Hazel O’Connor to appear at Ropery Hall

The first major female star of the 1980s, Hazel O’Connor, is coming to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall in mid-October with tickets on sale from Tuesday, March 1.

Hazel, who rose to fame in 1980 starring in the film Breaking Glass, will be performing singles such as “Eighth Day” and “Will You” in “An Evening with Hazel O’Connor.”

“This is a major coup for Ropery Hall,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

“The gig will be a very special up-close and personal evening in which Hazel’s unique voice delivers a renewed passion and fire as she explores a stunning repertoire of old and new songs and stories,” Liz continued.

“For the first time there will be no support act and Hazel will do two sets, the second lasting 70 minutes or more which will be followed by a Meet and Greet,” Liz continued.  “This is a rare chance to see Hazel in such an intimate space.”

And Hazel emphasised:  “In order to include as many favourites as possible, we are now doing a new two part performance with lots of Breaking Glass and stories in the first half.  So it’s very important to get there at beginning so that you do not miss the first part of the show!”

Hazel, of course, is no stranger to the live scene.  From her early tours to her critically acclaimed partnership with harpist Cormac De Barra and her autobiographical theatre shows Beyond Breaking Glass and the Breaking Glass Live tour, she has been continually performing and writing and delighting audiences the world over.

In 2009 she was awarded her own star on her home city Coventry’s ‘Walk of Fame ‘and last year celebrated 35 Years of Breaking Glass with a major city tour in November and December.

Joining Hazel at Ropery Hall will be virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst, who has played with The Belle Stars, Communards and David Bowie) on sax and vocals, and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards and vocals.

“This powerful blend of voices and musicianship promises to bring a classy touch of energy to Hazel’s vibrant performance,” Liz went on.

Tickets to see Hazel on Saturday, October 15, go on sale at 10am on Tuesday, March 1, and Liz is expecting that they will be sold very quickly.  Costing £22, tickets can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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