A unique and intimate outdoor concert celebrating some of the finest voices in British Soul, Gospel and Jazz. An outstanding vocal line-up headlining British Soul Queen Mica Paris, plus The Kingdom Choir and award-winning UK jazz vocalists Ian Shaw & Liane Carroll.
This year we move the August Bank Holiday festival weekend to the De La Warr Pavilion’s beachside South Lawn. The move will ensure the safety of the audience and artists enabling a limited capacity and ensuring a Covid-safe environment.
Tickets will be in high demand and there is only a limited amount available, so we encourage you to book early!
An incredibly special opportunity to hear live some of the most talented and distinctive voices in British Soul, Gospel and Jazz music at an iconic beachfront setting. These world-class British performers promise an evening of uplifting sounds – just what our souls need!
We are also pleased to announce that DJ Bad Mutha Funker will be keeping the soul and gospel groove going between sets.
As we closely monitor the pandemic and government guidelines, performances may be subject to change. Tickets will automatically remain valid for any changes of date or venue, customers are entitled to a refund should the revised show no longer be suitable. Booking fees are non-refundable. Vouchers can also be issued.
The range, power, and sheer soulfulness of Mica Paris’ singing made an immediate impact on the UK music scene in 1988 when she released her debut, double platinum-selling album, ‘So Good’ from which she had her first top ten hit, ‘My One Temptation’. Collaborations with giants in the music industry followed with Nile Rodgers, Prince and Bobby Womack, whilst earning her renowned media title as the undisputed “UK Queen of Soul”.
After Mica’s stunning and sold out headline shows at previous festivals, we had no hesitation in asking Mica back to join one of the world’s best Gospel Choirs for this intimate and incredibly special show.
Mica has performed and recorded with the choir on many occasions throughout her career and her background from a very early age was immersed in Gospel and Soul music.
With a career of hit records spanning three decades, Mica still remains revered by many as possibly the greatest soul-gospel voice from outside the United States. In recent years she has extended her talents as a television presenter, most notably as BBC 2’s host for ‘What Not To Wear’, a radio presenter for BBC Radio 2 show ‘Soul Solutions’ and an author with 5-star Amazon rated ‘Beautiful Within’.
Over the past twelve months, Mica has toured the UK for the brand new Elvis musical ‘Love Me Tender’ receiving plaudits for her role as Sylvia. She was also a semi-finalist on ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ 2015, a presenter for Channel 4’s ‘Treasures of Britain’ and a panellist alongside Dave Stewart on BBC1 talent show ‘Frank Sinatra: Our Way’. However, it’s her extraordinary talent as a singer where Mica continues to triumph fans. Sold-out shows and frequent collaborations with major US soul stars underline her importance to the international soul scene. These have recently included, Chaka Kahn, Angie Stone, Joss Stone and Quincy Jones, to name a few.
The Sensational Royal Wedding Choir
After touring a sell-out show across 18 cities in the UK, this summer has seen The Kingdom Choir perform at British Summer Time with Barbra Streisand, open the Major League Baseball game, play the mainstage at Latitude, Hay Festival, Cornbury Festival, Fez Festival and guest with The Piano Guys. The Kingdom Choir will be touring the USA from September – November 2019.
Following their show-stopping performance of Stand By Me at the Royal Wedding on 19 May 2018, The Kingdom Choir have signed a major record deal with Sony Music UK. Managed by Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE at InterTalent, the record label beat off stiff competition to sign the highly sought-after collective.
The Kingdom Choir released their debut album ‘Stand By Me’ on 26th October 2018. The album included the choir’s much-loved rendition of Stand By Me, which went straight in at Number 1 on the Billboard Gospel Songs Chart, and showcased the pure joy and spiritual essence that runs through all of their performances.
Since May 2018, their arrangement of Stand By Me has also become a viral internet sensation receiving over 10 million views on YouTube.
The choir was founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson. The group of singers from in and around London draw from various Christian traditions and are dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performance. Prior to performing in front of nearly 2 billion people at the Royal Wedding, the largest audience The Kingdom Choir had performed to in recent years was just 200 people.
Karen Gibson is an award-winning gospel choir conductor who has conducted some of the most prestigious, large-scale choirs across the UK. The high standard of her work has taken her across Europe and further – Japan, Rwanda, Nigeria, Guyana, and the USA. Karen’s choirs are regular finalists or winners of choir competitions, including BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of The Year. After eleven years working in IT and a further seven years in teaching, the positive impact of gospel music has led to Karen’s current vocation. The Kingdom Choir is one of her many choirs that have
spread the joy of the genre.
Multi-award winner as best jazz vocalist - BBC Jazz Awards 2007 and 2004 and Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018, alongside nominations from the Jazz FM Awards 2013 and Downbeat Magazine 2017. Ian Shaw has amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.
Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. Shaw was spotted by Dave Illic, jazz critic for City Limits and was described as “the voice of the decade”.
Ian’s current album for the Jazz Village label, was recorded in 2017, again in the with-trio format, and was given its international release in all format including vinyl and digital in September 2018.“
The incomparable Ian Shaw… absolutely fantastic” Jamie Cullum
“One of the UK’s most honest and musical jazz vocalists” The Guardian
“A masterly vocalist… one of the finest singers in contemporary music interprets some of the greatest songs of the last 50 years” All About Jazz
Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years and has amassed a multitude of awards over the years.
Born in London and raised in Hastings; from the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen, she has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song.
Along the way she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she headlined in 2016 at Finsbury Parks Hospital in the Park festival. She appeared with them again at Glastonbury Festival 2017.
Liane is a great supporter of young and emerging artists and is much in demand by youth orchestras, ensembles and colleges for her inspirational approach to teaching. She runs regular workshops for aspiring vocalists at all levels of experience and teaches at the revered Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
“Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.” Mojo
”...casually expressive, unblinkingly honest, and often charmingly autobiographical album by the superb British standards-and-ballads singer Liane Carroll…” The Guardian
“Liane Carroll has that rare ability to meld effortless, often transcendent vocal and piano technique, with heart stopping emotion and soul bearing power. It should be no surprise then that her latest album, Seaside, combines all this with a savvy sophistication befitting of one of Britain’s finest jazz singers.” Jazzwise
“Another great British musician; I’m a big fan of hers” Jamie Cullum
Bad Mutha Funker has been deep in the club scene, putting on parties and spinning vinyl for nearly 30 years bringing the height of Quality DJs and production to Manor Houses and Beach parties from Sydney Australia, Ko Pha Ngan Thailand, Kerala South India and the Home Counties UK.
She promoted club nights in London in the 90’s @ The Ministry of Sound, The Cross, and Hanover Grand to name a few and now resides on the South Coast with her family. She is a regular DJ on the local and Festival Circuit playing at Standon Calling, Shambala , Boomtown ,Cirque de La Quirk IoW. and Secret Garden Party with her eclectic blend of Funk Soul Disco, driving House and deep Tribal Beats.
She continues to be a stalwart supporter in keeping vinyl alive, and soon will be releasing her own remixes of some soul and funk classics. Recently she is putting on the Legends on Sea nights promoting local artists alongside legendary DJs. Watch out for any future projects from BMF Productions.
Icon of the Modernist movement, Del La Warr Pavilion is a pioneering arts organisation, People’s Palace - these overlapping and sometimes conflicting roles characterise the De La Warr Pavilion built in 1935 and re-furbished in 2005 as a national centre for contemporary arts for the south east region and beyond. Offering contemporary art exhibitions, auditorium, eatery, bar and shop.
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