Our spring May concert series came to end on bank holiday Monday 7th May with the last of five unique and incredibly special live music presentations at St Mary’s church, Rye. The festival extends a special and warm thank you to all of the incredibly talented musicians and artists that performed as part of our eclectic and intimate concert series. Russell Watson, Danielle - Louise Thomas, The Fidelity International choir, Avery Sunshine, The Drawtones, Kyle Eastwood, The Christians, Milos Karadaglić and Ensemble7.
A very special thank you all of those that attended these concerts and we very much look forward to welcoming you back to one of our forthcoming concerts at the August bank holiday annual festival in Rye.
We also gratefully acknowledge and thank our concert partners for their support; Concepts of Rye, Save & Invest, StoneRock Dental Care and EyeDream.
We also extend our special thank you the lovely team at St Mary’s Church for all of superb assistance and cooperation, John at On Stage and his production team….the sound & lighting was amazing guys as always, our dedicated and passionate festival team of volunteers and a big thank you to Camilla Lake at the Observer Series, Angela Cole at the Kent Messenger, Neale East at Rye News and BBC South East Television who kindly interviewed both Kyle Eastwood and Milos Karadaglić.
A big thank you is also extended to Tony Ham our festival photographer for all of the wonderful pictures that he has taken over the concert series.
Russell Watson ‘The Voice’ opened the concert series on Thursday 3rd May and delighted a capacity audience to a wonderful and eclectic programme which included both Classical repertoire, songs from Les Miserable, Steven Sondheim’s ‘Send In The Clowns’ and a number of contemporary songs including Adele’s ‘When were young’.
Russell was joined on stage by the fantastic sixteen strong Fidelity International choir and by special guest Danielle - Louise Thomas the acclaimed Mezzo Soprano singer from Liverpool who performed two stunning individual pieces ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
American singer Avery Sunshine performed her unique blend of exhilarating powerful Soul and Gospel music to St Mary’s on Saturday 5th May and was joined by her husband guitarist Dana and her amazing US band.
The sheer energy of Avery’s music style and prowess was electric and captivating as she performed songs from her impressive back catalogue of songs and also a wonderful soulful interpretation of James Brown’s classic ‘Get on up’ which bought the audience to their feet.
The Drawtones a locally based band of top line professional musicians opened the evening as a support act and delivered a very cool and stylish set of ‘Hammond Organ’ funky grooves with their own arrangements of music from the likes of Jimmy Smith and George Duke to name but a few…
Kyle Eastwood and his cool London based jazz cats performed an afternoon sell-out concert on Sunday 6th May and enthralled jazz lovers and music aficionados to a wonderful afternoon of sublime music from Kyle’s latest album release ‘In Transit’ and classic Monk jazz compositions.
Kyle travelled especially from Paris to perform in Rye and left an audience wanting more with two standing ovations.
The iconic Liverpool based band The Christians made a special journey from Liverpool to perform a unique stripped back concert on Sunday 6th May.
Front man Garry Christian was in fine voice and the groups vocal harmonies were sublime throughout. The band treated the packed audience to all of Christian’s classic hits, Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, What’s in a Word, Words, Father, The Bottle, closing the show to a standing ovation with their own unique rendition of the Isley Brothers classic ‘Harvest for the world’.
It’s no wonder that the Sunday Times has credited Milos Karadaglić as being ‘The hottest guitarist in the world’ and on Monday 7th May a packed audience at St Mary’s were treated to an incredibly special and unique concert.
Milos created a programme for this show which included stunning individual solo guitar pieces of classical music and repertoire from his highly acclaimed 2016 Beatles album ‘Blackbird’.
Milos was joined on stage by Ensemble7 a seven piece string ensemble of wonderfully talented young musicians. It is no exaggeration to say that from start to finish, this concert was both mesmerising, captivating and a joy to watch and experience and a hugely appreciative audience showed their appreciation with a standing ovation.
Posted on 10/05/2018 by Ian Bowden
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