Sunday 13 January 2013

Spring 2013 at Kings Place

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Though the classical emphasis at Kings Place in the next three months is Bach, with the start of their year long Bach Unwrapped series, there is plenty of other good stuff going on. Viol consort Fretwork have a residency (see my blog post) as does the Royal Academy and the Schubert Ensemble, plus there is the a cappella festival.

As well as such groups as the Kings Singers and the Swingle Singers, the a cappella festival runs the whole gamut including the choir of Clare College, Cambridge (24 January) in Britten, Poulenc and Arvo Part

Bach Unwrapped gets underway with a delightful slew of concerts including the St Matthew Passion from the Academy of Ancient Music with Stephen Cleobury and the choir of Kings College Cambridge and James Gilchrist as the Evangelist. Jeremy Siegel will be performing Busoni's great Chaconne, the transcription of the violin solo, and Dmitry Sitkovetsky performs his own Bach transcriptions. In addition to their residency, Fretwork will be performing the Art of Fuge. See my previous blog post for more details of other events.

7-9 February sees a group of concerts devoted to Britten as pianist and collaborator. Nicky Spence (tenor), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Christine Croshaw (piano) and John Reid (piano) come together in a group of   programmes which puts Britten and Pears performance of Schubert's Die Schone Mullerin in context, explores Britten's response to war with Still Falls the Rain alongside Tippett's The Heart's Assurance, places Britten's Metamorphoses for solo oboe alongside folk-song settings and two new works for by Simon Holt and Jonathan Dove.

The Royal Academy of Music's residency includes Paul Brough conducting Haydn Symphonies, Laurence Cummings directing Bach and Stephen Hill conducting a selection of Music Theatre from the 1940's to the present day.

The Schubert Ensemble (7-9 March) celebrates its 30th anniversary with Schubert, plus new music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Anthony Powers, Juw Watkins, Joe Cultler, Edward Rushton, Pavel Zemek Novak, David Notts, Martin Butler and David Matthews.

The Fine Arts Brass Ensemble (17 March) show that brass music may be contemporary with music by Graham Fitkin, Robin Holloway, Stravinsky and Bernstein.

Sunday 27 January sees Philip Sheppard directing the Live Improv Band in an afternoon of Silent Movies with live music, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd will never be the same again. Spoken word includes Jewish Book week from 23 February to 3 March.

Further details from the Kings Place website. 

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