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  • Fri
    11
    Oct
    2019

    'The Blackheart Orchestra'

    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    The Blackheart Orchestra

    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”

    If you want to cite influences, you could credit Mike Oldfield, Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, Michael Nyman, but the fact is 
    The Blackheart Orchestra is unique, with a sound and style all of its own.
    Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists, 
    Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
    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.
    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.
    Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. 

    Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, the multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington, plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical
    journey into the human psyche.
    Voted #3 Best Unsigned Band of 2019  PROG Magazine Readers’ Poll
    Nominated for The Limelight Award 2018 Progressive Music Awards
    Winner ‘Best British Duo’ Exposure Music Awards
    Voted #4 Best New Band of 2018  PROG Magazine Readers’ Poll