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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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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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London Bulgarian Choir (Online Streaming Event)

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

Having sold out both of their in-hall shows, we are delighted to present a live stream from London Bulgarian Choir's 8pm performance.

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A London Walk: Musical Marylebone & Mayfair

Words at Kings Place

There’s music to be found just beyond the cacophony of brash Oxford Street. Tucked away to both the north and the south of London’s famous shopping street we can find scenes from the lives – and deaths – of the great composers as well as the ghosts of concert halls past.

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A London Walk: A Royal Flourish – Music in The Old Palace Quarter

Words at Kings Place

What does English history sound like? Join us for a musical march through the old royal quarter… 

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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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London is a Forest - Walking Tour

Words at Kings Place

Join Paul Wood, author of London is a Forest, and London’s Street Trees on a tour of the remarkable trees found right on our doorstep. 

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A London Walk: A Royal Flourish – Music in The Old Palace Quarter

Words at Kings Place

What does English history sound like? Join us for a musical march through the old royal quarter… 

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A London Walk: Musical Marylebone & Mayfair

Words at Kings Place

There’s music to be found just beyond the cacophony of brash Oxford Street. Tucked away to both the north and the south of London’s famous shopping street we can find scenes from the lives – and deaths – of the great composers as well as the ghosts of concert halls past.

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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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Crick Crack Club presents... Orpheus Underground

Words / 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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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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Lafawndah: The Fifth Season

Contemporary / Luminate

Pop polymath Lafawndah presents her latest album, The Fifth Season, joined by a cast assembled from some of London's most exciting musicians

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Nu Civilisation Orchestra - Parallel

Jazz at Kings Place

Nu Civilisation Orchestra presents a sonic and visual tribute to Joe Harriott, the legendary free-form Jamaican jazz genius who settled in London in 1952 and went on to explore the sounds of the city and the musicians he met there to create his own characteristic style of jazz.

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London Syrian Ensemble presents: Sounds of Syria

Contemporary at Kings Place

The London Syrian Ensemble is a stunning collective of eight musicians and graduates from Syria’s renowned Damascus Conservatoire. Led by composer and Ney soloist Louai Alhenawi, this show marks the worldwide debut of their new project ‘Sounds of Syria’.

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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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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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Pouya Ehsaei & friends: ft. Marley Drummond, Kadialy Kouyate and Camilla George

Contemporary at Kings Place

For the first iteration of the series, Pouya Ehsaei will be joined by CAMILLA GEORGE, MOBO-Nominated, Nigerian born saxophonist and star of the award-winning group “Jazz Jamaica,” who leads her own critically acclaimed project showcasing the stars of the new UK Jazz scene, Kadialy Kouyate, Kora virtuoso and singer who can put anyone into a state of trance, and drummer Marley Drummond whose mesmerising beats bring influences from Reggae, Funk and Jazz.

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Pouya Ehsaei & friends: ft. Hammadi Valdes and Yelfris Valdés

Contemporary at Kings Place

Joining Pouya Ehsaei for the second iteration of Birds, Yelfris Valdez is one of the most sought-after trumpet players who has collaborated with Sierra Maestra, Chucho Valdés, Moses Boyd, Kano, and Ariwo. Hammadi Valdez is a dynamic percussionist and musical director who has worked closely with legendary dancer, Carlos Acosta, for over a decade, and been involved in the production of seminal albums like “Irakere 30 años", and Chucho Valdés’ “New Conceptions”, which was awarded a Latin Grammy. Hammadi is also the co-founder Cuban-Iranian band Ariwo.

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Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Contemporary at Kings Place

A born and raised Londoner, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, uncovers the hidden stories of her hometown through the lens of her Jamaican heritage. The singer / songwriter / cellist, with her unique blend of classically infused jazz, reggae and soul, presents a night of song and storytelling accompanied by some special guests.

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The Crick Crack Club presents... The Market at the end of the World

Words / The Crick Crack Club

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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