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16 October 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Fitting perfectly with our reputation for presenting the very best in live music, this October 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, Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington, playing 13 instruments, they perform in the centre of a circle of instruments that has been described as their ‘musical space station’ and ‘instrumental laboratory’. Their music combines ethereal vocals with multi-layered combinations of acoustic instruments such as guitar and mandola, rock instruments including electric guitar, bass and percussion, plus piano, organ, electronica, orchestral and symphonic sounds, omnichords and their collection of vintage synthesisers. The music is emotional with Metal Planet saying “Their music reaches areas of your head and heart that you never knew existed.”

They draw on their backgrounds in rock, folk, electronica and classical music to create a truly unique sound, frequently compared to early Pink Floyd, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Portishead and Kate Bush. Simultaneously symphonic and psychedelic, classical and totally contemporary.

After 1000+ gigs from Southampton to Sydney and 6 acclaimed albums, they’ve performed everywhere from intimate venues to London’s Palladium and Royal Albert Hall, sharing stages with everyone from Hawkwind to Eric Clapton.

The band’s most recent album ‘Mesmeranto’ reached #16 in the UK Indie Chart, #18 in the UK Rock Chart, #4 in the USA’s Big Takeover Albums of the Year and was voted twice in the Rock Writers’ Top 20 Albums of the Year. They won Best British Duo. They were voted #4 Best New Band in the UK. Chrissy Mostyn was recently voted #5 Best Female Vocalist in PROG Magazine’s Readers’ Poll, and their lockdown online concert series The Big Armchair Concerts was voted #10 in Most Important Rock Events of 2020.

They will be performing songs from their wonderful back catalogue and from their soon to be released 7th album ‘Hotel Utopia’, due out this summer.

They have been described as “A mesmerising powerhouse” and “An avant-garde musical utopia”. Louder Than War declared their music “A life-enhancing listening event”, Steve Hackett of Genesis described it as “Powerful and inspiring” and fan Phil Campbell of Motörhead described it as “******* beautiful”.

If any further recommendations are necessary, long time fan John from the SoundCellar team and his more recently ‘converted’ colleague Chris, believe it’s time word got out in this part of the country about The Blackheart Orchestra, so we are extremely pleased to present them live at The Grasshopper, as part of their UK tour to promote the new album.

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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16 October 2022
8:00 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.