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COVID-19 (coronavirus) updates

Update dated 22 Dec 2021

A message from Peter Millican OBE, Executive Chair, Kings Place

Warm greetings to our audience and the whole Kings Place community.

It’s been a roller-coaster year, which began in deepest lockdown with our online programme and burst forth in to socially-distanced concerts in May. By September, we were welcoming full audiences in to our halls for a series of vibrant festivals, from the London Podcast Festival to the London Piano Festival, Roots Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival and a host of unforgettable concerts in the London Unwrapped and Luminate series. The lively engagement of our audiences throughout this time has given us the inspiration to continue. Thank you.

This autumn, we learned that we had been awarded a third Culture Recovery Grant. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the DCMS and Arts Council England once again for their recognition and vital support at this critical time.

But, sadly, this winter has thrown us yet more challenges and uncertainty. Business events, which help to subsidise the arts charity, were not possible for nearly 20 months in 20/21 and are now on hold again. This key income stream will remain severely diminished in both this and the next financial year. As an independent venue, we remain in a fragile position, and will continue to need more help to move forwards. Thanks to all those who joined our new Friends scheme this year: your far-sighted generosity makes such a difference to our ability to plan a sustainable future.

We cannot wait to open again in 2022 with our exciting Voices Unwrapped programme, celebrating the return of singing together. Offering platforms to our Artistic Associates, talented ensembles from all over the world, as well as opportunities for our audiences and young people to participate in workshops, is at the heart of our work. We look forward to 2022 as a year of renewal and development.

I thank you for your support, and wish you the very best for a happy and healthy New Year,

Peter Millican