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  • Leonard Elschenbroich with 12 ensemble: Suite italienne

    17 Jun

    Leonard Elschenbroich with 12 ensemble: Suite italienne

    12 ensemble teams up with German virtuoso Leonard Elschenbroich in a programme that blends the contemporary with baroque and neo-classical music...
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  • Zoë Keating: One Cello x 16

    25 Sep

    Zoë Keating: One Cello x 16

    Groundbreaking composer and performer Zoë Keating creates a universe of music with a cello, a laptop computer and her own boundless imagination...
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  • Matthew Barley with O/Modernt: Indian Inflections

    20 Oct

    Matthew Barley with O/Modernt: Indian Inflections

    Cellist Matthew Barley teams up with master tabla player Sukhwinder Singh, Soumik Datta on sarod and violinist Hugo Ticciati to explore Western and Indian works...
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  • Natalie Clein: Bach Through Time

    2 Nov

    Natalie Clein: Bach Through Time

    ‘Mesmerising’ cellist Natalie Clein presents the fourth and fifth cello suites alongside 20th century reflections by Bloch and Kurtág...
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  • Christophe Coin: Italians in London

    23 Nov

    Christophe Coin: Italians in London

    Christophe Coin, soprano Ailish Tynan and pianist Maggie Cole provide a rare glimpse into London’s chamber music life in the 18th and 19th centuries...
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The ninth edition of our now award-winning Unwrapped series features more than 30 great cellists, from legendary masters Christophe Coin, Pieter Wispelwey, Raphael Wallfisch, Antonio Meneses and Christoph Richter, exciting talents like Gautier Capuçon, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alban Gerhardt and Leonard Elschenbroich, ‘alternative’ cellists Zoe Keating, Ernst Reijseger and Maya Beiser, to our youngest artist, winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Cello Unwrapped takes us on a journey from the instrument’s earliest beginnings through the prism of Bach’s mind, the dazzling concerti of Vivaldi, Boccherini, CPE Bach and Haydn to its Romantic heartland and into the ground-breaking, visionary works of the 20th and 21st century. But that’s only one stream of the cello’s story: we present the instrument in new and unusual contexts, with world-class singers, with choirs – and cello choir – with Indian musicians, tango band, folk duo, jazz ensemble, Spanish guitar, in its continuo role, with electronics, prepared piano, multi-tracked, improvised, distorted, amplified, cello in ways you’ve never heard it before.

The exceptional creativity of our cellists has inspired so much of this series, we hope you’ll follow them, to the New York loft of Arthur Russell’s Tower of Meaning, presented by Oliver Coates and the London Contemporary Orchestra, to Nicolas Altstaedt’s new work with Hauschka, Lost, from the tour de force that is Kodály’s Sonata to Messiaens ecstatic meditation, from solo Bach to the soulful blues of Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

‘The more I hear in [Hall Ones] adaptable surroundings, the more I’m inclined to think it may be London’s best classical venue. Which is good, given how many delectable programmes lie ahead in Cello Unwrapped’s year-long box of unearthly delights.’ ★★★★★ David Nice, The Arts Desk

‘The acoustics of Hall One at Kings Place – among the best of any London concert hall – are particularly sympathetic to the cello. The year-long extravaganza, Cello Unwrapped, curated by Helen Wallace, takes place therefore in the ideal venue.’ Barry Millington, ★★★★ Evening Standard

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Kit Downes Double Bill: Tricko + Vyamanikal

Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 8:00pm / Hall Two

Cellist Lucy Railton joins forces with award-winning pianist-composer Kit Downes, forming Tricko – a pairing that is dark, detailed, colourful and contemplative. Kit Downes and saxophonist Tom Challenger then launch the extraordinary ‘Vyamanikal’ album, with guests.

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Christophe Coin with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Galloping Galant

Friday, 22 September 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Christophe Coin, period instrument royalty, joins the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the effervescent G major Concerto of Boccherini, CPE Bach’s powerfully-driven A minor Concerto and symphonies by Sammartini and CPE Bach.

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Brodsky Quartet with Antonio Meneses: The Cello Quintet

Saturday, 23 September 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Legendary Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses, formerly of the Beaux Arts Trio, joins the Brodsky Quartet for a celebration of the cello in chamber music by Boccherini, Schubert and Borodin.

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SOLD OUT – Zoë Keating: One Cello x 16

Sunday, 24 September 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Groundbreaking composer and performer Zoë Keating creates a universe of music with a cello, a laptop computer and her own boundless imagination.

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Zoë Keating: One Cello x 16

Monday, 25 September 2017 - 8:00pm / Hall One

Groundbreaking composer and performer Zoë Keating creates a universe of music with a cello, a laptop computer and her own boundless imagination.

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The Cello Makers with John Dilworth and Mats Lidström

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 6:30pm /

Leading Swedish cellist Mats Lidström reveals the special qualities of the great cellos of the Royal Academy of Music collection through music spanning three centuries, with commentary from renowned maker and instrument expert John Dilworth.

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Natalie Clein, Julius Drake & Ruby Hughes: Tre Voci

Saturday, 30 September 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Soprano Ruby Hughes was a cellist herself, and loves to sing with the ‘warm, expressive, very human voice’ of the cello, here played by Natalie Clein, alongside distinguished pianist Julius Drake.

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SOLD OUT – Sheku Kanneh-Mason: BBC Young Musician 2016

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Sheku Kanneh-Mason shot to fame in May 2016 when he won BBC Young Musician with a riveting performance of Shostakovich’s first cello concerto. His pianist sister, Isata Kanneh-Mason, joins him for this special recital.

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Christoph Richter & Dénes Várjon – Schumann: A Haunted Legacy

Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Christoph Richter and Dénes Várjon weave a rapt narrative around the relationships between Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann.

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Matthew Barley, Sukhwinder Singh & Soumik Datta with O/Modernt: Indian Inflections

Friday, 20 October 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Cellist and seasoned cross-cultural collaborator Matthew Barley teams up with master tabla player Ustad Sukhwinder Singh, Soumik Datta on sarod and violinist Hugo Ticciati to explore both Western and Indian works through performance and improvisation.

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Rafael Aguirre & Nadège Rochat: La vida breve

Friday, 27 October 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Exciting young Swiss cellist Nadège Rochat teams up with renowned classical guitarist Rafael Aguirre for an evening exploring the works of Spanish greats de Falla, Granados, Albeniz and Cassadó, with inflections from Piazzolla, Ravel, Lara and Gardel.

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Natalie Clein: Bach Through Time – Concert II

Thursday, 2 November 2017 - 8:00pm / Hall One

In the second of our Bach Through Time recitals, Natalie Clein presents the fourth and fifth suites alongside 20th century reflections. ‘a mesmerising cellist’ The Times

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Paul & Huw Watkins – First World War: Channel Crossings

Sunday, 19 November 2017 - 6:30pm / Hall One

During the First World War, a new music was emerging on both sides of the channel. In this concert Paul Watkins and his brother Huw explore the cello sonatas of Delius, Bridge, Webern and Fauré, alongside pieces by Scott and Nadia Boulanger. With readings from the composer’s letters and poetry of the time.

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Christophe Coin with Ailish Tynan & Maggie Cole: Italians in London

Thursday, 23 November 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Christophe Coin returns with Maggie Cole for a colourful programme of Baroque Italian sonatas. Irish soprano Ailish Tynan joins them for Piatti’s exquisite songs with cello. A rare glimpse into London’s chamber music life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Raphael Wallfisch with the Orchestra of the Swan: Albion

Sunday, 3 December 2017 - 6:30pm / Hall One

Raphael Wallfisch returns to Cello Unwrapped, this time with the Orchestra of the Swan for a special concert of British music, taking us from Elgar to Britten via Edmund Rubbra, Ireland and Imogen Holst.

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Pieter Wispelwey: Bach Through Time – Concert III

Friday, 8 December 2017 - 8:00pm / Hall One

In the final part of Bach Through Time, Pieter Wispelwey begins at the beginning with the serene first suite in G major, accompanied by Britten’s final suite for Rostropovich, Ligeti’s distilled early solo sonata and the outpouring of joy which is Bach’s third Suite.

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Laura van der Heijden with Academy of St Martin in the Fields: Schumann’s Concerto

Friday, 15 December 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Schumann’s cello concerto is unique in its balance of classical transparency and soulful expressivity, heroic ambition and poignant intimacy. Captivating young cellist, Laura van der Heijden joins the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for a version of the concerto with strings.

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Oliver Coates with Tenebrae: Le temps de Noël

Saturday, 16 December 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Multi-award-winning Tenebrae, renowned for the passion and precision of their performances, join cellist Oliver Coates for a seasonal sequence of French and English music.

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