Cubitt Sessions

An electrifying live music programme at Lewis Cubitt Square 25 Jul to 12 Aug. Classical, jazz, opera, folk, contemporary and more

Join us for this 100% free, 100% live music programme at Lewis Cubitt Square. Cubitt Sessions 2018 features the superb London Brass, a world-class classical recital from Daniel Lebhardt, and an evening courtesy of young singers from English National Opera. Also on the programme is contemporary, folk, improvised opera plus family weekends with street culture and theatre. Bar opens at 5.30pm. Download the full programme here.

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Kings Place presents: Aurora Orchestra, Mozart's Symphony No.40

Kings Place presents: Aurora Orchestra, Mozart's Symphony No.40

As Resident Orchestra of Kings Place, Aurora Orchestra gives a free pop-up performance, featuring excerpts from Mozart’s 40th symphony in Kings Cross. The first orchestra to perform whole symphonies from memory, Aurora has electrified audiences across the world with this unique and thrilling performance style.

Perhaps Mozart’s most iconic and recognisable work, the ‘Great G Minor Symphony’ unfolds with gripping drama. Performing without sheet music, Aurora invites you to experience this arresting piece through the rare and fresh lens of memorised performance. Read more about this incredible performance, and book your place here.

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Sun 1 July, 5pm
Tête à Tête presents: Bishi - The Good Immigrant

Tête à Tête presents: Bishi - The Good Immigrant

In this work, Bishi takes a personal & intersectional journey reflecting on her experiences.
As a British-Bengali daughter of immigrants, adopted by London’s community of alternative queer nightlife, she has lived through a unique cross-section of London’s contemporary urban landscape.

Bishi’s former albums, Albion Voice, & Nights at The Circus, have dealt with finding a cultural voice between polar opposites & being energised by its tensions. The Good Immigrant seeks to further these debates & explore universal themes of identity, belonging & how we find unity in a divided world.

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Thur 26 July, 6.30pm
Tête à Tête presents: The Errollyn Wallen Songbook

Tête à Tête presents: The Errollyn Wallen Songbook

Composer and Tête à Tête favourite, Errollyn Wallen performs her first Cubitt Session with her band, The Errollyn Wallen Songbook, a continually evolving set of songs.

Fri 27 July, 6.30pm
Anthony Whitworth-Jones presents: London Brass

Anthony Whitworth-Jones presents: London Brass

London Brass is a programme of music through the ages arranged for a brass ensemble of ten of the finest brass players in London.

Sat 28 July, 6.30pm
Kings Place presents: Thom Gould's Gould Standard

Kings Place presents: Thom Gould's Gould Standard

Violinist Thomas Gould, well-known to Kings Place audiences as a classical soloist and chamber musician, demonstrates his stylistic versatility in an evening showcasing both old and new collaborations with musicians from the classical and jazz worlds. Expect to hear new takes on familiar pieces, and plenty of spontaneous alchemy between musicians at their improvisatory best.

Tues 31 July, 6.30pm
Tête á Tête presents: Juice Vocal Ensemble (plus Roshi, feat. Pars Radio)

Tête á Tête presents: Juice Vocal Ensemble (plus Roshi, feat. Pars Radio)

Juice Vocal Ensemble‘s unusual three-part a cappella meets Roshi‘s Welsh-Iranian torch songs and electronica from Pars Radio.

Juice Vocal Ensemble mix classical, folk, pop and improvisation, including a unique take on a pop song or two! While Roshi’s experimental folk-pop explores themes including her Iranian heritage and London life, with vocal effects, loops, field recordings and atmospheres.

Thur 2 Aug, 6.30pm
King's Cross presents: An evening of Songs from the Shows...

King's Cross presents: An evening of Songs from the Shows...

Join West End stars Daniel Boys (Avenue Q, Spamalot), Jon Robyns (Les Miserables, Memphis), Lauren Samuels (We Will Rock You, Grease) and Anna O’Byrne (My Fair Lady, Phantom) for an amazing evening of musical theatre. With songs from some of your favourite shows including Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Grease, it’s an evening not to be missed!

Fri 3 Aug, 6.30pm
Anthony Whitworth-Jones presents: Daniel Lebhardt

Anthony Whitworth-Jones presents: Daniel Lebhardt

In 2014 at the age of 22, Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Paris and New York. He has since continued to impress audiences and critics alike with his thoughtful interpretations and outstanding virtuosity.

Tue 7 Aug 6:30pm
Tête à Tête presents: Music from the show Nightshade - Aubergine

Tête à Tête presents: Music from the show Nightshade - Aubergine

Claron McFadden returns with a specially tailored version of Muziektheater Transparant’s big hit success Aubergine.

Thur 9 Aug, 6:30pm
Tête à Tête presents: Toscatastrophe!

Tête à Tête presents: Toscatastrophe!

Join Tête à Tête for a nightmare evening as we massacre another classic.

A shambolic production where Colin Carmichael does his best to destroy the performances of some of our best loved UK opera singers. Will Tosca leap to her death off the Castel Sant’Angelo? Will magnificent singing be ruined by hideously ear-splitting recorder playing? There is only one way to find out…

Fri 10 Aug, 6:30pm
Anthony Whitworth-Jones presents: Artists from English National Opera

Anthony Whitworth-Jones presents: Artists from English National Opera

Four of Britain’s most outstanding singers, all associated with English National Opera, join forces to present an evening travelling the globe with some of the world’s greatest music.

A fun, exciting, moving, virtuosic programme of opera, musical theatre and song from across the world, with some old favourites and new discoveries.

Sat 11 Aug, 6:30pm
Anthony Whitworth-Jones presents: She’Koyokh

Anthony Whitworth-Jones presents: She’Koyokh

Hailed as “one of the finest and most entertaining British-based exponents of global music” (The Guardian), She’Koyokh have spent sixteen years absorbing the rich folk music traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans.

A wild swirl of clarinet and violin beautifully intertwined, jazzy guitar licks, effortless accordion and dance-inducing percussion, plus the sweet and passionate voice of Çiğdem Aslan.

Sat 4 Aug, 6:30pm
King's Cross presents: Nu-Cle-Us

King's Cross presents: Nu-Cle-Us

Nu-Cle-Us is a celebration of the Universe through our sounds and our bodies. One sound that melts into the other, that stretches and expands itself, that fearlessly jumps into the unknown of improvised music, always rooted into Mother Africa’s sounds and rhythms, into the melodies that came across our Mediterranean.

Nu-Cle-Us is performed by Marta Capponi & Emiliano Caroselli as part of A Jazz Family Weekend, a two-day jam-packed schedule presented by King’s Cross.

Sun 29 July, 12pm & 2pm
King's Cross presents: Project Vee x PanGottic

King's Cross presents: Project Vee x PanGottic

Roulette wheel meets juggling: danger, skill and unpredictable moments. Project_Vee is a nod to a Soviet-era circus act, remixed for the 21st century. Steel, concrete and motors meet in an unlikely way; Project_Vee takes juggling in a different dimension. Literally.

Project Vee x Pangottic is part of A Family Jazz Weekend, a number of special acts for families performed throughout the day. Presented by King’s Cross.

Sun 29 July, 12.30pm & 2.30pm
Kings Place presents: Dinosaur

Kings Place presents: Dinosaur

Dinosaur, led by BBC New Generation Artist trumpeter Laura Jurd, sees further exploration into the world of ‘synth-pop meets jazz band’ as they present a journey of mesmerising new compositions. Expect folk-infused grooves and glistening melodies – all tied together by a love for extemporisation and improvisation.

Dinosaur is part of A Family Jazz Weekend, a series of spectacular family-friendly performances throughout the day.

Sun 29 July, 1pm
Roundhouse presents: D M Farley

Roundhouse presents: D M Farley

  1. By 15, Scotland’s D M Farley was both an accomplished saxophonist and pianist and was exploring the sixties through The Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones, and The Doors. This combination of influences lets him enjoy an eclectic sound that continues to evolve with each release.

Presented by Roundhouse, D M Farley is joined by artists Saachi & Joe Winter.

Wed 8 Aug, 7.45pm
Roundhouse presents: Saachi

Roundhouse presents: Saachi

Discover eclectic, original music from Saachi, a jazz-inspired indie-pop act. Featuring keys, kit, brass and bass, with high energy vocals, every Saachi gig is a chance to hear something new, fresh and unexpected.

Saachi performs as part of a special evening presented by Roundhouse, alongside artists D M Farley & Joe Winter.

Wed 8 Aug, 7pm
Roundhouse presents: Joe Winter

Roundhouse presents: Joe Winter

A singer and song-maker who leans to the electronic left, Joe Winter’s voice evokes nowhere you’ve ever been. Winter has embraced a vast array of far-flung influences and is using his rich baritone vocal to sing of injustices at home and elsewhere, personal and public. The result is music full of soul, deep in meaning, and yet with a lyrical wit that doesn’t fail to raise eyebrows.

Wed 8 Aug, 6.30pm
King's Cross presents: Frantic

King's Cross presents: Frantic

Explosive, acrobatic dance-theatre with a rain-soaked finale.

Love, freedom, blood, sweat and rainstorms: Frantic is an explosive acrobatic exploration of our relentless devotion to busyness, the reality of a running mind and one man’s thirst for escape. Frantic features spectacular acrobatics and dance-theatre, choreographed around a wheel, with a hidden water system for a joyous finale danced in pouring rain.

Frantic is part of A Family Weekend, a series of fun performances across the day, presented by King’s Cross.

Sun 12 Aug, 12pm & 2pm
King's Cross presents: The Wheel House

King's Cross presents: The Wheel House

The Wheel House is a rolling, acrobatic-theatre show, which unfolds inside and around a circular set as it moves, with the audience walking alongside. An enchanting story set in a dystopian future, at a time where survival relies on sharp eyes, quick hands and, above all, friendship. Join these traveller-gatherers on the road to nowhere: treading lightly, enduring quietly, and always, always moving onwards.

A ‘tender, post-apocalyptic love story’, The Wheel House is a rolling, acrobatic-theatre show, which unfolds inside and around a circular set as it moves, with the audience walking alongside. An enchanting story set in a dystopian future, at a time where survival relies on sharp eyes, quick hands and, above all, friendship. Join these traveller-gatherers on the road to nowhere: treading lightly, enduring quietly, and always, always moving onwards.

Presented by King’s Cross, The Wheelhouse is part of A Family Weekend, a series of spectacular family-friendly open-air performances in Lewis Cubitt Square.

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Sun 12 Aug, 1pm & 3pm
Kings Place presents: Apollo5

Kings Place presents: Apollo5

Recent headliners in a sold-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Apollo5 is a British a cappella ensemble comprised of five young professional singers. The group perform a wide-ranging repertoire of retro jazz, pop, classical and Christmas a cappella.

For this two-part event presented by Kings Place, Apollo5 is followed on stage by fellow a cappella group Bristol Suspensions.

Wed 1 Aug, 6.30pm
Kings Place presents: Bristol Suspensions

Kings Place presents: Bristol Suspensions

Bristol Suspensions is one of the country’s elite university a cappella groups. Based at the University of Bristol, they were Voice Festival 2016 Champions. With a huge repertoire range, they are adept performers on the concert platform and festivals throughout the world.

For this two-part event presented by Kings Place, Bristol Suspensions take to the stage after fellow a cappella group Apollo5, who perform at 6.30pm

Wed 1 Aug, 7.30pm
Platoon presents: Sipprell

Platoon presents: Sipprell

South London singer/songwriter Sipprell combines the raw beauty of live instruments, soulful vocals and enchanting electronic production to take you to a new level of spacey neo-soul. Fluent on the violin, piano and guitar, Sipprell pours everything she can into her music.

Wed 25 July, 7.10pm
Platoon presents: Talulah

Platoon presents: Talulah

20 year old Post-Soul artist Talulah blends live instruments and analog electronic equipment as a back drop for some classic soul songwriting (think Solange meets James Blake).

Wed 25 July, 6.30pm
Platoon presents: Luke Marzec

Platoon presents: Luke Marzec

Luke Marzec’s muddy tone, Polish-British twang, and unconventional delivery is astonishingly inimitable. Formally trained in classical and jazz sax, he borrows from hip-hop, jazz, electronic, and dub, creating tracks that feel universal and timeless yet contemporary and London.

Wed 25 July, 7.50pm
King's Cross presents: Celloman

King's Cross presents: Celloman

Led by cellist and session musician Ivan Hussey, five-piece band Celloman are described as a fusion of world, jazz and classical with African and Middle Eastern rhythms.

Sun 12 Aug, 12.30pm & 2.30pm