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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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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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