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Folk at Kings Place

‘Torch-bearers of a freshly reinvigorated tradition. . . one of the most exciting Scottish folk discoveries in recent years’ AllMusic ‘Gifted, imaginative, complex and engaging. . . a sound that just exudes joy’ FRUK ‘Bring

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Synthesis: Lunch Money Life + Joviale + un.procedure

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

London Unwrapped Artist in Residence Cassie Kinoshi (SEED. Nérija, Kokoroko) presents a curated night of three forward-reaching artists from our capital and beyond.

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Past Performances

Destinations: Belle Chen with Nick Robertson and Mario Radev

Contemporary at Kings Place

The incomparable pianist Belle Chen performs her new AV show, collaborating with designer Nick Robertson (Coldplay, Brian Eno) to transform the stage into shifting environments with realtime visual performer Mario Radev.

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National Poetry Competition 40th anniversary readings

Words at Kings Place

Enjoy readings and new commissions from some of the UK’s finest writers – The Poetry Society presents a dazzling line-up of ten poets who have gained recognition through the National Poetry Competition’s 40-year history.

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Urban Sound

World at Kings Place

Urban Sound combine the traditional and experimental with an array of Eastern instruments and Western piano as part of K-Music Festival 2018.

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Poetry London: Spring 2018 Readings

Words at Kings Place

Poetry London is one of the UK’s leading national and international poetry magazines. This event will offer the opportunity to hear four poets from its Spring 2018 issue reading their poems.

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Articles

‘How fast do we have to drive to go as fast as the music?’

Feature

Tim Rutherford-Johnson muses on the meaning and manipulation of speed as explored in a multi-faceted programme from Icebreaker.

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Exchanging Channels with Héloïse Werner

Interview

Héloïse Werner’s beguiling one-woman opera The Other Side of the Sea draws on her own experience of moving from Paris…

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Feasting on Infinity

Feature

The subject of Olivier Messiaen’s music was time itself. No wonder his music appears like a thread through Time Unwrapped.…

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The Music that Made Me

Feature

American composer and co-founder of the innovative ensemble Bang on a Can Julia Wolfe shares her key musical influences with Helen…

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On Time

Feature

Paul Griffiths explores the evolving relationship between time and western music in the last 1000 years.

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Bach Weekend

Feature

Director Martin Feinstein introduces his Bach Weekend, Time Changes.

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Nik Void and Ashley Paul

Interview

Experimental electronic artist and producer, Nik Void, and multi-instrumentalist/composer Ashley Paul, discuss their new collaboration appearing in Venus Unwrapped & Luminate.

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Caught in the Act of Creation

Interview

Nothing can capture the excitement of an artist in full flight. Sebastian Scotney talks to three masters of improvisation: classical…

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Mind the Gaps!

How five choirs coming to Kings Place are putting women’s contributions to choral music back on the map. By Amanda Holloway.

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Finding my voice

Feature

Award-winning composer Kerry Andrew performs with Juice Ensemble and alt-folk band You Are Wolf. Her first novel Swansong (Jonathan Cape) appeared…

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The courage of creativity over conflict

Feature

Kevin Le Gendre traces the story of black music in London from the Roman army to Tomorrow’s Warriors.

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Welcome back to the canal side: Rotunda is re-opening

Interview

The Chief Operating Officer for Green & Fortune, Emma Williams, speaks to us about reopening the restaurant within Kings Place…

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Walking the Tightrope

Feature

Since the time of Hildegard of Bingen, every century has had its share of exceptional female composers. So why aren’t…

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A Nearer Future

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Sonica Festival returns to Kings Place in April with a radical menu. Colm McAuliffe was up in Glasgow to preview…

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Your A-Z Guide to Time Unwrapped

Feature

The tenth edition of our year-long series celebrates music as a temporal art in myriad ways. With just over a week left…

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Meditation into Music by Christina McMaster

Ahead of her World Meditation Day Concert on Sun 23 May, pianist Christina McMaster shares her journey into a deeper…

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  1. Privacy Policy

    Kings Place is committed to protecting your privacy. We will use the information that we collect about you in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, and, from May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We respect your privacy and we are committed to protecting your personal information as that term is defined in the Act (‘Information’). We comply with the principles of the Act and aim to maintain consistently high levels of best…

  2. Terms & Conditions

    Legal Notices This is the website of Kings Place, which is owned, funded and managed by Kings Place Music Foundation (registered charity 1107839). By using this website the User agrees to be bound by the ‘Terms and Conditions of Use’ and if the User purchases any goods or services from the website agrees to be bound by the ‘Conditions of Sale’ and any specific conditions set out. Website Compatibility The Kings Place website has been built to work on all…

  3. The Building

    Following an architectural competition, Dixon Jones (National Gallery, Royal Opera House, Said Business School) was appointed as the architect for the developers Parabola Land Limited. In delivering the brief, they have skilfully brought together a major arts venue and creative hub, elegantly situated bars and dining areas including a waterfront restaurant, an excellent conference and events centre, and a Grade A office complex. In addition to being an iconic, mixed-use building, Kings Place has been planned and designed from the…

  4. Acoustic Design

    Kings Place – the story behind the sound Background Kings Place is the first modern purpose built recital hall to be built in London. With limited precedent in the UK, Arup went with the client, Parabola Land Limited, and architect, Dixon Jones, to Japan, where a number of small halls have been built in the last 20 years. This helped to consolidate what the team wanted from the new venue - a space with excellent acoustics for a wide range of…

  5. Design

    Features and Highlights Glass Façade One of the most distinctive design features of the building is the three-layered undulating glass façade covering the west-facing York Way frontage. This is a free-standing transparent surface made up of hundreds of very slightly curved sheets of glass, produced in a factory near Venice. As well as being a beautiful design statement, it has practical benefits; from allowing Kings Place to be seen and recognised by visitors from as far as Kings Cross station…

  6. Work at Kings Place

    Kings Place is a welcoming arts venue and conference destination in the heart of Kings Cross. Independently funded, Kings Place finances its artistic output through ticket sales, commercial enterprise and the hire of our spaces and facilities for rehearsals, conferences, filming and recordings. With two world-class performance spaces, our unique programme of music, spoken word, comedy and family events is managed by the charity Kings Place Music Foundation. Audiences are our rhythm, and people connect here with their passion, no…

  7. London Sinfonietta – Artistic Associate

    The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s leading contemporary classical ensembles, with a core of 18 Principal Players. Its mission is to place the best new music at the heart of today’s culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent. Founded in 1968, the London Sinfonietta celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018, and with it, a rich musical history that has seen it commission over…

  8. Poet in the City – Artistic Associate

    Poet in the City brings poetry to life beyond books, producing classic and contemporary poetry performances, experiences and conversations taking on major ideas, issues and people. We showcase biopics, use poetry to animate cultural movements and peer into ideas past and present, and create dramatic poetry experiences in major arts venues and unusual spaces. Since 2009, Poet in the City has made its significant mark by helping Kings Place establish itself as a new London home for poetry, having presented…

  9. London Podcast Festival

    The Evening Standard calls Kings Place one of the number one places to see live podcast recordings: ‘The beauty of the London Podcast Festival is that it brings together many of the shows that don’t usually have live audiences; this is a chance to get involved in the conversations you’ve been listening to on the tube.’ 2018 saw the third edition of our London Podcast Festival featuring a mouth-watering line-up including Cariad Lloyd, Chris Gethard, Helen Zaltzman, Paul F Tompkins, Robin…

  10. Record Your Podcast Live...

    at the home of UK podcasting! Audio drama, panel show, chat show, round table, whatever type of podcast you have Kings Place is the best venue in London to record it live. With 100, 200 and 400 seat performance spaces we have the right size room for every show. Your listeners will love it too, The Evening Standard calls us the best place to watch podcasts being recorded in London. With our world-class acoustics and state of the art facilities…

  11. Kings Place Environmental Sustainability

    The Board and team of Kings Place are resolutely committed to actively minimising our impact on the environment and responding to the climate emergency. We aim to be a leader in the cultural sector for environmental practice and we actively promote environmental awareness to our audiences, artists, performers, collaborators and stakeholders. As an organisation and as individuals we are continually looking at how we can further reduce our carbon footprint, energy consumption, the waste we produce and our consumption of one-use plastic. We are…

  12. Case Study: Aurora Orchestra Education Projects

    In collaboration with our resident Aurora Orchestra, Kings Place presents imaginative, immersive events for local primary-school children, and children with special needs, in Camden and Islington. Multi-sensory storytelling concerts, Far, Far Away, introduce the very young to classical music. Immersed workshops are built around Aurora’s unique memorised performances, where musicians perform without sheet music, stands or chairs. Children have the rare chance to experience music in the midst of the orchestra – up close to the musicians and instruments. In…

  13. KPlayer Guide

    KPlayer is our new streaming platform. Here, you can buy tickets to watch several of our live shows online, from the comfort of your own home.  There is also an archive of free-to-watch videos. If you miss a show or want to watch again, some of the shows will remain on KPlayer, as a video on demand, for a time-limited period. Watching a purchased KPlayer Stream or On-Demand Video   When it’s time to watch – you can access all your booked shows by logging in here   Alternatively you can navigate to your…

  14. Our Safety Measures

    Updated 01/09/2021 The safety of our audiences, artists and staff is of paramount importance to Kings Place. We are continuing to try and offer the most enjoyable and safest visit as Government restrictions are being relaxed. If you suspect you have any symptoms of coronavirus or have been advised to self-isolate, we kindly urge you to refrain from attending events at Kings Place. If you inform us prior to the event we will offer you a credit voucher for the…

  15. KPlayer FAQ

    Can I watch on any laptop or mobile phone? KPlayer uses Vimeo to distribute video. Please ensure your devices meet the compatibility requirements to play video from Vimeo. Vimeo compatibility guidance can be found via this link. Can I watch on my smart TV? Not all smart TVs are compatible with Vimeo playback but here are some tips on how to access and watch videos from some commonly used smart TVs. Log into your Kings Place account, using a laptop, tablet or smartphone Find the video…