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14 May 2023 @ 7:31 pm - 10:00 pm


Fitting perfectly with our reputation for presenting the very best in live music, we’re stepping into a different field from our more regular ‘jazz’ genre, to bring you The Blackheart Orchestra – officially known as the smallest orchestra in the world!

Click here for tickets to attend the physical gig.
Livestream Ticket link below

Two people playing 13 instruments between them, Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington draw on their backgrounds in rock, folk, electronica and classical music to create a unique sound frequently compared to early Pink Floyd, Portishead and Kate Bush as well as contemporary composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

Described as an ”Avant garde musical utopia”, they perform in their ‘musical space station’ of instruments including guitar, bass, percussion, mandola, piano, organ, omnichord and vintage synthesisers. After over 1000 concerts and now 7 albums, they’ve played everywhere from Southampton to Sydney including London’s Palladium and Royal Albert Hall while piling up achievements from a nomination for the Progressive Music Limelight Award, Best British Duo, #4 Best New British Band, and #10 Most Important Rock Event of 2020.

More recently their universally applauded 2022 album Hotel Utopia went straight into the UK Rock Chart at #13, single If You Tolerate This made #22 in the iTunes chart and Chrissy Mostyn was voted #5 World Female Vocalist in Prog Magazine’s Readers’ Poll.

“Epic” – Uncut

“Ethereal” – Sunday Express

“A life-enhancing listening experience” – Louder Than War

“Reaches areas of your head and heart you never knew existed” – Metal Planet Music

If any further recommendations are necessary, both SoundCellar’s John and the more recently ‘converted’ Chris, believe it’s time word got out in this part of the country about The Blackheart Orchestra. Their SoundCellar gig scheduled in late 2022, fell foul of an unfortunate injury for one of the band, but all is now well, so we are extremely pleased to present them live at The Grasshopper, as part of their 2023 UK tour to promote the new album.

Latest addition: Support act Foxpalmer has been announced for the tour and will open the evening at 7:30pm prompt

Foxpalmer aka Fern McNulty is a London-based singer-songwriter. She combines the genres of acoustic, rock and folk to create deep, tearful and soulful music. Her unique sound, original music and captivating live shows have won her considerable airplay and performances at a number of UK festivals including Godiva and Celtic Connections.
A strong connection can be made between Foxpalmer and Fleetwood Mac” – The Voice Magazine
A fantastic voice and acoustic playing reminiscent of Tracey Chapman” – Fireworks Magazine

Approximate show timings:
Doors open: 7pm
Foxpalmer: 7:30pm – 8pm
interval: 8pm – 8:30pm
The Blackheart Orchestra: 8:30pm – 9:50pm

The livestream will be broadcast on YouTube, via a page available when you purchase a ticket through the link below.

All advance ticket buyers will receive an exclusive link to a video of the evening’s performance, available for one month

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14 May 2023
7:31 pm - 10:00 pm
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15% pre-show food discount at The Grasshopper. Our regular host The Grasshopper, is kindly offering a 15% discount on food from their restaurant prior to every SoundCellar gig! Just show your ticket for that evening’s performance (the ticket QR code on your phone, or a printout). A table must be booked here or tel: 01202 741463 and food orders placed at least 60 minutes prior to the start time of the gig (eg by 7pm for a 8pm start).

(2) For young people: (i) U18s – FREE entry when accompanied by an adult; (ii) Age 18 to 25 – entry £10 (with NUS / TOTEM card). Simply select the relevant ticket option when booking. The offers are available for most of our gigs – please check individual listings for details. They are subject to seat availability, so for some gigs, it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.

Parking is free at The Grasshopper but you must register your vehicle at the bar.