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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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Laura Snowden and Errollyn Wallen

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

The guitar was historically regarded as a male dominated instrument but in recent times many women have excelled in guitar, both as performers and composers.

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NYJO: Zodiac Suite

Jazz / Venus Unwrapped

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra celebrates female contributions to jazz through history, including Laura Jurd’s reimagining of Mary Lou Williams’ 1945 Zodiac Suite.

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Chiaroscuro Quartet

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

In her 1834 quartet, the young Fanny Mendelssohn announced her composing talent to posterity: here was her response to Beethoven and to her pole star, JS Bach.

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Women in Frame: Gillian Clarke and Claire Eastgate

Words / Venus Unwrapped

At a time when extraordinary women poets are lighting up the face of contemporary poetry, Poet in the City invites you to the launch of an ambitious project painting the foundations for a new female legacy.

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Midori

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Renowned violinist, educator and cultural leader Midori brings to Venus Unwrapped her unique sequence of works by living female composers.

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London Sinfonietta – Jolts and Pulses

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

Tansy Davies has established herself as a highly individual voice in new music today.  Her musical constructions are built from the materials of the modern past.

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Blow the Fuse – Past, Present and Future with Alison Rayner Quintet, The Guest Stars and JFrisco

Jazz / Venus Unwrapped

Blow the Fuse, an artist-led organisation formed in 1989 by jazz musicians Deirdre Cartwright and Alison Rayner, have been pioneers in raising awareness to gender issues in jazz.

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Terri Lyne Carrington: Artist in Residence

Jazz / Venus Unwrapped

The resident artist at this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival is Terri Lyne Carrington, the legendary American drummer, composer, singer, and producer who has worked with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves and Esperanza Spalding amongst others.

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Angel Bat Dawid

Jazz / Venus Unwrapped

Only a few years after her emergence in Chicago's jazz & improvised music scene, composer, clarinettist, singer and spiritual jazz visionary Angel Bat Dawid is already a phenomenon in Chicago's avant-garde.

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Alice Zawadzki and Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra

Jazz / Venus Unwrapped

This spectacular collaboration between Alice Zawadzki, Rob Luft, Fred Thomas, Misha Mullov-Abbado, and the Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra challenges and develops typical orchestral practices creating exceptional new music.

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Attacca Quartet and Caroline Shaw

Contemporary / Venus Unwrapped

Pullitzer prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw reveals all facets of her dynamic musicianship in this collaboration with the young, New York-based Attacca Quartet. Hers is an art which converses with the musical past without fear of

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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

St Catharine’s College lies at the historic centre of Cambridge. In this special sequence, the Girls’ Choir and College Choir create nine lessons and carols with a feminine slant.

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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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