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Luminate

In this 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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‘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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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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Songlines Encounters Festival

‘This is the ninth year of Songlines Encounters Festival. We’re doing what we’ve always done – bring high-quality artists from around the world as championed by world music magazine Songlines to play in the superb environment of Kings Place.

In our 20th anniversary year of Songlines magazine, we’re thrilled by an exciting package of golden-age Ethiopian music. A screening of the excellent film Ethiopiques – Revolt of the Soul is followed by a performance from one of the stars of the film, veteran singer and pianist Girma Bèyènè with the band Akalé Wubé. It’s a UK premiere and will take your breath away.

Also tying in with Kings Place’s Venus Unwrapped series we’ve got an explosion of strong female creativity headlined by the young Portuguese fado singer who’s making waves, Gisela João.

With a typical global spread, we have superb musicians from four continents, including France, Portugal, Italy, Estonia, Ethiopia, Senegal, South Africa, India, Brazil and of course the UK. There are compelling Q&As and films too.’

Songlines Editor-in-Chief Simon Broughton

Listen to the Songlines Encounters Festival playlist to get in the mood.

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Poetry & Lyrics

A festival about the love story between poetry, music and lyrics from Poet in the City

Poet in the City’s genre defying festival returns to celebrate the relationship between words and music.

Poetry & Lyrics Festival, a unique celebration bringing together musicians and poets spanning genres from jazz, neo-soul, punk and disco is here, and this year we’re looking back on the songs and words of our years, from the tracks that define a moment to the words that shape our identities.

Headliners include Lavinia Greenlaw and special guests with their nostalgic Village Hall Disco, and Belinda Zhawi and members of Steam Down Collective performing a genre-bending jazz set to the words of poetry’s lesser known Black foremothers.

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Edition Records

Driven by an uncompromising love of music, Edition Records is a British independent jazz record label with a European sensibility and global presence.

Described by the Irish Times as ‘one of the more artistically credible independent labels to emerge in Europe’, Edition has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most forward thinking music businesses, bridging the gap between creativity and strategy.

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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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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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IGF Guitar Summit

Live the ultimate guitar experience!

IGF Guitar Summit is back at Kings Place for four days of concerts, workshops, lectures and masterclasses with the world’s greatest guitarists. Click here to see the courses.

We also present the EuroStrings Guitar Competition, a super competition contested by the winners of 17 European international guitar competitions.

Get in the mood with the playlist.

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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 Piano Festival

‘Welcome to the 4th edition of London Piano Festival!

We are delighted to follow upon the successes of our three previous festivals with another uniquely exciting and widely contrasted series of piano performances all held in the vibrant, contemporary setting of Kings Place.

A sequence of solo recitals will run throughout the five-day festival including appearances by two of today’s most sought-after classical artists – Ingrid Fliter and Christian Ihle Hadland. The electrifying jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock offers an unmissable night of his own compositions whilst younger listeners can prepare to experience the piano up-close and revealed in a new light by Sarah Nicolls’ groundbreaking show ‘The Inside-Out Piano’.

Music and Words combine for two special events – a lecture-recital on Schubert by the acclaimed Scottish pianist Susan Tomes and the London premiere of Lucy Parham’s new show, a homage to the legendary 19th century pianist/composer Clara Wieck Schumann narrated by Dame Harriet Walter.

The central event is the ever-popular Two-Piano Marathon where six of the LPF pianists including the outstanding Tim Horton will team up in various combinations to present a wide range of repertoire from Mozart to Brahms via Debussy and Ravel. A world premiere by Jonathan Dove, our ‘LPF 2019 Composer in Residence’ will celebrate the distinctive voice of a much-loved British composer. We look forward to welcoming audiences to this festive occasion!’

– Charles Owen & Katya Apekisheva, Artistic Directors

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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 Guitar Festival

New players. New music. New experiences

The 15th edition of London Guitar Festival brings you a wonderful series of concerts, album launches, the Final of London International Guitar Competition 2019, our Young Artist and Aspire Platforms, new commissions, plenty of workshops and Q&A and panel discussions. The guitar is unique in its appeal to people of all ages, musical tastes and economic means; immerse yourself in that most colourful and versatile of instruments: the guitar.

This year’s breathtaking line-up includes Venus and the Guitar with a unique all female Flamenco show around Antonia Jimenez and a day around female composers for guitar with Errollyn Wallen and Laura Snowden. Master guitarist David Russell returns to highlight the Big Night of the Guitar on 26 October, which also features last year’s LIGC winner Emmanuel Sowicz.

Finally, don’t forget to bring your guitar and take part yourself in our workshops and masterclasses with David Russell, Antonia Jimenez as well as free workshops Girls Rock and Composing for Guitar for girls and young women.

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Master Series

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

In this regular series, we present four renowned artists each year, in the radiant 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.

Our second series opens with the legendary guitarists John Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan, collaborating as Six Hands in a special programme of solos, duos and groups. Parisian pianist Lise de la Salle brings Bach, Mozart and Chopin in December, while Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk is joined by the fast-rising Uzbek star pianist Behzod Abduraimov for a programme of classic cello sonatas in February. We’re delighted to welcome Colin Currie Group to the series in May for a heart-stopping evening of music by Steve Reich.

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

The EFG London Jazz Festival returns to Kings Place this November, along with an illustrious line-up of international artists.

Norwegian iconoclast, Jan Bang, returns with Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers) for a mesmerising musical presentation of Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, while veteran Cuban violinist Omar Puente teams up with Courtney Pine, Alex Wilson and Dennis Rollins for a special tribute event.

Dan Tepfer bring his Yamaha Disklavier to the Hall One for an extraordinary improvisatory AV show, Natural Machines.

Check the website for new announcements.

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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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