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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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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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New Year’s Eve with Aurora Orchestra and Javier Perianes

Classical / Mozart’s Piano

Join Aurora Orchestra for a glittering New Year’s Eve concert celebrating the culmination of two extraordinary series at Kings Place: London Unwrapped and Mozart’s Piano with Handel’s Water Music and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27.

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