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

Family / The Crick Crack Club

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 at Kings Place

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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vulpes [from Maz O’Connor]

Folk at Kings Place

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 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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Ligeti Quartet plays Anna Meredith & Christian Mason

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 Messiah

Classical at Kings Place

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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