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Words at Kings Place

Words at Kings Place offers an eclectic programme of events offering a wide range of international writers from all genres. Kings Place is home to Poet in the City and Jewish Book Week (the UK’s second oldest book festival), which both draw enthusiastic audiences to their sell-out events. The regular Monday night events have featured novelists Julian Barnes, David Lodge, Ali Smith and Val McDermid, biographers Robert Douglas Fairhurst and Artemis Cooper, scientists Norman Doidge and Alan Ropper, economist Barry Eichengreen, essayist Raymond Tallis, Rose Tremain, Richard Dawkins and Ian Rankin, to name but a few.

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Sounding Time: Keynote Lecture by Paul Griffiths

Saturday, 6 January 2018 - 6:00pm /

Distinguished music writer Paul Griffiths, author of A Concise History of Western Music, tackles the question of music’s relationship with time.

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Hall One

Memento – Poet in the City and Aurora Orchestra

Friday, 12 January 2018 - 7:30pm /

Kings Place residents Aurora Orchestra and Poet in the City host what promises to be an illuminating encounter between pioneers in art and science.

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Hall One

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Time and Vision

Sunday, 14 January 2018 - 11:30am /

The music: To mark the New Year, a cantata Bach wrote for New Year’s Day, notable for its unusual instruments, including timpani and three horns. The science: Joining us is experimental physicist Helen Gleeson, who produced the first graphene-based liquid crystal device.

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Hall Two

Rock ’n’ Roll Politics with Steve Richards

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 - 7:00pm /

Join award-winning columnist and broadcaster, Steve Richards, for his latest behind-the-scenes tour of British politics. An evening of high political drama is guaranteed.

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Hall One

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Seeing Life in a New Light

Sunday, 18 February 2018 - 11:30am /

The music: One of Bach’s most varied cantatas. Mixing joyful arias with funeral sounds, it celebrates the glories of life and the sadness of death. The science: Professor Kishan Dholakia, a world expert in the physics of light, is fascinated by how photonic imaging can unravel the mysteries of the brain.

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St Pancras Room

‘Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year’ with Sara Hannant

Saturday, 17 March 2018 - 2:30pm /

Photographer Sara Hannant presents an illustrated talk about some of the folk traditions which mark seasonal cycles throughout England.

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Hall One

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – We are Made of Star Stuff

Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 11:30am /

The music: With Easter approaching, we play Bach’s Palm Sunday cantata, telling the hopeful story of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. The science: Pioneering astronomer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell explains how we’re all made of star stuff.

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Hall Two

Rock ’n’ Roll Politics with Steve Richards

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 7:00pm /

Join award-winning columnist and broadcaster, Steve Richards, for his latest behind-the-scenes tour of British politics. An evening of high political drama is guaranteed.

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St Pancras Room

The Brandenburg Concertos: Study Session

Saturday, 14 April 2018 - 4:00pm /

Performer and musicologist, Professor Timothy Jones of the Royal Academy of Music, will discuss the groundbreaking significance of Bach’s extraordinary collection of concertos.

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St Pancras Room

Book of Hours: Pre-Concert Talk – Plainsong and masterpieces of the Renaissance

Saturday, 16 June 2018 - 5:15pm /

Harry Christophers, director of The Sixteen, and Father Anselm Brumwell of Downside Abbey discuss plainsong and the multifarious ways in which great composers based their masterpieces on these chants.

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