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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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Phantasm

Classical / London Chamber Music Society

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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Northern Chords Festival Orchestra

Classical / London Chamber Music Society

The strings of the Northern Chords Festival Orchestra present a concert of favourite English classics, including Elgar’s beautiful Serenade and Finzi’s masterful cantata, Dies Natalis.

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Northern Chords Festival Orchestra (Online Streaming Event)

Classical / London Chamber Music Society

The strings of the Northern Chords Festival Orchestra present a concert of favourite English classics, including Elgar’s beautiful Serenade and Finzi’s masterful cantata, Dies Natalis.

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Aurora Orchestra with Elena Urioste

Classical at Kings Place

Aurora opens its 2021 season of London Unwrapped performances with a programme marking the centenary of the first performance of The Lark Ascending at the Queen’s Hall in London in 1921.

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Principal Players of Aurora Orchestra with Elena Urioste (Online Streaming)

Classical at Kings Place

Aurora Orchestra opens its 2021 season of London Unwrapped performances with a programme marking the centenary of the first performance of The Lark Ascending at the Queen’s Hall in London in 1921.

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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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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 London Altos

Classical at Kings Place

Counter tenor Iestyn Davies, famous on both sides of the Atlantic for his role in Farinelli and the King, opens London Unwrapped with a feast of Handel’s London altos.

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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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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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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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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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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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