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Summer Sounds

Summer Sounds is back in our local shopping district, Coal Drops Yard, and Kings Place is a partner once again. This festival of free music events (10 –21 Aug) features two days of ‘Kings Place Presents…’ stages showcasing our adventurous programme, with a focus on Voices Unwrapped. On Sunday 21 August, immerse yourself in the power of singing with Europe’s leading Gospel Choir, London Community Gospel Choir, crunchy harmonies from London Bulgarian Choir and everything from pop to sea shanties with Bellow Fellows. On Thursday 18 August, enjoy the sizzling sounds of Polish folk-classical string ensemble, VOŁOSI. Join us for an electrifying free live music programme in one of the largest and most exciting redevelopments in London!

See full festival information here .

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The Pilot TV Podcast Live – 200th Episode Celebration

The milestone is here! Pilot TV is officially 200 in August and we can’t think of anyone we’d rather celebrate this historic milestone with than you. Our 200th birthday party will be an excitement-packed, all-day event, kicking off at 12:30pm on Sunday 21st August with an afternoon of exciting panels and features, running all the way through to the evening..

Join us in the afternoon for Pilot TV Live – Part 1 , where not only will you get to see some of your favourite Pilot TV regulars blown up into their very own live shows, but we’ll have panels dedicated to some of the most exciting TV series currently (and soon to be) on air, with exclusive footage, special guests and possible even a sneak peak at an early episode or two. Details of the exact panels and timings will be added to the page as they’re confirmed, so check back for the latest updates.

Book tickets to Pilot TV Live – Part 1 here 

Then, at 7pm, it’s time for the main event: Pilot TV Live – Part 2: Episode 200, where James Dyer, Boyd Hilton, Beth Webb and returning Pilot TV legend Terri White will bring this milestone episode to life on stage, debating the week’s most exciting new releases, bickering over who’s been watching what and answering YOUR questions in an on-stage Q&A.

Book tickets to Pilot TV Live – Part 2: Episode 200 

But don’t pick one or the other. Book tickets for both at a discounted price of £32.50 and celebrate with us all day!

After two hundred episodes, thousands of shows and one great big pandemic – we’ve all been through a lot together, so join us for Pilot TV’s massive birthday celebration – it’s going to be EPIC!

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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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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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London Podcast Festival

The second wave of events is now announced for the seventh annual London Podcast Festival. Produced by the UK’s home of live podcasting, Kings Place, the festival runs from 8 – 19 September with a programme that celebrates the best in UK and international podcasting talent. Taking place in front of a live audience at Kings Place, the festival is a chance to celebrate the fast-growing popularity of podcasts whilst giving listeners the chance to meet their favourite podcast hosts. A number of the events will be livestreamed to audiences across the world via KPlayer, the Kings Place pay-per-view platform. The London Podcast Festival was founded by Kings Place in 2016 and has since welcomed over 37,000 visitors and 500 podcasters.

Stay tuned for many more guests, shows and surprises to be confirmed over the coming weeks!

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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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Podcast Maker Weekend

PODCAST MAKER WEEKEND

High-quality, affordable and professional workshops and classes suitable for anyone interested in the industry. Whether you’re completely new to podcasting and want to know how to start, are looking for specialised classes to refine your art or inspiration from some of the most talented figures in UK and international audiomaking, the Podcast Maker Weekend is for you.

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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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‘Under 30s’ Tickets

A limited number of  ‘Under 30s’ £8.50 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. All events with ticket offers for children and young people are displayed here. Terms and conditions apply. Please contact the Box Office for more information.

Please select the ‘Under 30s’ ticket option during the booking pathway (if the option is not there, this means all ‘Under 30s’ tickets have sold out)

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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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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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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 invite them to play the music they love best, the greatest works of the classical canon.

The 2022/23 season opens with the visionary pianist Tamara Stefanovich who will interweave Bach with birdsong-inspired pieces by Messiaen and Rameau. In January, we welcome transcendent violinist Fabio Biondi, presenting his interpretation of one of the major peaks of the solo violin repertoire: Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas. French pianist Alexandre Tharaud makes his Kings Place debut in February, treating us to a poetic sequence of Rameau, Ravel and Grieg, and to end the series, cellist and Kings Place Artist in Focus Laura van der Heijden presents a captivating programme featuring Beethoven, Debussy, Boulanger, Britten and Walker with pianist Jâms Coleman.

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Bach, the Universe & Everything

In partnership with The Institute of Physics

Our 2022-23 season of Bach, the Universe and Everything looks to the stars.  

As NASA shares images from the very first moments of time, we invite you to join us on a cosmic journey. Six eminent scientists, writers and broadcasters explore why humans started looking beyond our planet in the first place, space exploration and what lessons we can learn for life on Earth.

Bach, the Universe and Everything is a concert series with a difference. Across six Sunday morning events, our mission is to explore the human desire to better understand our place in the cosmos, guided by the work of JS Bach – composer and intergalactic genius – through his 200 cantatas.

Each event is built around a Bach cantata and a talk from a guest, alongside choral and instrumental music by other baroque and renaissance composers. The concert lasts approximately one hour.

‘He was wrong to think he could now forget that the big, hard, oily, dirty, rainbow-hung Earth on which he lived was a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot lost in the unimaginable infinity of the Universe.’

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy 

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London Guitar Festival

LISTEN PLAY CREATE LONDON

New players. New music. New experiences

The 19th edition of IGF’s London Guitar Festival brings you a wonderful series of concerts by major international artists and young artists making their debuts, new commissions, and plenty of workshops, foyer events and lectures.

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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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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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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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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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