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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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London Bulgarian Choir

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

The clashing otherworldly harmonies of Bulgarian singing are one of the musical glories of Europe. In this special performance, the London Bulgarian Choir presents songs from their latest album Songs of Forbidden Love.

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Sarathy Korwar

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

US-born, India-raised and London-based tabla player Sarathy Korwar has established himself as one of the most original and compelling voices in the UK jazz scene. He leads UPAJ Collective, has collaborated with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, clarinettist Arun Ghosh and producer Hieroglyphic Being, as well as groups Penya and Ill Considered.

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caroline

Contemporary / Luminate

caroline is an eight piece, based in London, started by Jasper Llewellyn, Mike O'Malley, Casper Hughes in early 2017. Bringing together shared influences in, and experiences of playing, midwestern ‘emo’ guitar music, Appalachian folk, minimalist classical and various forms of dance music.

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Aurora Orchestra with Allan Clayton

Classical at Kings Place

Aurora Orchestra welcomes soloists Allan Clayton and Pip Eastop for a performance of one of the greatest achievements of 20th-century British music: Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. 

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Handel’s London Altos

Classical at Kings Place

London Unwrapped Artist in Residence countertenor Iestyn Davies, famous on both sides of the Atlantic for his role in Farinelli and the King, sings a feast of Handel’s London altos.

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The ‘London Bach’

Classical / The Return of Bach Weekend

When Carl Friedrich Abel met JC Bach in 1764, it was the beginning of a hugely productive collaboration and a true friendship.

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Phantasm

Classical at Kings Place

Phantasm celebrates consort music composed on the Thames. With Fantasias from the pens of John Ward, William Lawes and Henry Purcell...

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Vessel

Contemporary / Luminate

Vessel presents a world premiere of the live, expanded performance of Passion (originally conceived and performed as a solo performance) with strings led by Rakhi Singh.

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Aurora Orchestra with Iestyn Davies

Classical at Kings Place

Countertenor Iestyn Davies co-curates a special London Unwrapped programme which sparks a dialogue across four centuries of music and ideas. At its root are songs by the brightest stars in the musical firmament of Elizabethan

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Theon Cross [solo]

Jazz at Kings Place

Theon Cross is an award-winning tuba player and composer who not only redefines what can be done with his instrument but also transcends traditional genre conventions with his heady brew of low end theory combined with strains of ‘jazz,

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The Hermes Experiment

Contemporary at Kings Place

After six years and over sixty commissions, The Hermes Experiment celebrates its unique contribution to the new music scenes with their debut album Here We Are. With their unique line-up of harp,

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Sam Carter: How The City Sings

Folk at Kings Place

In the ten years since winning Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances.

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Coronation Anthems from Purcell to Handel

Classical at Kings Place

With performers steeped in the choral tradition of these Isles, 100 years of Coronations surveys the field from 1661 (the Restoration of Charles II) through to 1761 (George III).

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Stick in the Wheel

Folk at Kings Place

Stick In The Wheel’s work is rooted in traditional music and song, informed by the modern electronic music that grew out of their hybrid East London heritage. Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter use centuries-old work-songs

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Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

Classical at Kings Place

A programme of works featuring composers of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse heritage who lived and worked in London. Including Ignatius Sancho, Joseph Boulogne, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and George Bridgetower.

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Albion

Contemporary at Kings Place

Napalm Death, Edward Elgar, The Sugarbabes, William Lawes, Annie Lennox, The Clash and Radiohead are all mashed together in arrangements that will challenge and delight.

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The Sixteen

Classical at Kings Place

This programme spans the whole of the 16th-century, the age of the Tudors and an unrivalled era in our musical heritage for both sacred and secular music.

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Aurora Orchestra with Cassie Kinoshi

Classical at Kings Place

Principal Players of Aurora Orchestra are joined by one of London Unwrapped’s Artists in Residence, the composer, band-leader and saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi for a special new London Unwrapped collaboration with members of her SEED Ensemble.

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Varmints for Quartet

Contemporary at Kings Place

Ligeti Quartet return to Kings Place with a showcase of new music by Anna Meredith and Christian Mason, two of the most influential and celebrated composers on the London scene. 

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Handel’s Messiah

Classical at Kings Place

Some of the best period instrument specialists in the UK, the Hanover Band are on a mission to show audiences what earlier music might have sounded like – when heard in the best possible circumstances. Thanks to their gutsy playing ‘stripping decades of varnish from the score,’ as the Times says, Handel’s ever-popular Messiah will sound fresh and new.

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