The Blackheart Orchestra
Described by Rock Society magazine as “One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” and by Genesis legend Steve Hackett as “beautiful, powerful and inspiring” award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
After 10 years of concert touring across the world, four acclaimed albums, appearances on Good Morning TV, Radio 2 and awards ranging from Best British Duo to 4th Best New Band of 2018 in PROG magazine’s recent readers’ poll, the unique Blackheart Orchestra have become 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 ‘80s synthesisers and classical influences. Often mistaken for an eight-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described as a “musical spaceship” or “laboratory” where they are to be found continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omni-chord 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 four critically acclaimed albums 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.
Voted ‘Best British Duo’ Exposure Music Awards
Voted 4th in Best New Band of 2018 Category
PROG Magazine Readers Poll
“One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” Rock Society Magazine
“The band’s fresh new sound is delicate and fragrant” PROG Magazine
“Listening to Mostyn’s voice for the first time is a breathtaking experience” After Dark
“A great band” BBC Radio 2
Date of event:15th March 2019