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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 Jurd & guests featuring the Ligeti Quartet, Dinosaur, Heida Mobeck & Anja Lauvdal

Jazz / Venus Unwrapped

Curated by trumpet player/composer Laura Jurd, Stepping Back, Jumping In is a celebration of new sounds featuring world-class improvisers and contemporary music-makers from Norway and the UK.

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The Creation of a Female Writer

Words / Venus Unwrapped

Three of our finest novelists discuss the creation of the female writer, focusing on the writing that best illustrates their careers, with literary critic Sam Leith.

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Lume: Entropi and Sloth Racket

Jazz / Venus Unwrapped

LUME presents an evening of female-led, adventurous jazz and improvised music featuring some of the most exciting creative musicians on the UK scene.

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Kungsbacka Trio

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

The fêted Swedish-based Kungsbacka Trio return to Kings Place with two great works by Robert and Clara Schumann, prefaced by Natalie Klouda’s Fantasy Triptych.

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The Shee Big Band + Hannah James’ JigDoll

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

The Shee bring electro-harp, accordion, fiddles, flute, mandolin and three powerful voices together with a range of individual musical influences to produce an adventurous brew of Folk, Gaelic and American music. 

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Women in Folk – Music Panel Discussion

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Rachel Newton brings together a group of women from across the music industry to discuss issues around gender in folk music with questions from the floor.

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Shirley Collins in Conversation with Emily Portman

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Iconic English folk singer and song collector, Shirley Collins, has had a deep and lasting influence on many contemporary singers. Emily Portman is one such singer. With their shared passion in the source material, this ‘In Conversation’ event promises to be an insightful and engaging conversation about lives lived in song.

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Solasta

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Solasta is an outstanding folk ensemble who is fast building a name for themselves on the back of their inventive arrangements, unique sound and exhilarating live performances.

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She Moved Through The Fair: The Legend of Margaret Barry

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Written by music journalist Colin Irwin and Irish singer Mary McPartlan, She Moved Through The Fair is a musical drama including many of Margaret Barry's most famous songs alongside dialogue based on direct interviews.

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Now She's Fairly Altered her Meaning

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

In this talk with musical accompaniment, Emily Portman discusses her own feminist interpretations of the traditional songs she sings and the original songs she writes.

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Rachel Newton – Solo Recital

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ Scots Trad Awards 2016 Shortlist for Scottish ‘Album of the Year’ SAY Awards 2017 Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic

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Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening + The Rheingans Sisters

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Kathryn Tickell is widely acclaimed as the world’s foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes. She is a composer, performer, educator and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. 

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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

Comedy / Venus Unwrapped

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

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Marry Waterson & Emily Barker

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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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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Written in Fire: Rakhi Singh and Vessel/Singh Quartet

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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Being Mrs Bach

Classical / Venus Unwrapped

The home life of the Bach family, as seen through the eyes of Anna Magdalena Bach, is reimagined by author and critic Jessica Duchen...

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