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

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

A gathering of world-class musicians from around the globe, Parasang celebrates the different sounds present in London today. 

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The Vernon Spring + Ideophone

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

Lima Limo Records present a double celebration of new music from The Vernon Spring and new signing, Ideophone.

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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 Valdes 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

Award-winning tuba player and composer who transcends traditional genre conventions with his heady brew of low-end theory combined with strains of jazz, dub, hip-hop, soca and grime.

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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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Laura Jurd & Huw Warren

Jazz / London Unwrapped

First outing for a new and exciting collaboration by two of the most eclectic free spirits in UK Jazz, Laura Jurd and Huw Warren.

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

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

Joining Pouya Ehsaei for the third iteration of the series, Sarah Tandy is an inspiring bandleader and keyboard player whose compositions are steeped in the rich traditions of jazz whilst enthusiastically rupturing the confines of the genre. Afla Sackey, Ghanaian-born percussionist, vocalist and composer who started his creative life as a dancer with the Bukom Ensemble of Ghana, known for their infectious folk-driven rhythms. Afla’s elders soon recognised the musical potential of this youth and encouraged him with careful guidance and training. This provided the foundations upon which Sackey has developed his career in music and dance. Wonky Logic, aka Dwayne Kilvington, who is an upcoming force on the left-field hip-hop scene – blending soulful electronics with crunk beats.

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