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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.

Schubert Ensemble: Quintessentials ( Thu 16th Mar - 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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Aurora Orchestra: Mozart’s Piano 2017 ( Sat 18th Mar - 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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Turning Points ( Sat 25th Mar - 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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Korean Sounds ( Wed 12th Apr - 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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ECO at Kings Place ( Sat 29th Apr - 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.

Find out more about the highlights of the ECO’s new season in our podcast featuring the ECO Charitable Trust’s artistic director Lawrence Power.

englishchamberorchestra.co.uk

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Global Pillage ( Sat 6th May - Sun 4th Jun 2017)

Global Pillage is a brand new comedy panel show podcast all about idiom, culture, customs and norms.

• What do the Japanese mean when they accuse someone of ‘having a cat on their head’?
• What do your friends make you do if you’re unmarried by 30 in Germany?
• What did the acronym NORWICH mean (the equivalent of sexting jargon) if sent between World War Two sweethearts?

All the oddness of humanity is explored in this hilarious new show where TWO TEAMS OF COMEDIANS take on the HIVE MIND OF THE AUDIENCE. This show is about the diversity of human experience. Come with us as we pillage the globe for the strange but true ways of the human race.

The show is hosted by Deborah Frances-White – co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast and from Radio 4’s Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice.

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Curated by Empirical ( Sat 13th May - Sat 13th May 2017)

UK jazz scene stalwarts Empirical have partnered with Kings Place to curate part of the 2017 ‘Jazz at Kings Place’ programme. Empirical will present high-profile performances by artists who are an important force on the UK and international music scenes.

The series features special one-off collaborations and premieres of new projects and each concert will offer a distinct and fresh take on jazz. Empirical also want to foster a sense of a community that brings together artists who don’t shy away from taking creative risks and presenting challenging music to listeners.

Empirical was formed in 2007 and features Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), Tom Farmer (double bass), Lewis Wright (vibraphone) and Shaney Forbes (drums). Defined by a deep commitment to improvisation and a uniquely egalitarian spirit, ‘Empirical are among the most admired and individual-sounding bands in contemporary jazz’ (The Observer).

Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album in 2007, Empirical’s subsequent releases have continued to receive widespread recognition, including a MOBO Award for ‘Best Jazz Act’ in 2010 and being named ‘Best Jazz Act’ at the 2016 Urban Music Awards and ‘Best Jazz Ensemble’ at the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

empiricalmusic.com

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Songlines Encounters Festival 2017 ( Thu 1st Jun - Sat 3rd Jun 2017)

Now in its seventh year, Songlines Encounters Festival is back with leading artists on the world music scene. There are some compelling collaborations, unusual instruments and two exciting UK premieres. This year’s line-up includes talented musicians from Portugal, India, Senegal, Norway, Lithuania and the UK.

‘Songlines Encounters gives us a superb opportunity to present artists we are enthusiastic about and we know will appeal to a musically curious audience. Ricardo Ribeiro sings fado in the traditional, but totally captivating way, Kefaya like to shake things up a bit and Solo and Indre give people the chance to encounter the Senegalese kora and Lithuanian kanklès, possibly for the first time. Bollywood Brass Band with Jyotsna Srikanth and the Vindauga / Wind Eye project are both exciting new creations – one colourful and spectacular, the other powerful and intense.’ – Simon Broughton (Songlines Editor-in-Chief)

Songlines Encounters Festival is co-curated by Songlines magazine

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Poetry & Lyrics ( Fri 9th Jun - Sat 10th Jun 2017)

9 & 10 JUNE 2017


Now in its second year, Poetry & Lyrics from Poet in the City returns to Kings Place. Headlines include readings and conversation with PJ Harvey and Don Paterson exploring the craft of words compered by John Wilson, The Land Listeners – a Nest Collective collaboration combining masters of regional dialect and stories with their contemporary folk counterparts, and an immersive performance of John Cage’s Song Books.

To be the first to know about Poet in the City events email info@poetinthecity.co.uk to register your interest and/or register to receive regular newsletters from Kings Place.

poetinthecity.co.uk

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The Politics Festival 2017 ( Fri 23rd Jun - Sun 25th Jun 2017)

23–25 JUN


On the first anniversary of the historic Brexit referendum, Kings Place launches the first UK-wide Politics Festival – a weekend of pro-politics talks, debates, discussions and plenty of politics-related entertainment.

Political with a small p, non-partisan, non-traditional, and aimed at a wide range of ages and political persuasions.

The Politics Festival is produced and presented by Kings Place Music Foundation in association with Steve Richards and Ian Birrell.

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