The Blackheart Orchestra

Date:Sat 14 Sep
Time:8pm
Venue:J2
Price:£13.50 adv

Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.

One of the must-see bands of 2019, the pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk.

Fusing acoustic fragility and electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with 80’s synthesisers and classical influences.

After a 2018 that included being voted #4 Best New Band of 2018 in PROG magazine’s readers’ poll, a nomination for The Limelight Award in the 2018 Progressive Music Awards and performances at the UK’s most prestigious festivals and auditoriums including Birmingham Symphony Hall and The London Palladium, The Blackheart Orchestra have become one of the must-see bands of 2019.

Described by the Daily Express as “Ethereal”, BBC Radio 2 as “A great band”, Rock Society magazine as “One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” and by Genesis Legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” The Blackheart Orchestra are award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington.

The pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Always producing a product beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have been described as “Liberating and unconventional” No Depression, ”Delicate and fragrant” PROG, “Breathtaking” After Dark, “Mesmerising” Louder Than War and “All stand-alone masterpieces” Fatea.

Beautifully fusing acoustic fragility and electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra collide stringed instruments with 80’s synthesisers and indie, pop and experimentalism with classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, the duo’s stage scene has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ where they are continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.

Their critically acclaimed album ‘Diving for Roses’ and mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, the Mike Oldfield-like multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.

“A great band”
BBC Radio 2

“One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere”
Rock Society Magazine

“Pure five star, a perfect album, one that I will listen to for the rest of my life”
James Douglas KCW Today

“Easily one of my albums of the century”
John Brodie-Good Gonzo Weekly

“Their songs are all stand-alone masterpieces”
Fatea Magazine

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Box office and bar open 1 hour before event start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.

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