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Saturday 24th August 2019: 8:00 PM - doors open at 7:00 PM

The Rye international jazz and blues festival proudly present a special headline concert with the Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight on Saturday 24th August in the stunning setting of St Mary’s Church Rye as part of the Summer Festival.

Beverley celebrates an incredible 25 years as a major performing and recording artist in 2019 and she will be performing in Rye with her eight piece band. This is an incredibly rare opportunity to see Beverley perform in such a close up and intimate setting….demand for tickets will be extremely high so book early to avoid disappointment.

Beverley’s outstanding live performances have gained her a legion of famous fans over the years, from David Bowie to Prince, Stevie Wonder to Quincy Jones. She has collaborated on stage and on record with the likes of Prince, Jamiroquai, Bryan Adams, Ronnie Wood, Carlos Santana, Andrea Bocelli, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Joss Stone, Take That and Chaka Kahn. .

In the summer of 2012, Beverley wowed a 1 billion viewing audience with an outstanding rendition of the song “I Am What I Am’, in the finale of the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony. She has sold over a million albums, including four gold certified albums and has sold out the Royal Albert Hall three times. Beverley Knight has been one of the UK’s most consistent artists for over two decades, scoring several Top 10 albums, including the platinum selling Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight. Her latest album ‘Soulsville’ was released in June 2016 and went straight into the UK Top 10. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to British music and charity, has won three MOBO Awards, and been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

Wolverhampton born Knight has recently forged a formidable parallel career in London’s West End following her highly acclaimed debut starring role as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard in 2013. In 2014 she received an Olivier Award Nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for her much praised and second ever West End role, of Felicia Farrell in the hit show Memphis The Musical. The production won Best New Musical at the 2015 What’s On Stage Awards and received more Olivier nominations than any other West End show in 2015.

In October 2015 at the request of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber she joined the cast of Cats, playing the iconic role of Grizabella for a much vaunted 11 week run at The London Palladium. In 2017 she reprised the lead role in The Bodyguard in a hugely successful run of the production in Toronto.

November 2017 saw the release of “Songs From The Stage” by Leading Ladies. Leading Ladies are Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard, Memphis, Cats) Cassidy Janson (Beautiful: The Carole King Story) and Amber Riley (Dreamgirls), each west end stars on their own right. On Songs From The Stage, this new ‘supergroup’ give us their stunning versions of classic female-centric songs from West End shows they love. The album was certified silver a few weeks after its release.

Beverley is an ambassador for many charities such as Christian Aid with whom she has travelled to areas affected by disease and poverty to help raise awareness. She is an active campaigner for anti-Aids organisations such as the Stop AIDS Campaign and The Terrence Higgins Trust.

We are delighted to have Beverley perform at the Summer Festival and are looking forward to welcoming her to Rye.

Unreserved Seated: £65
Restricted View: £55
Standing: £55
Booking fee applies

Doors open at 7.00pm Concert 8.00pm

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Artist: Beverley Knight

Listen to Beverley Knight

Beverley Knight has been one of the UK’s most consistent artists for two decades, scoring several Top 10 albums, including the platinum selling Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight. Her outstanding live performances have gained her a legion of famous fans over the years, from David Bowie to Prince, Stevie Wonder to Quincy Jones. She has collaborated on stage and on records with the likes of Prince, Jamiroquai, Bryan Adams, Ronnie Wood, Carlos Santana, Andrea Bocelli, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Joss Stone, Take That and Chaka Kahn.

Wolverhampton born Knight has recently forged a formidable parallel career in London’s West End following her highly acclaimed debut starring role as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard in 2013. In 2014 she received an Olivier Award Nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for her much praised and second ever West End role, of Felicia Farrell in the hit show Memphis The Musical. The production won Best New Musical at the 2015 What’s On Stage Awards and received more Olivier nominations than any other West End show in 2015.

In October 2015 at the request of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber she joined the cast of Cats, playing the iconic role of Grizabella for a much vaunted 11 week run at The London Palladium. In 2017 she reprised the lead role in The Bodyguard in a hugely successful run of the production in Toronto.

November 2017 saw the release of “Songs From The Stage” by Leading Ladies. Leading Ladies are Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard, Memphis, Cats) Cassidy Janson (Beautiful: The Carole King Story) and Amber Riley (Dreamgirls), each west end stars on their own right. On Songs From The Stage, this new ‘supergroup’ give us their stunning versions of classic female-centric songs from West End shows they love. The album was certified silver a few weeks after its release.

Beverley is an ambassador for many charities such as Christian Aid with whom she has travelled to areas affected by disease and poverty to help raise awareness. She is an active campaigner for anti-Aids organisations such as the Stop AIDS Campaign and The Terrence Higgins Trust.

Knight has toured the UK several times in her own right and has sold out London’s Royal Albert Hall on three occasions, debuting there in 2007. Her broadcasting work includes presenting four series of Radio 2 show Beverley’s Gospel Nights, and two series of hit BBC 1 show Just The Two Of Us as well as winning BBC1’s Celebrity Mastermind.

In the summer of 2012, Beverley wowed a 1 billion viewing audience with an outstanding rendition of the song “I Am What I Am’, in the finale of the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony.

She has sold over a million albums in the UK, including four gold certified albums. Her latest album ‘Soulsville’ was released in June 2016 and went straight into the UK Top 10. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to British music and charity, has won three MOBO Awards, and been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

Venue: St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church

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St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our Rye headline concerts throughout the year and we are proud to have hosted artists including Jose Feliciano, Courtney Pine, Kandace Springs, Eric Bibb, Nigel Kennedy, KT Tunstall, Mica Paris, Kyle Eastwood and Joan Armatrading. We’re sure you’ll love the venue as much as our artist’s have loved performing here!

Situated in the heart of the citadel, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle and offers breathtaking views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower.

St Mary’s Church, Church Square
Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HF

Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes. The church has no dedicated toilet facilities and we thank our friends at Kino Cinema (one minute walk) for allowing our concert attendees to use their facilities.

  • Fully licensed bar for pre-concert & interval drinks & snacks
  • Unreserved theatre style seating
  • Wheelchair access (please email [email protected] to book special access once you have booked your tickets)

We would like to thank the staff & volunteers at St Mary’s Church for their support and assistance at the concerts.

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