Keyboard wizard and queen of soul with gospel choir

Looking ahead to the Christmas season, the organisers of Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival have laid on festive concerts in the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church in Rye.

Monday, 17th October 2016, 1:46 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:08 am
London Community Gospel Choir at St Mary's church in Rye
London Community Gospel Choir at St Mary's church in Rye

These will combine inspirational musicianship and vocal talent providing audiences with a wonderful night out.

On Thursday December 8 the festival presents the legendary rock keyboard pioneer and member of Yes Rick Wakeman who will play following his extensive 2016 sell out American tour this autumn. Rick will be performing a specially prepared and intimate programme on acoustic piano. Rick’s solo career is both impressive and expansive producing over 100 solo albums and selling more than 50 million copies across the world.

He is renowned for his one-man shows and you can expect amazing music, fun, and stories from almost 50 years in the music business.

Celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season on Friday December 9 when the festival presents an uplifting event with multi-award winning London Community Gospel Choir and special guest Mica Paris who gave a sell-out concert at the church back in August.

Mica’s music inspiration is firmly rooted in gospel and soul which started from an early age, so the combination of her voice and the LCGC harmonies will go a new level.

Expect a diverse programme of repertoire including classics such as Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Little Drummer Boy and wonderful version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, edgy funk and rhythms and Mica also performing a selection of her hits.

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