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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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The Crick Crack Club

The Crick Crack Club, the UK’s premiere performance storytelling organisation, responds to Venus Unwrapped with three spectacular tales of powerful mythic women from around the world. From India, we encounter Kali, the demon-slayer, life-saver and Supreme Mother. In The Son of the Buffalo Women Jan Blake takes us back to the founding of the great Malian empire of West Africa, a story of such dark force it’s telling has been forbidden. Last but not least, from Russia, comes The Frog Princess Punked, in which The Swamp Girls and Sally Pomme Clayton unleash the wild energy of Baba Yaga.

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London A Cappella Festival

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the London A Cappella Festival returns once more with an awe-inspiring line-up of international headliners and vocal supergroups, celebrating a decade of vocal magic.

This year’s programme features internationally acclaimed composer and singer Laura Mvula with Europe’s finest female vocal quintet Black Voices; American pop-jazz vocal sensations m-pact, legendary Cuban superstars Vocal Sampling; three of the UK’s best university a cappella groups The Techtonics, The Rolling Tones, and The Bristol Suspensions and sublime traditional vocalists The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices; as well as a jam-packed array of workshops, free interactive events, talks, showcase performances, and LACF Kids.

The 10th London A Cappella Festival promises to be an unforgettable, extra special celebration of the best a cappella talent from across the globe.

We are also thrilled to welcome the London Youth Choir – the London A Cappella Festival’s official Youth Partner for 2019.

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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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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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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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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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Luminate

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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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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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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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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Jewish Book Week

Jewish Book Week is back with nine days of vibrant discussion, stimulating debate, luminous live performances, and a spectacular grand finale.

Join us as we examine the issues that affect us all, with speakers including Andrew Roberts, Simon Schama, Anne Applebaum, Philippe Sands, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Emily Maitlis, Melanie Phillips, Tracy Chevalier, Anthony Horowitz, Fay Weldon, Gina Miller, Nick Cohen, Jonathan Freedland, Elif Shafak, Zoe Wanamaker, Jason Isaacs, and Nick Hytner.

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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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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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Bach Weekend 2019

Bach Weekend, Kings Place’s much-loved yearly dose of all things Bach, returns this April with Martin Feinstein’s acclaimed reading of the St Matthew Passion, with the London Bach Singers and the Feinstein Ensemble. Concerts include a solo recital by cellist Christophe Coin, considered by many to be the finest period cellist of his generation, and a programme of double concertos written by the three greatest exponents of the baroque concerto: Vivaldi, Telemann and Bach. Reflecting Kings Place’s Venus Unwrapped series this year, there will be a special concert juxtaposing Bach with music by Frederick the First’s talented composing daughters, Anna Amalia Abbess of Quedlinburg and Wilhelmine of Prussia, and an event focused on the life of Anna Magdalena Bach.

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