Fri19Jun20208:00 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre, PL25 5HJ
Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists,
Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
If you want to cite influences, you could credit Mike Oldfield, Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, Tori Amos or Michael Nyman but, the fact is, The Blackheart Orchestra is unique, with a sound and style all of its own.
The latter part of 2019 saw The Blackheart Orchestra support the amazing Hawkwind on an arena tour, also taking in the Royal Albert Hall, and playing alongside the supergroup's guest star Mark Knopfler. It was at that time that the Blackheart Orchestra also brought out their new album Mesmeranto, launched at their 2019 appearance at the St Austell Arts Centre.
The tour and album launch brought Rick and Chrissy's music to a huge, new audience and the album garnered fantastic reviews. The album, Mesmeranto, made Top Twenty in the charts and Chrissy was voted one of the 2019 Top Ten female vocalists in the world, by Prog magazine.
The Blackheart Orchestra concerts have been described as: “A life-enhancing listening event” and “An avant-garde musical utopia” Chrissy has been described as having “One of the most extraordinary voices singing anywhere today” and together with the incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist Rick Pilkington the pair combine classical influences with vintage synthesisers and ultra-contemporary electronica to create music that takes over the senses.
As emotionally charged as it is musically accomplished, audiences are treated to sublime harmonies, virtuoso guitar, piano and synthesiser playing and songwriting and arrangements that take the audience ”from heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song”.
With awards including Best British Duo, a Limelight Progressive Music Award Nomination and being voted in the UK’s Top 4 Best New Bands, plus performances at the London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall, The Blackheart Orchestra are two voices and thirteen instruments that create a unique musical experience that is truly ground-breaking. The pioneering duo blend musical styles, seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral!
Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk. However, it appeals to all who love quality music.
Fusing acoustic fragility and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with '80s synthesisers and classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ where they are to be found continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
A treat for the eyes as well as the ears: to witness two people become an “orchestra”,
seemlessly, almost invisibly, switching vocals and instruments
between them is as mesmeric to watch as their music is hypnotic to hear.
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Described by the Daily Express as “Ethereal”,
BBC Radio 2 as “A great band”,
Rock Society magazine as “One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere”
and by Genesis Legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring”
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The Blackheart Orchestra - Winner ‘Best British Duo’ - Exposure Music Awards
Mesmeranto - No.18 Official in the UK Rock Album Chart, October 2019
Mesmeranto - No.16 Official UK in the Independent Album Chart October 2019
Mesmeranto - No.23 Official UK in the Progressive Album Chart October 2019
Mesmeranto - Voted No,4 Top 10 Albums of 2019 - Big Takeover Magazine USA
Mesmeranto - Voted twice in Rock Writers’ Top 20 Albums of 2019
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Thu30Jul2020Sat01Aug20208:00 pmSt Austell Arts Centre
Tango in the Night is now in its 7th year, and though we don’t have the opportunity to gig that often, due to band member commitments, for 2020 we intend to do 4 at good sized venues.
The band has evolved into the perfect Mac tribute, and all the main Mac characters are there, with the very welcome return of Esther Baker to the fold, she is literally the Stevie that Stevie Nicks would like to be and the reason I created the band in the first place!
With a sublime vocal quality that cannot be surpassed, Esther woos with Dreams and Rocks with Gold Dust!
Bob Seymour is very well known and respected throughout Cornwall as a stand out solo artiste, but he joins us as our Peter Green and vocally absolutely nails it!
He trades the blues guitar licks superbly with myself and also plays session guitar and backing vocals throughout the show.
Our Christine McVie for the last several years, Amy Bellis, has recently had to step down due to having her second child, and naturally enough, sadly could not commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule needed for a show like Tango. We all wish Amy the very best with her fabulous new family and maybe see her back sometime in the future! Fingers crossed!
And so, we welcome back Esther’s sister, the superbly talented Rachel MacDonald for this performance! Rachel last performed with us in 2012 and is a great keyboard player, singer and Christine McVie!
Steve Yendell is our John McVie and another original member who works tirelessly to emulate John's bass style and sound, he looks and plays the part so well! Steve has played in many bands in and around London and Sussex, and has been a London studio session player.
Kev Dodd is our Main man Mick Fleetwood and a former decorated Royal Navy aircrew officer. His technical ability, style and feel and just plain enthusiasm for the drums is inspiring!
It may well be his military background that provides his obsession with getting things just right, but whatever it is he’s obviously the perfect man for the job!
Our two lovely backing singers Kim and Yvette were part of a fabulous vocal harmony quartet who recorded in our studio over ten years ago, and have years of experience in harmonising, and it shows!
Ritchard Jones is our great percussionist and has performed with us many times before and is one of the very best around!
I’m Kenny Barnes and responsible for this lovely bunch, and I play the role of Lindsey Buckingham. I trained at the RNCM and also run the studio.
John on Sound and Caroline on Lights make sure the whole show looks and sounds great!
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Sun09Aug20207:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre, PL25 5HJ
’Quite simply the most fun you can have with your clothes on’ -Prog Magazine
Two sublime musicians, with impeccable solo pedigrees, join together for what Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2) describes as: “an evening of great musicianship, great singing, great songs and a great atmosphere – and you can't ask for much more than that, really!”
DamianWilson and Adam Wakeman have played some of the biggest arenas in the world, playing with some of the biggest names the Rock World has ever produced. However, when they take to the stage together, they create an intimate and unforgettable evening of music with the layers of production and grandiose showmanship arenas demand peeled away to reveal the pure quality of their musical talents and the almost telepathic rapport Damian and Adam share between them.
Damian is a songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on over 70 separate album releases. He is widely known in the rock genre, for bands and projects such as Headspace, Threshold, Ayreon and Rick Wakeman’s English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist, he has released 5 solo albums, a DVD and a retrospective compilation album. He also played the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, on their UK National Tour.
Adam is known as the keyboard and guitar player with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. He has also released 9 albums with his father, Rock Legend, Rick Wakeman as well as releasing 4 solo albums. As a classically-trained pianist, his albums cross many genres and styles from classical, to rock. He co-wrote the 2010 platinum selling album Scream with Ozzy Osbourne and has also toured extensively with Travis, Annie Lennox, Will Young, Slash, 10CC and many more.
Their first joint acoustic album 'Weir Keeper's Tale' was released in 2016, but they've been working and playing together for a long time in bands such as Headspace and Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble. Their second album ‘The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight Hour’ was released in February 2018. The following European tour resulted in a session album; 2019’s ‘Stripped '.
After the final show of their 2018 acoustic tour Damian and Adam decided to go into the studio for one day and try to capture the onstage chemistry of their live performances. They played through songs performed on their 27 date tour through Europe, which had a different setlist every night, and recorded everything.
Aside from stripped down versions of songs from their joint albums and both their solo catalogues, the album also contains a selection of cover songs that were part of the eclectic tour setlist, including Life On Mars (David Bowie) and Feel Like Going Home (Charlie Rich). The session was mixed by Gary Stevenson (ABC, Tony Hadley) and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima (Ayreon, Devin Townsend).
Their show at the Arts Centre will feature Damian on vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam on piano, vocals and acoustic guitar. They’ll play songs from their individual back catalogues and artists they have worked with, along with tracks from their joint albums, intertwined with stories and memories from their extensive touring careers.
This is a rare chance to see such respected and talented musicians up close and personal, in such an intimate setting.
Don't miss it!
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Sat31Oct20207:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre
'Champagne Cornwall Presents' - a choral variety show!
This amazing group of ladies are now at the start of their 35th year as a Chorus. Singing 4-part harmony in their own unique a capella style, telling the story of each song on their faces and in their actions during performances.
Under the musical directorship of two very talented ladies, Carole Clemes and Ann Moody.
They have a huge repertoire and sing a very mixed variety of songs to please everyone. This includes modern and popular numbers, songs from the shows and barbershop standards. They have small groups of singers within the chorus offering vastly different types of performances, some of which will be showcased this evening.
Their Special Guest for the evening, Jonathan Tucker, is a local Cornish singer who entertains with songs from shows, ballads and classics.
The whole evening being brought together by Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Mr Adrian Wilton from Liskeard. Many of you may already know Adrian who sings in several Cornish Choirs and is well known for his "Cornish Humour".
Proceeds from this evening's concert will be supporting our two charities of the year; "Blood Bikes" and "Man Down Cornwall".
Enjoy a very good evening of song and entertainment in a convivial atmosphere with Champagne Cornwall!
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Wed25Nov2020Sat28Nov20207:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre
Our play is set in something very close to contemporary Britain.
Queen Duncan, with the help of Macbeth and Banquo, has narrowly managed to stave off another revolt against her authority. Other powerful figures in the land circle, looking for their chance to grab control.
Society, the rule of law and Government as we thought we knew it have broken down.
The witches, creatures of a disaffected underclass, wreak havoc for their own amusement, encouraging Macbeth to be first to seize his chance.
His wife adds her efforts and the stage is set for tragedy.
We watch the tragic hero, so aware of each stage of his own downfall, continue along the path he has chosen for himself.
Other leaders watch his efforts and choose their allegiances, often changing sides as events unravel.
Who will inherit what is left of the kingdom?
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Fri05Feb20217:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre
Tom Robinson, a solo concert in aid of the African Great Lakes Peace Trust
An up-close-and-personal evening of songs and stories with veteran songwriter and broadcaster Tom Robinson playing a rare solo show - and his first performance in Cornwall for over twenty years.
Tom's musical journey began in 1974 when his first band was discovered by Ray Davies, and has since included a BBC ban for being 'Glad To be Gay', rocking against racism alongside The Clash, headlining Glastonbury with Peter Gabriel, writing lyrics for Elton John, drug smuggling in East Germany, two nervous breakdowns and a period in tabloid hell after falling in love with a woman.
Having made his peace with the BBC, he's presented programmes on all the corporation's national radio networks, and his broadcasting work has won two Sony Radio Academy awards.
Alongside crowd favourites like War Baby, Glad To Be Gay and 2-4-6-8 Motorway this show offers a chance to hear some hidden gems from Tom's back catalogue across the past four decades.
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