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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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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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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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Ruth Crawford Seeger – ‘Dear Superwoman’

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

The young Ruth Crawford (before she married Charles Seeger) was a highly original artist whose visionary modernist works eventually drew admiration from a new generation of American composers. In this illustrated event, pianist Christina McMaster

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Tabea Zimmermann plays Clarke

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

In this concert, one of the world’s greatest violists, Tabea Zimmermann, honours a fellow violist, ‘the glorious Rebecca Clarke’ in the words of Arthur Rubinstein.

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Peggy Seeger: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Peggy Seeger stands at the nexus of two musical dynasties: her mother was an avant garde composer and folk-song arranger of rare talent, Ruth Crawford Seeger.

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Lady Maisery

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice, showcasing their unique approach to harmony singing.

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Southbank Sinfonia

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

Southbank Sinfonia is internationally recognised as a leading orchestral academy, each year bringing together 33 of the world’s most promising graduate musicians to provide a much-needed springboard into the profession.

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Kate Whitley & The Multi-Story Orchestra

Contemporary / 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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