A unique and intimate concert with the highly acclaimed multi award-winning British singer Gabrielle
Gabrielle performs the opening headline concert at this year’s August festival. This is a rare and incredibly special opportunity to hear live one of the most distinctive voices in music at the stunning setting of St Mary’s church Rye, East Sussex.
Tickets will be in high demand and there is only a limited amount of tickets available so we encourage you to book early!
You can expect to see her perform songs from her impressive career that have made her a household name, including Rise, Dreams, Give Me A Little More Time, Out Of Reach, and songs from her sixth studio album ‘Under My Skin’ released in August 2018.
25 years since her debut single Dreams reached No.1 in the UK, Gabrielle’s voice remains pure, seductive and gloriously unique, one of the most compelling, natural voices in British pop history. In a world of beats-driven electro-pop and synthesised auto-tune, my, how we’ve missed it.
With five million albums sold, 2 Brit Awards, 2 Mobos, an Ivor Novello in 2008 for Outstanding Song Collection (after five previous nominations), Gabrielle is acknowledged today as not only a stunning award-winning vocalist but a writer of instantly memorable melody.
Under My Skin is a lavishly-produced, classy collection of irresistibly sing-along songs, collaboratively created with producers and writers behind Corrine Bailey Rae, Amy Winehouse and Paloma Faith. In late July 2018, the single Shine, an orchestral pop epic written with production super-Swedes Tobias Lundgren and Tim Larsson, was the No.1 most-played song on Radio 2.
“It’s my own tone,” says Gabrielle. “I always want to be classy, not brassy. But still quirky. It’s not a big voice, it’s just mine.” But here’s the thing: on her sixth studio album, Under My Skin, it’s even better. The voice, now, is big alright – expansive, soaring, powerfully sublime, in the most affecting vocal performances of her life.
In October 2019, Gabrielle celebrated the 20th anniversary of the smash hit album ‘Rise’, which was released on 18 October 1999 in the United Kingdom. The album became a major commercial success and spent three weeks at number-one on the UK albums chart, achieving 4× Platinum status. The title track also went to number one on the UK singles chart.
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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.
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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