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Bach Unwrapped @ King's Place

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Orchestra from the Age of Enlightenment

Just like when you unwrap a lemon sherbet, and explore all the sour notes and flavours revealed inside its inner casing, you can also discover all the facets of the Baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. In a year long series at King's Place, this musical maestro will be celebrated through over seventy concerts, study days, and interactive events.

With events costing between 19.50-49.50, the next performance will be The Art of Fugue on 1st of May by the Keller Quartet. It was the final composition by Bach, but remained unfinished by the time of his death. Although he never got round to specifying which instruments the piece was intended for, this performance will be played by strings.

On the 19th of May, the Orchestra from the Age of Enlightenment will play two lively Brandenburg Concertos, which work will be in contrast with the more serene mood of Cantata No. 106. The group has put a twist on the traditional meaning of orchestra, experimenting in different forms, and presenting performances in quirky ways. This fun new style makes them the perfect orchestra to introduce Baroque music to children, which they will do on the 18th of May & 28th of September in an entertaining and energetic Bach musical aimed at 7-11 year olds. Tickets for this are cheaper than regular concerts, being 4.50 for children and 6.50 for adults.

Also on the 18th of May at 10.30am, there will be a study day, in which a two-part lecture will explore the sacred music composed by Bach, including his church cantata and chorales.

There are even more events throughout the year to look forward to, such as a unique blend of baroque and jazz by Respectable Groove, a keyboard concert with commentary, and a chance to sing Bach for yourself.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 1st May - 21st Dec
Phone: 020 7239 9370
Where: King's Place
Cost: 19.50-49.50
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