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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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Punk Meets Reggae: Don Letts (Online Streaming)

Words / Classic Album Sundays

DJ, broadcaster and filmmaker Don Letts turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae in the mid-seventies in London. In this stream, he joins Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy to tell the story of how punk met

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Channel One Sound System with Mikey Dread (Online Streaming)

Words / Classic Album Sundays

Mikey Dread, founding member of Channel One SoundSystem, joins Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy to discuss the ways in which London’s sound system culture helped Windrush immigrants transition to a new country and how it inspired their

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Lioness: The Story of Amy Winehouse with China Moses (Online Streaming Event)

Words / Classic Album Sundays

China Moses joins Tina Edwards to dig deep into Amy Winehouse’s ground-breaking music, her spiritual home of Camden and her enduring musical legacy.

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London Bulgarian Choir

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

The clashing otherworldly harmonies of Bulgarian singing are one of the musical glories of Europe. In this special performance, the London Bulgarian Choir presents songs from their latest album Songs of Forbidden Love.

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London Bulgarian Choir

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

The clashing otherworldly harmonies of Bulgarian singing are one of the musical glories of Europe. In this special performance, the London Bulgarian Choir presents songs from their latest album Songs of Forbidden Love.

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A London Walk: Musical Marylebone & Mayfair

Words at Kings Place

There’s music to be found just beyond the cacophony of brash Oxford Street. Tucked away to both the north and the south of London’s famous shopping street we can find scenes from the lives – and deaths – of the great composers as well as the ghosts of concert halls past.

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A London Walk: A Royal Flourish – Music in The Old Palace Quarter

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What does English history sound like? Join us for a musical march through the old royal quarter… 

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Sarathy Korwar

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

US-born, India-raised and London-based tabla player Sarathy Korwar has established himself as one of the most original and compelling voices in the UK jazz scene. He leads UPAJ Collective, has collaborated with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, clarinettist Arun Ghosh and producer Hieroglyphic Being, as well as groups Penya and Ill Considered.

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London is a Forest - Walking Tour

Words at Kings Place

Join Paul Wood, author of London is a Forest, and London’s Street Trees on a tour of the remarkable trees found right on our doorstep. 

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A London Walk: A Royal Flourish – Music in The Old Palace Quarter

Words at Kings Place

What does English history sound like? Join us for a musical march through the old royal quarter… 

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A London Walk: Musical Marylebone & Mayfair

Words at Kings Place

There’s music to be found just beyond the cacophony of brash Oxford Street. Tucked away to both the north and the south of London’s famous shopping street we can find scenes from the lives – and deaths – of the great composers as well as the ghosts of concert halls past.

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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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Crick Crack Club presents... Orpheus Underground

Words / The Crick Crack Club

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 at Kings Place

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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Lafawndah: The Fifth Season

Contemporary / Luminate

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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Nu Civilisation Orchestra - Parallel

Jazz at Kings Place

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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caroline

Contemporary / Luminate

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 at Kings Place

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

Words / The Crick Crack Club

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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Aurora Orchestra with Iestyn Davies

Classical at Kings Place

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 at Kings Place

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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