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Cubitt Sessions set to arrive in style

Lewis Cubitt Square set to host a series of contemporary, classical and world music performances

19 July, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

London Brass will be perform at the Cubitt Sessions on Saturday, July 28

THE public-private spaces around the ever-evolving development at Granary Square in King’s Cross have become the scene for a rolling programme of free entertainment all year round – beer festivals, mini-Green Man festivals, vintage fairs complete with retro bands, fried chicken contests and a free series of outdoor cinema screenings, are amongst the few that come to mind.

At the end of the month, the Cubitt Sessions return (July 25-August 12) with a series of contemporary, classical and world music performances all taking place at Lewis Cubitt Square.

The performances have been brought together by the Roundhouse, Kings Place, Platoon, Opera company Tête à Tête and classical music curator Anthony Whitworth-Jones.

The series will include an evening of show songs by West End stars Daniel Boys (Avenue Q), Jon Robyns (Les Miserables), Lauren Samuels (Grease) and Anna O’Byrne (Phantom) will compile the best-loved songs from the stage into one show.

There will be a wide range of global music genres and a specially curated series of classical performances as well as music from Thomas Gould, who fuses classical and jazz techniques, folk artist Saachi Sen and the prize-winning traditional Balkans and Turkish band She’Koyokh.

Tête à Tête will present a series of modern shows selected by Bill Bankes-Jones, including Bishi’s The Good Immigrant (July 26), a personal reflection on the life experiences as a British-Bengali daughter of immigrants, adopted by London’s community of alternative queer nightlife.

There will also be Family Weekends celebrating street culture and the talents of Project_Vee and Acrojou, which perform Frantic and The Wheel House (August 12), combining acrobatic extravaganzas with a fusion of world, jazz and classical music with African and Middle Eastern rhythms by Celloman.

Mr Whitworth-Jones said: “Cubitt Sessions grows as a festival each year, and I am thrilled to be involved in the programming for this fourth season.

“King’s Cross has become a thriving urban centre with so much on offer to suit all tastes, and these concerts are designed to appeal to a wide cross-section of society, to the young at heart of all ages.”

All shows start at 6.30pm unless otherwise specified:

JULY 25

Platoon. 20-year-old Talulah and south Londoner Sipprell display soulful songwriting, vocal abilities and skills on a variety of unusual instruments. Luke Marzec brings a genre-bending performance from jazz to dub incorporating urban influences from London and his native Poland.

JULY 26

Tête À Tête Presents: Bishi – The Good Immigrant. The Bengali-Londoner brings her eclectic music to King’s Cross in a show exploring identity and belonging.

JULY 27

Tête À Tête Presents: The Errollyn Wallen Songbook. Expect an ever-changing setlist from the composer.

JULY 28

Anthony Whitworth-Jones Presents: London Brass. Ten of London’s top brass players in the city perform music from throughout the ages.

JULY 29 (12pm – 4pm)

King’s Place Presents: A Jazz Family Weekend. Dinosaur, led by BBC New Generation Artist trumpeter Laura Jurd, mesh synth-pop and jazz band to create their unique new compositions. They join circus act Project_Vee and Nu-Cle-Us, a performance by Marta Capponi, for a series of spectacular family-friendly performances throughout the day.

JULY 31

Kings Place Presents: Thom Gould, Gould Standard. The celebrated classical soloist showcases old and new collaborations from classical and jazz worlds, with plenty of improvisation.

AUGUST 1

Kings Place Presents: Apollo5 & Bristol Suspensions. Five young singers from a capella group Apollo5 are followed by The Voice Festival 2016 champions Bristol Suspensions.

AUGUST 2

Tête À Tête Presents: Juice Vocal Ensemble + Roshi ft Pars Radio. Three-part a cappella ensemble Juice meet Roshi’s Welsh-Iranian torch songs and electronica from Pars Radio.

AUGUST 3

King’s Cross Presents: An Evening Of Songs From The Shows. West End stars Daniel Boys (Avenue Q), Jon Robyns (Les Miserables), Lauren Samuels (Grease) and Anna O’Byrne (Phantom) will compile the best loved songs from the stage into one show.

AUGUST 4

Anthony Whitworth-Jones Presents: She’koyokh. Clarinet and violin combine with jazzy guitar, and accordions from these lauded folk musicians.

AUGUST 7

Anthony Whitworth-Jones Presents: Daniel Lebhardt. Music from Hungarian pianist prodigy Lebhardt.

AUGUST 8

Roundhouse Presents: D M Farley, Saachi Sen & Joe Winter. Scottish saxophonist and pianist D M Farley is influenced by the 60s, singer songwriter Joe Winter “leans to the electronic left”, and 20-year-old London artist Saachi Sen brings her band Saachi, an Indie-Pop act with Jazz influences, to complete the line-up.

AUGUST 9

Tête À Tête Presents: Music From The Show Nightshade: Aubergine (Muziektheater Transparant). Claron McFadden returns with a specially tailored version of Aubergine.

AUGUST 10

Tête À Tête Presents: Toscatastrophe! A deliberately shambolic production where Timothy Burke and Bill Bankes-Jones deliberately destroy one of our best-loved UK operas.

AUGUST 11

Anthony Whitworth-Jones Presents: Artists From English National Opera. Four of Britain’s most outstanding singers join forces for an evening of world music.

AUGUST 12 (12pm)

King’s Cross Presents: A Family Weekend. Acrojou performs Frantic and The Wheel House, providing acrobatic extravaganzas, with a fusion of world, jazz and classical with African and Middle Eastern rhythms by Celloman.

Every event is free to attend and a detailed programme is available at www.kingscross.co.uk/cubitt-sessions

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