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Preview: Kings Place Festival, London

Kings Place (Photo: Monika S Jakubowska)

Somehow the phrase ‘mini-festival’ does not seem right for this, short though it is at just one weekend, since it’s packed with no fewer than 65 eclectic events, and for once the phrase ‘something for everyone’ is no exaggeration. With tickets at just £6.50, and over a third of all the events free of charge, this is the perfect way to enjoy the last of Summer whilst discovering one of London’s most engaging performance venues.

A free concert by the London Klezmer Quartet at 6pm on Friday September 12th gets things off to a lively start, and on the same evening the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs music by Purcell in an informal style, introduced by the players – the informality extends to drinks being allowed, so if you fancy a pint with your Purcell, be there at 8.15 pm. The Aurora Orchestra and the Brodsky Quartet, both resident at Kings Place, make appearances throughout the weekend, with the Quartet performing works by Tchaikovsky and Borodin.

On Saturday, the fun begins with Canal boat trips starting from 10 am, and the day includes two ‘Family Concerts’ as well as ‘Poet in the City’ from London’s first ever Young Poet Laureate, a concert of Early Music juxtaposed with pop and rock from ‘The Queen’s Six,’ and a performance of choral works by Byrd and Tallis, by the Choir of King’s College, London. The day concludes with ‘The Beats and Pieces Big Band’ at 9.30 pm, one of the currently most-talked-about jazz groups, seeking to redefine the role of the big band for a new generation.

Sunday’s mix is even more varied, with a ‘Bloody Mary Masterclass’ at 11 am, a talk by the author and illustrator Anthony Browne at noon, Beer Tasting at 3 pm, the London Chamber Collective playing Beethoven at 5.45 pm, and Kris Dreyer and Eamonn Coyne with an evening of traditional folk and song at 8.30pm. These are just a sample of the events on offer, so check kingsplace.co.uk/festival for all the details.

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