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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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Southbank Sinfonia

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

A force of nature, Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz wrote seven violin concertos, eight quartets and four symphonies. Southbank Sinfonia play some of her signature string works.

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Gisela João

World / Songlines Encounters Festival

The celebrated Portuguese fado singer Gisela João performs soulful songs from her second album Nua.

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Stay in the Room Podcast

Free / Venus Unwrapped

Bloody Good Period, the charitable organisation supplying asylum seekers and refugees with menstrual products is inviting men to Stay In The Room and talk about periods.

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About Bloody Time

Comedy / Venus Unwrapped

Join us for an extra special evening of bloody good fun and help raise funds for the great work of Bloody Good Period in tackling period poverty in the UK.

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Kate Whitley & The Multi-Story Orchestra

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

A concert intertwining spoken word and music about love, exploring the relationship between sound and text through both sung poetry and live readings interspersed with improvised music.

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Alela Diane

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Join critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Alela Diane for a retrospective solo performance.

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The Jeanne Lee Project: Elaine Mitchener & Friends

Jazz / Venus Unwrapped

Acclaimed vocalist, movement artist, composer and kindred spirit Elaine Mitchener presents this new Lee-inspired programme with a host of impressive collaborators.

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London Vocal Project Workshop

Learning / Venus Unwrapped

Come sing with the London Vocal Project in a workshop led by musical director and internationally recognised choir leader Pete Churchill.

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London Vocal Project with Norma Winstone & Nikki Iles

Jazz / Venus Unwrapped

A collaboration uniting two iconic and vibrant ensembles; Nikki Iles’ The Printmakers featuring Norma Winstone and the London Vocal Project.

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Classic Album Sundays presents Sister Sledge

Words / Venus Unwrapped

Sister Sledge’s We Are Family is one of the most iconic dance albums of all time and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

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Eddi Reader + Siobhan Miller

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Eddi Reader grew up in Glasgow and Irvine, Scotland and it was in those towns that she learned to use music as a vehicle for communicating with others through busking and performing at the local folk clubs.

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Galya Bisengalieva & Katherine Tinker

Contemporary / Luminate

Award winning violinist Galya Bisengalieva & rising star Katherine Tinker join us for an intimate in the round performance.

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RPS Women Conductors Workshops

Learning / Venus Unwrapped

As part of Venus Unwrapped, Kings Place joins forces with the Royal Philharmonic Society to present two one-day workshops giving women the chance to take up conducting.

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RPS Women Conductors Workshops

Learning / Venus Unwrapped

As part of Venus Unwrapped, Kings Place joins forces with the Royal Philharmonic Society to present two one-day workshops giving women the chance to take up conducting.

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Rowan Rheingans: The Lines We Draw Together

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Rowan Rheingans’ much-anticipated debut solo release The Lines We Draw Together (with Michele Stoddart and Jack McNeill) is a heartfelt yet unflinching musical essay on memory, history, fascism, waltzes, folk-song, bird-song, trauma, family and war.

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Elias Quartet

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Sally Beamish was inspired to write Reed Stanzas by Elias Quartet’s Donald Grant. Her third quartet evokes windswept landscapes of Suffolk and Harris, threaded with the calls of a lapwing.

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Zoe Keating

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

Cellist and composer Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music with a cello and a foot-controlled laptop.

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Zoe Keating

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

Cellist and composer Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music with a cello and a foot-controlled laptop.

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Suzanne Ciani

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

The legendary Suzanne Ciani, first female recipient of the Moog Innovation Award, is a composer, recording artist, and pioneer in the field of electronic music and sound design. She brings her performance on a Buchla 200e in quadraphonic sound to Kings Place as part of Venus Unwrapped.

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Theatre of Voices

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

In this programme Paul Hillier and his acclaimed Theatre of Voices present some of the finest new vocal chamber music to come out of the Baltic States.

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Isata Kanneh-Mason and Ellinor D’Melon

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Rising young talent Isata Kanneh-Mason makes her solo debut at Kings Place in this coffee concert focusing on Brahms and Clara Schumann. She is joined by young violinist Ellinor D’Melon.

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I, Clara

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Created to celebrate 200 years since Clara Wieck Schumann’s birth in 1819, I, Clara tells her extraordinary life story in her own words.

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Mathilde Milwidsky & Sam Haywood

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Prize-winning duo Mathilde Milwidsky and Sam Haywood trace and explore the rich associations in Agnes Zimmermann’s work. 

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