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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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Aurora Orchestra with Allan Clayton

Classical / London Unwrapped

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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Aurora Orchestra with Allan Clayton (Online Streaming Event)

Classical / London Unwrapped

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 / London Unwrapped

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 / London Unwrapped

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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Handel’s London Altos (Online Streaming Event)

Classical / London Unwrapped

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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Nu Civilisation Orchestra - Parallel

Jazz / London Unwrapped

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 / London Unwrapped

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 / London Unwrapped

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 / London Unwrapped

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 / London Unwrapped

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 presents Parasang ft. Marley Drummond, Kadialy Kouyate and Camilla George

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

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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The Askew Sisters: The Bonny Bows of London

Folk / London Unwrapped

Join acclaimed English folk duo Emily and Hazel Askew as they take you on a journey through the shapeshifting streets of London. Through their sweeping arrangements on fiddle, melodeon, concertina and cello, the sisters will

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Pouya Ehsaei presents Parasang ft. Hammadi Valdes and Yelfris Valdés

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

For the second iteration of the series, Pouya Ehsaei will be joined by Yelfris Valdés, a Cuban trumpeter taking inspirations from Yoruba traditions and Cuban and jazz music. Yelfris has collaborated with Sierra Maestra, Chucho Valdés, Moses Boyd, Kano and Ariwo. Hammadi Rencurrell Valdez 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 of the Cuban-Iranian band Ariwo.

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Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

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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Belle Chen: Arteries

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

A new show from uniquely creative pianist and composer Belle Chen exploring London as a living entity: people are its blood, and the soundscape its voice. The fast-rising Chen creates six original scenes as an

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

Words / London Unwrapped

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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Southbank Sinfonia: A London Kaleidoscope

Classical / London Unwrapped

As the city is brought into the concert hall, Southbank Sinfonia’s energetic musicians will be your guides for an orchestral tour of London’s most musical houses - and the scores that were created within.

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Aurora Orchestra with Iestyn Davies

Classical / London Unwrapped

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 / London Unwrapped

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 / London Unwrapped

Following the critical acclaim of their debut album HERE WE ARE, award-winning contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment release their second album, SONG.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Restoration Music

Classical / London Unwrapped

A programme featuring a collection of short and thrilling pieces of music written during the period of the second English civil war that draws parallels with our experience of restoration after Covid-19, and our determination to see the arts flourish once more.

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Sam Carter: How The City Sings

Folk / London Unwrapped

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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