We are delighted to be presenting the internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, as part of our intimate headline spring concerts in Rye.
Stacey returns to the UK for a very limited number of 2017 dates, featuring music from her latest album ‘Tenderly’.
We would like to extend our gratitude to our event partners Specifa for sponsoring this outstanding concert.
Tenderly sees Stacey return to familiar ground with her first album of standards and jazz-classics since the release of her breakthrough album of 2003, ‘The Boy Next Door’ - featuring tracks such as ‘The Very Thought of You’, ‘Tangerine’, ‘In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning’ and ‘Embraceable You’
The intervening years have seen Kent broaden her repertoire to include originals written specially for her by Booker Prize winning novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro and Jim Tomlinson.
Her platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated ‘Breakfast on the Morning Tram’ (Blue Note/EMI 2007), was described in Jazz Times as a “marvelously inventive launching pad for this bold, brave new Kent”.
This was followed by ‘Raconte-Moi’ (EMI/BLUE NOTE 2010), Kent’s first live album ‘Dreamer in Concert’ (EMI/BLUE NOTE 2011), and ‘The Changing Lghts’ (Warner Music 2013)
‘If, like me, you’ve been hoping that Stacey Kent would one day make another album of classic American songs, here it is at last ... Deceptively simple, meticulously presented, each of the 12 tracks is a little gem. Kent’s soft, light voice is as persuasive as ever, and the playing is, of course, immaculate” - The Guardian
“She has charm to burn, a smile that could give you hope in February and sings like nobody’s business” - The Wall Street Journal
“Stacey Kent has been quietly sitting on top of the world of jazz vocals, for many years” - Jamie Cullum
Situated in the heart of old Rye, and providing marvelous views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower, 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. St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our live events throughout the festival and has hosted artists including Antonio Forcione, Sarah Jane Morris, Ian Shaw and Ola Onabule.
Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes.
St Mary’s Church