We are delighted to present an intimate stripped back and acoustic concert with one of the most legendary and prolific British singer songwriters Graham Gouldman who was one of the founding members of the iconic band 10CC, who have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
The stunning and unique setting of St Mary’s church Rye is the perfect venue to for lovers of perfectly-crafted music performed by the composer, a Heart Full of Songs concert is truly an exquisite experience. You can expect to hear many of the classic 10CC hits which Graham has either solely or co-written such as the timeless I’m Not In Love, Things We Do For Love and Rubber Bullets and many more.
It’s the enduring popularity of these tracks and Graham’s love of playing songs acoustically that led to the formation of Heart Full of Songs. The show features many of the 10cc numbers, as well as Bridge To Your Heart (from Graham’s time in Wax) and material from his acclaimed solo album Love And Work.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of our concert partners Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors.
It has been an eventful few years for Graham Gouldman. Not only is 10cc enjoying increasing success around the world, but recognition of his solo achievements has grown too.
Being invited by Ringo Starr to join his All Starr Band for tours of Europe in June 2018 and the USA that September, during which the band played three 10cc songs, elevated his profile yet further.
Another event, although not publicly known, gave Graham a further lift. It happened backstage at a festival when Robert Plant thanked him for writing one of the songs that got him through the audition to join Led Zeppelin. The song was For Your Love.
Graham’s status as one of the world’s leading songwriters was acknowledged in 2014 with his induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame – an arm of America’s National Academy of Music.
Previous inductees include Noel Coward, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Leonard Cohen and Sting.
That was followed in 2015 by Broadcast Music Incorporated in the US anointed him an Icon of the Industry at a special ceremony in London, where he stunned the audience with an acoustic rendition of I’m Not In Love, accompanied by Lisa Stansfield on vocals.
When Graham formed what became Heart Full of Songs six years ago, it was purely for the pleasure of playing his songs in their simplest form, acoustically.
The format became so popular that the acoustic four-piece undertook its first concert tour in April-May 2013. The band now tours across Belgium, Germany, Holland and the UK and comprises Graham, Ciaran Jeremiah, Dave Cobby and either Iain Hornal, Nick Kendal or Andy Park, depending on their various commitments.
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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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