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A new light on music by women

In 2019 Kings Place’s award-winning flagship series focuses on the creative firepower of women composers: Venus Unwrapped. Across twelve months and more than sixty events, we unlock the secret history of music by women, a shadow canon that begins with the music of medieval nuns, moves on to gifted professionals working in the European courts, the stifling world of the 19th-century drawing room, radical voices of the 20th century and into an explosion of creativity from female artists today in all genres. Venus Unwrapped embraces more than one hundred composers from Anna Meredith to Florence Price, Rafaella Alleotti to Rebecca Clarke, Barbara Strozzi to Sona Jobarteh, Fanny Mendelssohn to Pan Daijing, Kaija Saariaho to Nikki Yeoh, Cara Dillon to Cate Le Bon. From classical to electronica, jazz to folk, contemporary to comedy, Venus Unwrapped aims to reclaim her-story in music and inspire the next generation.

Supported by the Ambache Charitable Trust

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Fidelio Trio

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Darragh Morgan presents his exquisite trio programme which contrasts Rebecca Clarke with her admired contemporary, Maurice Ravel.

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Sacconi Quartet

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

The world-renowned Sacconi Quartet champions two of today’s leading female composers, performing the world premiere of a new string quartet by Judith Bingham, alongside Helen Grime’s String Quartet.

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The Sixteen

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Two settings of poems to the patron saint of music, Saint Cecilia, form the centrepiece of each half with works to Our Lady book-ending the evening’s wealth of contemporary choral music.

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Ex:Re with 12 ensemble

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

To celebrate the one year anniversary of its release, London’s leading string orchestra bring a renewed perspective to Elena Tonra's (vocalist/guitarist of Daughter) solo record, Ex:Re.

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Crick Crack Club presents... The Frog Princess Punked

Words / Venus Unwrapped

Pioneering storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton and an all-girl band The Swamp Girls weld together punk songs, scratch animation and an epic fairytale about the perils of annexing the wild.

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Carols from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

A very special Nine Lessons and Carols from the first girls college chapel choir in the UK; medieval chant mingles with readings and contemporary carols.

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Explore Ensemble: In Dreams and Shadows

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

Explore Ensemble celebrate the music of acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho including the UK premiere of Figura, a dazzling chamber music version of her theatrical clarinet concerto.

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Aurora Orchestra with Angela Hewitt

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Kings Place Resident Aurora Orchestra pairs Louise Farrenc’s overlooked third symphony with Mozart’s exuberant Piano Concerto No. 22 performed by one of the world’s most celebrated pianists, Angela Hewitt.

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The Lock-In: La Boulangerie

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Perhaps the most influential woman of 20th-century music, Nadia Boulanger is an icon in the story of classical music, having taught an impressive list of musical titans. Aurora Players curate a night inspired by Boulanger’s legendary salons...

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Brodsky Quartet & Gesualdo Six

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

A winter solstice programme of spiritual intensity centred on the music of Roxanna Panufnik, interleaved with Renaissance reflections from Gesualdo and Morales.

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