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Cello Unwrapped

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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.

Gould Standard ( Thu 28th Sep - Fri 15th Dec 2017)

‘Violinist Thomas Gould is one of a new generation of classical musicians who refuses to be defined by a single genre’ The Guardian

Violinist Thomas Gould, well-known to Kings Place audiences as a classical soloist and chamber musician, demonstrates his stylistic versatility in a series of concerts showcasing both old and new collaborations with musicians from the classical and jazz worlds. In the intimate environment of Hall Two, expect to hear new takes on familiar pieces, and plenty of spontaneous alchemy between musicians at their improvisatory best.

‘This series is about exploring the spaces between our musical worlds – hopefully that’s where the alchemy will take place...’ – Read more of our interview with Gould in our Autumn (Sep–Nov) issue of What’s On

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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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Korean Sounds ( Wed 11th Oct - Wed 13th Dec 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.

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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.

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Bach, the Universe & Everything ( Sun 22nd Oct - Sun 18th Mar 2018)

‘Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.’ – Douglas Adams

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds.

Bach wrote more than 200 cantatas, a sublime collection exploring everything from faith and hope to time and eternity. Enjoy a different cantata every month, put into context by an inspiring speaker exploring the physics and natural philosophy of Bach’s subject matter. With a little bit of communal singing and conversation afterwards, our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science.

Feel invigorated, energised and inspired for the week ahead – there is no better way to start a Sunday morning. 

Listen to our podcast featuring the OAE’s Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead.

SAVE 15% when you book 3+ Bach, the Universe and Everything concerts

SAVE 25% when you book all 6 concerts

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In partnership with The Institute of Physics

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London Guitar Festival 2017 ( Thu 26th Oct - Sat 28th Oct 2017)

The 13th edition of London Guitar Festival brings you a wonderful series of concerts, album launches, our Young Artist Platform, workshops and panel discussions.

The guitar is unique in its appeal to people of all ages, musical tastes and economic means; immerse yourself in that most colourful and versatile of instruments: the guitar. This year’s mouth-watering line-up includes the renowned classical guitarist Rafael Aguirre joined by Swiss cellist Nadège Rochat as part of Cello Unwrapped, and the dynamic VIDA Guitar Quartet who are launching their exciting new CD Bachianas.

And don’t forget to bring your guitar and get playing yourself in our workshops, we have one for everybody’s musical taste.

Watch the trailer for this year’s London Guitar Festival featuring Artistic Director Tom Kerstens.

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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, continue their series of concerts which explore game-changing masterworks in music history in novel ways. Creating a different kind of relationship between orchestra, music and audience, the focus is on audience members themselves, so you can explore both the music and your own reactions to it before the concert and on the night.

‘We have been very excited by our Turning Points projects so far, and look forward to the ones coming this season. Audiences have really enjoyed the alternative experience and ways of learning more about the composers and the music. We tell the story of our own turning point this year as the London Sinfonietta turns 50 in 2018, and also explore the music of one of the greatest composers of the post-war period; Luciano Berio, with whom we collaborated many times. We also explore the extraordinary revolutions in thinking in both music and physics at the start of the 20th Century in a collaboration with Kings Place’s Time Unwrapped series.’ 
– 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, interviews, study afternoons and pop-up performances that relate to the concert programme. Then on the night, you’ll be able to ask the players questions and be engaged in a conversation about the music and how we play it.’ 
– Crispin Woodhead, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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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.

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Christmas at Kings Place ( Sat 2nd Dec - Fri 22nd Dec 2017)

Celebrate Christmas in style at Kings Place with a range of seasonal concerts, including Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Christmas Cantata BWV 40, Handel’s Messiah, highlights of the festive canon for brass ensemble – part of the musical fabric of Christmas – and The Snowman accompanied by live orchestra. Cello Unwrapped also comes to a sparkling close with seasonal French and English choral music from Tenebrae and cellist Oliver Coates. Plus, The Albion Christmas Band embarks on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain.

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