( Sat 19th Mar - 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.

Supported by The Parabola Foundation.

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Bach Weekend 2016: From Cöthen to Leipzig ( Fri 1st Apr - Sun 3rd Apr 2016)

Martin Feinstein’s acclaimed Bach Weekend has established itself as one of the highlights of London’s musical calendar and this year’s festival is the first in its new home at Kings Place.

Bach Weekend 2016 will feature the great devotional works of Bach’s Leipzig period juxtaposed with the secular instrumental masterpieces written when Bach was court composer at Cöthen and enjoying the greatest compositional freedom of his career.

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No Voices: New Instrumental Folk Music – A Place Beyond Words ( Thu 28th Apr - Sat 30th Apr 2016)

In classical and jazz, the notion of a series of concerts without voices wouldn’t raise an eyebrow, but in the song-centric world of folk and roots music, this is revolutionary. A new wave of folk musicians is changing perceptions with their innovative approaches to form and melody.

‘No Voices’ presents some of the leading lights on this scene. Drawing on traditional music – breathing life into it – these musicians use mesmeric interwoven patterns and improvisation; elegant flow; tension and release, to evoke emotion and images without any need for the human voice. They create a place beyond words.

Curated by Ian Anderson of fRoots Magazine in association with Alan Bearman Music.

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Noh Reimagined – The contemporary art of classical Japanese theatre ( Fri 13th May - Sat 14th May 2016)

Noh is a total art form comprising drama, music and dance. Originating in Japan in the 14th century, it is one of the oldest unbroken performance traditions in the world.

This two-day festival explores the art of Noh, in particular its aesthetic concepts and uniquemusical rhythms and tempos, which continue to inspire artists across diverse art forms.

Some of the finest Noh performers from Japan will present selections from classical Noh masterpieces such as Takasago and Toru. Master Shiteactor-performer, Yoshimasa Kanze, will dance to Noh percussion instruments punctuated by the space, voice and haunting pitches of the nohkan (flute) played by Yukihiro Isso.

The festival will transform Kings Place into another world.

Generously supported by Yakult, Daiwa Anglo-Japan Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Arts Council England.

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Songlines Encounters Festival 2016 ( Fri 3rd Jun - Sat 4th Jun 2016)

It’s the time of the year to get ready to discover something new: the sixth edition of the Songlines Encounters Festival boasts a mouthwatering line-up of unique global acts appealing to anyone interested in great live performing. Legendary classical guitarist John Williams teams up with South African-born guitarist Derek Gripper to play solo pieces and duets, including the latter’s transcriptions of West African kora music for the guitar. The larger-than-life Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos and his band will treat us to a brilliant programme of traditional Romani music preserved in the family tradition. And the dynamic quintet Vula Viel’s music is an engaging mix of African, electronica and Minimalist influences.

Songlines Encounters Festival is co-curated by Songlines magazine and Ikon Arts Management

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Poetry & Lyrics ( Fri 10th Jun - Sat 11th Jun 2016)

A new festival of poetry, music and song from Poet in the City and Rainbow City Artist Management

From the earliest moments people have sought to express themselves in song, told stories and mapped histories through the poetry of lyrics and melody. But where do the lines cross between poem, music and lyrics?

Join us for a weekend of live performance, workshops and debates, as we bring together some of the leading voices in poetry and the music industry to celebrate the word through classical song, folk, punk, spoken word and beyond.

poetinthecity.co.uk | rainbowcity.co

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1816: The Year Without a Summer ( Fri 17th Jun - Sat 18th Jun 2016)

The volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora, Indonesia, in 1815 was the largest ever recorded and the resulting ash cloud in 1816 gave rise to ‘The Year Without a Summer’ – low temperatures, unseasonal snowfall, constant rain and lack of sunlight – throughout the northern hemisphere.  The crops failed and many countries faced famine, poverty and sickness.  The consequent climate change helped to cause many remarkable transformations in culture, society and politics: it affected the human condition, in mind and body, and influenced behaviour.

This two-day programme, involving leading musicians and expert speakers, offers an original and enlightening framework for exploring the full context and consequences of extraordinary natural events which occurred exactly 200 years ago. The music, literature and other creations of the time can be appreciated in a new light – enriched by history and science, they can tell us much that is of interest and importance to today’s society. 
– Ian Ritchie, Curator

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