October 11 2018 celebrates Kings Place's 10th birthday, the inspiration behind this year's Time Unwrapped, which launched with Haydn's The Creation in January. Time Unwrapped will come to a close on 31 December with two concerts from Aurora: A Viennese New Year with Imogen Cooper; and a count-down Lock-In, Northern Lights, starring Nico Muhly and Teitur.
To mark the beginning of its eleventh season, Kings Place is launching two new series: Luminate which opens on 17 September with Riot Ensemble playing Phil Venables; and Master Series which will be inaugurated by Alban Gerhardt on 12 October.
Luminate is a monthly contemporary music series, which explores cross-currents in sound and genres. From contemporary orchestral composition to shimmering electronic sound worlds, new music today is being less defined by genre, more framed by its emotional and cultural contexts. Built around the chamber music of Phil Venables, Riot Ensemble's Illusions intersperses Venables's chamber works with music and film by his Berlin contemporaries highlighting some of the most pressing questions and traits at the heart of his work as a composer (17 September). Luminate continues with performances from Liverpool's Ex-Easter Island Head, a musical collective composing and performing music for solid-body electric guitar and percussion (12 October); and Manchester Collective: 100 Demons, an acoustic and electronics show featuring new work by Daniel Elms (8 December).
In Master Series, Kings Place will present four renowned artists each year, each invited to bring the music with which they feel the keenest affinity. German cellist Alban Gerhardt opens with a bold solo programme of Bach Suites (12 October); Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska, one of the great Chopin interpreters, performs Debussy and Poulenc before a turbulent Chopin sequence (11 January); Steven Osborne, revered for the purity of his sound and visionary intellect will treat us to Schubert and Prokofiev (8 February); and, last but not least, the German Schumann Quartett, currently string quartet in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, present a Chiaroscuro programme leading us on a journey through time (22 February).
Helen Wallace, best-known as Editor of BBC Music Magazine from 1997 to 2004, and as a writer and broadcaster on music, has recently been appointed Director of Programme at Kings Place. Helen has been part of the Kings Place team since 2008 when she was appointed Editor in Chief. Over the past ten years she became increasingly involved with curation, taking a leading role in Cello and Time Unwrapped and took up the Director role earlier this year.