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Sounds of Life

From the curlew’s call to the groaning of ice, the music of the natural world has always inspired musicians and writers. As the future of a liveable planet becomes the most urgent issue of our time, we launch Nature Unwrapped. The twelfth edition of Kings Place’s award-winning year-long series will explore the sounds of the biosphere, man’s interaction with nature, and reflect on the paths open to us to make change.

Renowned choral director Paul Hillier is an Associate Artist, opening with Songs of the Soil to the music of Arvo Pärt. From Brumel’s Earthquake Mass to Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux to Max Richter’s Seasons Recomposed, Bach’s Peasant Cantata to Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, the series celebrates the inspiration of nature. Martin Simpson, Eliza Carthy and Nancy Kerr present Folk on Foot events, reflecting on the landscape. There will be ground-breaking music projects from Laura Cannell, John Luther Adams, Matthew Herbert and Ben Corrigan’s interactive Lydian Tree. Riot Ensemble bring GF Haas’s Solstices and Liza Lim’s Extinction Events, while Manchester Collective perform Crumb’s extraordinary Voice of the Whale.

Look out for more music events coming on sale, and for the spoken word programme, taking in poetry, nature writing, political debates and curated walks outside the building.

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Groove Baby presents: Groove Into the Woods

Family / Nature Unwrapped

Come on a jazz and funk-fuelled family adventure into the deep dark woods. Who will we find and will they be bad or good? Specially designed show for ages 3 - 7 and their grown-ups.

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I Fagiolini

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

‘I Fagiolini’s consort and solo singing are exemplary.’ Gramophone ‘This is serious musicianship that never takes itself too seriously – the Holy Grail of concert-going’ The Spectator As the focus on climate change grows, I Fagiolini sings

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On Common Ground: the life & times of John Clare

Words / The Crick Crack Club

Performance story-telling by Hugh Lupton

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On Common Ground: the life & times of John Clare - Online Event

Words / Nature Unwrapped

Performance story-telling by Hugh Lupton

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I Fagiolini - Online Event

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

‘I Fagiolini’s consort and solo singing are exemplary.’ Gramophone ‘This is serious musicianship that never takes itself too seriously – the Holy Grail of concert-going’ The Spectator As the focus on climate change grows, I Fagiolini sings

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VOCES8 – The Passing of the Year - Online Event

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

‘The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’’ Gramophone Magazine ‘The slickest of the lot... fans of a cappella ought to hear this.’ CD Review, BBC

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VOCES8 - The Passing of the Year

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

‘The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’’ Gramophone Magazine ‘The slickest of the lot... fans of a cappella ought to hear this.’ CD Review, BBC

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A Walk with the Urban Birder

Words / Nature Unwrapped

Join David Lindo, ‘The Urban Birder’, as he takes you deep into nature in the middle of London.

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London is a Forest: Walking Tour

Words / Nature Unwrapped

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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Two-Piano Gala with Katya Apekisheva, Charles Owen, Vadym Kholodenko, Noriko Ogawa, Kathryn Stott & Finghin Collins

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

Six internationally-acclaimed pianist friends team up in various pairings for an evening of enormous variety, including Stravinsky’s seminal masterpiece The Rite of Spring and a new work by Sally Beamish.

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Fabulous Beasts

Family / London Piano Festival

Animals both real and fantastical will be brought to life through the imaginations of two brilliant composers, with imagery and storytelling.

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The Big Night of the Guitar

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

An unmissable evening featuring acclaimed Brazilian guitar duo the Assad Brothers, the winner of the London International Guitar Competition 2019, George Tarlton, and more.

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Eliza McCarthy

Contemporary / ‘Under 14s’ / ‘Under 30s’ Tickets

Leading contemporary pianist, Eliza McCarthy, plunges into the natural world in this beguiling sequence of works for piano, analogue, amplified and prepared.

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Tom Kerstens’ G Plus Ensemble

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

Tom Kerstens’ G Plus Ensemble plays premieres of new IGF commissions: work by Léo Brouwer, Joe Cutler, Howard Skempton, Laura Snowden and Errollyn Wallen. Programme also includes work by Toru Takemitsu. Tom Kerstens is a major figure in

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The Imaginary Road: Jackie Kay and Julie Brook in conversation

Words / Nature Unwrapped

In this conversation with Skye-based sculptor Julie Brook, Jackie Kay reflects on her experience of the Scottish landscape as she travelled around the highlands and islands in her literary role, and discusses creativity and ownership of land, peat and ideas.

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Southbank Sinfonia: The Lark Ascending

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

Salt water stained nostalgia calls Grace Williams back to her coastal childhood home in a piece which traces the many moods of the ocean from its calm, flat surface of endless horizons to the unforgiving,

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Tim Dee and Matthew Herbert: Landfill

Words / Nature Unwrapped

Tim Dee discusses his recent book Landfill joined by composer Matthew Herbert who will present his sonic response to the work.

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London Sinfonietta - more, more, more

Contemporary / Nature Unwrapped

Commissioned as part of a unique project in London Sinfonietta’s 50th Anniversary Season, Matthew Herbert’s more, more, more is his response to photographer Andreas Gursky’s photograph of a landfill site in Chimalhuacán, Mexico City. Herbert’s music comments

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London is a Forest: Walking Tour

Words / Nature Unwrapped

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. Paul will lead us around the streets and natural corners of King’s Cross, all

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Aurora Orchestra with Louis Schwizgebel

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

Aurora Orchestra dances through the colourful changing seasons of a year with an electric convergence of fresh modern sounds and revered classics. They are joined by leading pianist Louis Schwizgebel.

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NYX + Christina Vantzou

Contemporary / Nature Unwrapped

NYX; electronic drone choir, and composer Christina Vantzou present a new, breathing symphony for electronics and the voice inspired by symbiosis in the natural world. 

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William Wordsworth: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Words / Nature Unwrapped

Join Poet in the City for an evening of poetry, discussion and reflection on life’s big questions through the words of Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

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Arctic Ice Music 20:20

Jazz / Nature Unwrapped

One of Europe's most accomplished and innovative artists, Terje Isungset marks 20 years of ice music with an international project that brings together artists with a long tradition of living in arctic conditions.

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