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London Unwrapped

Sounds of a Migrant City | Throughout 2021

We’re excited to share with you the first wave of London Unwrapped, sounds of a migrant city. London has been a melting pot since its earliest days, both a place of refuge, a glittering cultural nexus, the most cosmopolitan of all British cities. This year-long series aims to delve into four hundred years of London’s musical past, with its dazzling display and troubling undercurrents, its openness, opportunities and barriers. The series highlights a music story that always been driven forward, disrupted, shaped and inspired by outsiders and immigrant communities, and showcases the diversity of creativity in the city today. Featuring artists in residence Iestyn Davies and Cassie Kinoshi, Allan Clayton, Elena Urioste, Aurora Orchestra, The Sixteen, Phantasm and many more.

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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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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 Crick Crack Club

Born & raised in London, the Crick Crack Club has pioneered the capital’s performance storytelling scene for over 30 years. Enter their wild haven of fairytale, myth and epic, and delve into the underground city, the city of shadows, the hidden city, the city of dreams and the city of the dead.

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The Return of Bach Weekend

The Return of Bach Weekend

After the enforced cancellation of Bach Weekend 2020, it is with huge pleasure that we can confirm the return of Bach Weekend to Kings Place this June, linking up with Kings Place’s year-long London Unwrapped season. Rachel Podger, one of the country’s greatest baroque violinists, will kick off the Weekend with a concert of solo Bach works, including the wonderful Partita in D minor and its monumental Chaconne. The central concert will be a performance of Bach’s sublime choral masterpiece the Mass in B minor, performed by the London Bach Singers accompanied by the Feinstein Ensemble and conducted by Martin Feinstein. Steven Devine will also give his acclaimed reading of the ever-popular Goldberg Variations and the weekend will finish with a concert featuring the “London Bach”, Johann Christian, celebrating the reopening of this great city as part of London Unwrapped.

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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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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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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 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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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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Bach, the Universe & Everything

In partnership with The Institute of Physics

J. S. Bach was an ambitious man. He was required to compose a vast body of sacred music for every occasion in the church calendar. So he did, at the rate of almost one a week. His legacy includes more than 200 cantatas and each one is a masterpiece. In this season of Bach, the Universe and Everything, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment pay tribute to the scale of Bach’s ambition by pairing his cantatas with talks from leading figures in the world of science on the nature of human ambition; our successes and the limitations that we still strive to overcome.

These stimulating Sunday morning concerts explore the ambitions of humankind through science, thought-provoking readings, beautiful choral music and even a little bit of communal singing thrown into the mix. It’s a place for curious minds to bond.

This season is presented in partnership with Kings Place, Oxford Mathematics and the Institute of Physics.

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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, workshops, lunchtime recitals, panel discussion and masterclasses with some of the world’s greatest guitarists!

Come and hear the leading classical guitarist of our times, David Russell, celebrated Flamenco virtuoso Juan Martín, a rare visit of the incredible gypsy jazz legend Stochelo Rosenberg and the amazing young Spanish guitarist Rafael Aguirre, a winner of an astounding 13 First Prizes in international guitar competitions. All be also teaching so don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from these world class masters of the guitar!

La Leona (the Lioness) is a new IGF project celebrating women and the guitar. We present new commissioned work by young women composers performed by four outstanding young women players. My G Plus Ensemble will premiere new work by Léo Brouwer and Laura Snowden, both IGF commissions. As always, we champion young talent, and our Young Artist Platform presents some of the stars of tomorrow’s guitar.

Join us for a thrilling weekend of guitar! 

Tom Kerstens 
Artistic Director IGF

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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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London Podcast Festival

The London Podcast Festival is back for a very special fifth anniversary event. Taking place live at Kings Place, the UK’s home of podcasting, the festival will see some of the biggest and brightest names on the podcasting scene perform in front of a limited capacity, socially-distanced audience. All events will also be live streamed to a global audience. Join us as we bring the podcasting world together in community and celebration.

Click here to find out how we are making our spaces safe for audiences.

Official Partner of the London Podcast Festival

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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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London Piano Festival

London Piano Festival is delighted to return to Kings Place for a wide-ranging weekend of exciting repertoire performed by an exceptional line up of pianists.

The Festival opens with a solo recital by renowned Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, whose programme is inspired by movement across borders and will include an improvisation of a live film score to Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 short film, The Immigrant. Katya Apekisheva will present an all-Schubert programme focused on his hauntingly beautiful late works including the iconic Sonata in B flat, D960, as the centrepiece. The Two-Piano Gala will feature appearances from long-standing LPF friends Kathryn Stott & Finghin Collins. They will join Gabriela Montero, Charles Owen & Katya Apekisheva in various formations to take listeners on a fascinating journey of pianistic collaboration spanning three centuries of music, including the UK premiere of Sonnets, a brand-new co-commission by Sally Beamish, inspired by a Shakespearean love-triangle. Esteemed mathematician Marcus Du Sautoy explores the links between ‘symmetry’ and ‘music’ through the astonishing musical edifice of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations. A complete performance of this iconic work will be given by Charles Owen.

The anticipation of live music-making complete with the magical resonance of grand pianos, all fuelled by buzzing audiences is one to lift the spirits. We look forward to welcoming the artists and to reconnecting with LPF friends again in the vibrant, contemporary setting of Kings Place.

Katya Apekisheva & Charles Owen
Co-Artistic Directors

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London Guitar Festival

New players. New music. New experiences

The 16th edition of London Guitar Festival brings you a wonderful series of concerts by major international artists, young guitarists making their debuts, new commissions, the Final of London International Guitar Competition 2020, and plenty of workshops, foyer events and lectures.

The guitar is unique in its appeal to people of all ages, cultures and musical tastes; immerse yourself in that most colourful and versatile of instruments: the guitar.

This year’s line-up includes new Flamenco sensation Dani de Morón, appearing with the superb dancer Patricia Guerrero, the incomparable Assad Brothers, surely one of the best acts in guitar history, headlining the Big Night of the Guitar, which also features 2019’s London International Guitar Competition winner George Tarlton. On Sunday, my own G Plus Ensemble will play new commissions by a host of prestigious composers including Léo Brouwer, Sergio Assad, Joe Cutler and Errollyn Wallen, celebrating Nature Unwrapped, as well as a work by Toru Takemitsu.

Young artists are at the heart of our festival and we especially welcome six exceptional young guitarists, all international competition winners, to London as part of the EU-funded EuroStrings Project. In addition, we present our own Young Artist and Aspire Platforms.

Finally, don’t forget to bring your guitar and take part yourself in our workshops and masterclasses with the Assad Brothers, Dani de Morón and much more!

See you at the Festival,
Tom Kerstens
Artistic Director

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London Roots Festival

Wed 3 Nov — Wed 10 Nov 2021

Kings Place is proud to partner with The London Roots Festival, bringing outstanding music to unique venues in the capital. Featuring an eclectic mix of styles including folk, country, Americana, blues, singer-songwriters and world music, the festival gives a platform for new and up and coming artists, to play alongside known and established stars.


Performing across Kings Place’s two performance halls, you’ll hear from English folk legends Martin & Eliza Carthy, singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams, Canadian powerhouse ensemble Còig, and masters of flute, fiddle, song and guitar McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle. Making his debut and headlining Kings Place’s festival is award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke, the energetic and explosive Scottish trio Talisk return to their London home, and vulpes (from Maz O’Connor) presents her new project inspired by the capital.

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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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Noh Reimagined

Noh Reimagined 2020 – 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 classical masterpieces handed down for centuries, while innovative British artists will explore what we can learn from this 650-year-old tradition.

Click here to see the full festival line-up.

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

Noh Reimagined 2020 is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020 and Beyond 2020 programme.

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