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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.

Songlines Encounters Festival 2016 ( Thu 2nd 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 curated by Songlines magazine

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

Poet in the City is thrilled to present its first ever festival – a celebration of the word in performance.

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

Join us for an electric 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.

We are hugely grateful to our partners Rainbow City Artist Management for their collaboration.

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

ianritchie.org

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Korean Sounds ( Wed 22nd Jun - 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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The Guilty Feminist ( Tue 28th Jun - Mon 25th Jul 2016)

Ever felt like you should be better at feminism?

Join comedians Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White for their new comedy podcast, recorded in front of a live audience.

Each episode, Sofie, Deborah and a special guest discuss topics ‘all 21st century feminists agree on’ while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles. The podcast has been a huge success with over 180,000 downloads for its first seven episodes.

‘Simply hilarious’ The Skinny
‘Very funny… pure guilt-free pleasure.’ The Guardian

Download past episodes from guiltyfeminist.com

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IGF Guitar Summit 2016: Workshops, Masterclasses, Concerts ( Thu 21st Jul - Sun 24th Jul 2016)

IGF Guitar Summit is back at Kings Place for four days of concerts, workshops, lunchtime recitals and masterclasses lead by some of the biggest names in the guitar world!

2016 offers two intensive four day courses including Jazz with Jim Mullen and Dario Cortese and Classical with Ana Vidovic, Hubert Käppel, Vida Guitar Quartet, Stephen Goss, Tom Kerstens, Gary Ryan and Laura Snowden. If you fancy something shorter then there’s Acoustic Fingerstyle with Antonio Forcione and Will McNicol which will run for two days, or the Acoustic for Beginners workshop with Justin Sandercoe – either way, there’s something for every style and ability.

igf.org.uk

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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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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 6-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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