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King's Place Festival, Family Cultural Event in London - 100 concerts in 4 days!

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betty85 Thu 11-Aug-11 12:26:32

The concert venue King's Place at King's Cross in North London is holding the fourth 'King's Place Festival', this year providing even more free and family events for everyone to enjoy. Family-oriented events include the Aurora Orchestra teaming up with the Little Angel Theatre to produce Mozart with Puppets, adventures in poetry with Apples and Snakes and a range of classical Indian dance performances and a cappella choir recitals. For younger children, the 'Tuba Bears Picnic' performed by award-winning tuba quartet YouTuba, explores well-known pieces of music and stories and weaved them into a magical programme using fifteen (!) different brass instruments. The Lunar Saxophone Quartet also offer a 'Magical Carpet Ride' for children with special education needs in mind. The CHROMA Ensemble will also be performing interactive musical fun and frolics.

Kings Place Festival 2011 is taking place this September between 8th and 11th, and comprises a huge variety of artistic events, with a staggering 100 performances taking place in just four days, ranging from Classical, Jazz, Folk and World Music concerts to Dance, Contemporary, Spoken Word, and Comedy performances. One of the most important things to mention is that unlike other music concerts such as the Proms and performances at the Royal Opera House, where ticket prices are often into the hundreds, audience members can see fantastic artists at a fixed price of £4.50 per ticket - some events, such as performances by some of Britain's top a cappella groups, are even free to attend.

For Mums and Dads, there will be performances by world-class musicians including the London Sinfonietta and pianist David Greilsammer, as well as a talk by Guardian investigations editor David Leigh and a comedy appearance from Ardal O?Hanlon. The Jazz Repertory Company, folk musician Kris Drever, the Aurora Orchestra, Sacconi Quartet, Ivana Gavric and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will also be making appearances at the Festival. The venue?s bars, restaurants and cafés and Food Hall complete the festival experience and give everyone a chance to refuel in-between concerts.

There are some unusual events taking place as well, such as an innovative touch-sensitive dance floor installation which responds to movements on the floor, creating a unique fusion of music and movement. With this amazing new musical ?instrument?, dancers ?perform? a new piece every time they move, by ?playing? the floor with their body. As well as this, Kings Place has just launched a vocal competition open to all called Mozart [un]RAPPED, encouraging creative experimentation by inviting people to freestyle, rap, sing and re-work samples from a live Mozart performance from the Aurora Orchestra.

For parents who have ever worried that taking small children to see classical music concerts or other cultural events would be too much hard work, the King's Place Festival is a perfect compromise because they have actually geared their programme towards families. Not to mention the cost of tickets is so low (free in a lot of cases!) that it is hard to see why any parent conscious of their child's creative development would ignore such a great opportunity.

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