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Sounds of a Migrant City | Throughout 2021

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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Coronation Anthems from Purcell to Handel

Classical / London Unwrapped

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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Crick Crack Club presents... Jack and the 12 Dancing Princesses

Family / London Unwrapped

A widowed king with twelve daughters has an alarming mystery on his hands and there's only one person who can solve it.

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Stick in the Wheel

Folk / London Unwrapped

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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London Roots Festival Presents: vulpes [from Maz O’Connor]

Folk / London Unwrapped

The music of vulpes takes the listener along on the pursuit of spiritual release in the age of relentless consumerism.

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Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

Classical / London Unwrapped

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 / London Unwrapped

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 / London Unwrapped

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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echo

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

Experience echo, the new immersive film installation from long-time collaborators composer Cassie Kinoshi (Artist in residence for London Unwrapped) and visual artist Anne Verheij.

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echo

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

Experience echo, the new immersive film installation from long-time collaborators composer Cassie Kinoshi (Artist in residence for London Unwrapped) and visual artist Anne Verheij.

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Pouya Ehsaei presents Parasang ft. Sarah Tandy, Wonky Logic and Afla Sackey

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

A night of live improvisation celebrating the different sounds present in London today, led by Iranian electronic musician Pouya Ehsaei. Pouya will be joined by Ghanaian-born percussionist, vocalist and composer Afla Sackey,  bandleader and keyboard player Sarah Tandy and Wonky Logic, an upcoming force on the left-field hip-hop scene.

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Lafawndah: The Fifth Season

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

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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Voka Gentle

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

Operating on a plane between avant-garde indie, bubbling electronica and cosmic psychedelia, London group Voka Gentle have an addictive, amorphous sound.

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Aurora Orchestra with Cassie Kinoshi

Classical / London Unwrapped

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 Mercury Prize-nominated ensemble SEED.

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Irish Traditional Music in London: Reg Hall and Auld Triangle Céilí Band

Folk / London Unwrapped

In this London Unwrapped event, Dr. Reg Hall, shares his wonderful insight on the story of Irish music in London, before a performance from key members of the Irish session scene in London, collectively known as The Auld Triangle Céilí Band.

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Ligeti Quartet plays Anna Meredith & Christian Mason

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

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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Ballad of a Happy Immigrant

Words / Poet in the City

Centered around his 2021 collection ‘Ballad of a Happy Immigrant’, we will explore Leo Boix's arrival in the UK as a young queer man.

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Synthesis: Lunch Money Life + Joviale + un.procedure

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

London Unwrapped Artist in Residence Cassie Kinoshi (SEED. Nérija, Kokoroko) presents a curated night of three forward-reaching artists from our capital and beyond.

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Handel’s Messiah

Classical / London Unwrapped

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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