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Time Unwrapped

Throughout 2018

‘If architecture magnifies Space, music transfigures Time’ Gérard Grisey

What does music have to tell us about Time? Time Unwrapped, the tenth edition of our award-winning series, will give you 50 different experiences of time, whether it’s being immersed in Manu Delago’s Human Clock, swept up in Adams’ spiralling loops, the superhuman complexity of Nancarrow’s canons, the slow suspensions of Feldman or Pärt, the heavenly lengths of late Schubert or the eternal time of Benedictine chant…

We begin with Haydn’s Creation, and end with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Along the way we visit the seasons – of Buenos Aires and India – dynastic folk traditions with Martin & Eliza Carthy, Handel’s Triumph of Time & Truth and Grisey’s Vortex temporum.

With Hugo Ticciati as artist-in-residence, the series features William Basinski, Brodsky Quartet, Colin Currie Group, Imogen Cooper, Crick Crack Club, Explore Ensemble, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Icebreaker, London Sinfonietta, Víkingur Ólafsson, The Sixteen, John Tilbury and many more…

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London Piano Festival

‘We are delighted to follow upon the success of our previous festivals with another uniquely exciting and widely contrasted series of piano performances.

A sequence of solo recitals will run throughout including two of today’s most sought-after artists – Pavel Kolesnikov and Konstantin Lifschitz. The extraordinary pianist Leszek Możdżer offers an unmissable night of amplified jazz whilst Alexandra Dariescu brings her enchanting children’s show The Nutcracker and I complete with live ballerina and animations.

In his centenary year, we pay homage to the great French composer Claude Debussy with many of his masterpieces and a special lecture/recital by Paul Roberts.

The central event is the Two-Piano Marathon where seven pianists team up in various combinations to present a huge range of repertoire from Schumann to Thomas Adès. We look forward to welcoming Margaret Fingerhut, Samson Tsoy and Stephen Kovacevich for this festive occasion!’

– Charles Owen & Katya Apekisheva, Artistic Directors

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Edition10 Presents...

Driven by an uncompromising love of music, Edition Records is a British independent jazz record label with a European sensibility and global presence. This year, they are celebrating their 10th birthday with a concert series showcasing their ‘sixth sense for emerging innovators’ (Guardian).

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Master Series

Mastery in music is a never-achieved mission, but some performers come breathtakingly close to it.

In this new series, we present four renowned artists each year, in the glowing acoustic of Hall One, an intimate space expressly designed for the purpose. We have asked the performers to bring the music which they love and revere the most, the great works of the classical canon.

German cellist Alban Gerhardt opens with Bach Suites, in a bold solo programme. Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska, one of the great Chopin performers, treats us to a Debussy and Poulenc before a turbulent Chopin sequence. Steven Osborne is revered for the purity of his sound and visionary intellect: here he will illuminate Schubert and dazzle in Prokofiev. Last, but not least, we welcome the brilliant Schumann Quartett whose Chiaroscuro programme leads us, via Bach, on a journey through time.

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In this new monthly series, we shine a light into the crucible of new music creation today, revealing exhilarating cross-currents in sound and style. From contemporary orchestral composition to shimmering electronic sound worlds, musical expression is becoming less defined by genre, more framed by its emotional and cultural contexts. Luminate taps into this bold, exploratory landscape in a series of shows that will provoke and inspire.

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Mozart’s Piano

All 27 concertos over 5 years

Staged over five years (2016-20), Mozart’s Piano is an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime journey through the complete cycle of all 27 Mozart piano concertos in a single series for the first time in the UK. Featuring exceptional guest soloists, Aurora presents the piano concertos as a starting point for a kaleidoscopic experience across centuries and diverse repertoire, illuminating Mozart’s life, music, and legacy in new and unexpected ways.

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London Chamber Music Society

The London Chamber Music Society (LCMS) is dedicated to bringing the best in chamber music to London audiences and can trace its origins back to Victorian music making in London in the 1870s. The LCMS Concert Series aims to continue this rich legacy.

The list of famous artists and ensembles appearing through the years includes Henry Wood, Frank Bridge, Albert Sammons, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Goosens, Ysaÿe, Percy Grainger, Primrose, Harriet Cohen, Myra Hess, John Ireland and many more. Britain’s most celebrated string quartets have regularly appeared in the Series, from the Brosa and Amadeus to the Allegri, Lindsay and Chilingirian Quartets. Patrons: Sir Jeremy Dixon and Julia Somerville.

‘The London Chamber Music Sundays are an absolute joy and we should ‘spread the word’ as far and wide as possible.’ Seen & Heard International

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Aurora Orchestra - Far, Far Away

Combining live instrumental performance of the highest calibre with original storytelling and a playful, multi-sensory approach to concert presentation, Far, Far Away is the perfect way to introduce young children to music.

Each concert explores a particular composer or style of music, weaving together stunning live performances with an original story from Aurora Orchestra’s Writer-in-Residence Kate Wakeling and a beautifully designed set built around the audience and musicians. Audiences are invited to step inside each story through guided listening, singing, dancing, holding props and much more, becoming immersed in a magical world of music, language, discovery and play.

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Equator Festival: Women of the World

Following on from its successful series last year Equator’s Women of the World returns for its 7th edition with another mix of music from around the world.

There is a Balkan focus with the upbeat Macedonian gypsy sounds of Tatcho Drom, the music of Litha and Effy Efthymiou and Plastikes Karekles (Plastic Chairs). Staying with the gypsy theme the evocative voice of Portuguese fadista Claudia Aurora transports us to another emotional level.

Further afield we have the stunning Zimbabwean vocalist Tsungai Tsikirai, and finally our own Windrush celebration focussing on the music of Caribbean composers curated by composer Shirley J. Thompson. Come and sample some of this with fast selling day passes.

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10th Year

‘A concert hall that looks as good as it sounds… A building that lifts the spirits even before a note has been sounded.’ The Times

When Kings Place opened its doors in 2008, it was London’s first new concert hall of the century. In the intervening decade, the venue has not only made its mark on the cultural map but become the performing arts hub of a vibrant new quarter around the King’s Cross and St Pancras area.

Our artistic programme has come together with the help of a family of artistic partners, from our resident Aurora Orchestra to The Sixteen and Poet in the City, from London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment to Alan Bearman Music and Cryptic.

To celebrate our tenth birthday, we’ve selected ten special events featuring these partners and reflecting the wealth of talent, the breadth of ideas and the sheer diversity of our offering.

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Bach, the Universe & Everything

In partnership with The Institute of Physics

‘Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.’ – Douglas Adams

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds.

Each month, experience some of Bach’s greatest music and a ground-breaking talk from the world of physics and astronomy. This season, the OAE look up into the night sky to see what’s out there – exploring alien life, distant worlds and how we might one day reach them. With a bit of communal singing and conversation, it’s a place where you can bond with music lovers and unravel the mysteries of our universe. Feel invigorated, energised and inspired for the week ahead – there is no better way to start your Sunday.

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The Guilty Feminist

Ever felt you should be better at feminism? Join comedian Deborah Frances-White for her comedy podcast, recorded in front of a live audience. Each episode Deborah and her guests discuss topics ‘all 21st century feminists agree on’ while confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles. The podcast has been a huge success with over 20,000,000 downloads since it started in December 2015.

Previous guests have included Jo Brand, Andi Osho, Sarah Millican, Jenny Eclair, Susan Wokoma, Sara Pascoe, Jessamyn Stanley and Gemma Arterton.

‘Screamingly funny. Everyone is talking about them talking.’ Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Guardian
‘Presenters and guests set themselves challenges with invariably hilarious outcomes.’ The Economist

Deborah is an award-winning writer, comedian and corporate speaker. Her comedy series Rolls the Dice has had two series on BBC Radio 4 and she wrote the screenplay for the movie Say My Name which will be released in 2018.

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London Guitar Festival 2018

London Guitar Festival 2018 features a wonderful series of concerts, masterclasses and competitions. We look forward to an exciting line-up of major international artists and young artist making their debuts. Europe’s foremost Flamenco act, the Gerardo Nuñez Quintet is headlining the Friday night, and the amazing Ana Vidovic concludes the Big Night of the Guitar on Saturday evening. This year we especially welcome performances from exciting YOUNG STARS as part of the new EuroStrings Project, as well as our own Young Artist Platform and Aspire stage.

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Turning Points

Listen with new ears

In this series, Kings Place Artistic Associates, the London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment explore game-changing masterworks in music history in novel formats. Turning Points engages directly with the audience, taking listeners on a learning journey, using the different spaces at Kings Place.

‘As the London Sinfonietta turns 50 this year, we tell the story of our own turning points, and of one of the greatest composers of the post-war period, Luciano Berio. We also explore the extraordinary revolutions in both music and physics at the start of the 20th century in Space Time.’
Andrew Burke, London Sinfonietta

‘From the moment someone buys a ticket, we create a community, sharing playlists, interviews and study afternoons relating to the programme. On the night, you’ll be able to ask questions, vote for the encore and engage in a conversation about the music and how we play it.’
Crispin Woodhead, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

The EFG London Jazz Festival returns for ten days from Friday 16 November to Sunday 25 November 2018.

You can expect to see the full range of heavyweight musical talent from right across the globe, with the festival’s usual mixture of the jazz masters flexing their chops, the cutting-edge young bands making a stir, international legends with a wealth of fresh new music, emerging British stars and outstanding collaborations and commissions all added into the mix.

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Christmas at Kings Place

Throughout December

You’ll find the lights blazing and the music playing for Christmas at Kings Place this year.

There’s Handel’s Messiah, performed by leading period orchestra, the Hanover Band. The OAE’s Rising Stars sing one of Bach’s Christmas Cantatas and more festive choral favourites are presented by Sonoro and Tenebrae.

Join Juice Vocal Ensemble for a more contemporary take on ‘Winterval’, explore British Christmas customs and lesser known carols with the Albion Band and Jim Causley, and let Robert Ince entertain you with his combination of science, songs and laughter.

Finally, bring along the whole family to the gala performance of The Little Fir Tree.

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Venus Unwrapped

A new light on music by women

In 2019 Kings Place’s award-winning flagship series focuses on the creative firepower of women composers: Venus Unwrapped. Across twelve months and more than sixty events, we unlock the secret history of music by women, a shadow canon that begins with the music of medieval nuns, moves on to gifted professionals working in the European courts, the stifling world of the 19th-century drawing room, radical voices of the 20th century and into an explosion of creativity from female artists today in all genres. Venus Unwrapped embraces more than one hundred composers from Anna Meredith to Florence Price, Rafaella Alleotti to Rebecca Clarke, Barbara Strozzi to Sona Jobarteh, Fanny Mendelssohn to Pan Daijing, Kaija Saariaho to Nikki Yeoh, Cara Dillon to Cate Le Bon. From classical to electronica, jazz to folk, contemporary to comedy, Venus Unwrapped aims to reclaim her-story in music and inspire the next generation.

Supported by the Ambache Charitable Trust

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Trad. Reclaimed: Women in Folk

Co-curated with award-winning traditional harpist and singer Rachel Newton, Trad. Reclaimed is a series of concerts featuring women musicians and singers in the contemporary folk scene and celebrating iconic figures in its development. Showcasing pioneering forces in the tradition, some of the country’s finest instrumentalist talent and powerful purveyors of song, the weekend aims to redress a gender imbalance often found in the wider music scene. Celebrating the light and shade, energy and dynamism, grit and nuance of some of the finest trad. players, as well as the sheer diversity of skills and inspiration. Stay tuned for announcements of further events.

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