Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival are proudly presenting, in partnership with the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, a very special concert with the legendary Rick Wakeman.
Initially inspired by the unprecedented reaction to his performance of David Bowie’s Life On Mars on BBC Radio 2 in early 2016, Piano Portraits features instrumental versions of hits Rick originally performed on Space Oddity, Morning Has Broken & Wondrous Stories, as well as music specifically chosen for their wonderful melodies, including Stairway To Heaven, Help and Eleanor Rigby. He also added a selection of some of his favourite classical pieces (Berceuse, Clair de Lune & Swan Lake).
During his show, Rick will be performing much of the music from Piano Portraits as well as other popular choices from his piano show repertoire all interspersed, of course, with ludicrous and hilarious anecdotes about his rather colourful life, all told in his own inimitable fashion as a now well established raconteur.
Rick’s one man shows are extremely popular and consistently sell out and with the success of Piano Portraits the trend is set to continue.
For tickets please book direct with the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.
The multi-talented Rick Wakeman is best known as the keyboard player in progressive rock band YES which has spanned over four decades. During his career Wakeman has worked alongside and written music with artists such as David Bowie, Ozzy Osbourne, T-Rex, Elton John and Cat Stevens.
He has also had a very successful solo career producing over 100 solo albums which have more than 50 million copies. His most well-known solo albums have memorable titles in the form of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
You may also know Wakemen from his tall tales and mockery in Grumpy Old Men as he is a regular contributor to the programme as well as Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
He was awarded the Spirit of Prog award in 2010 at the annual Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury re-opened in October 2011 after an extensive rebuild and has since become one of this country’s leading regional theatres with a wide and varied programme that includes the National Theatre, the RSC, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
At the heart of our building, there is also The Marlowe Studio, a space dedicated to new writing and creative activity that reflects the spirit of Christopher Marlowe, Canterbury’s most famous son.
Our theatre offers a major programme of creative activity for the community, that has seen nearly 3,000 people involved in workshops since we opened. These activities are for a range of ages and include regular sessions run by professional practitioners on theatre practice, playwriting and dance. Our annual community production sees over 240 members of the community work on a specially written play, performed in spaces across the theatre.
Since it reopened, The Marlowe Theatre has won a number of national theatre industry awards, including UK Theatre’s award for Achievement In Marketing (2012) and Most Welcoming Theatre In The South East (2015).