Resident Ensemble: Aurora Orchestra
Resident Quartet: Piatti Quartet
Artistic Associates: Alan Bearman Music, Cryptic, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Poet in the City, The Sixteen
We champion our collaborative partnerships, many of which have been part of our artistic programme since Kings Place first opened in October 2008.
We are home to the Aurora Orchestra, which has had its headquarters in Kings Place’s Music Base since 2009 and was formally appointed as Resident Ensemble in 2013. In addition, there are six Artistic Associates – Alan Bearman Music, Cryptic, The Sixteen, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Poet in the City, all of whom have been involved in various successful collaborations and imaginative series at Kings Place since its earliest days, from Turning Points (London Sinfonietta) to the Folk Weekend (Alan Bearman Music), Poetry & Lyrics Festival (Poet in the City) to Bach, the Universe & Everything series (OAE).
Resident for a decade, the Brodsky Quartet presented two acclaimed Shostakovich Quartet Cycles (in 2012 and 2022), and launched the popular Rush Hour Lates season in 2019. The Piatti Quartet will take up the Residency and the series in October 2023, showcasing Dvořák’s late quartets. Kings Place is also home to the long-established London Chamber Music Society, which co-presents the highly popular London Chamber Music Sundays. Acclaimed comedian and activist Deborah Frances-White has run her Guilty Feminist live podcasts at Kings Place since 2015, while Songlines Magazine have collaborated on the Songlines Encounters Festival since 2016.
Our partners have played pivotal roles in our year-long flagship, award-winning Unwrapped series since its launch in 2009 as well as various education and outreach projects. Other notable highlights include the ambitious series of concerts from Aurora Orchestra encompassing all of Mozart’s 27 piano concertos, starting in 2016, each twinned with an adventurous late-night Lock-In event, and the radical programming of female composers from all centuries from all our Artistic Associates for Venus Unwrapped in 2019, which won an RPS Award.