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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 21st Jun - Wed 2nd Aug 2017)

Presenting opportunities for audiences to hear traditional Korean and classical music in one place, Korean Sounds: East Meets West returns this year to Kings Place.

East Meets West, presented by the Korean Cultural Centre UK at Kings Place has been curated around five themes, each designed to give audiences the chance to listen to both European and Korean music of either similar sentiment, character and purpose, or music from a similar historical period. The programme will present traditional Korean music (gugak) alongside western pieces and in so doing will explore what is common in both musical worlds as well as revealing how they differ.

Now in its second year, the Korean Sounds series offers a rare chance to hear Korean traditional music in the context of the European music which is more familiar to us. The impressive roster of performers the Korean Cultural Centre UK has put together for this series will certainly bring the best out of the diverse music of these two cultures which could not be more different and yet have so much in common.

london.korean-culture.org

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IGF Guitar Summit 2017: Workshops, Masterclasses, Concerts ( Thu 20th Jul - Sat 22nd Jul 2017)

IGF Guitar Summit 2017 offers three exciting courses including a jazz and blues course with legendary American fusion guitarist Scott Henderson, Flamenco’s hottest young talent Manuel Valencia, and classical with Mark Eden and Chris Stell who together form one of the worlds foremost guitar duos.

Classes are open to all ages and all abilities so there’s something for everybody!

igf.org.uk

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London Podcast Festival 2017 ( Wed 13th Sep - Sun 17th Sep 2017)

13–17 SEP 2017

Now in its second year, London Podcast Festival returns with a mouth-watering line-up including familiar faces and new additions.

We welcome back Maximum Fun with Judge John Hodgman and a debut UK show from Jordan, Jesse Go!. We’re thrilled to be hosting Radiotopia with UK favourites The Bugle and The Allusionist and UK debuts from Criminal and The Memory PalaceReturning heroes My Dad Wrote a Porno come back for a chin wag, and The Guilty Feminist, Beef and Dairy Network and The Complete Guide to Everything are joined by The Empire Film Podcast, The Rabbit Hole, SRSLY, The Adam Buxton Podcast, The Football Ramble and many, many more. 

We’re excited to announce the Podcast Maker Weekend, a series of workshops and discussions targeted at podcast makers that will run on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Festival.

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Please note that all tickets for London Podcast Festival will be posted to bookers in early September.

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Equator Festival: Women of the World ( Sat 30th Sep - Sat 21st Oct 2017)

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.

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London Piano Festival 2017 ( Thu 5th Oct - Sun 8th Oct 2017)

‘This piano day was altogether exemplary.’ The Sunday Times on London Piano Festival 2016

‘Welcome to the second London Piano Festival! Our inaugural festival in October 2016 was filled with a wide range of pianistic personalities, an abundance of inspiring repertoire and wonderfully committed audiences. This year’s concerts promise to build upon the excitement of the previous festival with many more superb artists, all of whom will perform music with which they feel a special affinity.

An underlying Russian theme with works by Rachmaninoff, Borodin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky will feature in many of the programmes. Our brand-new commission for this year’s Two-Piano Marathon is written especially for the LPF by captivating Russian composer Elena Langer. A sequence of solo recitals will run throughout with concerts by the outstanding Argentinian virtuoso Nelson Goerner, the highly individual Lisa Smirnova and former winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition, Ilya Itin. The much-loved Melvyn Tan will include a world premiere by Kevin Volans in his recital. A family concert narrated by Simon Callow followed by jazz from piano legend Jason Rebello will bring the long weekend to a close. 

We look forward to October and a thrilling, unmissable series of piano concerts!’

– Charles Owen and Katya ApekishevaArtistic Directors

londonpianofestival.com | charlesowen.net | katyaapekisheva.com | owenapekishevaduo.com

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Schubert Ensemble: Quintessentials ( Thu 12th 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.

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Aurora Orchestra: Mozart’s Piano 2017 ( Sat 14th Oct - Sat 9th Dec 2017)

Aurora Orchestra continues its extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime journey through the complete cycle of Mozart’s piano concertos. Staged over five years (2016–20) and featuring a host of stellar guest pianists and other collaborators, Mozart’s Piano presents all 27 concertos as part of a single series for the first time in the UK.   

Conceived in partnership with Kings Place under the artistic direction of Aurora’s Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, the concerts uses the piano concertos as a starting point for a kaleidoscopic journey across centuries and contrasting repertoire.  The result is a virtuosic, vibrant and playful series which illuminates Mozart’s life, music and legacy in new and unexpected ways. 

Come and experience this genuinely unique opportunity to hear the greatest of all piano concerto cycles performed by one of Europe’s most exciting chamber orchestras in the beautifully intimate surroundings of Hall One. And don’t miss The Lock-In, a linked informal late-night series in Hall Two, which offers audiences a chance to mingle with the performers and hear them follow the musical adventures of the main programmes in exciting new directions.

auroraorchestra.com

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Bach, the Universe and Everything ( Sun 22nd Oct - Sun 18th Feb 2018)

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment launches an exciting new season at Kings Place this autumn. Joined by singers from the Rising Stars of the Enlightenment, OAE's new Sunday morning series marvels at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach. The Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning. Each concert will feature talks by some of the leading experts in the world of science.

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Turning Points ( Sat 4th Nov - Sat 4th Nov 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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EFG London Jazz Festival 2017 ( Fri 10th Nov - Sun 19th Nov 2017)

2,000+ artists. 300+ gigs. 50+ venues. 25 years. 1 city.

‘A dazzling display across the musical spectrum’ ★★★★★ Guardian

The EFG London Jazz Festival presents 10 days packed full of world-class artists and emerging stars as it celebrates 25 years in 2017. The Festival has a reputation for bringing the best and freshest music to a massive and ever-growing audience in the capital, with a wide-ranging programme of concerts, commissions, club events, talks, and an expansive learning and participation programme.

efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

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