On Bank holiday Monday 27th May we proudly present Mica Paris in concert at the beautiful, unique and intimate setting of Hever Castle & Gardens Festival Theatre.
Mica Paris is one of the UK’s most respected female singers with a career that is full of Top 10 hit singles and worldwide albums. She will take the stage at Hever Castle for a special night where she will be singing songs by the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald.
Mica Sings Ella is not a tribute album. “I’ve seen good tribute bands, but this is more me reinterpreting Ella my way. Paying homage to her.” Mica compares Fitzgerald’s life to that of Billie Holiday, a Fitzgerald contemporary. “Billie was around at the same time, but Billie Holiday got more press because of the drug use and also because she was better looking. Ella wasn’t really a face. But my God what a voice.” It’s a voice that Mica is not trying to imitate but celebrate.
Mica has made a huge impact on the music scene since her debut, platinum-selling album ‘So Good’ in 1988, with the range, power and soulfulness of her singing. More worldwide hit albums and singles followed her debut album including ‘Black Angel’, ‘Stay’ and ‘Carefree’, and she has collaborated with many respected artists such as Prince and Jools Holland.
Mica will be performing with her immensely talented jazz musicians and you can expect to hear many of Ella’s wonderful songs that made her one of the most revered singers of the 20th Century. Mica has recorded “Imagine My Frustration” and “Every Time We Say Goodbye” two classics from the Ella Fitzgerald songbook.
“Mica Paris Sings Ella Fitzgerald Is A Truly Marvellous Show” The Observer
“One of the most respected UK singers of her generation” The Evening Standard
“To describe this show as smoking hot is no exaggeration” The Sunday Times
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. 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
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 show at the RyeJazz Festival in August, we had no hesitation in asking Mica back to join one of the world’s best Gospel Choirs for this intimate and incredibly special Christmas 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 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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