Friday 12 October 2018

Ten years: Kings Place celebrates in style

Kings Place
Amazingly, Kings Place is ten years old and so well has the venue entered London's artistic consciousness that it feels as if it has been around for much longer. To celebrate the anniversary, Kings Place threw a party last night (11 October 2018) with artists, performers, people from the music business and members of the audience. 

There was a great deal on offer, as well as being superbly fed and watered there was a feast of entertainment too. And as with all the best parties, there was always something exciting happening elsewhere. We managed to catch Harry Christophers and the Sixteen performing Britten's Choral Dances from 'Gloriana', a responsory by John Sheppard and Tippett's Five Negro Spirituals from 'A Child of Our Time', cellist Matthew Barley and his string ensemble performing Brazilian dance music, and a set from Sonic Brew, an ensemble which included violinist Thomas Gould (on electric violin) and pianist Alex Curtis (who had also written a couple of the tunes). The music kicked off with the Royal Academy of Music Brass Ensemble playing fanfares, and the soul brass group, Brassroots played all around the atrium. There was much else besides, we managed to miss Juice Vocals, Sean Shibe and Ayanna Witter-Johnson, not to forget Ex-Easter Island Head, Denys Baptiste Trio, Ant Law |trio, Art of Moog and Kansas Smitty's House Band!

Here's to the next ten years.

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