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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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Andrei Ioniţă and Naoko Sonoda

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Leokadiya Kashperova was an acclaimed pianist and composer whose career and reputation were swallowed up by the 1917 Revolution. In this special programme, Andrei Ioniță gives the UK premiere of her glorious First Cello Sonata.

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The Crick Crack Club presents... The Son of the Buffalo Women

Words / Venus Unwrapped

Storyteller Jan Blake and drummer John Predare take us on an inspiring tale – The Birth of Sundiata Keita –from its origins in 13th-century Africa to the conflicts in our own time where its telling has been forbidden.

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Leyla McCalla

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

‘Her magnificently transparent music holds tidings of family, memory, solitude and the inexorability of time’ The New York Times ‘With Her Hymn to Haiti, Leyla McCalla Is on Her Way to Becoming a Star’ Vogue

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Vikki Stone – Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra

Comedy / Venus Unwrapped

The award-winning comedian and musician Vikki Stone presents the London premiere of her debut orchestral work, in which the comedian takes the role of ‘soloist’ alongside a chamber orchestra.

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Marry Waterson & Emily Barker + Michele Stodart

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Acclaimed folk and roots artists Marry Waterson and Emily Barker invite you to peer through A Window to Other Ways at this special album launch.

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Aurora Orchestra with Yeol Eum Son

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Kings Place Resident Aurora Orchestra premieres Missy Mazzoli’s exciting and adventurous new work, alongside Mozart’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 21, performed by rising star Yeol Eum Son.

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Kate Rusby

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Kings Place is thrilled to welcome Kate Rusby, joining the roster of acclaimed female creatives in the contemporary folk scene as part of Venus Unwrapped. Of all the stars in folk music’s wondrous firmament, few

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Far from Shore: Apartment House Play Linda Catlin Smith

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

Rarely heard in the UK, Apartment House present a programme of solo and chamber works by the acclaimed Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith.

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Kate Rusby

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Of all the stars in folk music’s wondrous firmament, few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. A career which spans over 25 years in music showcases Kate as one of the finest interpreters of

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Rakhi Singh & Vessel + CHAINES

Contemporary / Luminate

A collaboration inspired by Janáček’s string quartet Intimate Letters, and the premiere of a new work created by violinist Rakhi Singh and pioneering electronic musician Vessel.

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Sona Jobarteh

World / Venus Unwrapped

Africa’s first female griot kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh returns to Kings Place, demonstrating her elegant and intricate musicianship.

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The Brandenburg Sisters

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Three of King Frederick William I’s children showed outstanding musical gifts. This programme includes unjustly neglected pieces by all three alongside works by Bach-disciple Johann Philipp Kirnberger and more.

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Héloïse Werner & The Hermes Experiment

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

Soprano and composer Héloïse Werner performs her beguiling solo opera exploring language and identity, The Other Side Of The Sea, written in collaboration with poet Octavia Bright, visual artist Jessie Rodger and director Emily Burns.

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Rewriting Herstory in Music

Learning / Venus Unwrapped

The Venus Unwrapped series includes just 100 of the 6,000 known historical female composers, we explore the background of the series with a group of exciting speakers.

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Stile Antico

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

In this fascinating programme, Stile Antico shines a light on an often-neglected repertoire, bringing to life women from the Renaissance through song.

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Jazz Re:freshed present: Sarah Tandy and Rosie Turton

Jazz / Venus Unwrapped

Jazz Re:freshed present two exciting upcoming talents. Sarah Tandy is an inspiring bandleader and keyboard player, while Rosie Turton’s Quintet blends the sound of trombone, violin and electronics over a bed of interlocking grooves and soundscapes.

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English Symphony Orchestra

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

The LCMS’s second concert in the Venus Unwrapped series, with the ESO and Kenneth Woods, celebrates not only women in music, but also Czech music and the solo piano.

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Sylvia Plath: Life between the Lines

Words / Venus Unwrapped

Blurring the lines between life and art, Sylvia Plath took her personal experiences and wove them into the very fabric of her poetry.

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Nikki Yeoh and Zoe Rahman

Jazz / Venus Unwrapped

A special evening with music by two ground-breaking contemporary composers, Nikki Yeoh and Zoe Rahman.

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Roomful of Teeth

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

Through study with masters from vocal traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and forges a new repertoire without borders.

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Alexandra Stréliski

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

One of the rare women in the neoclassical world, Alexandra Stréliski creates music that enthralls listeners, filling their minds with rich, cinematic images.

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Ligeti Quartet – Consciousness

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

What does the brain sound like? Neuroscientist and composer Cliff Kerr explores what happens when performers become composers by translating their brain activity in real time into musical scores. Leveraging recent advances in non-invasive EEG

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Cara Dillon

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album Wanderer.

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