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Voices Unwrapped

Following a year when choirs fell silent, Kings Place celebrates the power and the joy of singing in Voices Unwrapped, our 14th Unwrapped series. Featuring solo voices to vocal ensembles to large choruses, we plan to fill our halls with Renaissance masterworks, close harmony a cappella, folk song, jazz vocalisation, lied, throat singing, gospel, electronically-enhanced contemporary voices to Baroque passions.

We’re thrilled to announce our two, much-loved artists in focus: Gaelic singer & musician Julie Fowlis and baritone & composer Roderick Williams.

The only instrument that every individual can access without expense, the human voice is a constant in all musical cultures and a channel through which each community can express its identity. Voices Unwrapped 2022 welcomes exceptional singers from Estonia, France, America, Denmark, Australia and the African diaspora, and British groups such as the Tallis Scholars, Black Voices and The Swingles, along with our resident Aurora Orchestra. We’ll explore a richly diverse vocal repertoire and provide a platform for community choirs, as well as opportunities for you, our audiences, to participate.

Watch this space for more announcements.

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Songlines Encounters Festival

‘Since its inception in 2011, Songlines Encounters Festival has brought rising stars, premiere performances and exciting new collaborations from around the world to play in the superb acoustics of Kings Place.’

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Singing Together

As part of our year-long 2022 Voices Unwrapped programme, we’re welcoming community, amateur and children’s choirs into our public spaces.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a hugely challenging time for choirs. At Kings Place, we know how much joy singing with others can bring, and what a powerful force choirs can be for building community, supporting mental health, and developing a sense of wellbeing. We want to support London’s choral recovery.

As part of our Voices Unwrapped series in 2022, we are opening up our spaces to local choirs who could use a boost to their recovery from the pandemic. Already the London Show Choir have provided a wonderful foyer warm-up before our opening night with The Swingles and Vadé. The New London Children’s Choir prefaced a concert with Aurora Orchestra and Roderick Williams, and Constanza Choir will join us before our April concert with VOCES8 and Eric Whitacre.

We will be running a special day-long workshop for all the Music Directors in the summer, and hope to extend the programme right into the Christmas period. If your London choir might be interested, there is still time to get in touch.

Please email: voicesunwrapped@gmail.com

Singing Together project is curated by the conductor, baritone and teacher Sam Evans.

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Luminate

In this open-ended series we shine a light into the crucible of new music creation today, revealing exhilarating cross-currents in sound and style through boundary-breaking, visceral performances.

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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Master Series

We shall never become musicians unless we understand the ideals of temperance, fortitude, liberality and magnificence’ Plato

In our annual Master Series, we present renowned artists in recital in the radiant acoustic of Hall One, an intimate space expressly designed for the purpose. We have asked them to play the music they love best, the greatest works of the classical canon.

The 2021/22 season opens with the incomparable French Diotima Quartet, joining forces with acclaimed clarinettist Mark Simpson for the world premiere of a clarinet quintet by Thomas Adès, for which Kings Place is proud to be lead commissioner. They pair this new work with Brahms’s masterful Clarinet Quintet.

In October, we welcome eminent Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey, joined by the questing pianist Alasdair Beatson, for a rendition of all five of Beethoven’s sonatas for piano and cello.

More concerts will be confirmed in due course.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Politics

Political commentator and broadcaster, Steve Richards, presents the latest behind-the-scenes guide to the epic dramas and the characters shaping seismic events. How have we got here? What’s going to happen next? Are there any answers to these questions? Come along and find out.

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Online Events

An exciting virtual Kings Place has emerged and our audience can now experience events streamed live at home via KPlayer.

For information on how to use KPlayer please refer to our guide or see the KPlayer FAQ.

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VOCES8 Vocal Workshops with Paul Smith

As part of our year-long Voices Unwrapped celebration, Kings Place invites Paul Smith, co-founder of VOCES8, to lead a 4-part series of fun, interactive online workshops exploring a beautiful collection of choral music, from much-loved favourites by composers such as Tallis and Ola Gjeilo to newer repertoire by Bobby McFerrin and by Paul himself.

In addition, these workshops will culminate in an in-person workshop at Kings Place on Saturday 2nd July (when Paul will be joined by members of the VOCES8 Scholars programme) and a foyer performance on Wednesday 9 November, but they are open to everyone, anywhere.

We look forward to welcoming you for one, two or all five vocal events!

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‘Under 14s’ / ‘Under 30s’ Tickets

A limited number of ‘Under 14s’ £6.50 (no booking fee) and ‘Under 30s’ £8.50 (no booking fee) tickets are available for specially selected events at Kings Place, ranging from Classical concerts to jazz and world music – a great way to introduce children to live music and make it more accessible to young people. Terms and conditions apply.

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Noh Reimagined

Noh Reimagined 2022 – Spirits of Flowers

Noh Reimagined: Spirits of Flowers explores how humans exist within – and as part of – the natural environment. As we adjust to a changing climate, we look to Japan, where people have worshipped nature since ancient times. Noh theatre has deep links to this culture and the kami (deity spirits) that are revered in Japan. These spirits of flowers and plants appear in many Noh stories, interacting with human beings and offering an image of how we might relate to the natural world.

As part of this year’s exciting programme, outstanding Japanese Noh performers will present two classical masterpieces, Fuji (Wisteria) and Kurozuka (Black Mound) among others,  while innovative British artists, Cerith Wyn Evans (conceptual art), Thick & Tight (contemporary dance), and Piers Adams (recorder) will explore what we can learn from this 650-year-old tradition.

What is Noh? Learn the basics here.

Read ‘Noh, an art of contrasts’ feature by Diego Pellecchia

Click here to see the full festival line-up.

Photo gallery on Noh Reimagined website.

Produced and curated by Akiko Yanagisawa (Mu:Arts) and the International Noh Project Committee.

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Kirckman at Kings Place

The Kirckman Concert Society was founded by Geraint Jones and Calton Younger in 1963 to promote young artists of exceptional talent.

The Society’s panel of distinguished musicians has developed a reputation for ‘spotting’ tomorrow’s stars in the making. The Society offers its young musicians a London platform as well as the possibility of concerts further afield; and while these artists are not yet household names, concert-goers have a unique opportunity to hear for themselves the exciting promise which these artists offer.

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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.

Nicholas Collon, Principal Conductor of Aurora Orchestra, introduces the final year:

‘It’s hard to believe that we are entering the final year of our Mozart’s Piano series. It has been an extraordinary journey for the orchestra, working with such a variety of inspiring pianists and delving into these 27 perfect musical gems. With a mixture of sadness and exhilaration we turn to these last five piano concerti (Nos. 23–27), each of them a miniature masterpiece. We are delighted to welcome back both Yeol-Eum Son and Imogen Cooper, alongside other world-class pianists who join us for the first time: Javier Perianes, Nicholas Angelich and Louis Schwizgebel.’

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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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IGF Guitar Summit

Live THE ultimate guitar experience!

The IGF Guitar Summit is back at Kings Place for three packed days of concerts, lunchtime recitals, and a panel discussion on La Leona: Women and the Guitar.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic we had to postpone some of our planned concerts until the IGF Guitar Summit 2022. Travel restrictions and rules regarding self-isolation and testing made the concerts by David Russell, Stochelo Rosenberg and Rafael Aguirre impossible for the 2021 edition.

However, we are delighted to be able to present a wonderful live programme full of brilliant young and established guitarists, a record number of new, specially-commissioned works and a groundbreaking project called La Leona. New commissions by no fewer than five young women composers are at the heart of the La Leona project, which will run for a number of years to come.

Come and hear celebrated Flamenco virtuoso Juan Martín, the outstanding young players on our Young Artist Platform 2020-2021, along with London International Guitar Competition 2019 winner George Tarlton and the wonderful Katalin Koltai – a great champion of guitar music by women composers. My own G Plus Ensemble will play exciting new commissions by the doyen of guitar composers, Leo Brouwer and the brilliant young composer and guitarist Laura Snowden who will also play her own solo works.

Join us for a thrilling weekend of guitar!

Tom Kerstens

Artistic Director IGF

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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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London Piano Festival

Welcome back to the London Piano Festival in its sixth, full-scale edition featuring an exceptional line-up of pianists at Kings Place.

This year there will be a particular focus on the joys of musical collaboration between pianist friends, a sharing and exchange of ideas. Dame Imogen Cooper will bring a Schubertiade evening, exploring Schubert’s duet music, Tamara Stefanovich opens the festival with a stunning sequence of works by Bach, Messiaen and Rameau. Noriko Ogawa and Katya Apekisheva offer a captivating hour of 20th Century preludes, contrasting those of Debussy and Shostakovich. Plus, we play host to jazz legend Vijay Iyer in a rare solo appearance, Paul Roberts returns to launch his new book Reading Franz Liszt in a lecture-recital also featuring pianist and festival director Charles Owen.

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The Complete Shostakovich Quartets

Soundwaves from Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8

Brodsky Quartet celebrate their 50th anniversary with a complete cycle of Shostakovich’s String Quartets across one weekend, played in the intimacy of Hall One, interspersed with talks by Elizabeth Wilson and Marina Frolova-Walker.

‘From the start, we felt a particular pull towards the incredible music of Shostakovich, its often sparse textures nevertheless rich and layered, always surprising, emotional depth juxtaposing sarcasm, irony or genuine humour. Perhaps it spoke to our northern sensibilities, a kind of stoicism we identified with. We would eagerly await broadcasts of his new quartets, scribbling down the notes so we could have a go at playing them, the sheet music not yet available. Back then, it was only just beginning to enter our psyche, but we somehow knew it was here to stay. Now we can look back on a career celebrating the man and his music in countless performances worldwide, educational side-by-side projects with conservatoire students, and two award-winning recordings of the cycle. We look forward to celebrating with you!’

Jacqueline Thomas, Brodsky Quartet

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Bach Weekend: Bach the Dramatist

BACH THE DRAMATIST

Martin Feinstein’s Bach Weekend returns to Kings Place with a bang this April and explores Bach’s flair for the dramatic. The opening concert, Easter Oratorio produces its own pyrotechnics, with its brilliant use of trumpets and timpani and its transcendent message. Other concerts include a recital by the charismatic French cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca and a welcome return to Kings Place for Art of Moog, Robin Bigwood’s hugely popular band, performing a completely new programme of Bach. There could be no better place to showcase Bach’s theatrical side than Kings Place, one of the very few places in London that combines a beautiful acoustic with the facilities of a proper stage.

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EFG London Jazz Festival

The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November, which has long been acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK’s landmark music events.

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