Update dated 13/11/20
A message from Peter Millican OBE, Executive Chair, Kings Place
Warm greetings to our audience and the whole Kings Place community,
We were overjoyed to reopen the building in August for our intimate Culture Clinics, where small groups could encounter musicians in bespoke performances, and to launch a vibrant autumn season in September. The work we had done to make Kings Place covid-secure and to create our new online platform, the KPlayer, made it possible to run as a hybrid venue, with socially-distanced audiences in the hall and viewers online. Incredibly, we staged more than 100 events from September to the beginning of November, in all genres, including a reimagined London Podcast Festival which reached a worldwide audience. To bring artists and audiences together again after so long was a privilege we will never forget.
On news of the second lockdown, the team raced to move forward concerts and you, our audiences, followed. We know that nothing can replace the shared experience of live performance, but streamed shows can be wonderful too, and offer the opportunity to converse with fellow viewers in the moment. As I write, the building is closed to the public, but I am pleased to say that musicians are rehearsing and recording in our spaces, and brilliant performances are in preparation to be broadcast to your homes, including shows from the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Our autumn reopening was made possible by the support of our audiences, who donated so generously over the summer. In October we were delighted and relieved to learn that we had been awarded a significant grant from the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund. It was a huge vote of confidence in the work we do at Kings Place, and the venue’s key role in a wide network of performers, arts charities and audiences. We want to thank the DCMS and Arts Council England for their recognition and vital support at this critical time.
Sadly, this crisis is far from over. Our halls are once again closed, and there’s no imminent prospect of a return to our business events, suspended now for nine months. We are excited to be developing and refining our KPlayer offering, and proud of the forthcoming live-streamed programme. But producing these high quality shows is expensive, and online tickets are necessarily low-cost. It’s vitally important we support our artistic partners, freelance musicians and performers through this difficult time. They are the bedrock of the rich, artistic culture for which this country is rightly renowned. As a self-funded venue, we remain in a fragile position, and will continue to need more support to plan a future.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Kings Place,
Wishing you all good health