On Saturday 25th May we proudly present multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine and acclaimed singer Omar at the beautiful, unique and intimate setting of Hever Castle - Festival Theatre.
For his latest project “Black Notes From The Deep” Courtney returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade and features the vocal talents of UK soul star Omar, whose 1992 hit single “There’s Nothing Like This” established a truly unique and instantly recognisable “signature” sound that has since earned him widespread critical acclaim and seen him collaborate with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson and Angie Stone.
This very special project brings together two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents composing, recording and performing new original material together for the first time as well as a killer cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly”.
“There have been many pioneers in the black British community – people who have defined an era, changed societal perceptions and made it easier for those who follow to progress in their field. Courtney Pine is such a trailblazer” The Voice
“In a Class of His Own” The Times
“Courtney Pine was one hailed as the saviour of British Jazz…he still is” The Independent
“Nothing short of breath-taking” The Telegraph
“Pierced through with soul & sharp intelligence – the jazz warrior has stiffened his tenor sinews and summoned the blood” Jazzwise
“Shows why he’s still top dog” The Observer
Demand will be extremely high for this special concert so we encourage you to book early!
Why not get a group of friends together or treat someone special. Bring your picnic and find a beautiful spot in the magnificent grounds of Hever Castle Gardens prior to the concert. Gates open at 6:30pm for you to enjoy the gardens. There’s a fully licensed bar and you can enjoy dinner at The Guthrie Pavilion if you don’t fancy bringing a picnic. More information on the venue and facilities can be found below.
Covered Seated tickets £45
Grass Area tickets £35
In the 80’s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene when his first album charted and some 20 plus years on (now with an OBE and CBE for services to music) he continues to break new ground with a string of highly acclaimed recordings and numerous prestigious Industry awards.
In April 2014 he joined Herbie Hancock and a dazzling line-up of Jazz all-stars for UNESCO’S globally televised concert in Osaka to celebrate International Jazz Day and his name regularly appears on the UK’s list of Most Influential Black Britons.
This past three years have seen him touring sell out shows across the UK, US and Canada and main stage performances at Bestival, Love Supreme and The London Jazz Festival with his award winning critically acclaimed 15th studio album House of Legends.
Deeply steeped in the traditions of the Caribbean, this very personal project sees Courtney on top form, bringing together musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe for vibrant exchanges that tell tales of life from a truly multi-cultural view point.
Expect an exhilarating mix of Merengue, Ska, Mento and Calypso as played through the lens (saxophone) of a UK born artist with strong, proud
In 1986 a 22 year old Courtney Pine appeared on the front cover of the iconic British music publication NME, he is the only Black British jazz artist to do so - the last quote in a two page interview read “You know I’m doing this for a reason” – looking at the jazz scene today it looks like he succeeded.
The Festival Theatre is an open air venue set in the gardens of Hever Castle. Located on the Two Sisters Lawn adjacent to Anne Boleyn Walk, the Theatre is surrounded by delightful flower beds and an abundance of ornamental trees; it also contains the picturesque Two Sisters pond and a magnificent Tulip Tree.
The Summer Festival presents a wide selection of shows with something to suit all ages and tastes and Rye Intl Jazz & Blues Festival are delighted to be presenting a handful of concerts in this beautiful and historic setting over the second May Bank Holiday weekend.
The stage is fully covered and the seating tiered with the vast majority of seats under cover. All seats we are selling for the concerts are under cover apart from the picnic tickets which are on the lawn area.
The audience are able to access the gardens from 6:30pm. You are welcome to bring a picnic or enjoy a meal in the Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant or simply wander around the magnificent gardens and enjoy the ambience before the concert. Situated in the Italian Gardens next to the walled Rose Garden, the Guthrie Pavilion with views of the lake offers the opportunity to indulge yourself in elegant surroundings before your performance. A snack food counter and fully licensed bar are also available pre-performance and during the interval..
The venue has good access for all it’s visitors and disabled parking is available closer to the entrance to the Theatre, the route to the auditorium is mainly paved, without steps, and Assistance Dogs are permitted into the Theatre Auditorium.
All visitors should be aware that it is an open-air venue situated in a Grade 1 listed Garden, so certain restrictions may exist. For individual requirements please contact the Theatre Box Office on 01732 866 114 between 10-2 or more information is also available on their website
Hever Theatre is an open air venue and warm clothing is advised.
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