9 Sep 2008
Factory (Classical) Music 
Kings Place is the first new concert venue in London since the Barbican. It opens on 1 October and two of Factory Classical's most celebrated alumni are helping to launch proceedings.

John Metcalfe curates Beyond The Loop featuring The Duke Quartet, Max Richter and The John Metcalfe Band. There is a further performance by The Duke Quartet later in the year. Plus, Graham Fitkin (FACT 346 Flak) presents The Multiplier Series of concerts focusing on single instrumental timbres.

Sadly 'Factory Music' on 9 December has nothing whatsoever to do with Factory Records.

More info and how to book at www.kingsplace.co.uk.


Metcalfe: Beyond The Loop
Wednesday 1 October
Hall Two
Curated by John Metcalfe

"An extremely rare chance to hear three of the UK's most distinctive and absorbing ensembles and composers in one space. World renowned for their passionate dynamism, the Duke Quartet perform Steve Reich's iconic Different Trains, followed by pianist-composer Max Richter and ensemble playing his hugely powerful and haunting music from the acclaimed CDs Songs from Before and The Blue Notebooks, both on Brighton's seminal label Fat Cat. John Metcalfe's band, featuring outstanding musicians from the electronic scene, produce searing strings and beats coupled with electric intimacy and lush cinematica. Not to be missed."

The Duke Quartet plays Steve Reich's Different Trains
Time: 14:45

Max Richter plays Max Richter
Time: 16:00
[Max Richter, piano Louisa Fuller, violin Natalie Bonner, violin John Metcalfe, viola Chris Worsey, cello Ian Burdge, cello]

The John Metcalfe Band plays John Metcalfe
Time: 17:15

Unfortunately, Beyond The Loop is already sold out but check with the venue for returns.


The Multiplier Series
Curated by Graham Fitkin
Tue 28 October and Tue 16 December 2008
Hall Two
Ticket prices from 11.50 GBP

"Composer Graham Fitkin has put together a series of concerts focusing on single instrumental timbres, monochromatic if you like, eschewing necessary orchestration. Whether it's a string quartet, four pianos, two basalt stones or three accordionists, each evening looks at how multiples of similar instruments are a potent musical force."


London Chamber Music Series
Sun 2 November 2008
The Duke Quartet + Tom Kerstens
Hall One
Tickets 16.50 GBP, Saver Seats 9.50 GBP

"The Duke Quartet is joined by guitarist Tom Kerstens in a concert of bowed and plucked string music. Britten's last quartet is followed by the Quintet by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. Schubert would have often heard his lieder played on guitar by friends in the private house concerts in Vienna: his famous 'Death and the Maiden' Quartet based on the lied of that name, completes the recital."

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