Intimate Spring Series of Concerts announced for Rye

Spring will certainly be in the air come the early May Bank Holiday 2018, as we are thrilled to announce a number of exceptional headline concerts taking place at the stunning St Mary’s Church, Rye East Sussex. These special and eclectic concerts provide a unique live music experience with the opportunity to see world class quality artists in an ‘Up Close and Personal’ environment.

We are delighted to welcome “The UK’s Best Selling Classical Artist” singer Russell Watson to perform an exclusive concert performance on Thursday 3rd May.

Russell has sold over seven Million albums, he performs all over the world to sell out audiences and is known as the ‘Peoples Tenor’.

Since being described by the New York Times as a performer “Who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra” he subsequently released ten studio albums, each one receiving more critical acclaim than the last.

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We are also offering a VIP package for this wonderful event which includes a pre-concert reception, premier front seats at the venue, signed CD and the opportunity to meet with Russell on the evening.

Why not treat someone special and have an unforgettable experience.

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An intimate acoustic evening with songsmith, broadcaster, activist and raconteur Tom Robinson on Friday 4th May.

Born in 1950, Tom was mentored by Alexis Korner and first discovered by Ray Davies, who produced his debut album with Café Society back in 1975.

This thoughtful show revisits the back catalogue of a master craftsman. Little-known gems sit alongside classics such as War Baby, Glad to Be Gay and 2-4-6-8 Motorway - interspersed with hilarious anecdotes from five decades on the wilder fringes of the music industry.

His musical journey has included getting banned by the BBC for being Glad To be Gay, fighting fascism alongside The Clash, playing 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.

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If you haven’t been to the church of Avery Sunshine then you are going to have to hold on to your hats as Avery takes you to the most joyous of uplifting, gospel and soul infused heaven on Saturday 5th May.

With her ability to deliver stunning soulful sensibility, the possessor of thunderous, gospel-bred vocals and the talent to craft self-penned heart-to-heart content, this singer-songwriter can’t help spilling the truth in her music. She knows the best route sometimes is the direct one.

No detours. So listeners won’t have to “get on her level” - she’s already on theirs!

With numerous sell out UK shows under her belt, Avery makes a welcome return to Rye in early May with her incredibly talented band.

“Avery’s talent is zeppelin-sized, her vocals so rich and listenable…” The Express

“A radiant brand of soul delivered from the gut with a joyful smile…” The Washington Post

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We welcome Kyle Eastwood and his hugely talented jazz Quintet to Rye on Sunday 6th May for a special afternoon performance at St Mary’s.

With his band of young, English ‘cats’ by his side, as well as a very special guest – Stefano Di Battista, sounding more lyrical than ever - the double bass player embodies the vitality of an art which he reinvents with elegance and passion.

Catchy and modern, In Transit has many virtues. Enthusiasts will see in it the blueprint for a contemporary form of jazz which encompasses melodic richness and groove, whereas purists, as well as enjoying original compositions, will be able to roam through history thanks to some enthralling Count Basie, Monk and Mingus covers, not to mention Kyle Eastwood’s favourite Italian cinema theme, which symbolises his special relationship with the film industry.

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Rye Jazz Festival are incredibly pleased to present The Christians on Sunday 6th May. We welcome this iconic band to perform in Rye for the very first time performing a very unique stripped back concert at St Mary’s church.

Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits; Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World,
What’s in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more.

The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe…..over 30 years later and they’re still going strong! The band are enjoying a revival currently touring in the UK and Europe with 2017 being their busiest yet with over 80 tour dates.

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We proudly present the “The hottest guitarist in the world”, Miloš Karadaglić on Monday 7th May as he continues to top the record charts and delight audiences worldwide.

His first three releases on “The Yellow Label” achieved major chart successes around the globe and turned him into “classical music’s guitar hero” (BBC Music Magazine) overnight.

His 2014 recording of Rodrigo’s concertos had the Sunday Times calling him “The King of Aranjuez”, while “Blackbird- the Beatles album” (2016) was received with unanimous critical acclaim.

Just him onstage, Persian rug underfoot and tasteful close-up filming. Intimate & intense. A unique insight into the process, journey and musical passions of the world’s most charismatic classical guitarist.

Classic BRIT Award-winner Miloš has become one of the most sought-after concert soloists in the world, with performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall under his belt. You can expect a wonderful programme of Spanish classics, cool Latin, Bach chaconnes, Beatles arrangements and more.

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Posted on 18/12/2017 by Ian Bowden

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